Butcher Bar Is Coming To Chestnut Street


If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan living around Rittenhouse Square, times are pretty good. You’ve got V Street and HipCityVeg, Bar BomBon, Govinda’s and Agno Grill. Options abound, and just about every restaurant that isn’t a straight-up temple to vegetables and the creative use of soy offers brilliant, well-considered vegetarian dishes all over their menus.

So you know what this neighborhood needs? A butcher shop.

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Speakeasy Style Bar Opens in Doylestown

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A Mechanic Street Mule at the Still in Doylestown

Out in Bucks County, just above the Doylestown Brewing Co. (52 East State Street, Doylestown), a speakeasy has been operating almost unnoticed for almost a month.

Run by Chris Hall, The Still is self-proclaimed Prohibition-style cocktail bar that is apparently still a pretty well kept secret.

The bar only uses spirits from local PA distilleries and have nine homemade infusions made with all local ingredients. The cocktail list covers the basics and includes some historically accurate drinks as well (which come with a lengthy explanation of their origins).

And while it’s no Hop Sing, this is definitely a cool addition to ‘burbs.

The Still is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The Still Menu (PDF)

Stephen Starr To Take Over Serafina Spot

Serafina location at 18th and Sansom will become a Stephen Starr restaurant.

Serafina location at 18th and Sansom will become a Stephen Starr restaurant.

Serafina is going to be taken over by Stephen Starr. The Italian restaurant from New York landed with significant fanfare in 2011. It was immediately the place to see and be seen but its bloom faded quickly with lackluster and comically bad reviews. Then there was the Cliff Lee incident. And since then, the restaurant has gotten by on tourists, Rittenhouse Square lifers and its location on bustling 18th Street. According to Michael Klein, Serafina will remain open through November before Starr moves in.

Starr has not settled on a concept for the 160-seat restaurant and the Bunker LLC on the liquor license doesn’t give too much away. We’re guessing it isn’t a golf or World War I themed restaurant.

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Love and Honey: Fried Chicken and Pies for Northern Liberties

Fried chicken will be the star of Love and Honey

Fried chicken will be the star of Love and Honey

Todd and Laura Lyons, two professional chefs and residents of Northern Liberties are planning to open Love & Honey Fried Chicken, a fried chicken and pie restaurant at 1100 North Front Street. The restaurant will occupy 900 square feet of the refurbished refrigeration warehouse at the corner of Front and Wildey.

Todd Lyons is a Senior Research and Development Chef at Campbell’s Soup Company and has been perfecting his fried chicken recipe over the years. Laura has also been in the food business since graduating from Culinary Institute of America, where the couple met. Laura has been working on pie crusts and dessert recipes for the past year, teasing she’s gained 10 pounds for the city.

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Bok Bar Opens Tonight

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Instagram photo by R. Eric Thomas

A year after the successful Le Bok Fin pop-up at Bok, the rooftop bar is back in a more permanent fashion as Bok Bar.

The outdoor bar on top of the former Edward W. Bok School opens tonight with a menu of Vietnamese and Filipino dishes from chef Ronan Libunao. Look for bánh mí sandwiches, sesame balls and chocolate suman, a Filipino specialty that is made of glutinous coconut rice with chocolate prepared in a banana leaf. All items on the menu are priced under $10.

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Johnny Brenda’s Chef Aiming to Open His Own BYOB

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Renderings of Elwood at 1007 Frankford Avenue

On Tuesday, July 12th Johnny Brenda’s chef Adam Diltz is going in front of the Fishtown Neighbors Association seeking approval to open a BYOB on Frankford Avenue across from the Fillmore. The restaurant, named Elwood after Diltz’s grandfather will seat 30 and serve food he describes as Mid-Atlantic/Pennsylvania regional.

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Yards Founder Tom Kehoe on New Brewery Location

Yards founder, president and brewmaster Tom Kehoe

Yards founder, president and brewmaster Tom Kehoe

Last week, Yards Brewing Co. presented plans to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association for an 85,000 square foot brewery at 5th and Spring Garden. The brewery complex would house the manufacturing, warehouse and distribution for Yards Brewing as well as a larger brewpub with kitchen.

We had a chance to catch up with Yards Founder, President and Brewmaster, Tom Kehoe and get some more details. Kehoe looked at more than fifteen locations before settling on the 5th and Spring Garden location. Other locations included the old F. A. Poth brewery building in Brewerytown to spots along the Delaware River in South Philadelphia as well as within the Navy Yard. 

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Where to Find Poke in Philadelphia

Poke from Poke Bowl in Northern Liberties

Poke from Poke Bowl in Northern Liberties

Poke, like the sushi burritos and croughnuts of days passed, is one of the newest food trends making waves this summer. Originally a Hawaiian dish, poke has been all over Instagram and has been slowly making its way from the West Coast. Poke (pronounced poh-KAY) is typically made up of marinated raw fish served on rice or greens.

If you’re looking to get your fix of the summery poke before the trend dies out, we’ve rounded up the places in Philly that offer poke.

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Milkhouse Adding New Location at 30th Street Station

Milkhouse comes to 30th Street Station

Milkhouse comes to 30th Street Station

Milkhouse, the grilled cheese, fries and more emporium is set to open its third location. This Milkhouse will be inside 30th Street Station at the former Ben & Jerry’s kiosk, behind Saxby’s. Like the Milkhouse locations inside Suburban Station and at 37 South 19th Street, the 30th Street Station location will offer the full Milkhouse menu of:

  • Grilled Cheeses
  • Fries
  • Salads
  • Soups
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Ice Cream
  • Milkshakes

Owner Tommy Guest tells us that he’s on schedule to open before the Democratic National Convention steams into town. The Milkhouse kiosk at 30th Street Station will be open seven days a week, the hours are still being worked out.

Milkhouse – 30th Street Station [Foobooz]

Manco & Manco’s Is Moving into the Old Strand Theatre in Ocean City

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A rendering of the new Manco & Manco location on the Ocean City boardwalk.

The owners of Manco & Manco Pizza may still be waiting sentencing on their federal tax evasion case, but business continues to boom.

Yesterday, Manco & Manco announced it was moving its 9th Street location, on the Ocean City boardwalk, into the storefront of the old Strand movie theater. Read more »

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