Garces Trading Co. opens its doors at the Cira Center with a market and a restaurant


Chef Jose Garces, rebuilding his collection of restaurants as the industry shifts to a post-pandemic world, has moved Garces Trading Co., his restaurant-marketplace concept, to a new space.

It is on the ground floor of the Cira Center (2929 Arch St.), the office tower accessible by bridge to the 30th Street station. Garces operated JG Domestic, a farm-to-table restaurant and cafe, there from 2010 to 2020, while Garces Trading operated from 2010 to 2018 at 1111 Locust St. in Washington Square West before it closed amid bankruptcy. of the old society of Garces; it was revived during the pandemic as a ghost kitchen.

The new Graces Trading, created with its business partners at Ballard Brands and Cira owner Brandywine Realty Trust, is part cafe, restaurant, bakery, market with take-out and from a corporate restore point. A wine merchant is on the way.

The coffee bar, open at 7:30 a.m., offers beans from direct commercial relationships with Central American coffee producers. The cafe turns into a cocktail bar after 11 a.m.

Breakfast offerings, sold at the counter and to take away, include homemade ensaimadas (Spanish bagels), homemade pastries, croissants, breakfast sandwiches and tacos, as well as yogurts, fruit, quiches and oats overnight. Breakfast is counter and take-out service.

Lunch, available both self-serve and full-service, includes soups, salads, and sandwiches.

It has several seating options: a chef’s counter and self-serve cafe seating, a full-service mezzanine dining room (expected to open in a few weeks), and two private dining rooms; one is on the ground floor for 6 to 10 people, and a second, offering a bird’s eye view of the dining room, on the mezzanine for 10 to 15 people.

Market offerings include a fridge case full of drinks, Garces lavender truffle honey, salsas, tortilla chips, spice mixes, chocolate bars, chocolate covered espresso beans , coffees and other local products.

Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, with breakfast until 10 a.m. and lunch/all-day offerings available from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Happy hour is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This revival of Garces Trading is part of an expansion of Garces and Ballard under Ideation Hospitality. Last month, Garces opened a second location of his Buena Onda taqueria at 114 S. 20th St. in Rittenhouse. Another Buena Onda location is set to open possibly as early as next week at 220 N. Radnor Chester Rd. in Radnor.

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