The Gold Standard on Fitz Is Now Serving

gold-standard-on-fitz-400The Gold Standard on Fitz is up and brewing coffee, as well as serving breakfast pastries, bagels, sandwiches and salads. The branch of West Philadelphia’s Gold Standard succeeds the Beauty Shop Cafe at 20th and Fitzwater in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

The coffee shop, which serves up Green Street coffee offers an a.m. special where a small coffee or tea and pastry is available for just $3.50.

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Kevin Sbraga’s Juniper Commons Will Be A 1980′s Theme Restaurant

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No, seriously. I mean, I wouldn’t believe me either, but this is straight from the man himself (via his PR team, of course):

“When you talk about the eighties, everyone focuses on the pop culture, not the food or drinks. While many chefs have forgone revisiting this decade, I’m excited to reinvent dishes that have been deemed passé, into quality dishes that guests will relate to today.”

See? 19-friggin’-80′s theme restaurant! Which is so totally and completely insane, that I already love it and want to go there for lunch right now–despite the fact that Kevin Sbraga‘s new Juniper Commons isn’t scheduled to open until sometime late this fall.

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Blue Duck Sandwich Company Is Now Open

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Kris Serviss has opened his Blue Duck Sandwich Company at 2859 Holme Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. The BYOB serves much more than just sandwiches. Highlights from the menu include: three types of wings as well as mac and cheeses including chorizo mac and cheese, a pork roll burger, fried chicken, pan-seared cobia, weekly taco specials and the namesake Blue Duck Sandwich, which consists of shredded duck confit, sautéed Swiss chard, roasted portabellas, blueberry barbecue sauce on a toasted onion roll.

Blue Duck Sandwich Company is open seven days of the week for lunch and dinner, with brunch on the weekends.

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Bakeshop on Twentieth Is Now Open.

bakeshop-on-20th-940The Bakeshop on Twentieth has opened off of Rittenhouse Square at 269 S 20th Street. The bakeshop was originally going to be opened as Spread Bake Shop but it has been renamed and according to Drew Lazor, is no longer affiliated with Spread Bagelry.  The shop offers an opening menu of croissants, cookies, scones, breakfast treats, bread, rolls, sticky buns, brownies plus coffee and tea.

The shop is open seven days a week and will add savory choices like soup and sandwiches in the coming weeks.

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Smokin’ John’s Bar-B-Que Opening in Manayunk

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Winnie Clowry showing off the liquor license application at her Smokin’ John’s Bar-B-Que | Facebook

Winnie and Bob Clowry who have owned Le Bus in Manayunk for the past ten years are getting ready to open their second restaurant. Smokin’ John’s Bar-B-Que will be opening later this fall at 4258 Main Street, the former home of Bella’s Trattoria and next door to Winnie’s Le Bus.

Smokin’ John’s is named for chef John O’Brien, who is also the chef at Winnie’s. The restaurant will have a full bar and promises something for everyone, not just carnivores.

Smokin’ John’s Bar-B-Que [Foobooz]

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Grand Opening

forgotten-boardwalk-brewingForgotten Boardwalk Brewing has set its grand opening for Saturday, October 11th. The brewery, founded by Jamie Queli, takes over the original Flying Fish Brewery location at 1940 Olney Avenue in Cherry Hill. David Bronstein is the head brewer. Bronstein joined the Forgotten Boardwalk team from Sly Fox Brewing Company in April.

The brewery features a whimsical setting, complete with skeeball machines, fun house mirrors, a boardwalk spin wheel and a 30 barrel brewing system. The tap room has eight tap handles which will have four Forgotten Boardwalk mainstay beers, plus four brewers’ choice beers, all of which are produced on premises.

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Marigold Kitchen Reopens Tonight

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Marigold Kitchen reopens tonight. The restaurant had closed after chef-owner Robert Halpern moved to California. Halpern then sold the restaurant to his chefs de cuisine, Tim Lanza and Andrew Kochan. Chef Keith Krajewski remains on as the executive chef.

The concept from Halpern’s version of Marigold Kitchen remains pretty much intact. There is no menu, just a question about food allergies or aversions. Then courses of modernist dishes come pouring out of the kitchen. The dinner is $90 per person and reservations can be made online.

One of the plates on the opening menu will be the dish shown above, wild striped sea bass with white bean, egg yolk, pepper and olive.

Marigold Kitchen [Foobooz]

Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies Opens First Storefront

robeks-smoothies-healthy-eatsRobeks, the fresh juice and smoothie chain has been getting its name out there via their food truck since July. Today they open their first storefront at 1035 Chestnut Street. Robeks started in California in 1996 and is looking to open 36 franchises in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Robeks makes their juices and smoothies to order, promising to use only the freshest fruit and featuring a proprietary Greek yogurt with more protein and less carbs. The store also offers dairy-free, soy and almond milk options. “Boosts” of added vitamins and minerals promising to increase energy, improve the immune system, reduce cholesterol and help digestion can be added.

Robeks – Center City [Foobooz]

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