Putting a new spin on a classic is a hit-or-miss affair: while New Coke was a miserable failure, the near-perfect Crystal Pepsi still fills the glasses of most of the world today. Putting a boozy spin on the classic burger 'n' shake joint, P.Y.T
In P.Y.T., local party promoter Tommy Up's created an upscale, spirited version of Arnold's from Happy Days, complete with a 20-seat blonde wood bar, a partitioned 20-seat dining area with a view of the Piazza, and slatted wooden interlockable tables which'll soon be lorded over by a massive photo of a buxom burger-chomping gal dripping mayonnaise toward her pink bra, which'll have you thinking of your own condom-ments. Drinkwise, three taps pour Philadelphia Brewing Co standards and mostly-local bottled beers abound, but even the top-shelf bar plays second fiddle to the signature Root Beer Float decisively spiked with Philly-developed Root liqueur, and "Adult Milkshakes" made with fresh handmade ice cream, like the bourbon-infused Jack Rabbit Slim, the vodka/chocolate liqueur Mexican Spicy Chocolate Shake, and the Van Gogh Vodka and "proprietary secret" coffee liqueur-injected Double Espresso -- you're on your own finding 24 Christmas reggae hits. On the grub side, burgers (topped with cheese, special sauce, crushed Kettle Chips, & bacon) run the show, from the single-patty Deluxe P.Y.T., to the double-patty Royale with Cheese, to the triple-patty Big Mic, which is perfect for Fat Joe on every conceivable level
Opening tonight sans food, P.Y.T.'s planning a full-menu grand opening next weekend, and they continue to put finishing touches on a separate rear-entry burgundy and charcoal speakeasy lounge (w/ dedicated bar) for private "burger bashes" -- which, if done right, will be completely Pepsi Free.