Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo by Matt Stanley
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has extended Spruce Street Harbor Park through September 28th. The riverfront park was originally scheduled to close on August 31st. The hours of operation for the park and the Garces Group operated Blue Anchor will remain the same. Look for some seasonal additions for September.
Spruce Street Harbor Park was built using a substantial grant from ArtPlace America to show visitors the potential of the Penn’s Landing Marina area. The objective of connecting Philadelphians and visitors to the waterfront clearly succeeded. 35,000 people per week visited the park, nearly twice that over the Independence Day weekend.
Of course, with success like that, you might wonder if it will be back next year.
Spruce Street Harbor Park [Foobooz]
Tony Luke’s, which has locations from Baltimore to Bahrain is heading to the Lehigh Valley. The storefront will open at 806 W. Hamilton Street in Allentown before the end of September. The new location is a franchise owned and operated by Praveen Vig who operates restaurants at Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza casinos. Vig was looking for a location in South Jersey when the Allentown opportunity presented itself. The location is one block from the PPL Center, Allentown’s new indoor arena, which will be home to the Philadelphia Flyers farm team.
Tony Luke’s to open Allentown location in Sept. [Morning Call]
Photo by Jeff Fusco
George and Kim Mickel, owners of By George and Mezze in the Reading Terminal are opening a specialty burger stand facing the center court of the Market in the former home of Tokyo Sushi Bar (across from The Original Turkey). The new stand, which doesn’t have a name yet, will also offer shakes, fries, onion rings and other sides.
A portion of each sale will be donated to support hunger relief agencies locally and around the world. Look for the new burger stand at the Reading Terminal to open this fall.
Reading Terminal [Foobooz]
Greg Vernick is hosting chef Jamie Bissonnette for a special nose-to-tail dinner on Monday, September 8th at Vernick Food + Drink. Bissonnette, who is celebrating the release of his new book, The New Charcuterie Cookbook, has been named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef: People’s Choice and won a James Beard Award-winner of Best Chef: Northeast. He and Vernick first connected in restaurants in Boston, Vernick worked under chef and restaurateur Ken Oringer at Boston’s Clio, and Bissonnette has since partnered with Oringer, with whom he operates three restaurants including the extremely popular Toro and Coppa.
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La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko
Peter Woolsey’s La Peg is now officially open at Race Street and Columbus Boulevard. The brasserie in the FringeArts building has an emphasis on small plate French food and is currently open nightly for dinner and late-night bar bites. The menu ranges from $3 bites to $27 for a steak frites dish. A $30 dinner includes French Onion soup or trio of salads; roasted half-chicken with fries or salmon with horseradish; and chocolate cake or la peg sundae.
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Michael Solomonov’s Abe Fisher will be opening on Tuesday, September 2nd. Co-owner Steven Cook says “everything from Montreal-style smoked meat and Ukrainian borscht to the American Jewish tradition of Chinese food on Christmas is fair game” for the restaurant that celebrates the Jewish Diaspora.
The Sansom Street restaurant next to Cook+Solo’s Dizengoff and across from Federal Donuts will have seating for 50 plus a full-service bar that seats ten. Two kitchen counter seats will offer a front row view of the action on the line. These seats will be available nightly for walk-in guests.
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Chef Timothy Spinner and Brian Sirhal who own the Feliz Restaurants (Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz and Taqueria Feliz) are opening their first non-Mexican concept. Beast & Ale, an “updated greasy spoon” at 4161 Main Street in Manayunk is opening today.
Beast & Ale is taking over the former Gemelli/Bisou. The bi-level spot has a full bar and two-floor dining room that includes a second floor deck.
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All of the winners for Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly issue are now online. Explore everything from the Best BYOB to the Best Whiskey list. And there are videos too »
Beginning this Wednesday, August 27, Midtown Village’s Lolita will start serving lunch. Once lunch kicks off it will be offered Monday through Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m.
The menu includes summer vegetable and short rib burritos plus taco platters including marinated pork tacos fresh of the rotating spit.
And in even better news for tomorrow. Lolita will be giving away carnitas tacos between noon and 2 p.m. Limit of one per customer.
Lolita Lunch Menu (PDF)
Chhaya Cafe has opened in its new location at 1819 East Passyunk Avenue. The new space is nearly double the size of their former location.
Owner Varnana “V” Beuria worked with Toner Architects to create a floor plan that will provide specific areas for dining, relaxing, laptop use and socializing. The layout is more akin to a bar than a traditional coffee shop. Beuria wants guests to communicate and interact with the baristas like a customer does at a bar.
The menu is the same as the original location for now, but a full kitchen gives them plenty of room to expand offerings in the future.
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