A Rittenhouse Square Area Favorite Gets a Face-lift
Twenty Manning has been a neighborhood favorite hangout in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1999 when it first opened. With its dark walls and slick interior, the restaurant had a cool vibe and frequently saw crowds filling their sidewalk tables late into the night in good weather. But the restaurant really never tickled the fancy of critics and serious “foodies” in Philadelphia. The general consensus seemed to be it was good, but not great, and mostly thriving on its location more than anything else. Hence, in early 2010 owner Audrey Taighman (who also owns the popular BYOB Audrey Claire just across the street), closed Twenty Manning for a face-lift and re-imagining. A short time later, it has now reemerged with bright white walls, a more casual attitude, and a slightly new name: Twenty Manning Grill. So is the change for the better? That’s the question this diner wanted to find the answer to on a recent visit.