It’s Coming: Cheesecake Factory Signs Installed

The Cheesecake Factory is coming to 15th and Walnut | Photo by HughE Dillon

The Cheesecake Factory is coming to 15th and Walnut | Photo by HughE Dillon

Perhaps while you were out of town for the long weekend, the Cheesecake Factory signs were installed at 15th and Walnut Streets. The signs are the latest indication that Center City Philadelphia will be getting its own outpost of the national chain. The Philadelphia Cheesecake Factory is scheduled to open on Tuesday, June 23rd.

Cheesecake Factory joins Fado, Applebee’s, Fox and Hound and Howl at the Moon along the stretch of 15th Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets.

Stay strong Good Dog, Jose Pistola’s, the Treemont and McGlinchey’s. Stay strong.

Cheesecake Factory [Foobooz]

Spotted: Progress at South Street’s Beer Garden

The PHS is returning to the 1500 block of South Street.

The PHS is returning to the 1500 block of South Street | Photo via Erin Wallace

Work continues at the site of last summer’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society beer garden at 16th and South. This year, Barren Hill Brewery is the partnering with the beer garden and is promising an exclusive beer crafted for the pop-up. Philadelphia-based Dietz and Watson will also be serving its products at the beer garden that promises a “Bohemian flair,” complete with wooden trellis, container gardens and lots of different greenery.

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Oink and Moo BBQ Coming to Smokey Pint

smokey-pint-oink-and-moo-bbq-940The Oink and Moo BBQ truck has been making a name for itself touring around New Jersey and Philadelphia for a bit now. And the barbecue food truck is going to be putting down some roots in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia. The Smokey Pint is a collaboration between Oink and Moo and the Bridesburg Commissary that offers space to caterers and food trucks.

The Smokey Pint will offer Oink and Moo BBQ plus beer in bottles, cans and draft at 2549 Orthodox Street, not far from the Aramingo exit of I-95 and the Betsy Ross Bridge. The space will feature beer in coolers and a counter where customers will order and pick up their barbecue. Communal tables will host around 30.

This isn’t the first non-wheeled location for Oink and Moo, there is also a brick-and-mortar location in North Jersey at 54 Broadway, Florham Park, NJ.

The barbecue and beer spot is just a few weeks out from opening.

Smokey Pint [Foobooz]

Earth Bread + Brewery Team Is Opening on Fairmount


Rendering of 1720 Fairmount, the future home of Bar Hygge.

Michael Klein has details on Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver’s plans to open a brewpub at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. The pub will be branded as Bar Hygge, a name coming from a Danish expression meaning “cozy camaraderie.”

The brewing side of the production will be called Brewery Techne and is aiming to be operational by October.

Bar Hygge: New brewpub from Earth Bread + Brewery []
Bar Hygge [Foobooz]


Fergie’s Beach Returns on May 20th


“The Tumble,”” mural by Robert Goodman, created as part of the Freewall series launched by Fergie and Philadelphia muralist David Guinn.

Last summer Fergie’s Pub opened “Fergie’s Beach” next to the Sansom Street pub. The “60-seat beer garden and asphalt paradise” will return on Wednesday, May 20th and will run until construction of the so-called “Fergie’s Tower” begins. That’s expected to be sometime in mid-July. “Last year was so much fun, we decide to do it again this year, while supplies last!” said Fergie’s co-owner Fergus Carey.

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White Dog Cafe Opens in Haverford

Du Jour Market is now a White Dog Cafe.

Du Jour Market is now a White Dog Cafe.

The third location of White Dog Cafe opens today in Haverford. It is the second Main Line location to open since restaurateur Marty Grims purchased the original University White Dog from Judy Wicks. The Haverford location replaces Grims’ Du Jour Market.

The revamped market now consists of a bar and two dining rooms. The bar opens today at 3 p.m. with dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Lunch service begins next week, with brunch following next weekend.

White Dog Cafe – Haverford [Foobooz]

Now Open: Farmer’s Keep

farmers-keep-940Farmer’s Keep, the fast-casual restaurant at 20th and Ludlow that avoids common allergens, is now open. The restaurant from Josh Bullock includes about 20 built salads or you can build your own off of eight bases and add your own proteins and sides. All the plates are sold by weight ($10 per pound).

Be Well Philly hit Farmer’s Keep for lunch today. Here’s their report.

Farmer’s Keep [Foobooz]

A Look at Neuf’s Pop-Up Menu

Figs in vanilla custard with pomegranate molasses

Figs in vanilla custard with pomegranate molasses

Noord’s Joncarl Lachman has been having a busy time of it as of late. Last weekend saw the always busy Flavors of the Avenue and this past week Lachman celebrated the second anniversary of Noord with sidewalk bitterballen. And then last night, he hosted a pop-up preview of his upcoming North African restaurant, Restaurant Neuf at Drexel’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management. And for those (like us) who weren’t lucky enough to get to the event, here’s the menu and idea of what you’ll get at Restaurant Neuf.

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First Look: Triangle Tavern

triangle-tavern-dining-room-940The Triangle Tavern has reopened in South Philadelphia and not much has changed. Yes, it is now owned by David Frank and Stephen Simons, who own the Khyber Pass Pub, Royal Tavern, Los Caballitos and Dos Segundos, but other than that, the space feels similar to what was there for the better part of the 20th century. It’s the same bar. Suzanne O’Brien, who consulted on the project (as well as redos at Trestle Inn, Jerry’s Bar), told me that the gum still remains on the underside. I took her word on that.

The reboot is rooted in the Triangle Tavern’s historic position as a neighborhood eatery. Refreshingly, affordability seems to be a key tenet in the redo. Entrees are all under $20, the house wine is $7 and there are even $6 cocktails on the list. The idea is that the 85+ seat bar and restaurant can be a frequent dinner destination for people living on and near Passyunk Avenue.

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