Local Business Spotlight: Front Street Cafe


Front Street Cafe is a neighborhood Cafe open for breakfast, lunch & dinner featuring a coffee shop, fresh juice bar, restaurant with garden seating, indoor outdoor bars and private upstairs event space. FDC is the brainchild of owner Nicole Barclay, a long time resident of Fishtown. She is a mother of two, an avid yoga practitioner, organic cook, and licensed herbalist. Nicole has allergies to both Dairy & Gluten and is meat free by choice and found it really difficult to eat out in Philadelphia and have more than just a few items she could choose from.  So why not make her own restaurant to suit her tastes?! Front Street Cafe does just that, 85% of the menu is completely plant based and almost every dish can be made gluten free on request.

Front Street Cafe is the perfect example of a small locally owned business that supports sustainability in every aspect of it’s operations.   FSC supports the local community through job creation and 90% of FCS employees live within 1 mile of the Cafe and 100% live in Philadelphia. Almost all employees including owners walk, bike or take public transportation to work.  LEED elements were considered in all aspects of construction with over 80% of the building materials being reclaimed, recycled and repurposed from other old buildings in Philadelphia that were being demolished. They’ve also already begun to make their mark on the Fishtown economy by partnering with various local businesses.

FSC purchases all of their produce from a small local distributor in the neighborhood (Riverwards Produce) who sources as much as possible from local and organic farms.  Everyone at the Cafe is thrilled to be working with Riverwards Produce, a company that shares the same core values as FSC. Riverwards Produce founders, Finazzo and Fasano believe in a farm-to-table dining experience, and because of their commitment and innovation, Front Street Cafe is able to provide Philadelphians just that. Keeping in line with Front Streets mission of living a healthy lifestyle they have partnered with Amrita Yoga and Grace & Glory Yoga studios (both on Frankford Avenue) to offer members of those studios a free monthly fresh squeezed juice and discounts on food at the Cafe.

FSC will also be starting first Friday Art Shows at the Cafe on the second floor in February. For February they will be showing works by Fishtown resident illustrator Kimberlee Traub (http://www.kimberleetraub.com/). They are still looking for an artist for March so if you or anyone you know may be interested please have them send an email to contact@frontstreetcafe.net. Also starting on January 31st, FSC is starting a new monthly event called “Front Street Flea” that will be held on the 4th Sunday of every month.   Here local artists can set up a table and showcase their art for sale.  In addition to print & photography artists they would love to showcase sculptors, jewelers, clothing designers, potters, candle makers and herbalists etc.  Anyone interested in setting up a table at “Front Street Flea” can also send an email to contact@frontstreetcafe.net.

Haven’t had a chance to stop in yet? Front Street Café has a full week of celebrations and events that are definitely worth venturing out in the cold for. Find the full list of their Grand Opening Week Events on their website or simply scroll down to the events section of our e-newsletter for details.

This article was written with input from Sean Curran & Lee Larkin and excerpts taken from Grid, the Star, & other articles.