The Roxborough community has a new addition coming to Ridge Avenue this month. Tavern on Ridge is slated to open this month, said Michael Corsetti, owner and operator at the helm of the project.
Tavern on Ridge will be located at 6080 Ridge Avenue, formerly the Cornerstone Inn as well as Coyle’s Café.
Corsetti, who grew up in Southwest Philadelphia, said he has been in the food industry all his life, working in bars, restaurants, delis and most recently holding a position at a pasta manufacturing company in New Jersey.
“I had been looking for something new to get into when Mike Coyle reached out to see if I was interested in the Roxborough location,” he said.
Coyle, who has known Corsetti for over 35 years, operated the previous businesses at the Ridge Ave location. “I had been to the restaurant before and felt it would be a great opportunity,” Corsetti said.
Corsetti said Tavern on Ridge will serve American food with an Italian flare. Roast beef and pork sandwiches, meatballs and sausages, stuffed portabellas and a variety of soups are just some of the foods Tavern on Ridge will offer.
“Each day will have a featured entrée, such as meatloaf Monday” Corsetti added. As far as the bar, Corsetti says he is not delving too crazily into the craft beer scene right off the bat. Tavern on Ridge will have six beers on tap, mostly domestics, with one or two craft options. A selection of wine and cocktails will be offered as well.
James Calamia, executive director of the Roxborough Development Corporation said he thinks Tavern on the Ridge will be a great addition to the Ridge Avenue business corridor.
“Michael Corsetti’s culinary passion promises to bring great food and high quality service to 19128 and beyond,” Calamia said. “The Tavern on Ridge promises to become a staple restaurant long sought after by the local Roxborough community. The restaurant will fill a gap in local retail desires that were identified this past year as part of the Roxborough 2020 survey process.”
And according to Corsetti, the opening is just the start for Tavern on Ridge.
“We want to get ourselves open and running for the community, but our grand opening won’t be until April,” he said. By the time that rolls around Corsetti said he plans to expand the restaurant and refine the menu to tapas-style.
Corsetti hopes that in the meantime, Tavern on Ridge will fill a void in the Roxborough community.
“People have been knocking on the door everyday wondering when we are going to open,”he said. “I know the community is used to this location being opened and closed; opened and closed, but in the past the management hasn’t been the owners… I’m going to be here every day to focus on the quality of my restaurants’ food and service.”