Soup dumpling testing at Bing Bing Dim Sum.
Bing Bing Dim Sum announced today that they passed their health inspection, bringing them closer to finally opening. According to owner Shawn Darragh, the plan is to softly open the week of February 9th and aim for the grand opening on either February 16 or 17.
Ben Puchowitz is currently testing his menu, watch the progress on Facebook and Instagram. But check back here early next week for the final product. Bing Bing will be on happening Passyunk Avenue, opposite of Cantina Los Caballitos.
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This May, Bluebird Distilling is coming to Phoenixville. Bluebird will produce small-batch whiskey, bourbon, vodka and gin from grain-to-glass in the 5,000 square-foot space at 100 Bridge Street. Beginning in April, owner Jared Adkins hopes to start making the spirits and by opening day will have his un-aged liquors ready to serve, including white rye whiskey, gin and vodka.
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We’ve been watching the progress of the new Joe’s Steaks location in Fishtown (Frankford and Girard) for quite some time now. Today we were rewarded by seeing the new sign go up–a sure, well, sign that things are progressing nicely.
There’s no opening date announced yet, but we do know that they’re doing walkthroughs next week, and are already planning the grand opening festivities–all of which means that the big day can’t be far off.
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Former Saint James in Ardmore will become Parlor Pizza Bar
Rob Wasserman, owner of Rouge and 500 Degrees, has announced his plan to turn his Saint James into a family friendly pizza restaurant called Parlor Pizza Bar in early March. The restaurant will be located at Saint James used to be, at 30 Parking Plaza in Ardmore.
Parlor Pizza Bar’s menu will center around artisan wood fired pizzas, as well as pastas and salads intended for families and groups. The restaurant will also be serving draft wines by the glass, with reasonably priced options starting at $6 a glass.
Otto Architects is remodeling the space, bringing in a crimson and gray palette. A Ferrari red pizza oven imported from Modena, Italy will be the focal point of the dining room.
Parlor Pizza Bar [Foobooz]
We’ve already seen several impressive rebirths this year. Hawthorne’s has reopened after a blaze forced the beer cafe and bruncherie to close for almost a year, and they’re now offering beer delivery. Jose Garces has opened the Olde Bar at Bookbinders. The most impressive thing about this Olde Bar might be how little has actually changed. Even the plaques dedicated to faithful customers of Old Orignal Bookbinders remain. Earlier this week, the old Frankie Bradley’s, a well-known restaurant that fed the stars for 50+ years at 13th and Chancellor reopened as Franky Bradley’s. It’s now a nostalgic and sexy bar and restaurant from Silk City’s Mark Bee.
Not bad for the slowest time of year for restaurants.
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Mark Bee who has already experienced success at N. 3rd and Silk City is opening Franky Bradley’s tomorrow at Juniper and Chancellor. The former Sisters Nightclub promises a retro experience, connecting to the space’s past as Frankie Bradley’s, a well known restaurant that catered to entertainers, that was opened from 1933 to 1986.
The interior definitely has a Mark Bee vibe, complete with a Foxy Brown portrait made out of dollar bills. The walls are also adorn with vintage sexy Pan Am ads and more than a few nudes.
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Beignets on North Broad.
James Jennings, the new editor of our sibling blog, Property has the details on Eric Blumenfeld’s newest North Broad project, the Studebaker Building at 667 N Broad Street. Currently, it’s the home of Stephen Starr’s catering operation and when the project is completed, that will still be the case, but there will also be a bit of New Orleans in the building.
Serial Creole restaurateur, John Mims will be opening two establishments in the building. Tremé will be a live music venue with a 75-seat bar area and 50-seat fine-dining room. Mims, who owns Carmine’s Act 2 in Narberth last cooked in Philadelphia at Les Bons Temps on 12th Street. That partnership didn’t work out and he is excited to get back into the city proper.
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Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly, the triumvirate behind Local 44, Strangelove’s and the upcoming Clarkville in West Philadelphia have just signed a lease for yet another new concept. The trio will be taking over the former Mildred at 8th and Christian in Bella Vista. They’re promising a “classic, back-to-basics menu a la Montreal,” that will of course offer craft beer but also wine on tap. The name is Coeur, French for “heart,” and it promises to be cozy, intimate and friendly. Hartranft says he wants the place to be the kind where “local couples frequent regularly and wind up saying to each other ‘Did you ever notice that we always go home and have sex whenever we eat there? Weird, right?'”
Coeur is aiming to open in September of 2015.
Today, Jose Garces opens the Olde Bar in the Old Original Bookbinders building at 2nd and Walnut. The Olde Bar is indeed the old bar from Bookbinders and it hasn’t been so much remade as reopened.
The exterior is definitely still Bookbinders. Only a small square sign reveals that “Bookies” is now Olde Bar. The rest of the signage, century old stained glass, banquettes, lighting and flooring all harken back to John Taxin’s seafood house. The menu won’t feel all that different either.
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Gran Caffe L’Aquila opened a week ago at 1716 Chestnut Street. The bi-level space is open from morning to night, offering Italian coffee, pastries, gelato, panini, wine and more. The restaurant shares more than just the name with the Abruzzo Gran Caffe L’Aquila. Local restaurateur Riccardo Longo has brought in World Cup of Gelato winner Stefano Biasini and Michele Morelli in on the project. They ran the Gran Caffe in L’Aquila, Italy, that was heavily damaged by an earthquake in 2009.
Upon entering the downstairs space you’re greeted with a gelato counter with 24 flavors. Beyond that is a coffee and pastries bar, followed by a panini case. Next to those options are the drinks and the cashier. In the back is an Italian-style (no seats) bar for enjoying wine and a bite. The opposite wall offers seating in two-and-four-tops.
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