Jose Garces is Opening Three Restaurants at the Tropicana in Atlantic City


Atlantic City is apparently collecting Iron Chefs. With Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck and Geoffrey Zakarian already there and Michael Symon opening Angeline at the Borgata sometime in the next few months, the city is well on its way to a full house (see what I did there?).

But now, with opening dates set for the three completely new operations from the Garces Group that we told you about last year, they’re flush with ’em. And Jose Garces is even going to sneak in ahead of Symon because he’s got opening dates set for all three locations (all of which are going into re-done spaces at the Tropicana) in the first week of March.

So, yeah. Really soon. Here’s what we know.

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Here’s Everything We Know About the New Philadelphia Distilling Complex


Philadelphia Distilling, home of Bluecoat Gin, Penn1681 Vodka, Vieux Carre Absinthe and a different vodka that tastes like Old Bay, is getting some new, fancy digs at 25 East Allen Street in Fishtown, in the former home of the Ajax Metal Company.

This is a big expansion — a serious investment by one of our largest local distillers that will be both a fully-functioning production facility and a showcase for its product. So here’s everything we know.

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Otis & Pickle’s Speakeasy Has A Menu

Otis & Pickles Speakeasy

Otis & Pickle’s Speakeasy

You guys remember Otis & Pickle’s Speakeasy, right? It’s the new bar project being put together by Charlie Collazo of the Institute, located deep in South Philly in the former home of Cooley’s Bar at the corner of 3rd and Porter. Back when we first reported on the place, we knew three things about it.

One, it was going to be a “speakeasy” focused on cocktails and, of course, pickles.

Two, this:

Collazo got the name from a couple of characters he met who over the summer while working at the Creamery Beer Garden in Kennett Square this summer. Otis and Pickles are brothers who owned an automotive garage near the Creamery. Both are over 70, Otis just lost his last tooth and Pickles, well he’s often pickled.

And three, it was going to be a place that did not tolerate “douchebaggery,” which we appreciate.

But now we’ve got a few more details. Like a menu. And a tentative opening date.

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Here’s What You’ll Be Eating When Rooster Soup Company Opens Next Week


So here’s the deal. We’ve been waiting on good news from Rooster Soup Company for a LONG time. The first serious mention of it on Foobooz came all the way back in June of 2014 when we announced the launch of the Kickstarter that was used to fund the start-up of Rooster (and which ultimately raised over $150,000). And we’ve been keeping an eye on things ever since.

But now things are finally getting real. Rooster Soup has an opening date, a mission plan and, most important (to us, anyway), a menu.

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Center City Restaurant Group Moving On Brewerytown



Between Crime & Punishment’s brewing operation, the new Flying Fish Craft House (with Bar Rescue‘s Brian Duffy as a partner) and SpOt Burger’s first brick and mortar location on West Girard Avenue, Brewerytown is going through a bit of a food and beer resurgence.

And now, with the announcement that Center City’s Tavern Group (Tavern On Camac, UBar, the Tavern Restaurant) is moving into the neighborhood with a restaurant and taproom, things there are only getting hotter. They’re taking over a space at 1216 North 29th Street that was once home to Sarah’s Place and, before that, Sara’s Place (no “h,” get it?). The deal was made with MSC Retail and MM Partners, who turned Sara’s Place into Sarah’s Place a couple years back when Brewerytown was first starting to turn around, then operated it until it closed.

Got all that?

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Beiler’s Bakery Opening Soon in University City


Back in August of last year, the folks from Beiler’s Bakery (which I just mentioned in my very hungry, early morning post on how I am resolved to eat more pies this year, and also where to find the best ones) opened their first outside-of-Reading-Terminal-Market location on Harrisburg Avenue in Lancaster.

This was a pretty big deal, but buried inside that pretty big deal was an even BIGGER deal, which was that the family was planning on expanding again soon — this time in Philly, likely in University City.

Well, guess what? That’s exactly what’s happening. They have a space. They have a rendering (you can see it below). And, most important, they were talking about it on Facebook during the holidays, promising that it was going to be opening soon (“coming this winter,” specifically).

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Now Open: Friday Saturday Sunday

Friday Saturday Sunday: Cocktails and dining

Friday Saturday Sunday: Cocktails and dining

Yesterday marked the rebirth of Friday Saturday Sunday off of Rittenhouse Square. But it is only the name that returns after the 18-month redo. The first floor is now where the bar action happens. A 14-seat marble bar pops in bright white. On opening night, bartender Paul MacDonald was already confidently pouring cocktails like the Oxford Comma, Nicaraguan rum, lemon, coffee, red wine and soda; and the Control State, vodka, lime, grapefruit, honey and savory bitters.

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HipCityVeg Opening Midtown Village Outpost With Free Sweet Potato Fries

Photo courtesy HipCityVeg

Photo courtesy HipCityVeg

Good news, friends: The folks over at HipCityVeg just let us in on the news that they’ll be opening the doors to their new Midtown location, at 121 South Broad Street, exactly one week from today. Yep, come 7 a.m. on Thursday, December 15th, you’ll be able to get your hands on the fast-casual spot’s vegan creations at their third Philly location.

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