American / Midtown Village

The Hayes by Chef Townsend Wentz Opens in Midtown Village

The Hayes, Midtown Village’s new contemporary American tavern and gastropub from acclaimed Chef Townsend Wentz, has officially opened for service, for both lunch and dinner, seven days a week at 1123 Walnut Street, boasting a full menu of new American cuisine local brews, classic cocktails, wines on tap, and more. 

Photo by Lexy Pierce

Housed adjacent to Chef Wentz’ Spanish tapas and sherry bar concept Oloroso, The Hayes provides modern, ultra-decadent versions of classic pub fare including burgers, mussels, and wings, as well as entrées such as Steak Frites ($36) comprised of 12 oz New York strip, green peppercorn sauce, and fries, and Roasted Organic Chicken ($27) with Brussels sprouts and organic chicken.

Open from 11:30am until late, seven days a week, Wentz’s freshly minted menu at The Hayes provides the neighborhood and visitors alike with a spate of premier small plates, soups and salads, larger entrées, with highlights including:

East Coast Oysters ($18) – Half dozen, mignonette

Baked Feta ($12) – Cherry tomatoes, confit garlic, olives, fresh oregano

Chicken Wings ($15) – Buffalo sauce, blue cheese

Roasted Pork Belly ($15) – Chickpeas, kale, roasted peppers,

French Onion Soup ($12) – Caramelized onion, Gruyère, baguette

Marinated Beet Salad ($14) – Whipped ricotta, pistachios, mint

The Hayes Burger ($18) – Cooper sharp, hot pepper mayo, fries (add egg or bacon for $3 each)’

Steamed Mussels ($16) – Red curry, cilantro, lime

Photo by Lexy Pierce

The Hayes, named after proprietor Chef Townsend Hayes Wentz, boasts a mid-century interior with a spacious dining area that can accommodate 46 guests and a sweeping L-shaped bar that seats 22, with two televisions positioned at either end. Bar patrons can enjoy 18 taps with eight domestic brews, one dedicated Yard’s Brewing Co. line, Old Speckled Hen on nitro, and an ever-evolving selection of craft beer.

The expertly curated drink program also offers selections of beer by the bottle and sorted as “Usual Suspects”—think Miller High Life, Narragansett Lager, etc.—and “Unusual Suspects”, a revolving selection of craft brews. A bevy of global and locally-sourced wines will be available by the glass, with a select number of wines on tap, and assortment of natural wines available by the bottle. The Hayes’ in-house mixologists have also created a selection of craft cocktails, priced at $14 each, with zero-proof beverages available by request. Cocktail highlights include: 

Witch Hammer – Gin, Strega, lemon, mint, apple

Triple Threat – Rums, lime, honey, bitters

Cure What Ails Ya – Scotch, pineapple syrup, lemon, ginger

Good for the Gander – Vodka, sake, sage syrup, lime, Peychaud

“We’re thrilled to be up and running in this beautiful space next to my Spanish concept Oloroso, and across the street from the Forrest Theatre,” says Chef-Owner Townsend Wentz. “We’re super proud of the dishes we’re currently offering, and look for even more offerings in the weeks and month ahead. We invite Philadelphia and visitors to pay us a visit and come check us out.” 

For additional information on menus, upcoming events, expanded service, and more, visit or follow along on social media via Instagram: @thehayesphl. Walk ins are welcome, and reservations can be made through Resy by clicking HERE.

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