The fifth generation of the family who brought you Ralph’s now brings you a casual Italian bar and eatery across the street from the South Philly institution. Siblings Ryan and Gabrielle Rubino, managers of the family restaurants, present BarOne, whose grand opening is set for Friday October 21st.
Mike “Scoats” Scotese has made a name for himself by running the Grey Lodge in Northeast Philadelphia for more than 20 years. Making the bar one of Philadelphia’s first craft beer bars and converting many people into craft beer fanatics. Scotese has also opened two other bars in the Northeast, Hop Angel Brauhaus in Fox Chase and more recently, he opened Sawtown Tavern in Tacony. And now he’s taken over the old Bonk’s Bar in Port Richmond.
With nary a word to the media, Scotese announced on Facebook Monday that he had softly re-opened Bonk’s Bar at 3467 Richmond Street in Port Richmond. Bonk’s has had a cult following for years with its crab nights and no-frills look. But ownership changes saw the place become inconsistent, with crabs being offered just one day a week and online reviews referring to the place as becoming rundown.
The enormous new flagship Whole Foods is now open at 22nd and Pennsylvania Avenue and it is impressive. It’s by far the biggest supermarket in downtown Philadelphia but that’s only a part of the story. It’s also food destination with tons to tempt, even if you don’t put a single thing in your reusable canvas bag.
The popular and well liked (4.5 stars on Yelp) Washington D.C. pizza chain, &pizza lands in Philadelphia. The first area location and 17th for the chain is opening Thursday, October 13th at 1430 Walnut Street (on 15th Street under the Cheesecake Factory).
The quick-serve pizza spot (pronounced “and pizza”) will host a celebration in honor its first location outside of Washington D.C. with free pizza and tattoos.
That’s right– &pizza is offering tattoos of their logo, the ampersand, on their opening day. The first five guests to request this tattoo will receive it for free, along with free pizza for a full year. If you aren’t sure permanent ink for a year of free pizza is for you, you can still get a free pie if you are one of the first 215 guests to arrive–the number 215 being a nod to Philadelphia’s area code.
Monday October 17th is set to be a big day for Shake Shack. According to a story in The Courier Post, the zoning board of Evesham, New Jersey will consider an application for a freestanding building to be shared with a new Honeygrow and near a ShopRite supermarket at Marlton Commons. the intersection of routes 73 and 70.
That same day, we will find out if another Shake Shack will be opening at the Wells Fargo Center. Rumor has it, the stand will be behind Section 116 of the lower level. Take that Penguins fans.
At this time, neither Shake Shack nor the Wells Fargo Center are willing to confirm the openings. But we don’t have to deny them either. Watch this space.
I was a big fan of Lansdale’s Stove & Tap when I reviewed it a couple months back. It’s a large, ambitious space in the ‘burbs, run by two industry vets, serving food that’s better than what most people expect to find outside the city.
And now, owners (and Starr alums) Justin Weathers and Joseph Monnich are expanding in a big way. They’ve got two new restaurants scheduled to open next month, both of them in the Eagleview Town Center in Exton. We haven’t got a lot of information yet, but here’s what we know…
In case you didn’t believe the project was real (like I didn’t), I visited the site of the 1,000-person venue, 1209 Vine Street, just last week. Yes, NOTO (short for “Not of the Ordinary”) is a thing, and yes it’s still happening
Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie opens this Friday, October 14th as part of the URBN nexus at the King of Prussia Mall. The Pizzeria Vetri will be joining the overhauled Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People on the upper level of the Court at King of Prussia. And as we told you about last month, this Pizzeria Vetri will specialize in Roman square pizza slices and feature a whole menu of rotolo.
A banner on the side of 1412 South Street promises “Yeeroh: Modern Greek Grill” is coming to the long abandoned building. We reached out to owner Yiannys Degermentzidis who tells us it is too early to comment yet on the business. This, despite the countdown clock on Yeeroh’s website now dropping below 90 days.
Converting an abandoned building to working restaurant in 90 days seems like a gargantuan task to us, but we’re looking forward to trying Yeeroh, a phonetic take on how to pronounce “gyro,” whenever it opens.
In the meantime, Yeeroh is hosting a snapchat contest where if you take a picture of the banner hanging in front of the storefront and send it to @YEEROH, you can get a voucher for a free sandwich or tray on opening day.
Harp & Crown is close. It is, by any reasonable measure, already finished. There are some plants that need to arrive. A few walls that need paint. Some stuff that needs to go up on the walls. But the big (seriously big) new restaurant from Michael Schulson (the guy behind Double Knot, most notably) is more or less ready to go. They were cataloging and polishing the glassware when we showed up this morning. Trying to staff up a place that seats more than 150 people (just counting the top floor). And it is gorgeous.
No, seriously. We’ve got the pictures.