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Ancient Spirits and Grille Set to Make History as America's First Ayurvedic Restaurant in Philadelphia

Marilyn Johnson

Owners and lifelong friends Syam Namballa and Mahi Reddy will open America's first Ayurvedic herbal restaurant and cocktail lounge in Center City, Philadelphia. Ancient Spirits & Grille will officially open its doors at 1726 Chestnut Street on Friday, September 17th, with a special grand opening party from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

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Ancient Spirits & Grille in Center City PhiladelphiaEddy Marenco

The three-story, 7,000 square feet, 150-seat dining destination offers contemporary European cuisine inspired by Ayurvedic and herbal elements. The service and chef-driven concept highlight organic and herbal-based offerings with the beloved Executive Chef Chris Tavares formerly Davio’s. The menu will feature creative and beautifully presented dishes with ample vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Guests are invited to take a short survey on their phones that creates a special customized menu based on body type, metabolic energy, and dietary restrictions.

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Ayurvedic cuisine at Ancient Spirits & Grille in Center City PhiladelphiaEddy Marenco

Namballa and Reddy combine their decades of experience in the tech, travel, and restaurant sectors for this unique restaurant retreat that blends wellness, lavishness, and modern technology.

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Interior at Ancient Spirits & Grille in Center City PhiladelphiaSociety Hill Films

Ancient will host a special Grand Opening Party on Friday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, which includes organic cocktails, passed appetizers, food stations, and desserts for opening day. Tickets are on sale for $50, and proceeds benefit Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center.

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Interior and bar at Ancient Spirits & Grille in Center City PhiladelphiaSociety Hill Films

There will be over 50 carefully sourced organic and biodynamic wines at the bar, 12 hand-crafted to order cocktails with herbal flavors and local ingredients, two dozen beers by draft, can and bottle, and inventive seasonal mocktails.

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Cocktails at Ancient Spirits & Grille in Center City PhiladelphiaEddy Marenco

Located in the heart of Rittenhouse, and is ideal for date night, girls' night, special occasions, business dinners, parties, and so much more.

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Interior upstairs at Ancient Spirits & Grille in Center City PhiladelphiaSociety Hill Films

Ancient Spirits and Grille will be open seven days a week, Sunday to Thursday, for dinner, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday, for lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and dinner from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Launch services include dine-in, take-out, delivery, indoor dining, and outdoor dining. Delivery is available on Grubhub, Doordash, and UberEats. For reservations, menus, and additional information, visit www.asgphilly.com or call (215) 478-8777.

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: phillygrub@gmail.com. Travel tips: phillygrubtrips@gmail.com.

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Marilyn Johnson is a Philadelphia area based food and travel writer focusing on the food scenes in the Greater Philadelphia region. Email phillygrub@gmail.com for Philly area news; phillygrubtrips@gmail.com for travel tips and opportunities.

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