Our passion for food and drink is rivaled only by our steadfast commitment to offering our diners the best overall experience. You see, we are a family of artists, musicians, chefs, bartenders and more, intent on creating a culture of friends who share our passion for all things delicious.
Yet an Altar still, our bar (from an old decommissioned church on 10th and green) is used to praise a different kind of spirit, the spirit of Ischabaha, the spirit of whiskey. The second floor bar and stage will be home only to the finest musicians and performers, offering up the best time to be had in Northern Liberties.
We truly believe in our ability to offer not only superb food and drink at a friendly price, but also an experience you wont soon forget.
Executive Chef and Owner, Alex Carbonell, has been cooking in and managing restaurants for over a decade. His fledgling stages in the industry were defined by working as a kitchen hand in the restaurant of a family friend at age 14, and he hasn’t looked back since. Carbonell studied under the strictest master chef the culinary world has ever known, his grandmother, Maria Gonzalez. You can bet he was upheld to the highest of standards.
Alex was born and raised in Key West, and also lived in Miami for several years, where he first began falling in love with his native Cuban cuisine. He later realized how similar his beloved Cuban “Comida Criolla” was to Southern Creole cooking, and began his journey studying and experimenting with Southern fare. Carbonell has opened 5 restaurants so far in his career, beginning with the humble “It’s Nutts Restaurant” in Titusville, NJ. A small family restaurant, made famous by its succulent fried chicken, homemade iced cream, and crisp “Trenton Style” tomato pies, sates the hunger of picky diners to date. “Bourbon and Branch,” the name of his wife’s favorite drink , serves up southern style cuisine that is artfully and lovingly married with Hispanic flavors and techniques. Add his thoughtfully handcrafted cocktails, and the finest American whiskies this side of the Mason-Dixon, and you have the go-to spot in Northern Liberties on Fairmount and 2nd Streets.