Congratulations to Bob Ritchie and Mike McCloskey for buying Interstate Draft House.  The article below is from Danya Henniger at BillyPenn.

After six years serving Southwest-inspired food and craft beer on East Palmer Street in Fishtown, restaurateur Bob Bitros has sold Interstate Drafthouse.

But don’t get maudlin over the loss of one of the rapidly-changing neighborhood’s most laid-back bars just yet. The buyers — local accountant pals Keith Dailey, Bob Ritchie and Mike McCloskey — are planning to keep it open, with very few changes.

“We’ve visited many times as patrons and always loved the food, vibe [and] staff,” said Ritchie, who plans to head up day-to-day operations.

Does that mean patrons will still be able to order the famed Fishtown Iced Tea, a slosh-inducing take on the Long Island classic that sees vodka, rum, gin, tequila and triple sec mixed with Arctic Splash and served in the iconic paper carton? (The bar currently sells between 250 and 300 of them a week.)

Heck yeah. “100% keeping the Fishtown Iced Teas,” Ritchie confirmed. “They’re fun!”

Bitros, whose previous Philadelphia restaurants included Azure in Northern Liberties (now Dos Segundos) and Roxborough’s Adobe Cafe, said business at Interstate has been steadily getting better and better.

“I have very mixed feelings [about the sale], because it’s making money, and I’m very social there, too,” he said. The proliferation of other beer bars and brewpubs nearby has proved a positive for his side-street hideaway, which boasts a vegetarian-friendly menu, a popular brunch and a large covered patio that’s dog-friendly. “In the past six years, Fishtown has changed a lot,” Bitros noted, “but it’s brought more people and business to the neighborhood.”