Things did not go so well for Grillicious on 18th Street. After just a few months in business, it ended up locked from the outside and stayed dark for a very long time.
But now it looks like there might be new life coming to 32 South 18th Street. The Insider is reporting that the space has been taken over by the team that ran Genji in Center City. They’re re-branding, calling the new operation Hai Street Kitchen & Co., and running it as a fast-casual, counter-service restaurant–kinda like Chipotle. Appropriate since the menu will be heavily slanted in the direction of bowls and seaweed wraps (which, if you squint, might look kinda like a burrito).
But whatever. No matter how it’s presented, more Japanese food in Philly is always good news in my book. I’ll take all the sushi, sashimi and hand rolls I can get.
The Insider has a bunch of history on Genji's time in Philly and some more details on the new Hai Street.