Nan Yang Opening in Chinatown

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Photo via Lê, @Merchandise7X

The former Lucky Fortune at 932 Race Street is becoming Nan Yang and will open this Saturday. Last night, the above sign was being installed. The new restaurant will serve Singaporean and Thai food and will be open till 4 a.m. on weekends.

In fact, in a random email we received the following images:

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V Street Is Now Open

Lima Mist Cocktail at V Street

Lima Mist Cocktail at V Street

V Street’s first Instagram photo announces that the vegan bar from Vedge’s Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby is now open. The bar is located at 126 S 19th Street, just off of Rittenhouse Square. The attractive spot serves a menu of small plates, influenced by street food from around the world.

UPDATE: V Street will not be open tonight, Friday, October 17th but will have its grand opening tomorrow.

V Street [Foobooz]

What’s On Tap for 2nd Story Brewing

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Old City’s 2nd Story Brewing is set to open on Tuesday, October 20th in the former home of Triumph Brewing Co. We’ve got the opening beer list and the bar menu as well. Check out what on tap and the bites that’ll be offered at the bar. The brewpub will offer four standard brews plus five rotating selections.

While you’re drinking your beer, the kitchen will be offering bar bites like short rib poutine, smashed fingerling potatoes that are fried until crispy and blakc bean egg rolls with braised chicken.

Full 2nd Story Brewing menus »

Brick & Mortar Names An Executive Chef

brick-mortar-logo-400Brick & Mortar–the new neighborhood joint being opened at 12th and Pearl by ex Franklin Mortgage partner Michael Welsh–has gone and gotten itself an executive chef.

Brian Ricci, coming off a turn as exec at Kennett and ex of Django, Supper and Pub & Kitchen, will be running the kitchen for Welsh. No word yet on what, exactly, Ricci might be doing with the menu (though we hear there will be some rotisserie stuff, and Ricci’s got a strong streak of British gastropub in him, plus a bit of Indian street food from his time at Danny Meyer’s Tabla in NYC), but you’ll know as soon as we do.

Brick & Mortar is looking to get open some time in late November.

Brick & Mortar [Foobooz]

Little Spoon Cafe Is Now Open

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Little Spoon Cafe opened today at 15th and South Streets, in the former (and a bit weird) home to Baja Room. The space has been transformed into a super attractive cafe that is open for breakfast, lunch, and on some nights, dinner. We stopped in for a late lunch and enjoyed a BLT served with crispy bacon, on excellent bread.

The cafe is owned by area residents, Jeanne French and Julia McMeans. The chef is Lauren Geary, who was once the chef down the street, at the now closed Pumpkin Market. The cafe opens at 7 a.m. and offers quick breakfast options, plus breakfast sandwiches and burritos. Daily breakfast specials include a rotating selection of scrambles and galettes, a rustic pastry with seasonal filling.

Lunch offers soups, salads, sandwiches and a rotating choice of grilled cheeses. Little Spoon also stocks ice cream from Franklin Fountain, plus treats from Shane’s Candies.

Photos, specials and menus » 

Brigantessa Opens Tonight

brigantessa and taps squareBrigantessa opens this evening on East Passyunk Avenue. The second restaurant from chef Joe Cicala and his partners Cathy Lee and Francis Cratil-Cretarola will focus on Southern Italian cooking and a menu built around the restaurant’s wood-fired oven. The bar and open kitchen take up much of the first floor with a dining room upstairs. Cicala will also have a rotisserie and grill at his disposal in the kitchen.

The bar will offer sixteen beers on draft, including several craft Italian beers as well as US craft options as well. Wine will also be available on draft and will focus on wines from Southern Italy.

Brigantessa will initially be open for dinner seven nights a week and lunch will be added later. It is walk-in only for now, OpenTable reservations are available as of Monday, October 20th.

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Founding Fathers Sports Bar Coming to South Street West

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The bar at Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill | Rendering via Lance R. Kraemer Associates

Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill is the name of the upcoming project coming to 1612-18 South Street. The bar will aim to please the neighborhood, especially its sports fans with thirteen or so TVs and a menu by chef Al Anderson, who has previously worked at Johnny Brenda’s and South Philly Taproom.

Owners Jon Adler and Sam Brouwer are aiming to open the spacious mid-block bar by mid-November.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill [Foobooz]

Bing Bing Dim Sum to Offer Awesome Doughy Things

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So Bing Bing’s construction has come to a slow halt. However, the opening date is still set for some time in late November or early December of this year–provided everything else goes according to plan from here on out.

With that being said, the interior of Bing Bing Dim Sum sounds pretty cool, featuring booths converted from antique Chinese day beds and a large community table that seats 12.

And now we know a few things about the menu as well.

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More Beer For Old City: 2nd Story Brewing Co. Opening This Month

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2nd Story Brewing Co. (117 Chestnut Street) is finally opening its doors in Old City on Tuesday, October 21st.

As a craft brewery and restaurant serving farm-to-table pub cuisine, 2nd Story Brewing Co. will introduce a new collection of classically inspired ales and lagers as well as foods created with regional, seasonal ingredients by working closely with local producers and purveyors.

Much of the 2nd Story Brewing Co. team has some kitchen and/or producer time behind them. Owner Debbie Grady? She’s a working farmer who owns Tilted Barn Farm in Pottstown. General Manager Ken Merriman is a restaurateur who owns District Riverton Bistro in Riverton, NJ. He’ll be overseeing operations at the restaurant and brewery, while adding a bit of appropriate worldly insight, having grown up in Dublin, Ireland.

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Hawthornes Returning Bigger, Better, Warmer and Offering More than Ever

hawthornesHawthornes is coming back, and with a bang, people. After a fire above the Bella Vista bruncherie and beer store in February damaged the building, Hawthornes is expected to reopen around the end of November. The restaurant will return with new menu items, more seating, and more booze, thanks to a full liquor license. Along with the new drink options, more beer taps will be added, as well as a new growler station.

Hawthornes has also mentioned another beer surprise, “an ace up their sleeve,” that they feel will revolutionize the beer side of things.

The cafe has added a baking department, which will be whipping up muffins, rustic loaves of bread, and more, every morning. Not only that, there will also be an eight-seat breakfast counter, right next to a new and bigger fireplace.

Sunday dinners will also be available, and Hawthornes will also be opening for earlier hours during the week.

Hawthornes [Foobooz]

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