New to the Philadelphia restaurant scene this week is elevated late-night restaurant, Frame — an inventive, yet nostalgic American-fusion concept designed to immerse the senses through edgy food and drink choice. Centered around locally sourced ingredients, Frame offers a variety of dining options from seasonal dishes and vegan offerings to late-night bites and reimagined childhood favorites. Located in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, the sultry social hub offers extended menu hours throughout the week and weekend, marking itself as a transportive experience best enjoyed amongst friends.
Inspired by the unknown, Frame is to be discovered — revealing thought-provoking, intentional design to those who venture through its doors. Marked by a subtle emblem, the entry point gives way to an alluring dining space, housing jewel-toned booth seating, velvet-adorned brick walls, and an extensive wrap-around bar — offering a total of 60 seats dispersed throughout the intimate venue. Playing on a choose your own adventure format, the space intends to frame each experience around the individual, encouraging guests to interact with curiosity each visit and form their own unique interpretations. Frame reimagines the space formerly known as Marmont Steakhouse & Bar — co-founded by previous ownership, along with the owner of the former Philadelphia nightlife venue, Denim Lounge.
“Frame reflects a sense of consistent change, reminiscent of the evolving city and people of Philadelphia,” said designer Jeff Low, “the intentional design reminds us that change is inevitable, how we frame ourselves and experiences is ever-changing, and that growth is meant to be discovered and celebrated amongst friends.”
Frame blends art, history, and culture through eclectic American fusion cuisine, featuring locally inspired menu offerings, intertwined with unexpected twists of global flavor. Executive chef and Philadelphia local, Brianna Wellmon brings her love of global cuisine and artistic presentation to the Frame menu, pulling inspiration from her Philadelphia upbringing along with travel overseas. The passionate chef offers guests an ever-evolving, locally sourced dinner menu in addition to a late-night “way back menu” featuring an extraordinary reimagination of childhood favorites.
A diverse selection of menu items accommodates a variety of dining preferences, highlighting vegan and gluten-free offerings through menu favorites like “sausage” ragout, and vegan “beef” & broccoli. Non-vegan offerings showcase a variety of premium meats including braised pork belly, and berbere-spiced filet mignon; while the nostalgic late-night menu includes conversation starters like the “bomb-ass PB&J” featuring deep-fried Hawaiian bread with jam & peanut filling, in addition to beef in a blanket served with apricot mustard & spicy ketchup.
“I wanted the Frame menu to reflect beautiful things unique to Philadelphia, express what I’ve come to appreciate about this city, and represent the diversity of our community,” says Brianna Wellmon of her inspiration while creating the Frame menu. “I’ve always wanted to come back and take care of my city.”
The Frame bar menu includes smart cocktails that effortlessly complement its global influence. “Midnight Rendezvous” cocktail elevates a simple favorite with a blend of sparkling champagne and raspberry liquor, enhanced by bitters; while the “Pisco Sour” appeals to the daring, made with Pisco, citrus, egg white, and angostura bitters. In addition to an extensive cocktail menu, Frame offers a broad, yet intentional variety of spirits, diverse choice of wine-by-the-glass, and a tasteful selection of local and imported beer — ensuring premium beverage choices for wine lovers and cocktails enthusiasts alike.
Located at 222 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Frame offers intimate indoor seating perfect for a vibrant evening or a romantic night out. It will be open for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday, offering unique extended late-night menu hours on Friday-Saturday from 11:00 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: firstname.lastname@example.org. Travel tips: email@example.com.