Flying Fish Crafthouse Is Set To Open

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The under construction indoor beer garden at Flying Fish Crafthouse in Brewerytown.

On Monday, December 5th, Brian Duffy of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue is opening Flying Fish Crafthouse in Brewerytown. The massive 191-seat restaurant is located at 363 North 31st Street at 31st and Master Streets. Duffy has partnered with New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewing Co. and will feature American cuisine paired with local beers.

Twelve Flying Fish beers will always be on tap, joined by a curated list of other American craft beers. Additionally there will be a full bar of wine and liquor, including three wines on tap. Among the Flying Fish offerings, the Crafthouse has three exclusives including Duffified Ale, an amber ale made with five different malts. There is also a rotating selection of small batch beers previously only offered at the Flying Fish tasting room in Somerdale, New Jersey.

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Otis & Pickles Speakeasy: A Craft Beer and Cocktail Bar for South Philly

Above the drop ceiling, the original tin ceiling.

Above the drop ceiling, the original tin ceiling.

Charlie Collazo of the Institute is working on another bar project, this one in deep South Philadelphia at the corner of 3rd and Porter. Otis & Pickles Speakeasy will be the name and beer, cocktails and yes, pickles will be the focus.

Collazo got the name from a couple of characters he met who over the summer while working at the Creamery Beer Garden in Kennett Square this summer. Otis and Pickles are brothers who owned an automotive garage near the Creamery. Both are over 70, Otis just lost his last tooth and Pickles, well he’s often pickled.

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Tiffin’s First Franchise Restaurant Is Opening In King Of Prussia

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It’s weird to think that King Of Prussia is becoming one of the most interesting restaurant neighborhoods in the region. But seriously? It’s kind of true.

I mean at the KOP Mall alone there’s already a seriously good version of Kevin Sbraga’s Fat Ham, a carbon copy of Hai Street, two Shake Shacks, Mistral scheduled for 2017 (which, okay, is from Princeton, but still), a Vetri Square Pie outpost attached to the KOP Urban Outfitters, and a whole bunch of other places to eat. There’s Papaya Vietnamese and, sure, a whole lot of chain restaurants and a whole lot of steakhouses, but still. It’s a busy town.

And now, on top of everything else, about a mile away from the excesses of the KOP Mall, the first ever franchise restaurant from Tiffin will be opening at the Valley Forge Plaza Shopping Center.

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Third Plenty Cafe Opens in Queen Village

Plenty Cafe opens in Queen Village on Monday

Plenty Cafe opens in Queen Village on Monday

The anticipated opening of Anthony and Damon Mascieri’s Plenty Cafe in Queen Village is set for Monday, November, 14. Like the other two Plenty locations, the storefront at 705 South 5th Street will be an all-day cafe with specialty coffee; sandwiches and salads for lunch; cocktails, wine and beer; and more robust food at night.

The Queen Village Plenty will be the largest of the three cafes with 2,000 square feet housing a 10-seat bar and enough tables for 54 diners. With good weather, another 28 can be seated outdoors.

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Cinder Opens in Center City

Teddy Sourias and Jonathan Petruce in front of Cinder | Photo via Cinder

Teddy Sourias and Jonathan Petruce in front of Cinder | Photo via Cinder

Cinder, the Teddy Sourias (BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn, Uptown Beer Garden, Finn McCool’s Ale House) bar focusing on intriguing beers, ciders, wild ales and the food of chef Jonathan Petruce softly opens today at 4 p.m.

For today’s soft opening, Petruce’s full menu won’t be available and some of the beers might not be in stock yet, but it will be your first chance to check out the space, food and drink.

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Brewery Barrel House Delivered for East Falls Brewery

wissahickon-brewing-co-940U.S. brewery levels have hit a level not seen since the 1890s when beer was transported by horses. You’re not a real neighborhood unless you have your own brewery. So it stands to reason that East Falls is particularly excited to see Wissahickon Brewing Co. spring to life on School House Lane.

Wissahickon Brewing Co. is a family affair. Tim Gill, his wife Lisa, and their four children, Tim, Meg, Luke, and Pete are all involved. The elder Gill got into brewing after receiving a homebrewer’s kit seven years ago.

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Here’s What You’ll Be Eating (And Drinking) At 24, Jose Garces’s New Restaurant

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We’ve been waiting quite a while for Jose Garces and his team to open 24–the new “Wood Fired Fare” restaurant set beneath his new headquarters at 2401 Walnut Street. First rumored like a year ago, we’ve been walking by and peeking in the windows since February, theorizing about what his team would be doing with the dedicated R&D test kitchen attached to the space, and wondering how he would utilize those big ovens.

So now, finally, we know. Dinner service (and happy hour) starts on  Tuesday, November 8th–the official opening. Breakfast, lunch and coffee service will roll out on Saturday, November 12. We’ve got copies of the lunch, dinner and cocktail menus for you to take a look at in the meantime.

Couple other cool things? They’re going to be running a happy hour called “Aperitivo Time” daily from 4:30-6:30. There’ll be drink specials, snacks and complimentary small plates. Dinner service runs until 11pm on the weekends. And there’s going to be a kid’s menu at dinner, too, which, for a certain segment of the audience, is very good news.

And as for that test kitchen? It has actually been up and running for months now, with Garces’s team using it to test out everything from pizza dough to pasta sauces. There was early talk of it being opened (at least occasionally) to the public as a kind of peek behind the curtain as new recipes and designs are tested for concepts throughout the Garces empire, and it looks like that plan might actually happen. According to the press release, Estudio (which is what they’re calling it) will be “introducing public tasting events, cooking classes and other events” to be held in the attached, 20-seat dining room. The space is also available for private events.

Okay, now show me the menus

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