ReAnimator Coffee Opens Big New Spot

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While we’ve been all amped up on news from La Colombe, ReAnimator Coffee has quietly expanded with its own bigger and better facility.

ReAnimator Coffee is hosting their grand opening at 310 Master Street on Saturday October 11th starting at 3 p.m. The coffee shop is currently open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, but the grand opening is a great time to tour the new space, a restored elevator factory in the Kensington neighborhood.

The new space serves not only as a ReAnimator cafe, but will also house the green coffee inventory, serve as a training lab for employees and feature a 12 kilo Probat coffee roaster.

Coffee equipment geekery ahead » 

P’unk Burger Coming to Passyunk

punk-burger-passyunk-400SliCE owners Marlo and Jason Dilks are filling in one of the few culinary gaps that still remain along East Passyunk. The couple is opening P’unk Burger in November at 1823 East Passyunk Avenue (former Chhaya location).

The burger shop will offer beef, poultry, salmon burgers and soy-free veggie burgers. The menu will also include hand-cut fries and milkshakes.

The restaurant will be BYOB and have room for 25-30. Inside the front window will be an arcade game table-top with the classic Burger Time.

P’unk Burger will be open daily with late-night hours on Friday and Saturday. P’unk is aiming to open in November.

P’unk Burger [Foobooz]

Turney and Safran 13th Street Update

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Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney at a still under construction Lolita | Photo by Jack Cotter

There’s always a lot of going on along the Thirteenth Street empire of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney, although recently, it has been extra newsworthy.

Craig LaBan visited the post BYOT Lolita and rewarded the Safran and Turney’s original restaurant two-bells, though he predictably does gripe about the noise.

What’s happening at 13th and Locust » 

Valanni/Varga Owner Applies for Chestnut Street Liquor License

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A liquor license application has popped up online for 2034 Chestnut Street. The name on the application is Butcher Bar Inc. and lists George Anni as one of the principals on the license. Anni is the owner of Varga Bar, Valanni and Mercato.

We’ve reached out to several people in the organization and have only received confirmation that the license is coming to Chestnut Street but no word on the concept.

The location was the former home of Wajoe Korean restaurant.

“Bar Rescue” Converts Glenside Bar to Osteria Calabria

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Photo via Drink Philly

Last week Jon Taffer broke Lickety Split into two concepts for his “Bar Rescue” show. Downstairs is now Alleged Pizza and upstairs is 2nd State Lounge. Last night Taffer and company revealed the remade Plush on Keswick Avenue in Glenside. That spot is now an Italian themed bar and cafe, Osteria Calabria.

A post on Plush’s Facebook page sums up the changes:

As the big reveal of our new bar approaches, I want to take the time to thank Jon Taffer and the entire Bar Rescue crew for this incredible opportunity. Aside from providing us with a new concept and look, they have touched us in the most profound way.I cannot begin to express my gratitude. I would also like to thank all of our loyal customers for nearly 12 years of support. Plush was a dream come true for us and could not have been possible without you. We look forward to another 12 years and truly hope the we can surpass all of your expectations. We launch our new bar Sunday night. Do stop by to see the amazing transformation of the bar. Menu provided by chef Nick Liberato. A true culinary professional. Drinks provided by Mia Mastroianni, mixologist extraordinare. Onward and upward. Hope to see a lot of faces, new and old….From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.

The new season of Bar Rescue begins October 5th. Look for the Philadelphia locations to be featured in late November.

More on “Bar Rescue” in Philadelphia.

Osteria Calabria [Foobooz]

Knead Bagels Gets Needed Oven

knead-bagels-ovenChef Adam Willner and his wife Cheri are in the process of creating Knead Bagels at 725 Walnut Street. Chef Willner, who got his bagel start doing brunch at Matyson is going to be offering traditional bagels as well as original takes on the doughy ring. The shop will offer kettle boiled bagels as well as sandwiches, soups, salads and Elixr coffee.

Construction is ongoing but the very important oven has just arrived.

See more updates on Knead Bagels’s Instagram page.

Knead Bagels [Foobooz]

La Colombe Raises $28.5 Million; Plans Nationwide Expansion

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There is no shortage of news coming from the La Colombe camp recently. As we, not so patiently, wait for co-owners Todd Carmichael and  JP Iberti to open their Fishtown flagship cafe and rum distillery, the Philadelphia based coffee roaster has announced it has raised $28.5 million towards opening 100 cafes in the next five years and has also released “The Dragon,” a $359 coffee making device that has coffee geeks salivating. This is all happening as La Colombe has been busy opening new cafes in Washington DC, New York and Chicago. And that’s not to mention that the original 19th and Walnut location is getting revamped and Iberti is a recent father.

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Capital Teas Coming to Philadelphia

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Washington DC’s Capital Teas is coming to Center City Philadelphia. The nine location strong chain is opening a tea bar and retail boutique at 1804 Chestnut Street.

Capital Teas comes from fifth generation tea merchants and offer more than 200 varieties of teas from around the world. In addition to fresh brewed tea, the storefront will also offer teapots, infusers and other items for sale.

Capital Teas [Foobooz]

Tuk Tuk Real Opening with Free Food

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Tuk Tuk Real, the Thai taqueria from Circles Thai owner chef Alex Boonphaya and his sous chef Silvestre Rincon is softly opening tomorrow evening, September 10th. Located at 429 South Street, the soft opening begins at 6 p.m. with complimentary food and refreshments. The grand opening is Thursday at 5 p.m.

Boonphaya and Rincon have combined their Thai and Mexican influences to create a menu full of dishes such as Lamb Massaman Nachos, Lemongrass Carnitas Tacos and Moo Ping Burritos.

Tuk Tuk Real will be open daily. For more details check out our Tuk Tuk Real listing.

Check out the full menu » 

Chops Is Open at the Comcast Center

Photo by Alex Tewfik

Photo by Alex Tewfik

Chops Restaurant, which has been operating as an open air cafe at the Comcast Center, has now opened its indoor space as well. The restaurant that succeeded Table 31 opened yesterday and will only be serving its Restaurant Week menu over its first two weeks. That means there will be a $20 three-course lunch option and a $35 dinner prix fixe as well.

The look is modern but more casual than Table 31 ever was. Once Restaurant Week ends, there will be a grander opening.

Chops Restaurant [Foobooz]

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