Local Restaurant Favorites Coming to New Whole Foods

Rodin Square Whole Foods Rendering

Mega Whole Foods is bringing several local favorites to Pennsylvania Avenue.

When the new Whole Foods Market opens at 2101 Pennsylvania Avenue on October 14th, it will be bringing a lot more than just a super market. The 61,990 square foot mega market will also have a 140-seat food hall that will include several local favorites including Cheu Noodle Bar, Dizengoff, and Wiz Kidthe new fast-casual concept from Rich Landau.

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James Opens at 19th and Arch

Check out the cocktails and menus for James | Photo by HughE Dillon

Check out the cocktails and menus for James | Photo by HughE Dillon

James, the bar and restaurant owned by the same group as behind Mac’s Tavern in Old City, though this is a very different concept, opens today. Named after James Logan of Logan Circle fame and a former mayor of Philadelphia, James takes over the former Mission Grill location with 88 seats and 28 bar stools.

Aiming to have something for everyone, James houses private dining rooms in the back as well as in a vault, that speaks to the building’s former use as a bank. Though televisions dot the bar area, they double as mirrors when they’re not broadcasting sports, making the space more versatile.

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A Chance to Support America by Eating Caviar

Celebrating Silver in 2015 at the Bocuse d'Or.

Celebrating Silver in 2015 at the Bocuse d’Or.

If you like chanting USA, USA, USA in any setting then I hope you’ll be watching tonight’s vital USA vs. Canada game at the World Cup of Hockey. But if you’re not a hockey fan, or just more of a fan of dover sole and 40-day aged prime steak then there’s another event to get excited about.

This Friday, Barclay Prime is hosting a fundraiser for the American team competing at the 2017 global culinary competition, The Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France. STARR Restaurant chefs Alex Lee, Sebastien Rouxel and Barclay Prime executive chef Mark Twersky will prepare a special dinner featuring caviar, dover sole and 40-day aged prime  New York strip steak.

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On Point Bistro Is Now Open for Dinner

On Point Bistro is now open for dinner

On Point Bistro is now open for dinner

Beginning this evening, Point Breeze’s On Point Bistro will begin serving dinner. The BYOB by Garces alum Juan Lopez and his wife Mallory Fix Lopez has been open a week serving brunch. Now the restaurant at the intersection of 20th Street, Federal Street and Point Breeze Avenue is serving a menu of crowd pleasers such as mussels and frites, fish and chips, grilled cheeses, burgers, steak frites and grilled salmon.

Snacks run from $4 for fries to $16.95 for a share board of cheese and meats. Entrees top out at $19.95 for steak frites.

On Point Bistro is open Tuesday through Sunday for brunch and dinner.

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The Changing Food Face of Market Street

Wawa - 19th and market rendering

Rendering courtesy Wawa

The glass facades of west Market Street’s office buildings are changing. Once just the home of bank chains and lobbies, many of the skyscrapers are adding food options to their ground floors. And the choices are a bit more interesting than Cosi, Marathon and Starbucks.

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The Fat Ham Opens at King of Prussia Mall

Chicken and Waffle at the Fat Ham King of Prussia

Chicken and Waffle at the Fat Ham King of Prussia

Kevin Sbraga’s Southern food concept, the Fat Ham opens today at the King of Prussia Mall. In addition to the Fat Ham’s signature hot chicken, the suburban outpost offers  a full menu of toasts, salads, entrees and sandwiches. The Fat Ham will be open in the mall’s Savor expansion for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Honeygrow Opens 10th Location Next Week

Honeygrow | Photo via Facebook

Honeygrow | Photo via Facebook

Honeygrow, the fast-casual noodle concept from Temple Fox School of Business alum Justin Rosenberg, is opening on Temple University’s campus (1601 North Broad Street) on Monday, September 19th at 11 a.m. This is the tenth Honeygrow location to open since the original in 2012.

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Honeygrow Opens at Temple

Honeygrow kicks off its Temple location with a Temple football giveaway.

Honeygrow kicks off its Temple location with a Temple football giveaway.

Honeygrow, the fast-casual noodle concept from Temple Fox School of Business alum Justin Rosenberg is opening on Temple University’s campus (1601 North Broad Street) on Monday, September 19th at 11 a.m. This is the tenth Honeygrow location to open since the original in 2012.

The first 100 guests to arrive on Monday will be entered to win a special Temple Football Experience with four tickets to the October 1st game versus SMU, a pre-game tour of Lincoln Financial Field and sideline access plus a parking pass.

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Michelin-Starred Team Is Opening Restaurant in University City

The restaurant space during a recent hard hat tour of the tower | Photo by Sandy Smith

The restaurant space during a recent hard hat tour of the tower | Photo by Sandy Smith

The team behind New York’s Michelin-starred Rebelle is opening a restaurant in University City’s FMC Tower at Cira Centre South. The restaurant, which will be at the base of the mixed-use tower at 30th and Walnut is expected to open in early 2017. The tower is also home to AKA University City, a mix of luxury hotel rooms and apartment residences occupying the upper floors of the tower.

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Nick Elmi’s ITV Adds Happy Hour

Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi opens ITV next to his Laurel on East Passyunk.

Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi’s ITV on East Passyunk | Photo by Chelsea Portner

Nick Elmi’s East Passyunk bar, ITV (or as we prefer to refer to it 👁📺 – oh you thought we were done with restaurant emojis?) is adding happy hour. Beginning this evening, the attractive bar is offering discounted, wine, beer and snacks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Wines are available for $7 and beers are $5. ITV is also offering a house-made version of Quina for $5. Quna is the French aperitif that most probably know from this famous poster.

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