Rosa Blanca Cafe Being Replaced at Dilworth Park

dilworth park view from cafe 940On Wednesday, June 1st, Dilworth Park will have a new cafe. Brûlée Catering is taking over the cafe which has been run by Garces Events as Rosa Blanca Cafe. On Thursday, May 26th, the cafe will close for renovations. Brûlée will provide a concession in front of the building to accommodate park visitors through the changeover.

The new cafe will offer a menu of American cuisine, sandwiches, salads and healthy snacks. The cafe will also offer coffee, craft beer, wine and cocktails.

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Neshaminy Creek Brewing Opening a Taproom in Fishtown

Neshaminy Creek's new tap room at 957 Frankford Avenue

Neshaminy Creek’s new tap room at 957 Frankford Avenue

Neshaminy Creek Brewing, which has been thriving at their Bucks County home, has announced it is expanding to Philadelphia with a taproom. The brewery has signed a lease for 957 Frankford Avenue, across from the Fillmore.

The brewery is taking advantage of a newly created advantage for Pennsylvania brewers. The change in the PLCB code allows breweries to open two satellite locations without the expense and time of adding another license.

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Ambler Yards Beer Garden Up and Running

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Philadelphia isn’t the only place to have pop-up beer gardens. Ambler is now home to the Ambler Yards Beer Garden. The pop-up beer garden opened on May 19th and will run through the end of June. It is open Thursdays 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, May 26th, the Ambler Yards Beer Garden is having event with free admission, where two craft beers, wine and Mexican fare from Cantina Feliz will be available for purchase.

The garden is in an open-air meadow at the Ambler Yards campus (300 Brookside Ave) and features yard games like Kan Jam for guests to enjoy.  This year’s menu includes the likes of Cantina Feliz’s guacamole and tacos to pair with drinks like Tecate and Lagunitas IPA.

Kids are welcome and the music is always live. Sounds like the perfect way to start off the summer. To gain admission RSVP to the event online at their EventBrite page.

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Cook and Solo Open Dizengoff in New York

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Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook celebrate Dizengoff’s arrival in New York.

This Wednesday, Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook will open their first restaurant outside of Philadelphia. The dynamic duo are opening a branch of Dizengoff in Chelsea Market. The official opening is set for Wednesday, May 25th but Eater NY reports the hummusiya opened softly yesterday.

Dizengoff NYC has been named one of the 26 most exciting openings of spring, 2016 by Bloomberg Business and like its Philadelphia counterpart, it will be all about the hummus. The New York location will also offer Israeli wines and shakshouka all day everyday. The opening moves Dizengoff up a spot on our Fast Casual Tracker. An announcement of a third location might keep them climbing.

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Recreation Dept. and Fairmount Park Tap Avram Hornik for Parks on Tap

Rendering of Parks on Tap on the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge

Rendering of Parks on Tap on the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge

Earlier this year, we told you that Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Fairmount Park Conservancy were accepting proposals to operate a rotating series of beer gardens in the city’s green spaces. It has now been announced that Avram Hornik and his FCM Hospitality will be the operator of these pop-up beer gardens known as Parks on Tap.

Hornik is the operator of the hugely successful Morgan’s Pier along the Delaware River and in the past has run Winterfest at Penn’s Landing and the 2013 PHS Pop-Up Garden on Broad Street. This summer, he will try to recreate those magical spaces at 14 locations around the city. Up first is the Schuylkill Banks. The pop-up along the river will run from Wednesday, June 29th through the 4th of July, before heading to 13 other locations in city parks.

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Oyster House’s Sam Mink Opening Mexican “Beer Garden”

Executive Chef Brett Naylor, Sam Mink and GM Daniel McLaughlin

Executive Chef Brett Naylor, Sam Mink and GM Daniel McLaughlin

Sam Mink is growing up. The owner of the popular Oyster House is opening Mission, a 4,500 square-foot Mexico City inspired “indoor beer garden and grill” upstairs from his Sansom Street restaurant. Mink is partnering with Oyster House executive chef Brett Naylor on the project that also taps Oyster House’s Daniel McLaughlin and chef Andrew Sabin to oversee Mission’s day-to-day operations. Sabin was most recently at El Poquito in Chestnut Hill and before that was a veteran of the Garces Group.

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Mac Mart Opens, Mac n’ Cheese for Everyone

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Mac Mart opened today.

Marti Lieberman’s food truck now has a permanent address. Mac Mart, which has been hitting the lunch and festival circuit since 2013 now has a storefront at 104 South 18th Street.

The store offers a menu of 13 “classic creations” plus a build-your-bowl option where carb-a-holics start with the classic 7-cheese mac and then add in meats, dollops, dips, drizzles, crunchies and even more cheeses. The classics range from $8.25 to $10.50. The build-a-bowl option begins at $6.95 with add-ons ranging from $2 to $2.50 for meats and $1.75 for add-ons for things like basil pecorino pesto, jalapeno pesto and sun-dried tomato tapenade.

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Uptown Beer Garden Announces Chef and Opening Date

uptown beer garden comcast building 940Uptown Beer Garden, the outdoor drinking bar from Teddy Sourias of BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn and Cinder is going to open at 1735 JFK Boulevard on Thursday, May 19th. Sourias has turned to chef Jonathan Petruce (Petruce et al, Fish) to run the kitchen at the 9,000 square foot beer garden.

Petruce will be utilizing an outdoor grill to cook up elevated barbecue and street food favorites. Look for a selection of skewers, grilled corn, lobster roll and more. As the summer rolls along, look for other surprises to be added.

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Silk City Adds Every Day Brunch

Get brunch every day, even today, at Silk City.

Get chicken and waffles for brunch every day, even today, at Silk City.

For the first time since Mark Bee took over the Silk City Diner back in 2007, the silver diner is serving brunch every day. In addition to brunch served on weekends, Silk City is back in the breakfast game from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Brunch is served in the diner portion of Silk City and if the weather is nice, in the beer garden as well.

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Operators Announced for PHS Pop-Up Gardens

The PHS Pop Up Garden will return to the 1400 block of South Street | Photo via PHS

The PHS Pop Up Garden will return to the 1400 block of South Street | Photo via PHS

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has announced its designers and culinary teams for its two PHS Pop Up Gardens this summer. PHS returns to 15th and South for a third year on June 1st. The garden is being designed by Karen Regan of Tallulah & Bird. Regan created last year’s garden and this year is planning aged woods, inventive planters, antiques, flea market finds and curiosities to conjure a magical retreat. Plantings will include roses, fragrant herbs, cocktail cucumbers, a canopy of pink crape myrtles, climbing vines of hops, wisteria and clematis. As a centerpiece, there will be an illuminated, towering mulberry tree.

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