N.A. Poe is teaming up with a new brewery for an expanded version of his popular Fishtown sandwich shop. When Human Robot Brewing opens early next year, its Kensington space will also be home to the second iteration of Poe’s Sandwich Joint. N.A Poe, who first made a name for himself in Philly as a marijuana activist, is reopening his popular sandwich shop inside the new brewery, at 1710 N. Fifth Street in what was previously Saint Benjamin’s Brewing Co. The first phase of the eatery, with delivery and pickup only, should debut this month.
“We’re going from essentially a takeout window to having a sit-down restaurant. It’s a big upgrade,” says Poe, a.k.a. Richard Tamaccio Jr. “We closed the doors less than three months ago, and three months later we rebounded back on our feet in a better situation. I’m not trying to look backward.”
Poe’s Sandwich Joint was an immediate hit when it opened in Fishtown in December 2018, landing on best of lists including Eater’s roundup of epic Philly sandwiches. Eight months later, when Poe closed the shop abruptly, he cited issues with investors, but an NDA prevents him from going into detail.