Powell location goes from cafe to craft

Kraft House No. 5 brings new approach to former home of Easy Street Cafe

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June 24, 2014

Kraft House No. 5 has opened at 5 S. Liberty St. in Powell, bringing craft food, craft cocktails and beer to diners in that corner of southern Delaware County.

It can be found in the space formerly occupied by Easy Street Cafe.

“Everything is made from scratch in the kitchen, and the recipes for our cocktails are very involved in terms of being handmade,” said Louie Pappas, who co-owns the restaurant with his brother, Michael.

The two purchased the Easy Street Cafe on March 1. Although they liked the Easy Street Cafe concept, they saw the location and space as an opportunity to do something different. On Mother’s Day, they closed the restaurant after brunch and started transforming it into Kraft House No. 5.

“We felt this part of town could support this concept,” Louie Pappas said.

“It’s a great location, and it was the right opportunity to do it. We were looking for the chance to do something like this for a few years, and this came together at the right time, with the right location and the right staff.”

The Pappas brothers are no strangers to the restaurant business.

Between them, they operate Milo’s Catering and Tommy’s Diner, and they have run the restaurant inside the Statehouse since 2011.

Kraft House No. 5 is a “departure from our other concepts,” Louie Pappas said. “They are more daytime breakfast and lunch places, and Milo’s is primarily into banquets and weddings.”

In contrast, Kraft House is open for dinners most weekdays and has lunch and dinner hours on the weekends.

When they came across the Easy Street Cafe, “We knew we wanted to take our experience and apply it in a different way there — something that just has great culinary vision and phenomenal food,” he said.

The menu is varied, featuring everything from shrimp and grits to chicken wings in a cherry mango IPA barbecue sauce.

They plan to add brunch in the next few weeks. They are closed on Mondays, for now, but will begin a series of reservation-only Monday special dinners, paired with beer and wine tastings.

They offer a separate late-night menu during the last two hours each night, kind of a “late happy-hour deal,” Pappas said.

Twenty beers and four wines are on tap, featuring seasonal and small-batch wines that aren’t available in bottles. Kraft House No. 5 will fill growlers and serve beer and wine flights.

The renovation went relatively quickly considering the extensive changes. “We worked pretty hard to give the space a great new look,” Pappas said.

The new bar has a backsplash constructed of cedar planks in a herringbone pattern. A new seating arrangement opened the layout, and booths were added. The tables were custom-made with reclaimed barn wood.

Pappas is both hopeful and confident that Powell diners will love it.

“We are gastropub fans, and we always have nerves when we open a new place, but we feel we’ve done our homework and set everyone up for success,” he said.

Donatos for life

In a campaign to promote its improved website, Donatos is awarding one person a “pizza for life” prize, and one person at each location will win free pizza for a year.

Fans can enter the contest at Donatos.com, on the pizza chain’s Facebook page, or in person at any Donatos location.

Dispatch restaurant columnist Denise Trowbridge can be reached at onrestaurants@dispatch.com.