Eataly Coming to Philadelphia


Strawbridges during Philly Cooks | Photo by Yoni Nimrod

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]

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  • David Fields

    Hi Joe, if you are reading this……I love Eataly and will be shopping there frequently, but 8th and Market is not a good location for it……

  • Larz

    8th and Market is a GREAT location for it. Somebody has to start the movement to revitalize the area for locals.

    Plus, as it will be a major tourist destination it is a great way to link Independence Hall, Reading Terminal and on to Rittenhouse.

    • Chad

      Yeah, I mean it is like 3 blocks from the Reading Terminal, so there is nothing anything like that in the area.

      • Larz

        It is VERY different from Reading Terminal Market. For locals it is more a place the get specialty products and prepared foods (sit down service).

        I would suspect most locals would still do the vast majority of their shopping at Reading.

  • Alimentarian

    I’d love to see 8th and Market developed, and I’m sure Eataly would do well there (or wherever else it goes), but I have a feeling the location may surprise us. One of the North or South Broad Street projects? U City? I just hope it isn’t too close to the Italian Market.

    • DTurner

      I think U City would be the best location. With the new DiBruno’s over on east Chestnut an 8th and Market location might not be a good idea. UC is ripe for more grocery options and they would have a near-captive audience of Penn & Drexel students, at least until a Whole Foods inevitably opens over there.

  • Sandra McNamara Fanelle

    OMG I am beyond thrilled. I drive special from Philly to NYC to go to Eataly–great products—just thrilled

  • Overbatali

    No thanks! I wonder if the fatboy is still stealing his waiters tips? Creeps.
    Over inflated egos and prices.

  • BDM

    Love his Mother’s place on restaurant row in NY. I am sure this will be a real hit.

  • Philly Rocks

    Best place in the city would be the waterfront as Philly leaders need to develop it more. However, after over 50 years of indecision, it may not be realistic. The next best place solution may be the Comcast Tower or the Liberty Tower. Strawbridges IMO is in a desolate area that is surrounded by the Gallery (kids and panhandlers); Another possibility could be The Bourse. Since it’s hey day of the 80’s as a Shopping Center, it has gone down tremendously. However, it would be idea for tourist to visit. The ground floor could sustain it and the tourist and others would be able to go directly across the street after visiting the Constitution Center or Independence Mall.

  • IamHungry

    What is the square footage of the old Strawbridge, 25,000 +/1 ? What about opening at the available Finnegan’s Wake location (`19,000 square ft).

  • Homer

    Long time New Yorker recently re-located to Philly.
    All I can say is THANK YOU Joe and Mario!
    Cannot wait.
    And BTW – NOT NOT NOT in U City (is that actually a place … U City?). Avoid NoLibs as well. Center City is where is at. To continue evolving into a world class city, Phillly needs just this sort of purveyor right in the thick of things.