Photos, story by Cassie Hepler
And when a powerhouse of that size starts looking to NYC for inspiration, it’s time to jump ship and start new ventures.
That’s why we love Yaeger and his entrepreneurial spirit. He likes to take a risk… and get shit done. Previously they had a seasonal pass from the city for the hippest buzz of last season named Le Bok Fin (a pun on the now closed French restaurant Le Bec Fin). Now they are officially Bok, the rooftop bar and snack venue is back in action and if Yaeger has any say in it, they will keep roof toppin’ until January.
The former Edward W. Bok School hosts a variety of surprising businesses and is a huge stone goliath of a building. The menu fits the name with the Vietnamese and Filipino dishes from chef Ronan Libunao. A medley of bánh mí sandwiches are available, sesame balls and some sweet spot items, all priced under $10. And that was the point, to keep the prices low and the crowd eclectic (hipsters, old folks, young professionals and “normies” as the kids call them). The drinks are the same, affordable for craft beer/Philly prices from $5 to $6 and wines per glass $7.50 to $9 or by the bottle.
On your left when you get inside, check out the psychedelic art exhibit surely much more so after a few brews. There is also a store MAARKet which sells independent Philadelphia labels such as Bok tenant Lobo Mau.
Until next time Bok, stay cool. Or rather don’t and give us an Indian summer please!