Tony Luke’s Opening in Allentown

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Tony Luke’s, which has locations from Baltimore to Bahrain is heading to the Lehigh Valley. The storefront will open at 806 W. Hamilton Street in Allentown before the end of September. The new location is a franchise owned and operated by Praveen Vig who operates restaurants at Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza casinos. Vig was looking for a location in South Jersey when the Allentown opportunity presented itself. The location is one block from the PPL Center, Allentown’s new indoor arena, which will be home to the Philadelphia Flyers farm team.

Tony Luke’s to open Allentown location in Sept. [Morning Call]

Burger Stand Coming to the Reading Terminal

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

George and Kim Mickel, owners of By George and Mezze in the Reading Terminal are opening a specialty burger stand facing the center court of the Market in the former home of Tokyo Sushi Bar (across from The Original Turkey). The new stand, which doesn’t have a name yet, will also offer shakes, fries, onion rings and other sides.

A portion of each sale will be donated to support hunger relief agencies locally and around the world. Look for the new burger stand at the Reading Terminal to open this fall.

Reading Terminal [Foobooz]

La Peg Is Officially Open

La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko

La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko

Peter Woolsey’s La Peg is now officially open at Race Street and Columbus Boulevard. The brasserie in the FringeArts building has an emphasis on small plate French food and is currently open nightly for dinner and late-night bar bites. The menu ranges from $3 bites to $27 for a steak frites dish. A $30 dinner includes French Onion soup or trio of salads; roasted half-chicken with fries or salmon with horseradish; and chocolate cake or la peg sundae.

Check out the full menus and some photos » 

The Menu at Abe Fisher

abe-fisher-logoMichael Solomonov’s Abe Fisher will be opening on Tuesday, September 2nd. Co-owner Steven Cook says “everything from Montreal-style smoked meat and Ukrainian borscht to the American Jewish tradition of Chinese food on Christmas is fair game” for the restaurant that celebrates the Jewish Diaspora.

The Sansom Street restaurant next to Cook+Solo’s Dizengoff and across from Federal Donuts will have seating for 50 plus a full-service bar that seats ten. Two kitchen counter seats will offer a front row view of the action on the line. These seats will be available nightly for walk-in guests.

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Beast & Ale Opens Tonight in Manayunk

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Chef Timothy Spinner and Brian Sirhal who own the Feliz Restaurants (Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz and Taqueria Feliz) are opening their first non-Mexican concept. Beast & Ale, an “updated greasy spoon” at 4161 Main Street in Manayunk is opening today.

Beast & Ale is taking over the former Gemelli/Bisou. The bi-level spot has a full bar and two-floor dining room that includes a second floor deck.

More on the menu » 

Chhaya Cafe Opens at New East Passyunk Location

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Chhaya Cafe has opened in its new location at 1819 East Passyunk Avenue. The new space is nearly double the size of their former location. 

Owner Varnana “V” Beuria worked with Toner Architects to create a floor plan that will provide specific areas for dining, relaxing, laptop use and socializing. The layout is more akin to a bar than a traditional coffee shop. Beuria wants guests to communicate and interact with the baristas like a customer does at a bar.

The menu is the same as the original location for now, but a full kitchen gives them plenty of room to expand offerings in the future.

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Rowhouse Spirits Is Open for Business

rowhouse-spirits-poitinFormer Philadelphia Brewing Company employee Dean Browne has started Rowhouse Spirits across the street from his former brewery in Kensington. Today he’ll be open for retail sales for the first time. Browne will offer sales Thursdays through Saturdays from noon until 7 p.m. Though he says if you’re nearby outside the store hours, give a yell through the back gate, if he isn’t running the still, he’ll be happy to sell you a bottle.

As a Pennsylvania distiller, Rowhouse Spirits can sell direct to consumers and liquor license owning establishments in the state.

This week Browne will be offering his Poitin, an Irish-style moonshine. Look for Rowhouse Spirits Gin to be ready next week. Browne will also be adding Bear Trap, a herbal liqueur that will be like a less sweet Jägermeister.

Rowhouse Spirits [Foobooz]

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