The Franklin Flea, Philly’s homegrown answer to the Brooklyn Flea’s departure, reopens tomorrow from 10 to 5 in the historic Strawbridges’s building at 801 Market street, and it’s worth bringing your appetite as well as your hand-sewn shopping bags.
In addition to the array of beloved food truck vendors and some up and coming food entrepreneurs we told you about last December, this spring the Flea is debuting the Franklin Stove, a pop-up that will offer some big names from kitchens around town to try their hand at the street food format. Flea organizer Mark Velve is a lover of local and he’s targeted hometown heroes to staff the Stove. These are “restaurants we love and we think represent Philly well.” Velve sees the Franklin Stove as a chance “to bring awareness to the collaborative atmosphere we have among food entrepreneurs, restaurants and chefs in Philly.” An interesting twist on this particular pop-up is that those restaurants presenting who have liquor licenses will be able to vend alcohol in addition to snacks.
Though menus are still coming together, the team from High Street on Market will kick it off tomorrow with duck sliders, some kind of cold salad and, potentially, sangria. Next weekend, Oyster House will bring the heat with fish tacos and a punch, and on May 3 the guys from Cheu Noodle Bar will throw down a spiked iced tea and “breakfast dumplings"--a little preview of what we can expect to see from them at their upcoming East Passyunk Avenue location. Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby of Vedge are also going to tease us a bit when they take over, previewing something that we might see at V Street, their upcoming Rittenhouse spot. Expect empanadas from the Rosa Blanca team, and some kind of hybrid happening from the ongoing bromance between Jason Cichonski of Ela and the Gaslight and Scott Schroder of South Philly Taproom and American Sardine Bar.
Here’s the full Franklin Stove schedule:
April 19 — High Street on Market
April 26 — Oyster House
May 3 — Cheu Noodle Bar
May 10 — a Scott Schroeder+Jason Cichonski collaboration
May 17 — Vedge
May 24 — Rosa Blanca
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