Eater turned us on to this interview with Joe Bastianich, a partner in Mario Batali’s Eataly. Bastianich confirms that the next Eataly location will indeed be in Philadelphia and is about a year out. The where is still unannounced but rumor and speculation have long focused on the ground floor of the old Strawbridge and Clothiers.
Coincidentally, Philadelphia magazine’s Philly Cooks event was thrown in the Strawbridges building last year but won’t return this year, as we’ve been told the building will likely be starting a build-out.
No one is confirming anything for now but if we were betting, that's where we'd wager.
Eataly is a mega-complex of prepared food, restaurants, produce, meats, pasta, cheese and much more. The Chicago store which weighs in at a massive 63,000 square-feet opens today with eight restaurants and as many grab-and-go spots.
Talking with the principals behind Eataly: Joe Bastianich [Chicago Reader via Eater]
Eataly [Official Site]