Opening Date Set for Bar One in South Philadelphia

It's been a long time coming — no thanks to a few delays — but South Philly's Bar One, a restaurant by the manager and fifth-generation owner of America's oldest Italian restaurant — finally has an opening date.

Ryan Rubino, the great-great-grandson of Francesco and Catherine Dispigno, who first opened Ralph's Italian Restaurant in 1900 in South Philadelphia – now the oldest of its type in the country, will open the family's newest restaurant, Bar One, a 1,200-square-foot, 55-seat restaurant at 767 S. Ninth St.

There will be a soft opening on Monday, Oct. 17, with a grand opening set for Oct. 21.Events will take place around the grand opening:

Friday, Oct. 21 — Happy Hour will run 6-8 p.m. with free passed appetizers.

Saturday, Oct. 22 — Brunch will run 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and guests will be able to order free food off of a limited menu.

Bar One is located right across the street from the original Ralph's; there is also a second Ralph's at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania that opened in 2012. Bar One took over the space vacated by The Wishing Well.

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