Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is an American tale: an Irishman who immigrated to America at age 15 and made it big, William Mulherin housed his award-winning whiskey’s bottling operation in a corner factory building in Philadelphia’s Fishtown. Later his sons took over the successful enterprise, only to have it all shut down by prohibition.
Years later the landmark building, which still bares his name, is playing host to a new breed of American makers and entrepreneurs. True to its history, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, an Italian-inspired restaurant helmed by chef Chris Painter (and more recently a four-suite hotel) offers a characterful blend of the old and the new. Owner and designer Method Hospitality was careful to preserve much of the landmark building’s industrial character while at the same time embracing the Fishtown’s new creative vibe. Spacious yet homey, each of the hotel’s rooms features original touches, including custom woodwork and metalwork, bespoke furniture, and original wallpaper made and designed by local artisans.
Photography by Matthew Williams.
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