How You’ll Spend Your Summer: Spruce Street Harbor Park

 Art Place at Penn's Landing

Today, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has shared the details for its Spruce Street Harbor Park. The pop-up waterfront park is will bring a boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and misting areas to the Penn’s Landing Marina and for two months.

The pop-up park, which will feature floating barges complete with lily pad water gardens, restaurant and bar kicks off on June 27th and run through August 31st.

Groundswell Design Group, Interface Studios and Digsau combined to create the plan for the space. Groundswell’s David Fierabend says “We’re involved because we believe iterative placemaking is the future of urban development and city renewal. By creating these moments along the waterfront we’re reconnecting the city to this long forgotten asset. Not only are these spaces amazing, they’re cost effective and immediately attainable. Their ephemeral quality keeps us intrigued and our attention focused on what’s next.”

More details on the Spruce Street Harbor Park »

Wahlberg Brothers Are Bringing Their Burger Concept to Philadelphia

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Wahlburgers, a burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg is looking to expand in Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia. The Wahlbergs and Wahlburgers were featured in a recent A&E series about the restaurant. Th Wahlburgers concept offers both fast casual and table service dining, made-to-order ground beef burgers, all-beef hot dogs, crispy fries, onion rings, tater tots and specialty frappes.

Wahlburgers is looking to open five locations in the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. Though no site has been selected, the group is looking to open the first area location in late 2014. Two planned restaurants in the Boston area are 4,200 square feet with outdoor patios and a full bar.

In Boston and in Toronto, the planned locations are near the city’s baseball stadiums. Feel free to speculate where the Philadelphia metro locations will be. 

Wahlburgers [Official]

Crow & The Pitcher Opens on Rittenhouse

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Alex Capasso quietly opened his Rittenhouse Square restaurant, Crow & The Pitcher on tax day. The revamp of C19 makes the space more rustic with pub tables in the front and a more formal dining area beyond the bar. Capasso’s old boss Georges Perrier was hanging out when we swung by to grab a copy of the opening menu. The menu ranges from $6 for a salad with Boston lettuce to $28 for a rib-eye steak.

The restaurant and bar will be open Tuesday to Sunday, from 4:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Check out the full menu »

Camden’s Cooper River Distillers Gets Go Ahead

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After months of waiting and delays Cooper River Distillers have finally received permission to legally operate their distillery. Production on their first product, Petty’s Island Rum will begin this week. It won’t be long before the made-in-Camden spirit will be available to drink and this Thursday will be the last chance for awhile to tour the about-to-rock distillery. Tours are being offered at 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m. The distillery is located at 34 N. 4th St.
Camden, New Jersey.

More on Petty’s Island Rum » 

Jose Garces Is Aiming High with Volver

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From the Garden, including live lettuce from Garces’s Luna Farm.

Tonight is the night that Jose Garces’s Volver debuts its ticketed dining at the Kimmel Center. The restaurant will immediately leap to number one in the city in at least one respect,  Volver will be the most expensive dining experience in town.

What remains to be seen is whether Garces, chef de cuisine Natalie Maronski and their team at Volver can deliver. There are two menus available, the pre-theater tasting of eight-or-so courses for $75-$100 and the performance tasting, which rings in at 12+ courses for $175 per person. These prices do not include tax, gratuity or alcohol. The grand wine pairing, which is available with the pre-theater dinner is $50 and includes tax and gratuity. That means early evening diners can get out for $146 per person with wine pairings. Or if you want to go all out with the performance tasting, it will be north of $300 per person with the drink pairings.

Check out the menus » 

Morgan’s Pier Will Open May 1st

Morgan’s Pier will return for its third season on Thursday, May 1st. As we told you previously, David Gilberg will be the “executive chef in residence.” Gilberg was the chef and owner of the critically acclaimed, and sorely missed, Koo Zee Doo.

Gilberg’s menu will encompass “things we like to cook and eat outside; whether in the context of a backyard barbeque, a stroll along a boardwalk, or a simple picnic on the waterfront.” Look for lobster rolls, Piri Piri chicken, crab cakes and vegetable kababs. Also, look for salads, elotes and a day-boat fish entree steamed in corn husks.

2014 at Morgan’s Pier » 

Chip Roman’s The Treemont Opens Today

treemont-accent-wallChip Roman’s The Treemont opens today at 15th and Locust. It is the fourth restaurant for Roman, who also owns Blackfish, Mica and Ela, as well as Tradestone Confections and Tradestone Cafe. The former Tietra has been revamped with an updated interior and will offer a menu of modern American fare with an emphasis on seafood. The menu is broken down into snack, land, sea and entree sections. Prices range from $4 for spiced almonds to $26 for a veal tenderloin prepared with green olives, fermented barley and wild onions. The menu also offers a couple plates for two, including a dry-aged Berkshire pork chop for $46 and a fish of the day at market price. 

The Treemont has a liquor license and offers a dozen beers by the bottle or can and twelve wines by the glass. The cocktail list includes six house cocktails plus a list of alcohol-free refreshments.

The Treemont Opening Menu (PDF)

The Treemont [Foobooz]

Bank and Bourbon Is Now Open in the Loews Hotel

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Bank and Bourbon is now open at the Loews Hotel. The replacement for Sole Food is now focusing on bourbon, whiskey and rye spirits with a menu that features traditional American fare.

Check out HughE Dillon’s coverage of the opening party and the menus below.

Bank and Bourbon Dinner Menu (PDF)
Bank and Bourbon Drinks Menu (PDF)

In addition to dinner, Bank and Bourbon is open for breakfast and dinner.

Bank and Bourbon [Foobooz]

Bar Volver Opens This Evening

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The first-come-first serve part of Jose Garces’s Volver opens to the public tonight. Bar Volver is a champagne and caviar lounge that will feature a selection of small bites including oysters, cheese, charcuterie and three varieties of caviar. Bar manager Gordana Kostovski has created a menu of cocktails designed to pair well with the food coming from Garces’s kitchen. Also available to the Bar Volver customer will be over 1,500 bottles of old and new world wines with a particular focus on sparkling wines.

Highlights and the full menu » 

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