Bud & Marilyn’s Opening Wednesday

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Things have been going so smoothly at Bud & Marilyn’s now that an actual opening date has been chosen, that owners Marcie Turney and Val Safran have now…decided to change the date again.

But wait! This time it’s good news. They’re actually opening a day early (meaning tomorrow), and have opened the books for reservations starting right this very minute.

Not excited by this? Jeez, Buzzkill. What do we need to do to get you excited about this? Show you the opening menus? Tell you about the late night beer, shot and cheese curd deal?

Because we have all that, too…

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SugarHouse Is Adding New Restaurant in Expansion

sugarhouse-hugo-frog-940SugarHouse Casino is intending on opening its 300,000 square foot expansion before the end of the year, and the riverfront casino is including a higher end restaurant in the new space.

An announcement regarding the new restaurant and exclusive caterer for the casino’s new event center is set for Wednesday, September 2nd. The event will include a grilling demonstration and taste of a special “Philly Cut” steak. The press release also features a hashtag, #froginPhilly. After briefly hoping this would mean the return of Rib-It or Steve Poses’ Frog, we applied some positively Sherlockian deduction, (we googled frog+steakhouse and clicked the first result) we’ve concluded that the new restaurant will be from … Spoiler ahead »

Aprons Soul Food Coming to 26th and Washington

Aprons Southern Restaurant | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Aprons Authentic Southern Restaurant | Photo by Arthur Etchells

The former Moe’s Hot Dogs is getting a new tenant. Aprons Soul Food, which for a time operated near Temple’s campus at 1621 Cecil B. Moore is taking the corner of 26th and Washington Avenue. The new location promises authentic Southern food for eat-in, takeout and delivery.

A July post to Facebook promises the new Aprons Soul Food will open this month.

Aprons Soul Food [Foobooz]

Spotted: Santucci’s Coming to North Broad

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Santucci’s at Broad and Wallace | Photo via a Tipster

A tipster let us in on this juicy tidbit. There’s a Santucci’s (expansion of the South Philly brand) coming to North Broad Street. Signs in the window show that the pizzeria is going in at 655 N Broad Street, the former home of Alessandro’s Pizza.

In addition to another eatery on North Broad, the location also means the neighborhoods of Fairmount, Spring Garden, Callowhill and Poplar will have access to Santucci’s excellent square pizzas via delivery.

Santucci’s – North Broad [Foobooz]

Sneak Peek: Stargazy

stargazy squareToday is Sam Jacobson’s birthday and he’s celebrating by offering a preview of his East Passyunk pie shop, Stargazy.

The British bakery is offering a limited menu of pies and mash, tea and some other treats. Philadelphia’s food man about town, Holly Moore has already called Stargazy, 5 Grease Stain worthy.

Stargazy is serving today but will be closed this weekend. Look for an official opening on August 26th or 27th 28th.

Stargazy [Foobooz]

Opening Day Updates For Bud & Marilyn’s And Bar Bombon

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Over the past few days, we’ve been getting you all the information we can on a couple of big-name openings coming to the neighborhood–Bud & Marilyn’s (from Marcie Turney and Val Safran) and Bar Bombon (from Nicole Marquis). As of this morning, we’re able to provide more specifics. And hit you with some very good news.

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Bar Bombon Has An Opening Date And Menu

BarBombonspaceOnce upon a time, the space pictured at left was going to be a Latin-themed vegan joint from Nicole Marquis (HipCityVeg, Charlie Was A Sinner) called JoseJose. We’d already been tracking the opening for a long time when word came down that the name was going to be Bar Bombon and that the inspiration was going to be a bit wider–a little Spanish, a little Puerto Rican, a bit of straight-up Mexican. Because this was Nicole Marquis, it was obviously still going to be vegan, but it wasn’t until this afternoon that we got much in the way of specific details.

Now we can tell you that Bar Bombon (which will still be opening in the former Crumbs space at 133 S. 18th Street) has a date. It’s switching on the lights officially on Monday, August 24. And what’s more, we have a full menu.

Check it out after the jump.

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Coeur Promises Everyday Appeal

coeur-logo-400Coeur, the new restaurant from Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly have announced that the grand opening of their Bella Vista restaurant will be September 15th.

The restaurant, in the former home of The Mildred and James, will open with a grand opening party at 5 p.m. on the 15th. The event will include complimentary passed samples from the menu.

Maida says “we are all about affordability and accessibility. We want guests to say to themselves ‘Hey, it’s Tuesday, let’s go to Coeur!’ not ‘Hey, it’s our anniversary, let’s go to Coeur.'”

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Some More Details On The Food And Drinks At Bud & Marilyn’s

BudMarilynsWallpaperYesterday, we told you that it was looking like Bud & Marilyn’s had something close to an opening date (last week in August, more or less, according to owner Marcie Turney). And today, they’ve dropped a big ol’ press release offering details on the menu, the cocktails, the design–all that stuff.

Now granted, we have talked a LOT about Bud & Marilyn’s lately. Mostly because they keep threatening to open and then, you know…not. But also because we’ve been looking forward to seeing what Turney and partner Val Safran are going to do with the place–a “retro-American” restaurant inspired by the restaurant owned by Turney’s grandparents in Wisconsin. And this new info dump? There’s nothing in it that doesn’t make us even more excited for opening day.

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Buckminster’s Names a Chef

Buckminster's, under construction in Point Breeze.

Buckminster’s, under construction in Point Breeze.

Restaurateur Michael Pasquarello (Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taproom, Bufad, Kensington Quarters) is expanding his empire with Buckminster’s at 21st and Federal Streets, and he’s got a chef. Rob Marzinsky (Pub & Kitchen, Fitler Dining Room) will be the guy when the restaurant opens this fall.

Marzinsky, who is hosting a pop-up at Little Fish for the next few days is planning a menu inspired by his recent travel throughout Asia. Pasquarello is still calling Buckminster’s “neo bistro” which he defines as refreshed bistro cuisine. We’re still not sure what that means exactly but at least he has a very talented chef to pull it off. One more point to excite Point Breeze residents, Marzinsky told us today that he’s excited to be working with Kensington Quarters butcher Heather Thomason. So good meats ahead.

Follow Marzinsky on social media (Instagram | Twitter) for a hint of what’s to come at Buckminster’s. To get a taste of what Marzinsky picked up while he was travelling, stop in for lunch at Little Fish or make reservations for his four course dinner. The pop-up runs through Sunday, August 16th.

Buckminster’s [Foobooz]

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