Photos by Kory Aversa
Chefs Mike Sultan and Carolyn Nguyen, the duo behind the popular Revolution Taco in Center City, recently announced the grand opening of the Mill’s Cafe, located in East Falls at Sherman Mills (3510 Scotts Lane). The new casual breakfast and lunch spot is their second brick-and-mortar eatery. The pair also created Say Cheese Philadelphia, Street Food Philly and Taco Mondo food trucks, all of which are under the auspices of their 33rd Street Hospitality Catering.
The intimate Mill’s Cafe seats 10 and is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. It is located adjacent to the duo’s commissary kitchen that sources all their brands.
The menu focuses on salads, sandwiches, pastries, baked goods and coffee. Meats used in the dishes are made and/or smoked in-house. Menu highlights include the dry aged burger, featuring Indian Ridge local dry-age beef blend of rib-eye and t-bone, topped with house bacon, cheese, lettuce and tomato, Sultan’s acclaimed smoked salmon, and Revolution Taco’s salted fudge chocolate brownies. On top of the regular menu, patrons will be the first to try new dishes that will debut as specials and later as menu mainstays for Revolution Taco and the food trucks.
“We wanted to give the locals, neighbors and visitors a place they could go. We also wanted to have a public spot to make some of our smoked meats and other specials available to the public, while having a testing ground for new dishes that could appear on our other menus,” says Sultan, noting that everything is made from scratch, even their mayonnaise and dressings. “We may be keeping it casual and simple, but fresh and top quality are always top on our list.”
Mike Sultan and Carolyn Nguyen
Sultan and Nguyen’s commissary kitchen originally opened in Sherman Mills in 2014. The spot had more than a practical aspect—it was where they met when working for catering company Peachtree and Ward. The commissary kitchen prepares the food for their catering arm, as well as Revolution Taco and their food trucks. Part of the goal of the space is to convert a portion to host the public.
“It is a busy facility and we wanted to help meet the demand for our neighbors. We are launching with a simple and tasty menu, and could expand down the road. The vibe is casual and welcoming, and fits with the style of the kitchen operations bustling next door,” says Sultan.
The Mill’s Cafe features a custom wooden counter at the front, which was created by Sultan. Chalk art inside was done by local artist Benjamin Robinson. Rotating selections of art will come from fellow Sherman Mills neighbor Fresh Artists, a local group that uses art sales to support arts programs in the schools. “We are surrounded by so many great artists, we wanted to highlight the talent around us,” adds Sultan.
For more information, call (267) 391-7539 or visit www.33rdstreethospitality.com.