The first, The Fairview at 21st and Green streets, opened this week in the space of the former Belgian Cafe.
“There's different lighting, it's brighter, it's open, there's windows, there's higher ceilings,” described owner Fergus Carey of Fergie's Pub.
He also brought in chef Beth Fox Brown.
“I don't eat meat and I think they're an underserved market,” he said. “I go to so many places and don't have anything to order. So I just wanted to make sure that people who came here could find something good to eat.”
Fox Brown said there is meat on the menu, like pork chops and burgers, but there are other options.
“Green chili cheeseburger empanadas, which are vegan and they're kind of a signature dish and they're really, really good. No one ever believes they're vegan,” she said. “I'm doing a tikka masala flatbread, a lot of snacky things.”
Carey has had his hands full, since another restaurant in Rittenhouse Square debuts next week.
The Goat, named after Rittenhouse Square’s Billy the goat, takes over Oh! Shea's Pub at 19th and Sansom streets.
“You're doing this because this is the place I want to be. This is the food I want, this is the drink I want, this is the jukebox I want or the music I want, so it's selfish but yet, you want it for everybody. You want to share, too,” he said.