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A modern French-inspired BYOB in the heart of South Philadelphia.

Chef and Owner Christopher Kearse, and his team, prepare a menu focused on around the season, respecting French traditions along with classic and modern techniques to build a dining experience that evokes excitement and emotion.
 

 

Hours
Wednesday - Thursday 5:30pm to 10pm
Friday - 5:30pm to 11pm
Saturday - 5pm to 11pm
Sunday (Prix Fixe) - 5pm to 9pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

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Chef Kearse

One of Philadelphia’s most exciting chefs, Christopher Kearse, was born to cook. As the second-oldest of eight children (along with twin brother Michael), Chris was always interested in what was happening in the kitchen, spending hours watching cooking shows while growing up in Levittown. He eventually took over cooking duties for the family, preparing dinner for his parents and seven siblings every night while in high school.

Chris attended the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, graduating in 2005 as valedictorian. Chris then moved to Chicago, and began a campaign to work in some of the country’s most influential kitchens, sending a letter each week to the same 10 chefs in order to get his foot in the door. Thanks to his diligence, Chris was able to land a variety of positions in some of America's top-rated kitchens including Charlie Trotter’s, Tru, Alinea and Thomas Keller’s French Laundry.

After returning to Philadelphia, Chris worked at Lacroix, Blackfish and Pumpkin, where he spent more than two years as chef de cuisine.

In August 2012, Chris opened Will BYOB on East Passyunk Avenue to rave reviews. Chris was recently named “Best New Chef” by Philadelphia Magazine, has been named one of the 2013 Philadelphia Rising Stars by StarChefs.com, and was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award in 2013 and 2014, and named best BYOB 2014 by Philadelphia Magazine.

 

Additional Info

Beverage Options
Will is a BYOB restaurant. If you are interested in purchasing wine or spirits, the nearest Fine Wine & Spirits shop is located at 1237 South Eleventh Street. For a unique selection of American and Imported craft beer, we recommend visiting The Bottle Shop located at 1616 East Passyunk Avenue.

Gift Certificates
Gift Certificates are now available. They may be purchased by calling 215.271.7683 or by emailing info@willbyob.com. Please allow at least 48 hours to process your request.

Events
Whether you would like to entertain a select group of clients, or host a large reception throughout the entire restaurant, we offer a number of possibilities. To request more information please contact us at info@willbyob.com

Directions & Parking
Street parking is available, but may be hard to find. The nearest parking lot is located on the Northwest Corner of Broad and McKean Streets with an evening rate of $5.