Shawn Darragh and Ben Puchowitz have signed a lease for the current El Zarape at 12th, Passyunk and Morris Streets. Passyunk Post has the details on what will not be another Cheu Noodle Bar but a different Asian concept. No doubt inspired by Darragh and Puchowitz’s recent trip through Asia.
El Zarape will be open through March 14th, when it will move to 1304 S 9th Street.
Huge! Owners of Cheu Noodle Bar plan second restaurant in El Zarape space [Passyunk Post]
The Federal Donuts coming to 3428 Sansom Street is opening shortly. How shortly? According to a tweet from Federal Donuts yesterday, “in fewer days than you can count on two Simpsons hands.” Which if our arithmetic is correct, means the new Federal Donuts will open within eight days, seven as of today. Unless thumbs don’t count, then it’s five.
Counting on Simpson fingers is tougher than it seems.
UPDATE: Just got word that FedNuts West will be opening the doors at 7am on Monday, March 10–which, true to their promise, is a number of days that can be counted on two Simpsons hands.
All the new flavors of donuts and fried chicken right this way…
Photo via Victory Brewing Co.
Last week I was lucky enough to be was invited to tour Victory Brewing Co.’s new Parkesburg Brewery. The new facility is located about seventeen miles from the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub. The new brewery is more than 140,000 square feet on 42 acres in Chester County. The capacity in Parkesburg is 225,000 barrels annually, more than double that of Downingtown. In the future, the new plant will be able to output 500,000+ barrels per year. And it isn’t like Victory is exactly small now, The Brewers Association ranked Victory as the number 26 craft brewery in the United States in 2012 (the most recent numbers available and Victory grew by 10.4% in 2013) and with Parkesburg fully operational, significant growth is on the horizon.
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Tomorrow, March 1st will see a 20 degree jump in temperature. Certainly not balmy but a lot better than 24°. It’s also the grand opening of The Igloo at 1205 Walnut Street. The frozen yogurt spot will throw open its doors at noon. In addition to the frozen yogurt that their 23rd and Grays Ferry location is known for, they will also be offering a Greek yogurt and skim milk protein shake.
Igloo – Washington Square West [Foobooz]
Tommy Up is opening a tiki bar at 1444 Frankford Avenue. The Yachtsman takes over the former Grady O’s on the now booming stretch of Fishtown. The fifties style tiki bar is aiming to open in April.
Up is the front man of the soon to be national, PYT and also owns cocktail bar, Emmanuelle.
The Yachtsman [Foobooz]
So now we have a date (of sorts) on Jose Garces’s Kimmel Center project, Volver. Word has just come down that, starting March 12, people will be able to purchase “tickets” to dine in the main dining room at Volver.
And how is this going to work exactly? It’s simple (kinda). There are essentially two rooms at Volver–a lounge and a dining room. The lounge will operate like a normal restaurant, allowing walk-in seating and all the stuff you’d expect from a normal restaurant experience. But the dining room will be open only to those who have bought a ticket for the nights performance (meaning dinner). Here’s the official description…
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On March 1st, Pinelands Brewing Company will open to the public. Led by former homebrewer Jason Chapman, this start-up “blue collar” craft brewery is keeping things in the neighborhood with a team, ingredients, water and even the equipment (which was hand-built by Chapman and his crew) all coming from local sources. They’ve been working on things for a while now, but March 1st is the first time they’re opening the brewery and taproom to the public.
Right now, Pinelands is doing six beers and two sodas. Check ‘em out after the jump.
Show me the beer
Sabrina’s has opened another outpost of its popular cafe in Wynnewood. The Main Line location is located in the former home of Sam’s Grill in the Wynnewood Shopping Center. It is the fourth location for Sabrina’s, which has locations in South Philadelphia, Fairmount and on Drexel’s campus.
The menu is the same as the other locations.
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There hasn’t been much visual proof that La Colombe’s flagship cafe and distillery in Fishtown was getting closer to completion. But Todd Carmichael snapped the picture here, showing a concrete floor being installed. We’re sure once a floor is installed, the construction pace will pick up.
La Colombe – Fishtown [Foobooz]
Teddy Sourias opened Brü last year at 1318-20 Chestnut. And now he’s working to open U-Bahn, a subterranean bar below Bru in the old Jeans West clothing store. The 3,300 square foot space will include two bars and a new kitchen. U-Bahn will offer local beers and food including cured meats, cheeses and specialty sandwiches.
The space will feature an open layout and 16-foot ceilings. Tables will be incorporate reclaimed wood from local barns and tables built from tree slabs. Classic arcade games will also be installed. A private area will offer audio/visual equipment and videoconferencing technology for business meetings.
This isn’t the first rathskeller for Chestnut Street. Soula’s Cafe and Rathskeller was located in the Betz Building at Broad and Chestnut in the early 20th century.