More From Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co Plus Playboy stops by to Party

All year long swarms of investigative reporters from Playboy ping-pong across the
nation, hitting juke joints, mixology meccas, beach bars and dives by
the dozen. “We look under every maraschino cherry, jotting down notes on
wet napkins with steeled nerves and steady hands. To make our bar guide
as definitive as possible, we spare lots of sleep and no expense. If you
know of a drinking establishment that belongs on this list, clue us in.”

Principal owners Chris Doggett and Chris Gali
with friends at last week’s Playboy party hosted by Tanqueray at The

— celebrating Playboy’s Best Bars in America.
The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. (Philadelphia)
Named for the company that served as the front for what was once the
largest illicit booze ring in the country, this establishment (above
right) is an homage to the pre-Prohibition era: the style, architecture,
music, even the lightbulbs—and, yes, the drinks. (
 Justin Pizzi and guest

Chef Shola Olunloyo and Nicole Rossi stop by too

 Christian LeCornu [Gabello Studios] and guest
 Franklin GM Christina Rando
  Josh and Kristina Jenkins [Where Magazine]
Kylie Flett and Evan Connolly

 Meredith Lindemon, Alexis Lerro, James Zeleniak of PUNCH Media
Folks from Playboy
Lots of smiles checking out the latest issues
The Franklin’s Al Sotack, Christina Rando and Aaron Siak

Yesterday I reported that Franklin was expanding into the upper floor of the building where they are located. A move much anticipated by everyone since the bar is just exploding with accolades every month. In the afternoon Eater’s Colin Flatt posted an interview with  The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. owner Mike Welsh “We’re going to use the space for R&D, and we’re also probably going to open a teaching environment, so people can learn about cocktails and liquor,” Welsh told Eater, as well as a spill over waiting area for people cooling their heels to get into the main bar. No reason to have them freeze outside waiting to get into the party. Most importantly my article dispelled their original plan which was to open a noodle house in the space, which I always found to be odd. Maybe a story just to float out since we have such a ravenous foodie community. (eater)

 P.S. No one on this page tipped me off to the above story, which I sat on for about 2 weeks til I could shoot yesterdays photos.