Chhaya Cafe Opens at New East Passyunk Location

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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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Will BYOB Turns Two

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Will BYOB is celebrating its second anniversary with a special collaboration dinner. On Sunday, August 24th, owner and chef Chris Kearse will be joined by chef John Patterson of Fork and chef Eli Collins of Pub & Kitchen for a special $100 per person dinner that benefits the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.

Call for 215-271-7683 reservations or book online.

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Tickets are Now on Sale for the Third Annual Garces Foundation Gala

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Tickets are now on sale for Jose Garces’s third annual Garces Foundation Gala. The event is being held on Wednesday, October 29th at the Kimmel Center and raises money for education and medical care of Philadelphia immigrants.

The theme of the gala is Think Local/Give Local and chef Garces has handpicked a group of local chefs to join him in highlighting Philadelphia’s culinary talent.

The evening is divided into two parts. A VIP Chef Tasting Dinner and Chef Experience will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The VIPs will meet-and-greet the chefs before heading to the rooftop Hamilton Garden to enjoy a three-course family style seated meal cooked by Garces, Eli Kulp (Fork, High Street, a.kitchen), Rich Landau (Vedge), Kevin Sbraga (Sbraga, The Fat Ham), Peter Serpico (Serpico) and Greg Vernick (Vernick Food + Drink).

The gala starts at 6:30 p.m. on the main floor of the Kimmel Center with more than 25 local chefs showing off their talents and local ingredients. General admission tickets are $200 and along with sponsorships can be purchased at the Garces Foundation website.

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Throwback Thursday: Starr’s Cafe

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Way before there was a Stephen Starr and his twenty-one or so Philadelphia restaurants, there was a Starr’s Cafe. This 1917 photo of Margaret Street and Frankford Avenue shows the cafe that offered light lunch, ice cream, oysters as well as steaks and chops. Sounds like a stomach ache waiting to happen.

Frankford and Margaret St [PhillyHistory]

Rowhouse Spirits Is Open for Business

rowhouse-spirits-poitinFormer Philadelphia Brewing Company employee Dean Browne has started Rowhouse Spirits across the street from his former brewery in Kensington. Today he’ll be open for retail sales for the first time. Browne will offer sales Thursdays through Saturdays from noon until 7 p.m. Though he says if you’re nearby outside the store hours, give a yell through the back gate, if he isn’t running the still, he’ll be happy to sell you a bottle.

As a Pennsylvania distiller, Rowhouse Spirits can sell direct to consumers and liquor license owning establishments in the state.

This week Browne will be offering his Poitin, an Irish-style moonshine. Look for Rowhouse Spirits Gin to be ready next week. Browne will also be adding Bear Trap, a herbal liqueur that will be like a less sweet Jägermeister.

Rowhouse Spirits [Foobooz]

For Pete’s Sake Closed by Roof Collapse

for-petes-sake-raise-the-roofFor Pete’s Sake had been in the midst of an expansion recently. The bar at Front and Christian had been working to expand to a second floor. On Tuesday afternoon, the Queen Village bar suffered a partial collapse. Luckily no one was injured, but that doesn’t mean lives weren’t impacted.

This Saturday, August 22nd at 6 p.m., Old Swede’s Church is hosting a fundraiser that will help offset any employee and staff hardship during For Pete’s Sake’s closure. Admission is just a donation and there will be food and drink plus music from Sweetbrier Rose, North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Paul Fejko. 

Roof Collapses at For Pete’s Sake Pub Building [Property]
For Pete’s Sake [Official]

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