Aha! Snap Kitchen Is the Healthy Eater’s Wawa 

Juices at Snap Kitchen's Old City location | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Juices at Snap Kitchen’s Old City location | Photo by Adjua Fisher

As we’ve told you guys, Snap Kitchen is coming to Philly in a BIG way: The Austin, Texas-based company is opening its first East Coast outposts, at 259 Market Street and 1901 Callowhill Street, this weekend, and they have plans to open five more locations in the Philly area before the year ends.

In case you hadn’t noticed, we are over the moon about more quick and easy healthy food choices coming to Philly, but to be honest, I didn’t totally know what to expect from the market until last night, when I got to to hang out at their soon-to-open Old City shop and soak it all in. My takeaway: Snap Kitchen is basically the healthy person’s Wawa. And don’t get it twisted: I mean that as a compliment.

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Mac Mart’s Center City Storefront Revealed

Yes, we'd say we found Mac Mart's storefront.

Yes, we’d say we found Mac Mart’s storefront.

Over the past few months, Mac Mart–the mac-n-cheese food truck about town–has been teasing out that they are getting a brick-and-mortar location near Rittenhouse Square. Owner Marti Lieberman has even taken to hanging teasing posters stating “Philly’s First ALL Mac’n Cheese Restaurant Is Coming Soon … But not HERE.”  And back in August she tweeted a hint I identified as the metalworking in front of Franklin Mortgage.

So when she recently tweeted another photo of her feet in front of her storefront we couldn’t help but play along, recreating the photo you see here. HughE Dillon also received confirmation yesterday that Mac Mart’s storefront was filling in the vacant Liberty Shoe Service at 104 South 18th Street.

The stretch of 18th between Chestnut and Sansom is seeing several new businesses. In addition to Mac Mart’s storefront, Matt & Marie’s second location is taking over the long vacant Tony Jr.’s space at 118 South 18th Street and work continues apace at the former Good Stuff Eatery, which will soon be Cleavers, a cheesesteak joint.

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Matt & Marie’s Opening Second Location in Rittenhouse

matt maries 118 s 18th 940In just a couple of weeks, one of Philly’s lunch spots, Matt & Marie’s, will be opening its second location at 118 South 18th Street.

In addition to the Italian sandwiches, salads, bagels, and pastries the flagship shop on 18th and Arch Streets serves, the new Matt & Marie’s will also have fresh ravioli, stuffed shells, and baked Campanelle pasta, along with four house-made sauces to choose from.

All of Matt & Marie’s food is either made fresh in house or picked up early in the morning, like the bagels from South Street Bagels, and the pastries from La Colombe.

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Center City’s La Creperie Closes After 18 Years

La Creperie closes as Suga prepares to open.

La Creperie closes as Suga prepares to open.

La Creperie Cafe at 1722 Sansom Street has closed after 18 years. The French BYOB specialized in crepes and also offered Sunday brunch. But with prices of all the crepes starting north of $10 and some hitting $18, it never seemed that crowded a spot and as lunchtime competition boomed, it isn’t particularly surprising the cafe closed.

A sign on the door (in English and French) explained La Creperie was still available for catering.

The long narrow space is directly next to Susanna Foo’s Suga, which looked to be in its final stages of construction this afternoon.

Snap Kitchen Opening First Philly Locations This Weekend

photo courtesy Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen goods | Photo via Facebook

If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for your chance to swing by Snap Kitchen for a blueberry chia pecan parfait and some matcha mint tea (or maybe chicken sausage breakfast tacos and spicy basil lemonade are more your jam?), the time has come: The folks at Snap Kitchen, the Austin, Texas-based healthy market, tell us they’ll be opening the doors to their Old City and Spring Garden locations at 11 a.m. this Saturday, February 6th. Yippee.

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Armenian Restaurant Comes to Northern Liberties

apricotstone 400On Friday, ApricotStone opened on Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties. The restaurant is owned by Ara Ishkhanian and chef Fimy Ishkhanian runs the kitchen. Ishkhanian is turning out a menu of seasonally inspired Mediterranean and Armenian cuisine.

 Ishkhanian grew up in Aleppo, Syria and came to the United States in 1981. In 1993 she opened Fimy’s Kitchen on the Main Line and added a second location in 1995. Now she’s bringing her cooking to Northern Liberties.

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Bar Hygge Readies for Opening

The taps at Bar Hygge

The taps at Bar Hygge

This week (Wednesday, February 3rd will NOT be the day) will see the opening of Bar Hygge at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. The brewpub is a collaboration between two couples, brewer Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver (Earth Bread + Brewery) and Julie and Stew Keener (West Conshohocken’s Bagataway Tavern).

Hygge means a sense of happiness in the present moment or conviviality in Danish. It is pronounced HOO-ga and makes Bagataway seem like a simple name in comparison. But Hygge is definitely a word worth seeking out and the bar was already warm and comfortable on a pre-opening Friday afternoon where Team Foobooz was lucky enough to check out Baker’s opening six taps.

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A Look at Michael Schulson’s Double Knot

Michael Schulson's Double Knot | Double the concepts in one space.

Michael Schulson’s Double Knot | Double the concepts in one space.

Michael Schulson’s Double Knot is set to open Tuesday, February 2nd next to his Sampan on 13th Street. The two-floored space is a gorgeous coffee focused cafe and bar upstairs, with a sexy izakaya and sushi bar downstairs. The cafe will open at 7 a.m. daily serving coffee under the guidance of Elixr’s Evan Inatome. Schulson has loved Elixr’s coffee since its original location on Sansom Street. So when it was time to get coffee help at the cafe, Schulson sought Inatome out to do the coffee at Double Knot. Inatome has installed a Modbar coffee system with bar top espresso, steam and pour over coffee stations. It is only one of ten such installations in the country. In addition to the Modbar system, one of the beer taps behind the bar will offer cold brewed draft coffee on nitro.

The cafe has seating for 35 along a comfortable banquette, leather armchairs and along a drink rail in the back. In addition to exposed brick, distressed mirrors and exposed tiles and reclaimed wood lath (the strips of wood found behind plaster walls). The front of the cafe includes floor to ceiling walls of knick-knacks and newspaper racks.

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Chris Painter on “Fishtown Italian” and What Else Is Next

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Ground floor changes coming to Chestnut Street.

It was a surprise to many when Chris Painter closed his semi-eponymous restaurant off of Rittenhouse Square. Luckily for fans of his cooking, he won’t be out of the kitchen for long. Painter has signed on as a partner with Method Hospitality, an offshoot of the ROOST Apartment Hotel brand that’s been founded by Randall Cook and real estate developer, David Grasso. ROOST hotels feature apartment like settings for extended stay guests. Catering to contract workers, the recently separated and others who may find themselves looking for a modern, attractive and fully furnished apartment. Where Painter comes in is in creating comfortable food concepts that fit with ROOST’s brand. Cook wants the first floor retail spaces of his hotels, including the just opened ROOST at 1831 Chestnut Street, to be enhance the hotel experience.

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