Lunchtime Diaries: Metropolitan Bakery opens cafe in Rittenhouse

A top-crust pot pie at the new Metropolitan Cafe. | Photo from Metropolitan CafeWhile lunchtime at the Grid offices typically means a trip to Reading Terminal or a visit to one of our favorite Chinatown haunts, yesterday we took our appetites all the way to Rittenhouse Square. Our destination: the new Metropolitan Café that opened on Monday.

A chance to nosh on Metropolitan baked goods would’ve been enough of a draw, but the promise of locally sourced foods convinced us the walk was more than worthwhile.

“We decided to open a café partially because for 20 years people have been asking for us to sit down,” says Wendy Smith Born, who opened Metropolitan Bakery with James Barrett in 1993. Barrett is also the chef at the café. “But also … we felt like this was the right next step in our evolution. We’re always looking for a new way to incorporate food in the region. The café gives more of an extension there.”

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