Pastry Chef Jessica Nolen Opening Bakery and Cafe

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Jessica Nolen with husband Jeremy at a book signing for their cookbook, New German Cooking.

Jessica Nolen, the pastry chef for Brauhaus Schmitz and Whetstone is striking out on her own. Nolen is opening The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe at 517 S 5th Street, the former home of Cookie Confidential. The Little Bird will make all the bread and pastries for the two restaurants as well as offer breakfast pastries, desserts, soups, salads and lunchtime sandwiches to the public.

Nolen, who is the wife of Brauhaus Schmitz chef and Whetstone owner Jeremy Nolen, has most of her funding in place but has launched a GoFundMe campaign for a couple of high price pieces of equipment. Nolen is looking to raise money for her coffee setup and an industrial mixer.

If all goes well, the Little Bird Bakery and Cafe will open in October.

The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe [Foobooz]

More Details on Fishtown’s Andy’s Chicken

andys-fried-chicken-koreanAndy Choi is the owner of the forthcoming Andy’s Chicken at Memphis and Norris Streets in Fishtown. Choi says he’s about two weeks out from opening and has some other details to share.

Andy’s Chicken will be serving Korean fried chicken with at least six special sauces:

  • Sweet Chili
  • Honey Garlic
  • Golden Soy
  • Cajun
  • Hot and Spicy
  • Sweet BBQ

Also look for Korean-style beef and pork barbecue dishes on the menu.

Andy’s Chicken [Foobooz]

We Tried Out Nick Elmi’s Crow’s Nest

The Crow's Nest. Photo by Jason Melcher

The Crow’s Nest. Photo by Jason Melcher

You can head to Morgan’s Pier for a drink and any of the delicious options on chef Nick Elmi‘s menu any time you want. But now you can also grab a group of 20 and get seated above all the ruckus in their newly opened chef’s table, the Crow’s Nest, lofted over the bar.

We checked it out this past Monday. Curious to know what it was like? Read on…

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Noord Launches New Summer Menu

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Chef Joncarl Lachman is launching his new summer menu tonight at Noord. Familiar staples remain on the menu, but there will be several notable additions including a heirloom tomato salad with goat gouda cheese; pan roasted chicken thighs; and Shellfish Waterzooi, a mix of mussels, shrimp and clams in a beer sauce.

Full Noord menu and a Neuf update »

SpOt Burgers Gets a Storefront

Spot Burgers can often found at 33rd and Arch Streets on Drexel's campus.

Spot Burgers will go brick-and-mortar in Brewerytown

Josh Kim isn’t just busy coming up with new sandwiches. The owner of the SpOt Burgers food cart has also landed a storefront. According to Drew Lazor’s story on Philly.com, Kim will be setting up shop at 2821 West Girard Avenue in Brewerytown this fall. SpOt Burgers will take over Butter’s Soul Food, which just moved up the street.

SpOt, the restaurant will offer burgers, cheesesteaks and according to Lazor, more of the specials that he sometimes had at his cart.

SpOt Burgers to open a restaurant this fall [Philly.com]

Franklin Mortgage Is Getting A Make-Under: Meet The Franklin Bar

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It’s not that we’re over a great cocktail, but that we’re a little tired of the performance of exclusivity that has so often gone hand-in-hand with the revival of cocktail culture. This is Philly, after all, and we like it when things are great, but we get a little prickly when things are too self-conscious about how great they are.

It’s in this spirit that head bartender Sara Justice and the team at The Franklin Bar (a shortened moniker for the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company) are currently undertaking a makeover of their upstairs space to bring things back down to earth and plunk the drinks back where they belong: on a beloved bar, one that’s even a little divey.

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DanDan Offering Free Noodles Through Friday

Free Dan Dan noodles with the purchase of any meal through Friday.

Free Dan Dan noodles with the purchase of any meal through Friday.

DanDan opened over the weekend at 126 S 16th Street. The restaurant serves Sichuan and Taiwanese cuisine in Center City for lunch and dinner.

For now the restaurant is operating as a BYOB, but soon enough the restaurant will have a full liquor license. The restaurant is run by Kevin and Catherina Huang, former operators and managers of Han Dynasty’s University City location. As such, the dan dan noodles are a must order (even better, they’re free with any purchase through Friday). Even after bringing leftovers back to the office, several staff members put the noodles slightly ahead Han Chiang’s renditions.
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Opening Menus for Whetstone Tavern

Photo by Brian Leahy

Whetstone | Photo by Brian Leahy

Whetstone Tavern, the American restaurant from Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen is scheduled to open this Wednesday, July 15th at 700 South 5th Street. The restaurant, saw several setbacks as it approached its opening day, including water damage, inspection woes, and even a visit from an inflatable rat. But that’s all behind Nolen and Doug Hager, the Brauhaus Schmitz owner who is a partner in Whetstone. The food veers away from the German food that has brought him notoriety at Brauhaus. Instead expect dishes as diverse as Kung Pao chicken wings and Passyunk Pork, a 12-ounce bone-in pork chop prepared, with a tip of a cap to Philadelphia’s roast pork sandwich, with sharp provolone polenta, broccoli rabe and pork cracklings.

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Korean Pub, SouthGate Is Opening Soon

Not the Tangier you knew. SouhGate brings taste of Korea to 18th and Lombard.

Not the Tangier you knew. SouhGate brings taste of Korea to 18th and Lombard.

When we last checked in on SouthGate back in April, owner Peter Hwang was excited to get into renovating the old Tangier and turning it into a Korean pub. We were a little worried about what he would find as he started scraping away the decades of grease, paint and wear at the corner bar. Sure enough, the rehab was more intense than imagined. The floor joists all had to be replaced and the basement walk-ins and the kitchen on the main floor. The basement restrooms now shine, and the steps down are just as steep, but not nearly as rickety.

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