Students have had no real on-campus alternative to the Draught Horse for a post-game or weekend restaurant hangout.
With the arrival of Cartucci’s Bar and Grill, students will now have to choose their loyalties.
The new restaurant offers up an alternative to the sports-bar atmosphere of the Draught Horse and gives students the chance to dine or enjoy a drink at the bar in style.
The beautiful décor draws customers into the ambiance of an upscale restaurant while maintaining reasonable prices.
Cartucci’s features a restaurant-type setting of booths and tables surrounding a central bar. Two plasma televisions offer diners a good view of a Sixers, Eagles or Flyers game from anywhere in the place.
There is also a casual area of small tables with stools that is perfect for lunch or a quick bite.
Located next to the campus 7-Eleven on Liacouras Walk, the restaurant fits perfectly into the Temple community. The wait staff is comprised mostly of students, making a comfortable atmosphere, as well as adding to the Temple spirit.
For students looking to get a few drinks, Cartucci’s offers a refined and relaxed atmosphere in which to do so. Wednesday night features wine specials, but the real party starts on “Thirsty Thursdays.”
This weekly event offers $5 pitchers and $3 shots. However, students won’t find the same cheap draft beer throughout the week as the Draught Horse offers.
Cartucci’s laid-back atmosphere makes it a perfect place for a quiet Friday night dinner for two or a feast for some friends. This versatility is Cartucci’s selling point.
During the week, Cartucci’s serves an express lunch special that includes any sandwich, fries and a drink for less than $7.
“You get in and out as quick as you need to,” manager Ryan Miles said.
The restaurant accepts Diamond Dollars, along with almost any other conventional form of payment, making it a convenient stop on Liacouras Walk.
“Elegance is key to us, while keeping prices moderate,” Miles added. “We just want to offer something different, an alternative, if you want a nice meal prepared to order.”
This commitment is reflected in the menu choices that vary from a quick burger to a more refined pasta dish.
The arrival of Cartucci’s is sure to affect business at the Draught Horse, but competition will remain minimal as the two target different audiences. The Draught Horse, a college-style bar, offers a good sports-bar feel and some very cheap food.
At the same time, Cartucci’s is versatile enough to handle the desires of both party-happy students who want to have a good time at the bar, as well as students who want to stop in for a quick bite and study. A couple out on a casual date will find the restaurant inviting.
Cartucci’s is located in the center of Liacouras Walk. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. daily and lunch is served until 3 p.m.
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