Center City Sips, the Center City-wide Wednesday night happy hour officially kicks off on Wednesday, June June 3rd. The weekly deal includes $3 beer, $4 wine, $5 cocktails and half-priced appetizers at more than 80 bars and restaurants.
This week, on Wednesday, May 27th a special kickoff party will be held on the patio bar at the Marathon at 18th and Market. The event will include Sips specials, 2 Gingers tastings, plus music from DJ Royale. Stop by and get a head start on Center City Sips.
Center City Sips [Center City District]
The Cheesecake Factory is coming to 15th and Walnut | Photo by HughE Dillon
Perhaps while you were out of town for the long weekend, the Cheesecake Factory signs were installed at 15th and Walnut Streets. The signs are the latest indication that Center City Philadelphia will be getting its own outpost of the national chain. The Philadelphia Cheesecake Factory is scheduled to open on Tuesday, June 23rd.
Cheesecake Factory joins Fado, Applebee’s, Fox and Hound and Howl at the Moon along the stretch of 15th Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets.
Stay strong Good Dog, Jose Pistola’s, the Treemont and McGlinchey’s. Stay strong.
Cheesecake Factory [Foobooz]
With outdoor dining and drinking season clearly upon us, La Peg has announced its patio menu for the season. The patio is serving up a menu of grilled items like pork chops, salmon and burgers, as well as chilled soups, salads and desserts.
The patio also serves up great views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Race Street Pier and $3 beers.
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Eli Kulp with Ellen Yin and Mayor Michael Nutter celebrating Kulp being named Best New Chef by Food & Wine.
In last week’s Amtrak train derailment we learned that chef Eli Kulp was seriously injured. Today we found out that Kulp suffered a severe spinal cord injury. Though he has already shown early signs of recovery, he will require months of rehabilitation.
Business partner Ellen Yin, who owns Fork and High Street on Market plus operates a.kitchen and a.bar, says “we are all standing behind Eli as he recuperates. Eli, his family and I thank all our friends, family and staff for their concern, love and support. The restaurants are all busy with people wanting to let Eli know that they are thinking of him and that warms our hearts.”
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New beer from Yards at IBG Wheat.
Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden at 6th and Market has added happy hour. The happy hour includes $4 beer, wine and cocktail specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. There’s also a $4 happy hour menu of food like corn croquettes, beef sliders and spit roasted chicken wings.
Also new is a new beer offering, IBG Wheat is a summer wheat brewed with Yards Brewing. The flavor is described as “candied sugar, orange peel, banana, clove, pepper, grass, lemon” and comes in at 6.5% alcohol by volume.
Independence Beer Garden has already gotten into our heavy rotation this year, the shuffleboard to the addictive popcorn has made us fans. And a special shoutout to Brooke, a server at IBG who might just be the nicest person in Philadelphia.
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The PHS is returning to the 1500 block of South Street | Photo via Erin Wallace
Work continues at the site of last summer’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society beer garden at 16th and South. This year, Barren Hill Brewery is the partnering with the beer garden and is promising an exclusive beer crafted for the pop-up. Philadelphia-based Dietz and Watson will also be serving its products at the beer garden that promises a “Bohemian flair,” complete with wooden trellis, container gardens and lots of different greenery.
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Joe Cicala making his pasta alla mugnaia | Photo by Jason Varney
Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala, Jose Garces and Holly Ricciardi (Magpie) will be on ABC’s The Chew today. Cicala will be showing off his single strand pasta alla mugnaia, while Garces makes a ceviche and Ricciardi bakes her butterscotch bourbon pie.
Tune in at 1 p.m. (or set your DVR) to see the whole crew repping Philly.
The Chew [Official]
The Oink and Moo BBQ truck has been making a name for itself touring around New Jersey and Philadelphia for a bit now. And the barbecue food truck is going to be putting down some roots in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia. The Smokey Pint is a collaboration between Oink and Moo and the Bridesburg Commissary that offers space to caterers and food trucks.
The Smokey Pint will offer Oink and Moo BBQ plus beer in bottles, cans and draft at 2549 Orthodox Street, not far from the Aramingo exit of I-95 and the Betsy Ross Bridge. The space will feature beer in coolers and a counter where customers will order and pick up their barbecue. Communal tables will host around 30.
This isn’t the first non-wheeled location for Oink and Moo, there is also a brick-and-mortar location in North Jersey at 54 Broadway, Florham Park, NJ.
The barbecue and beer spot is just a few weeks out from opening.
Smokey Pint [Foobooz]
Rendering of 1720 Fairmount, the future home of Bar Hygge.
Michael Klein has details on Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver’s plans to open a brewpub at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. The pub will be branded as Bar Hygge, a name coming from a Danish expression meaning “cozy camaraderie.”
The brewing side of the production will be called Brewery Techne and is aiming to be operational by October.
Bar Hygge: New brewpub from Earth Bread + Brewery [Philly.com]
Bar Hygge [Foobooz]
On Sunday, June 7th, Jose Garces is opening up his Luna Farm in Ottsville, Bucks County for a summer barbecue.
The $75 per person ticket includes a barbecue lunch with chef Jose Garces, tours of the farm, a Tito’s Handmade Vodka infusion workshop, plus much more.
The details on Luna Farm barbecue »