Now that the owners of Victory Brewing have unveiled their newest brewery and restaurant to the public (it opened today for lunch), beer fans can eat, drink and learn at the biggest and most eco-friendly of their two brewery and three brewpub locations. Two years after beginning to brew out of Parkesburg, in Chester County, visitors can finally tour the EPA-approved brewery and relax at the two-story pub part of the brewpub that captivates the eye with 350 seats and a whole lot of reclaimed wood.
It’s nice to see that the Wall Street Journal has discovered Philadelphia’s dining scene. Just a month after featuring Kensington Quarters, the paper is back with a story on Michael Solomonov, Steve Cook, Broad Street Ministry and Rooster Soup Company. While the charitable background of Rooster Soup will be familiar to Foobooz readers, there are new details about Rooster Soup Company to share.
The Garage has been a success since its opening on Passyunk Avenue across from Pat’s and Geno’s Steaks. The canned beer list keeps growing and weekends and sporting events find the bar packed three and four people deep. And despite or because of the crowds, everyone seems to be having a good time.
And now that good time will be heading to Fishtown as Jason Evenchik and his partners are opening a second location at Girard and Frankford Avenue, in the former Penn Treaty Market (and dead-on-arrival Calexico).
Buckminster’s, The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe and Sabrina’s Cafe – Collingswood are all now open. Buckminster’s opened to a packed house last night, after an even more packed Saturday night preview party. You can check out the menu here but also worth noting, tap wine by the glass tops out at $7.50, the house gin-and-tonic is$5.50 and there’s even a sub-five dollar draft beer (Neshaminy Creek Cream Ale) on the list. It’s always nice to see a drink list with some value to it.
Today is the opening day for Jessica Nolen’s new bakery at 5th and Gaskill Streets, The Little Bird. Stop by for fresh baked croissants, muffins, pretzels and treats. Nolen is Jeremy Nolen’s (Whetstone and Brauhaus Schmitz) wife and also handles the baking for those restaurants. Get in soon to pre-order holiday pies, cakes and sweets.
Marc Vetri’s Vetri Family of Restaurants has been sold to Urban Outfitters. The deal includes all of Vetri’s restaurant concepts, minus Vetri, but clearly the deal is about Pizzeria Vetri. Vetri’s casual pizza concept is already partnering with Urban to open in Austin, Texas and is in the planning stage to be part of Urban’s lifestyle village in Devon. The deal gives Pizzeria Vetri the backing to get big quick with Urban’s experience in rolling out concepts, albeit in fashion, not pizza.
Jessica Nolen (wife of Jeremy Nolen, of Bruahaus and Wursthaus Schmitz and Whetstone Tavern) will debut her neighborhood bakery and cafe in Queen Village on Monday, November 16th.
The Little Bird Bakery & Cafe, located at 517 S. 5th Street, will feature favorites from Nolen’s dessert menus at Brauhaus Schmitz and Whetstone Tavern, as well as recipes from New German Cooking–the cookbook she co-authored with Jeremy.
Jennifer Low and Sean Williams are bringing Frosted Fox Cake Shop to 6511 Germantown Avenue in Low’s hometown, where she originally learned how to craft specialty cakes. Ever since Williams met Low at the Culinary Institute of America (then moved from Miami to Philadelphia to join its thriving food scene), it’s been the couples dream to open a neighborhood cake shop where they currently reside.
And now they’ve done it. They’ll be hosting the grand opening “cookies and milk” themed party this Friday, November 6, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Dave Magrogan’s rapidly expanding restaurant empire will soon be adding a sixth Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar to the Main Line. This Radnor location will replace Susanna Foo’s Gourmet Kitchen that closed in June.
Harvest is a farm-to-table concept that promises organic, local and sustainable ingredients sourced locally. This location will have seating for 200 in its main dining room plus a 50-seat bar, 60-seat private dining room and three patios.
The Radnor Harvest Seasonal Grill will open in the spring of 2016.
George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, who opened Opa several years ago are now looking to takeover the former Coco’s at 112 South 8th Street. The brother-and-sister restaurateurs who also run Drury Beer Garden behind Opa will open Craftsman Row Saloon later this month.
Craftsman Row is described as a comfortable spot to enjoy drinks and food for lunch, dinner and late night. The Tsiouris’ will maintain much of the character of Coco’s, keeping the bar marked by nameplates of Coco’s regulars at each end.
Opening Halloween weekend, The Vault below-ground bar and music venue adds another new entertainment amenity to the updated Valley Forge Casino Hotel. Bands of all genres will perform in what used to be a country-rock bar, and managers have totally revamped the food and drink menu.
The marketing team is calling it a speakeasy, with black-and-white movies showing and cocktails and light fare reflecting the Prohibition era. HOWEVER. Nothing about the rough-hewn wooden walls, the artfully presented hummus platter or the Smasher muddled drinks says speakeasy. Which doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a fun bar. It’s just not the kind of place you want to don your best flapper dress.
What it does offer is a lot of space, a stage, a dance floor, two bars, 40 bar stools and 60 seats, a VIP area, canned craft beers and tasty modern bites. Particularly notable are the bacon wrapped goat cheese dates, which you order, along with all of the other food, at a side counter. The VIP area has table service.
The Vault will open Fridays 8 pm to 2 am (except the 3rd Friday of the month – 10 pm to 2 am) and Saturdays 8 pm to 2 am. A DJ spins on Fridays and local bands play on Saturdays. Eventually there may be live comedy, burlesque and male revue. Expect to pay a $10 cover on Saturdays after 10 pm.
The Vault [Valley Forge Casino]