The Country’s First Kosher Certified Tavern Opens at Historic Railroad Stop



The Country's First Kosher Certified Tavern Opens at Historic Railroad Stop

New Owners Make Over Classic Philadelphia Restaurant and Bar

The Country's First Kosher Certified Tavern Opens at Historic Railroad StopAfter one year of renovations on the site of the old Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad, Citron & Rose (C&R) Tavern & Market opens for lunch, dinner, and happy hour under new owner, Philadelphia Philanthropist, David Magerman.

The restaurant is a re-opening and re-imagining of Citron & Rose, first launched in 2012 by Magerman and James Beard award-winning chef, Michael Solomonov.  The new C&R Tavern offers an extensive American bar menu with pub-style food and steaks, as well as craft cocktails, wines, local whiskeys, and six beers on tap.

As the first kosher certified (Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia , Keystone-K) tavern in America, the bar and restaurant operates Saturday evening through Friday afternoon, serving sandwiches, salads, and diner classics starting at $12 for a casual lunch. Each evening, the Tavern offers a more upscale menu featuring New York strip steak, braised beef short ribs, fish, and chicken entrees starting at $24. Dairy-free desserts like chocolate mousse tart ($9) and berry trifle ($6) round out the menu.

The Country's First Kosher Certified Tavern Opens at Historic Railroad Stop

The Tavern’s building not only offers up food and drink, but a history lesson as well. Located on the site of the historic Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad, the Tavern showcase pieces of local history within the restaurant itself. Actual rails from the old railroad are repurposed into a fireplace, small items discovered during the Tavern’s renovation are used for décor.

Currently in its soft opening, the C&R Tavern’s grand opening on Monday, June 5 is open to the public. Philadelphia native, world renown Jewish food & lifestyle expert and best-selling cookbook author, Jamie Geller, will be co-hosting the evening along with Tavern ownership and staff, fresh off her stint as the Honorary Grand Marshall of the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Jamie Geller comes home to celebrate the grand opening of this one of a kind tavern. She will be signing her books from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. along with a meet and greet session during dinner service, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The first 50 people to arrive for the grand opening will receive a copy of her latest cookbook, JOY of KOSHER: Fast Fresh Family Recipes. Apart from Jamie Geller’s appearance, the tavern’s patio will transform into a beautiful beer garden, there will be giveaways, discounted small plates and happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“Our building has served as a restaurant to the community for decades, first as the Tavern, and later as The New Tavern, both owned and operated by our neighbor and friend, Nick Zarvalas,” says David Magerman. “We aim to carry on Nick’s tradition of great food and great drinks shared with this great community.”

Call 610-257-7577 for reservations or to book catering, and visit citronrosetavern.com to view the complete menu.

The Country's First Kosher Certified Tavern Opens at Historic Railroad Stop

Citron & Rose Tavern & Market is a bar and restaurant located in Philadelphia’s Bala Cynwyd suburbs. The restaurant seats 50 in the main dining room, and up to 70 people in a private room catering space upstairs. Specializing in a broad American menu with traditional comfort food C&R Tavern serves an extensive selection of wine, beer, and spirits, as well as chicken wings, steaks, braised beef short ribs, chili, and dairy-free desserts, alongside nightly specials—all glatt kosher under the supervision of Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia.