So CoZara isn’t the only new restaurant coming to University City. Word just came down that Jake’s Sandwich Board, open for four years now in Midtown Village, is looking at expanding into UCity this fall.
The space is already picked–the second location will be going into the new development at 40th and Sansom Street, where it was recently announced that construction has been delayed by months. And as of right now, no one really knows anything like a date for the opening–just some time in the fall.
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So if you don’t already have plans for tomorrow night, you’re in luck. There are still tickets available for the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party where all of the swells will be gathering to eat, drink, eat some more, drink some more, and get themselves amped up for the main event coming May 3rd.
All the big Rittenhouse bars and restaurants will be on hand, including a. Bar, a. Kitchen, Butcher & Singer, the Continental, Corner Foodery, The Dandelion, HipCityVeg, Lacroix, Luke’s Lobster, Rouge, Rosati Ice, Russet Restaurant, Sbraga, Square 1682, Termini Brothers Bakery, Zama and others. DiBruno Bros. will be providing more snacks. Franklin Mortgage, the Ranstead Room and the crew from the Library Bar will be slinging drinks. So, yeah. You’ll be able to stuff your face and pour plenty of drinks down your neck while rubbing elbows with the beautiful people. And the best part? You’ll be doing it all in the Ballroom and Grand Salon at The Rittenhouse (210 West Rittenhouse Square), which are some pretty nice digs.
Tickets are $75 per person ($125 for VIP). The fun starts tomorrow night at 6:30pm. And you can get your tickets in advance through the link below.
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party [Get tickets here]
So the good folks over at Food Republic had an interesting idea: 5 editors, 5 world cuisines, 5 days, with each day’s focus being stories about (or inspired by) a single cuisine about which the editors wanted to learn more.
Yesterday, it was Japanese food. Today, it’s Israeli, with a bunch of stories all being done by Matt Rodbard. And one of those stories happens to be all (well, half) about Michael Solomonov, Zahav, and Solo’s two upcoming restaurants–which, of course, is why I noticed it in the first place.
Not just that Solomonov got a mention. It’s not like I’m stalking the guy or anything. But being a non-Philly writer writing about things Philadelphian, Rodbard got taken to task for a (slightly) clumsy line he included which some readers took as a slight against Philadelphia. It wasn’t, actually, but it did ruffle enough feathers that I–as the man who once went all kinds of apeshit over Matt Duckor characterizing Philadelphians as a bunch of jug-blowing knuckleheads and fatties who didn’t know enough to wear our good overalls out to a fancy dinner at the Olive Garden–was looped into the Twitter conversation.
Here’s what Rodbard actually said
Chip Roman’s Treemont Is Now Open It’s the 4th restaurant for Roman (not counting Tradestone)
Morgan’s Pier Will Open May 1st And we have some more details
First Look: Bar Volver What to expect from the walk-in side of Jose Garces’s new operation
High Street Doing More Friends and Family Dinners, Headed for Night Market Because Eli Kulp never sleeps
Farm Fest Comes To The Parkway An egg hunt, a petting zoo and clog dancing
Foobooz After Dark: North & South Here’s what the menu will look like
Marky Mark Has A Burger Joint? Wahlburgers is coming to Philly
Questlove DJing the Great Chefs Afterparty And that’s not even the biggest news
How You’ll Spend Your Summer The Spruce Street Harbor Park
For only the second time in Philly (and one of the very few times in the US entirely), Hitachino Anbai plum beer is showing up on a tap list. This weekend, Zama will be tapping the one small keg they were able to get their hands on and, odds are, it isn’t going to last longer than a couple days.
So what is this stuff? It’s Hitachino Nest white ale (already a rarity) that has been doctored with Japanese plums picked from Hitachino owner, Toshiyuki Kiuchi’s, private orchard. The plums spend six months soaking in the beer, then a little bit of natural sea salt is added to finish this strange, salty/sour wheat beer.
So if you’re one of those people who just can’t resist bragging about the rare and unusual beers you’ve tried, this is a can’t-miss event. The Hitachino Anbai plum is on tap now and will only be around for this weekend.
So yes, the Vetri Great Chefs event is coming up on June 10. Yes, there’s going to be an afterparty at Alla Spina. And yes, Questlove will be DJing. VIP tickets (which are the only way to get access to the afterparty, short of becoming a Great Chefs sponsor) are $525 apiece and can be gotten through the Vetri Foundation website. Expensive, sure, but that’s the only way you’ll get to see Questlove, hang out with Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Jonathan Waxman, and feel like one of the city’s power players.
It’s also the only way you’ll get to taste Brad Spence’s 200lb mortadella cooked inside a Victory Brewing fermenting cask.
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That guy over there look familiar? If you’re the drinking sort, he likely does.
That’s Keith Raimondi, who has spent years slinging drinks at some of the best bars in the city. He was the GM at Lemon Hill, worked for years with Team Garces, putting in time at Tinto, Chifa, Distrito, Amada and Village Whiskey, and did the cocktails for Jose’s most recent book, The Latin Road Home.
Well, now he’s got a new gig which will put him behind the stick at Townsend Wentz’s eponymous new East Passyunk project, Townsend–the one opening in the (hopefully totally uncursed) space that formerly (and briefly) held Sophia’s. Raimondi will be head bartender (which is kind of a step back, but one he insists he’s looking forward to), sharing all booze-ly duties with GM and sommelier Lauren Harris.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the very first Wawa in Folsom, Pennsylvania. To celebrate, the stores are offering free coffee to everyone who asks for it. And over at the main Philadelphia magazine site, Dan McQuade is celebrating by rounding up 50 cool facts about Wawa through the ages–things like the origin of the name, celebrities who have Wawa tattoos, interesting observations on the hairstyles of Amish teenagers, where to buy a plush version of the Wawa mascot (yes, they have a mascot) and why you can’t buy rolling papers or porno at your local Wawa.
Seriously, it’s a great list. And the amount of history, controversy and cultish sociology he manages to cram into just 50 short entries is amazing. There is no doubt that Wawa is the greatest convenience store of all time, and the list essentially reads like 50 reasons why. Check it out at the link below.
50 Things About Wawa For Wawa’s 50th Anniversary [Philly mag]
Okay, so at a certain point someone is going to have to go after chef Eli Kulp with a tranquilizer gun just to get him to slow down a little. He already has like nine different menus working between Fork and High Street on Market, he’s overseeing A.Kitchen and A.Bar and doing events like Franklin Flea and Taste of the Nation. But that’s apparently not enough for him. Because he also does special Friends and Family dinners on Tuesday nights at High Street, which are continuing throughout the spring.
For example, on Tuesday, April 22 he’ll be doing a dinner with Phickle’s Amanda Feifer which will continue their Fermentation Series celebrating all things fermented–from coffee and chocolate to cheese and yogurt, beer and wine to pickles and kim chi. (Other dates include Tuesday, May 13 and Tuesday, June 17.) And on Tuesday, May 6, it’ll be a cheese dinner with Valley Shepherd Creamery, with cheesemaker Jaenine Dargis and some of her 30+ Basque-influenced cheeses. All the dinners start at 9pm and are just $25 per person (plus booze, tax and tip).
But wait, there’s more…
Photo courtesy Neal Santos
They’ve had a few weeks to get their legs under them, but now the crew at the new Zavino at Chestnut Square is ramping things up with longer hours and a new happy hour program.
First, the food and booze. Happy Hour deals will be constantly changing depending on the whims of chef Carlos Aparicio, his guys on the line and the staff behind the bar. But from 4:30 to 6:30 every day, look for things like “Bartender’s Choice” cocktails, $3 beers, $4 wines by the glass, $7 margherita pizzas, a variety of croquets, cheeses and veggies, and a $5 plate of meatballs that I kinda want right now.
In terms of service, Zavino is now offering lunch and dinner every day.
As always, follow Zavino on Twitter or like them on Facebook in order to stay in the loop on daily specials and whatnot.