Buena Onda Coming to Chestnut Street

Buena Onda Tacos is coming to Rittenhouse

Buena Onda Tacos is coming to Rittenhouse

In June, Jose Garces teased that his fast-casual fish taqueria would be coming to a location close to Philadelphia magazine’s offices. And today we can confirm that the second Buena Onda is indeed opening around the corner from the magazine’s offices, to the former Charlie’s Jeans at 1735 Chestnut Street.

The lease has been signed but no timeframe has been announced. We’re not holding our breath as the former clothing store will require an extensive buildout to become a restaurant, fast-casual or otherwise.

In June, Garces told us that he had plans for three Buena Onda locations in total in Philadelphia. No word on where that third one might land.

Buena Onda – Rittenhouse [Foobooz]

Goose Island Brewpub Coming to Fillmore Complex

Goose Island Brewpub | Photo by Bernt Rostad - Flickr

Goose Island Brewpub | Photo by Bernt Rostad – Flickr

A brewery liquor license is pending for 33 East Laurel Street in Philadelphia. The name on the permit is Goose Island Brewpub. The location is adjacent to the recently opened Punchline comedy club that is part of the Fillmore complex. Goose Island is wholly owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev and is known for its line of 312 beers and more interesting Belgian-style ales.

The brewpub joins Punchline, the Fillmore theater, as well as Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar in the complex. Revolutions, a bowling alley and the new Philadelphia Distilling distillery are also under construction at the complex just off Delaware Avenue and Frankford Avenue.

The Goose Island Brewpub will be just a good stone’s throw away from the current Yards Brewery and even closer to the planned Neshaminy Creek tasting room coming to Frankford Avenue next to the Barbary and another brewpub planned for Frankford and Wildey. And that’s not even mentioning Urban Village Brewing which is on its way to Schmidt’s Commons (formerly the Piazza).

Conshohocken Brewing Adds Bridgeport Brewpub


The bi-level Conshohocken Brewing Brewpub in Bridgeport

Conshohocken Brewery opens its Bridgeport brewpub today. The bi-level space has seating for 180 and eventually will offer some different beers on its 12-tap draft system from the original Conshohocken Brewery. The brewpub location is just a little over 5-miles from original, located just across the Route 202 bridge in Bridgeport.

Head brewer Andrew Horne will begin brewing at the Bridgeport location in coming weeks on a three barrel, seven fermenter system.

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Federal Distilling Room Now Open in Kensington

Matthew and Bryan Quigley with partner Clement Pappas | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Matthew and Bryan Quigley with partner Clement Pappas | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood becomes more of a destination for distilling fans with the opening of the Federal Distilling Room at 1700 North Hancock Street. The bar connects to Federal Distilling’s distillery and serves the distillery’s flagship Stateside Vodka in addition to a wide variety of other spirits, wine and beer.

Founders Matt and Bryan Quigley have gone with a full bar over just a tasting room in order to cater to a wider audience. Even three years in, the brothers haven’t been able to convert their mother from wine to vodka.

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Diner Chain Comes to Pennsylvania

Breakfast burrito at Metro Diner

Breakfast burrito at Metro Diner

Someone’s bullish on diners. Despite the closing of Center City’s Midtown II and the near constant threat that Little Pete’s will be torn down or forced to relocate to make way for a hotel, Metro Diner out of Florida is anxious to prove the diner concept isn’t dead yet. There are 13 Metro Diners out there and ten more that have been announced. The first area location is set open in Bensalem, PA.

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Princeton Restaurant Opening New Location at King of Prussia Mall


Everyday there seems to be fresh news of more stores and restaurants coming to the King of Prussia Mall expansion. The newest one is pretty exciting.

Princeton-based restaurant Mistral will be opening a new 3,700-square-feet restaurant at the entrance of the mall, between Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor. Headed up by executive chef Scott Anderson, the restaurant has a rotating seasonal menu focused on local ingredients.

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Wahlburgers Is Now Open in Northern Liberties


The Wahlburgers food truck has been making its rounds in Philly for the past year. The concept was brought to Philly by the Wahlberg brothers, Mark, Donnie, and Paul. Their fast casual burgers and hot dogs have been popping up all over the country (and even in Canada). Here in Philly, we’ve had to settle for chasing their truck all over the city.

But now their brick-and-mortar restaurant is open at Schmidt’s Commons (formerly the Piazza) on Second Street in Northern Liberties.

And though the Wahlburgers team would not confirm a grand opening date or if the Wahlbergs will be making an appearance, we have a feeling they’ll be coming to town.

Wahlburgers [Foobooz]

News From The ‘Burbs: New Restaurants Coming to King of Prussia

The Fat Ham coming to the King of Prussia Mall

The Fat Ham is coming to the King of Prussia Mall

King of Prussia‘s expansion is only two weeks away from their projected opening on Thursday, August 18th.  With over 50 new stores and restaurants to explore, this addition is truly huge. Obviously, here at Foobooz we are most excited about the new Savor King of Prussia area, which is where some old favorites and newcomers will be opening up restaurants in the expansion.

We’ve rounded up the new spots below. They are all expected to open on August 18th and be open regular mall hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday).

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Iron Hill Latest Location To Open with Beer Garden

iron hill huntingdon valley

The beer garden at Iron Hill Huntingdon Valley

On Tuesday, August 2nd, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will open its 12th location in the region. The Huntingdon Valley location will be the first to house a beer garden. The outdoor bar and patio will have seating for 40 at communal tables. There will also be Adirondack chairs around the patio. The beer garden won’t be open when the doors officially open Tuesday at 5 p.m., but should open in the first half of August.

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