Wanna know if someone has ever spent any time living in New York City? Just take her out for bagels anywhere outside the five boroughs and listen to her go on for days about how no bagels are as good as New York City bagels. But you know what we do have? Some of the best regional variations you’re going to find anywhere (and the exceptional breakfast sandwiches made from them), plus our own booming local bagel scene. Here are six operations that take a backseat to no one.
Today marks the official opening of Tired Hands Brewing Co.’s Fermentaria. Located just down the street from the original Tired Hands brew cafe, the new space will immediately more than double Tired Hands brewing capacity, with future expansion room allowing for around seven times the volume. The Fermentaria also means more room for patrons looking for a beer, a bite, and a growler fill to go. The new spot at 35 Cricket Terrace has room for 180 seated.
Tired Hands Fermentaria also has its own menu featuring tacos, ceviches and bigger plates. Chef Bill Braun, who is also the head guy at the brew cafe is in charge here as well, though with the help of Kyle Yates. Highlights of the menu, which is taco focused but not necessarily Mexican, include:
- brisket taco with Swiss cheese, caraway slaw, pickled mustard, tarragon crema
- patatas bravas taco with chorizo-style bulgar, goat cheese, salsa rojo
The Garces Group is still very much in expansion mode, and Jose Garces announced this week that he’s bringing a Village Whiskey to the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. The bourbon bar will open at 920 N Street Northwest (Rear/Blagden Alley NW). The space will be 4,459 square feet. That’s just about four times the size as the original just off of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The location is on Blagden Alley and right next store to another Philadelphia export, La Colombe.
Washington D.C.’s Village Whiskey will open in the fall of 2016. Garces’ first Washington DC restaurant, Rural Society opened in July of 2014.
On Monday, May 11th at Zahav and Tuesday, May 12th at Vetri, the two restaurants are hosting collaborative dinners. The dinners will feature the cooking of chef Adam Leonti of Vetri Ristorante and chef/co-owner Michael Solomonov of Zahav.
Each night will feature identical seven-course tastings exploring Eastern and Western Mediterranean cuisine, served in each restaurant’s private dining room.
The dinners, which are $200 per person (plus tax and gratuity) include a collaborative beverage pairing between Vetri’s Bobby Domenick and C
Yesterday, at Industree’s food and beverage tech panel, Scott Steenrod, Vice President, Restaurant Operations for the Garces Group dropped a very interesting nugget. Since instituting their “Blue Demon Express Lunch Club” at Distrito in March, they’ve seen lunch business double.
And as a reminder, that deal is after five $15, two-course lunches, your sixth one is free.
So for some of those other loyalty programs around town that give you 10% off your 11th meal, this is what a working loyalty program looks like.
Distrito Wants Your Lunch Loyalty [Foobooz]
The former Tangier at 18th and Lombard is being reborn as SouthGate, a Korean-inspired pub. Peter Hwang, his wife Mindy and Peter’s father are behind the project that includes some serious chops in the kitchen. Chef Clara Park was educated at the The Institute of Culinary Education in New York and has worked everywhere from Osteria, to Redd in Napa, to Momofuku Ko in New York. She’s also developed, tested and written recipes for cookbook author Barbara Kafka and even won an episode of Chopped. That’s what got Mindy Hwang to seek her out for this project.
The former Haru at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut is being transformed into The Little Lion, an upscale but casual concept opening this summer. The restaurant will have a capacity of 214 people and will be open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
The restaurant is the project of former Devil’s Alley manager Chris Younge and Jason Dills. For those who were never in Haru, expect a dramatic space with 25-foot ceilings, 8-foot tall windows and a grand staircase that will lead to a balcony bar and lounge. The former sushi bar along the 3rd Street side of the restaurant will be a chef’s counter and raw bar, offering views of the staff shucking oysters, making salads and completing dishes coming from the first level kitchen.
Last month we told you about Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management’s spring series of dining events. Surprisingly, tickets actually remain for some of these events, including the Arcobaleno Pasta Dinner, featuring six courses for just $75.
But now we have the full menu from chefs Stephanie Raetano (Cappofitto), Brad Daniels (Osteria), Joe Cicala (Le Virtu, Brigantessa), Michael Rouleau (Sbraga), Tod Wentz (Townsend) and Damon Menapace (Kensington Quarters).
Check it out and forget about that low-carb diet for a night.
Tonight, Little Nonna’s on Locust Street is hosting Lobster Spaghetti night. For $25, you can get a one-pound lobster with spaghetti in a San Marzano tomato sauce. Now there’s a way to take the Monday out of Monday.
Little Nonna’s [Foobooz]
It’s volume fourteen of Sancho Pistola’s Fishtown Taco Exchange and tonight’s taco co-conspirator is South Philly Barbacoa. South Philly Barbacoa normally serves out of a food cart at 8th and Watkins on Saturday and Sunday mornings and receive nothing but glowing accolades.
Today, Monday, April 20th, Ben Miller and Christina Martinez will be showing off their pancita tacos, barbacoa tacos and consommé. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and three tacos are $9.
Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]