3 Late-Night Eateries Headed to FiDi

An upscale chain restaurant, a Bavarian pub, and a Philly steak-and-sandwich shop are among the new late night establishments opening in the Financial District this winter.

Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee voted on Wednesday to support late-night liquor licenses of 4 a.m. for Baveria Beirhaus; 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on the weekends for Shorty’s; and 2 a.m. seven days a week for Morton’s Steakhouse (although that establishment plans to seat its last customers at 11 p.m.)

Bavaria Beirhaus at 19 South William St. is the latest establishment from Ronan Downs, co-owner of multiple nearby bars and restaurants, including the Dubliner, Stone Street Tavern, Beckets, Pizza Pizza and Burger Burger. A menu presented to the CB1 had such items as “Egg ala Russian” (a $5.95 appetizer of hard boiled egg with Russian dressing and caviar), Wienerschnitzel and fries for $20.95 and a selection of sausages. The restaurant will open in February, Downs said.

Shorty’s, which offers what it calls a “true taste of South Philadelphia” at three other locations in Manhattan, will be opening a 40-seat restaurant 62 Pearl St. Its menu features a classic cheesesteak starting at $9 and a  “Pizza Steak” with marinara and provolone for $10. The eatery will also serve breakfast sandwiches in the morning. The restaurant will have a full bar.

Morton’s Steakhouse, a chain that started in Chicago, will be opening up a new outpost at 136 Washington St. in April. The restaurant plans to shut its doors and seat its last customers at 11 p.m., but requested—and was given support for—a final closing hour of 2 a.m. Appetizers at the chain start at $14 a plate. A porterhouse for two is $122, to the regret of some on the board. 

"Do you think you could lower the price for the porterhouse?" one member quipped.