Manatawny Still Works Opening Tasting Room on East Passyunk

The Manatawny Stillworks tasting room will open on Passyunk Avenue | Photo by Arthur Etchells

The Manatawny Stillworks tasting room will revamp the kitchen of Chiarella’s on Passyunk Avenue | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Manatawny Still Works will be the first local distillery to take advantage of a change to Pennsylvania’s Limited Distillery license that allows distilleries to open satellite tasting rooms. The Pottstown based spirits manufacturer has signed a lease and intends to open a tasting room at 1603 East Passyunk Avenue. The location is the former kitchen of Chiarella’s Ristorante.

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A First Look at Aqimero in the Ritz Carlton

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As part of the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton, the hotel has a new Richard Sandoval restaurant, Aqimero, opens today in the lobby of the historic building. Sandoval, who is originally from Denver, has opened almost 40 restaurants globally, but this is his first Philadelphia-based project. The restaurant will feature Latin American cuisine and the menu and dishes described as “Mexican beach campfire style.”

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Royal Sushi and Izakaya Hosting a Pop-up in a Pop-up

Jesse Ito's Tuna Guac

Jesse Ito’s Tuna Guacamole

Despite our doubts, Royal Sushi and Izakaya may be proving us wrong. The perpetually delayed Japanese pub recently told us they would be opening in sometime in July. We had our doubts, after the 5 year on-again off-again game they played with us.

However, we just found out the Royal Sushi and Izakaya team will be hosting a pop-up within a pop-up. Maybe they aren’t messing around this time. The team will be at the PHS pop-up garden on South Street this Thursday and Friday, June 23 and 24, starting at 6 p.m.

As far as the menu goes? Jesse Ito said he will definitely be making his “tuna guac” with some fresh Bluefin tuna from Mexico. Philly.com also reported there will be two cocktails from Royal Izakaya, as well.

But don’t get too excited, Ito said this isn’t a test run for any menu items or a sneak peek at what might come in July. “I’m just doing it for fun and to keep my knife skills sharp” said Ito. “This is what I love doing.”

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Dilworth Park Cafe & Air Grille Throw Grand Opening Party During Sips

Dilworth Park Cage | Photo by Chelsea PortnerSummer is officially here and with it comes a new restaurant opening during this week’s Center City Sips. Dilworth Park Café and Air Grille will be opening for the summer this Wednesday, June 22.

The team at Brûlée Catering created an American focused menu with locally sourced dishes. So you can expect menu items like burgers, steaks, and salads made with ingredients from the area.

Air Grille | Photo by Chelsea Portner The grand opening will be a beach themed party, taking place during sips, with a ton (and dare I say too many) things happening. In addition to the usual Sips specials, there will be giveaways, a DJ, and an Instagram contest. So if you like free stuff, this will be the place to hit for Sips. To go with this beach theme, they will serving some boardwalk themed specials.

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Kawaii Kitty Cafe is Opening in Queen Village

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While this isn’t the most serious news Foobooz has reported, it might be the cutest. Kawaii Kitty Cafe will be celebrating their grand opening this weekend.

Like something straight out a coloring book, the Asian inspired Kawaii Kitty Cafe (759 South 4th Street) will feature two rooms: one just for eating and one for spending time with the cats. Kristen Eissler, the owner of the café, traveled to Asia in her previous job as a fashion designer and was inspired by the cat cafes there.

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Medusa Pizza Opens Today in Fishtown

IMG_2905Fishtown just got a new place to grab a slice. Sicilian pizza joint Medusa Pizza (2327 Gaul St.) is opening at 4 p.m. today.

The restaurant is owned by the Villico family, who are no rookies to the pizza game. They have three restaurants in Center City (Joe’s Pizza, Ciao, Margherita), but this is the first one they’ve built from the ground up. It’s also their first restaurant to feature a wood-fired oven.

Casimira Villico, the owner, said they choose Fishtown to get out of Center City and into a new and different neighborhood.

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Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop Opens Today

Now grandly open, the Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop at the Franklin.

Now grandly open, the Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop at the Franklin.

Di Bruno Bros. celebrates the grand opening of its Bottle Shop at the Franklin today. The beer store within the Di Bruno Bros. store at 9th and Sansom offers more than the typical bottle shop thanks to cheese pairings created by Di Bruno’s cheese experts and the chance to enjoy a beer along with “the holy grail of meat,” four slices of Jamon Iberico de Bellota.

Curated and run by triple-certified Jeffrey Dimaio, the bottle shop is a chance for Di Bruno Bros. to show off their extensive knowledge in a new way. Dimaio is a sommelier, cicerone (beer sommelier) and certified cheese professional. Di Bruno has the second most certified cheese pros in the country, only trailing Whole Foods. At the Bottle Shop, Dimaio gets to show how well beer and cheese can pair.

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Old Kanella Location Re-opening as Kanella Grill

Kanella's old location on Spruce Street will soon be Kanella Grill | Photo by Frances Olson

Kanella’s old location on Spruce Street will soon be Kanella Grill | Photo by Frances Olson

It has been a just over a year since Kanella closed its doors at its original location and set its sights on Queen Village. It came as a bit of a surprise when Konstantinos Pitsillides closed the super popular BYOB in favor of a bigger and better location but he continues to receive good reviews and the added revenue of a bar.

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La Colombe Is Now Open in Bryn Mawr

La Colombe opens on the Main Line | Photo by La Colombe

La Colombe opens on the Main Line | Photo by La Colombe

La Colombe opens its first suburban Philadelphia location today in BrynMawr. The Main Line La Colombe opens at 915 West Lancaster Avenue, in a former auto garage. The cafe is part of a new retail and office development at the site named Bryn Mawr Village.

The 2,000 square foot space features skylights, handcrafted wood furniture, indoor plants and planter boxes at the entrance.

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WATCH: Empty Reading Viaduct Lot Transforms Into Beer Garden

Patrons gather at the 2016 PHS pop-up garden at 10th and Hamilton Streets in Philadelphia's Callowhill District. PHS built the pop-up garden to bring awareness to the planned Rail Park. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Patrons gather at the 2016 PHS Pop Up Garden at 10th and Hamilton Streets in Philadelphia’s Callowhill District. PHS built the pop-up to bring awareness to the planned Rail Park. | Image by Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY

A group of Philadelphians has been working for years to turn portions of the Reading Viaduct, an unused, elevated rail line that cuts across the northern part of Center City, into an elevated park.

You’ve no doubt heard about this, probably in comparison to New York City’s High Line. In the past few years, Philly’s elevated park advocates have made some real progress. Last May, the city started the process of buying a portion of the rail line from SEPTA. Last June, City Councilman Mark Squilla announced that the city was giving $1 million to help develop the park. Advocates hope it will be green and accessible, and make it easier to get around the city.

And now there’s a beer garden right next door. Lindsay Lazarski at Keystone Crossroads published a video story that tracks the transformation of a former parking lot into the new PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park.

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