Washington DC’s Capital Teas is coming to Center City Philadelphia. The nine location strong chain is opening a tea bar and retail boutique at 1804 Chestnut Street.
Capital Teas comes from fifth generation tea merchants and offer more than 200 varieties of teas from around the world. In addition to fresh brewed tea, the storefront will also offer teapots, infusers and other items for sale.
Capital Teas [Foobooz]
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Chops Restaurant, which has been operating as an open air cafe at the Comcast Center, has now opened its indoor space as well. The restaurant that succeeded Table 31 opened yesterday and will only be serving its Restaurant Week menu over its first two weeks. That means there will be a $20 three-course lunch option and a $35 dinner prix fixe as well.
The look is modern but more casual than Table 31 ever was. Once Restaurant Week ends, there will be a grander opening.
Chops Restaurant [Foobooz]
On Sunday, September 14th, Southwark chef Sam Jacobson is inviting Elijah Milligan (Taproom on 19th, formerly, Laurel, Stateside, Le Bec Fin) to celebrate local farms’ bounty. The dinner at Southwark begins at 6:30 p.m. and is $55 per person, $80 with wine pairings.
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This weekend, Craig LaBan reviewed Chip Roman’s The Treemont and wonders where all the diners are. Scared off by an unusual deadspot in Center City or dissuaded from the Cheesecake Factory construction site down the block? But for those who have made it in the doors, there are rewards.
If Roman has the financial fortitude to endure the leaner months, the Treemont has the ingredients to become, with refining (and maybe some noise-proofing), a reliable, fine-dining hideaway with quality entrees, fairly priced in the mid-$20s.
Two Bells – Very Good (93 decibels)
Treemont mystery: Good food, few eaters [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Treemont [Foobooz]
Philadelphia is getting crabby and it isn’t because the Eagles lost (thank goodness). We’ve been spotting crab specials pop up around town. Corner Foodery is offering snow crabs for $9.99 per pound or three blue crabs for $9.99. Each order of blue crabs gets a free 12-ounce draft. And tonight, from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, the deal works in reverse. Buy a beer and get an order of free crabs.
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As we reported earlier, Jon Taffer of the Spike TV show “Bar Rescue” has been in Philadelphia filming new episodes. One of the spots he’s been working on is Lickety Split at 4th and South. Twitter user 00jbk tips us off that the bar has received a fresh coat of paint and two new names, Alleged Bar & Pizza and upstairs, 2nd State Lounge. Also visible in the windows of the second floor, “MIXOLOGY,” and “TAFFER WAS HERE.”
The mixology can’t be a surprise, as anyone who watches the show knows, there’s money to be made in cocktails.
Taffer and his crew were spotted on Friday night in Glenside, at Plush, a restaurant and nightspot on Keswick Avenue.
The grand reveal began around 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 6th.
More on “Bar Rescue” in Philadelphia.
2nd State [Foobooz]
Just about everyone seems to have their Sunday football traditions down pat but if you’re looking for something different, here are some change-up ideas for the Eagles game.
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The Treemont at 15th and Locust is adding brunch beginning this Sunday. Chip Roman’s Center City restaurant will be serving dishes like cured salmon rillette, French toast gratin, short rib with grits and fried egg, as well as the pictured burger with smoked onion jam. Brunch is served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All plates come in under $20 and a cocktail list of a.m. friendly drinks like the “Twisted Lip,” vodka, orange curacao, lemon,
house-grenadine and sparkling wine comes in at $14 or less.
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Philly Style Bagels have been operating as an occasional pop-up out of Pizzeria Beddia in Fishtown on Sunday mornings. This Sunday they’re offering order half and full-dozens of bagels that you order ahead of time. Choose the number and kind of bagels, your housemade spreads and your pickup time, all online. Please note, pre-ordering is the only way to get bagels at Pizzeria Beddia this weekend.
The reason for that is Philly Style Bagels will also be serving up bagel sandwiches at Hylo Labs 3rd Space event in Old City. That event runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature Pilsner Urquell shandies.
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Looks like Ben & Jerry’s is returning to Rittenhouse Square. Ben & Jerry’s used to have a scoop shop around on 18th Street but that made way for a.kitchen. The new shop, which recently added a sign and banner is around the corner at 1728 Sansom Street.
Ben & Jerry’s has local locations at 218 S 40th Street and 30th Street Station.
Ben & Jerry’s [Official]