Opening Soon: Mercer Cafe In The Navy Yard

First Tacconelli's pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

First Tacconelli’s pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

Mercer Cafe, the small, beloved Port Richmond eatery, is expanding to the Navy Yard at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk.

The new location will have its grand opening on May 1, offering their breakfast and lunch menu, along with La Colombe Coffee, a grab-and-go market and lunch delivery.

What’s even more exciting is co-owner Dina Woltjen and her brother Vincent Tacconelli have decided to merge their businesses under one roof. The new Mercer Cafe will serve the famous Tacconelli’s pies, with their own brick oven in the cafe.

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Opening Today: Tired Hands Fermentaria


Tired Hands, but welcoming hands in Ardmore.

Today marks the official opening of Tired Hands Brewing Co.’s Fermentaria. Located just down the street from the original Tired Hands brew cafe, the new space will immediately more than double Tired Hands brewing capacity, with future expansion room allowing for around seven times the volume. The Fermentaria also means more room for patrons looking for a beer, a bite, and a growler fill to go. The new spot at 35 Cricket Terrace has room for 180 seated.

Tired Hands Fermentaria also has its own menu featuring tacos, ceviches and bigger plates. Chef Bill Braun, who is also the head guy at the brew cafe is in charge here as well, though with the help of Kyle Yates. Highlights of the menu, which is taco focused but not necessarily Mexican, include:

  • brisket taco with Swiss cheese, caraway slaw, pickled mustard, 
 tarragon crema
  • patatas bravas taco with chorizo-style bulgar, goat cheese, salsa rojo

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Village Whiskey Opening in DC

Rendering via Douglas Development

Rendering via Douglas Development

The Garces Group is still very much in expansion mode, and Jose Garces announced this week that he’s bringing a Village Whiskey to the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. The bourbon bar will open at 920 N Street Northwest (Rear/Blagden Alley NW). The space will be 4,459 square feet. That’s just about four times the size as the original just off of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The location is on Blagden Alley and right next store to another Philadelphia export, La Colombe.

Washington D.C.’s Village Whiskey will open in the fall of 2016. Garces’ first Washington DC restaurant, Rural Society opened in July of 2014.

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Opening Soon: 1st Ward Sandwich in Pennsport

1st-ward-logoA new sandwich shop is coming to South Philly in early May. 1st Ward Sandwich is located at Morris and Front Street in Pennsport. Paul Frost is the man behind the project.

What we know right now: The space will seat around twenty, with additional seating outside. Frost hopes to eventually feature a monthly prix fixe dinner with a changing seasonal menu. But in the meantime, they’re going the soup, salad and sandwiches route (hence the name).

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SouthGate, a Korean Pub Is Coming to 18th and Lombard

tangier-southgate-18th-lombard-google-maps-400The former Tangier at 18th and Lombard is being reborn as SouthGate, a Korean-inspired pub. Peter Hwang, his wife Mindy and Peter’s father are behind the project that includes some serious chops in the kitchen. Chef Clara Park was educated at the The Institute of Culinary Education in New York and has worked everywhere from Osteria, to Redd in Napa, to Momofuku Ko in New York. She’s also developed, tested and written recipes for cookbook author Barbara Kafka and even won an episode of Chopped. That’s what got Mindy Hwang to seek her out for this project.

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Little Lion to Roar in Old City This Summer

little-lion-exterior-940The former Haru at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut is being transformed into The Little Lion, an upscale but casual concept opening this summer. The restaurant will have a capacity of 214 people and will be open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

The restaurant is the project of former Devil’s Alley manager Chris Younge and Jason Dills. For those who were never in Haru, expect a dramatic space with 25-foot ceilings, 8-foot tall windows and a grand staircase that will lead to a balcony bar and lounge. The former sushi bar along the 3rd Street side of the restaurant will be a chef’s counter and raw bar, offering views of the staff shucking oysters, making salads and completing dishes coming from the first level kitchen.

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Gallery Gets a New Name, Market East Could Still Get Eataly

gallery-interior-concourse-940This morning, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) and Macerich announced their grand new plans for the Gallery at Market East. The new mall will be called the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia and will feature lower-cost outlets of high-end retailers. The Gallery’s dead-to-the-outside exterior will also be revamped, opening the solid walls with glass fronts and sidewalk cafes.

Since 2013, Eataly, Mario Batali’s Italian wonderland of food and restaurants, has been rumored to be coming to Philadelphia and the location that keeps coming up is the former Strawbridges building at 8th and Market. The old department store is considered part of the Gallery project and despite Century 21’s recent opening on the second floor, the first floor remains vacant and available.

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Our Guide to Philadelphia’s Seasonal Beer Gardens

Silk City's Beer Garden

Silk City’s Beer Garden

With weather predictions hitting the 70s, outdoor drinking is on people’s minds. Here’s where you can go now for outdoor drinking, and when you’ll be hitting some of your favorites from years past.

Bookmark this page, as we’ll be updating our beer garden list as more details are announced.

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