By Hadas Kuznits

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Old City’s massive vacant corner restaurant that was once Haru restaurant is no longer vacant.

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This is opening weekend for The Little Lion at 243 Chestnut Street.

“Alexander Hamilton is nicknamed “The Little Lion,” says co-owner Chris Younge.” He’s one of my favorite historical figures.”

Younge is opening a restaurant across the street from the future American Revolutionary War Museum.

“And that played a big factor in us picking that corner,” he says.

The Little Lion has about 175 indoor seats.

“It is very large,” Younge says. Yeah, about 6,000 square feet.”

And the theme?

“We have kind of a Low Country Southern food menu,” Younge says.

“My personal favorite right now is going to be the fried chicken,” says executive chef Sean Ciccarone. “I’ve really been perfecting the recipe.”

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Ciccarone says the southern feel continues through dessert.

“We’re doing mud pies in mason jars,” he says, “and a root beer float with vanilla buttermilk gelato and some molasses cookies, hush puppy donuts.”

As for drinks, Younge points out they have 16 draft lines — 14 for beer, one for cocktails and another for coffee.

“We’ve gotten a cold brew latte recipe together that actually pours through our draft system and actually becomes nitrogenated with the CO2 that pushes it through the lines,” Younge says, “so it comes out with a very creamy, frothy texture that you cannot achieve any other way other than pouring it through a draft system.”


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