2008 Restaurant Openings
2204 Liberty Bar – The facade was completed for years and finally the insides are done too.
Bottom of the Sea – This mini seafood chain has opened at the former Kama Sutra on South Street.
Kujaku – The former Peacock on the Parkway has been taken over by the Uzu Sushi people and re-branded Kujaku.
Maoz Vegetarian – Philadelphia’s second Maoz has opened at 11th and Walnut.
Vietnam Cafe – Chinatown’s Vietnam has a swank West Philadelphia offspring at 47th and Baltimore.
Yakitori Boy – A two story Sushi and karaoke bar in Chinatown has had its soft opening. February 2008
Blue In Green – The mainly breakfast spot the formerly had locations in Old City and Restaurant Row is coming to 12th and Chestnut.
Bocelli – A new Italian BYOB has opened at the top of the hill in Chestnut Hill.
California Pizza Kitchen – The area’s second CPK has opened at the City Ave complex next to Target.
Pearl – The peeps behind Red Sky have opened a midtown spot on Chestnut. Ari Weiswasser formerly a sous chef at Striped Bass and at New York’s Gilt and Daniel has been named executive chef.
Penang – Jerseyites can save a toll now when they get a craving for Malaysian food.
Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop – Open at 713 N 4th Street the Random Tea Room features over 40 teas, homemade scones and other baked goods March 2008
Jin House – Jin House which went up in smoke with the building at 11th and Spruce back in 2003 is back at 1117 Locust Street by the March.
Prime – The fancy upstairs neighbor of the new Finn McCool’s has opened at 12th and Sansom.
O.N.E. at Rittenhouse – The Mansion is no more. A new father and son team is in its place.
Philadelphia Brewing Co. – The Philadelphia Brewing Co. is brewing and should have its first beers out by the end of the month.
Swallow – A European inspired bistro has opened on Liberties Walk.
Tinto – Tinto has expanded its tight quarters taking over next door.
Zot – The Belgian restaurant is shuffling some things around. Upstairs now houses Zotikot, a sports bar as well as a wine bar. April 2008
Devil’s Den -The couple who brought you Manayunk’s Old Eagle Tavern has brought a 28-tap beer bar to 11th and Ellsworth.
Chink’s Steaks – The famous Northeast cheesesteakerie will be opening a takeout only location on Columbus Blvd.
Â¡Cuba! – Chestnut Hill is on the look out for some Latin flair this April.
Food & Friends Neighborhood Market – New food market at 20th and Spruce that will dedicate half of its shelf space to beer!
Kanella – The former owner of Mezze is going to be trying his hand at a mainly Mediterranean spot in Washington Square West.
Les Bons Temps – Good Cajun-Creole is on its way downtown as John Mims is opening a restaurant on South 12th Street.
Memphis Taproom – Brendan Hartranft from Nodding Head has opened his own place deep in the heart of Port Fishington at Memphis and Cumberland.
MÃ©lange CafÃ© – Haddonfield location of the popular Cherry Hill Louisiana spot is set to open April 30th.
Rick’s Cabaret – Rick’s will be taking over the Home Depot sized strip bar Crazy Horse Too on Delaware Avenue.
Time – The former Ludwig’s has been reborn under the tutelage of Vintage’s Jason and Delphine Evenchik as a beer and spirits spot with ” updated country club fare.”
The Waverly – Bistro 7’s Michael OâHalloran is looking to open his second spot by April but lease problems might have it delayed. May 2008
10 Arts by Eric Ripert – Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert’s spot at the Ritz Carlton is aiming to open this spring.
Apothecary Bar & Lounge – The Original Caribou Cafe owner is coming back to the city, 13th Street to be exact with a high-end cocktail list that is quite intriguing.
Ashoka Palace – Northern Indian comes to 38 S 19th Street where Bootsie’s tried to make a go at it.
Azul – Casual Mexican from George Markakis of Old City’s GiGi is headed to 10th and Spruce.
California Pizza Kitchen – Another branch opens, this time in Plymouth Meeting.
Chima – Brazilian at 20th and JFK has the dry wall in and big graphics on the windows.
Chipotle – The Chipotle borg continues to expand, this time in Ardmore.
Goodburger – The New York based mini-chain has put down stakes on the 1700 block of Chestnut Street.
JL Sullivan’s Speakeasy – The people who brought us McFadden’s bring us a high-end sports bar at the former Zanzibar Blue location in the Bellevue.
Mama Palma’s – The Fitler Square pizzeria is set to reopen May 27th after a costly fire.
Maia – Brother chefs come together to create this two floor restaurant and food market in Villanova. It’s official, May 6 is opening night.
Nicholas – Weekly changing menu of local ingredients is the M.O. of this Moyamensing Avenue spot.
Sassafras – The refurbished Sassafras has reopened with lots of the old standards.
Table 31 – A behemoth restaurant by Georges Perrier and Chris Scarduzio is under construction at the Comcast Center. The 3 floor spot is aiming to open in May, 18.
Union Gourmet Market & Cafe – Chef Felix Maietta is opening a cafe in the Washington Square West featuring indoor/outdoor dining, Sunday brunch and selection of artisanal cheeses, cured fish and charcuterie.
Victory Brewing Co. – The new Victory Brew Pub has opened and it is swell.
Vino Volo – There’s a brand new wine bar at PHL.
Zahav – The people behind Marigold Kitchen and Xochitl are opening a Israeli-Mediterranean restaurant at the base of the Society Hill Towers on May 5th. June 2008
Blackfish Avalon – The Conshohocken favorite is opening a shore location this June.
Cavo Crepe CafÃ© – Manayunk creperie is open.
Chickpeas Falafel & Grill – Mama’s Grill has become Chickpeas. It seems the rest has remained the same.
Da Vinci Ristorante – The former Tre Scallini is set to be reborn as East Passyunk’s latest Italian restaurant.
Houlihan’s – The largest Houlihan’s has opened in Cherry Hill.
The Institute – It’s a strange location at 12th and Green but they promise a good beer selection.
J.C. Dobbs – The live music has returned to this South Street institution.
King of Tandoor – Indian barbecue at 1824 Callowhill Street.
Market at Comcast Center – It’s a promising food court and market underneath the Comcast Center.
Plaza Cafe – Georges Perrier’s Table 31 isn’t his only restaurant at the Comcast Center, Plaza Cafe offers an al fresco taste of Perrier.
South Philly Bar & Grille – Sports bar comes to cheesesteak nexus of 9th and Passyunk. July 2008
Bumblefish – New Asian fast food comes to 10th Street near Market.
Cactus Bar & Grill – The folk behind the Bayou in Manayunk are looking to a Southwestern restaurant and Bar just down the block.
Chelsea Prime & Teplitzky’s – When the Chelsea in Atlantic City opens it won’t have one but two Stephen Starr restaurants. Chelsea Prime will be a 1940s style steakhouse and Teplitzky’s will be a “groovey coffee shop.”
Distrito – Jose Garces has opened his Mexican playground at 40th and Chestnut.
Dos Segundos Cantina – The second Cantina from the Los Caballitos people has opened in Northern Liberties.
Ekta – More Indian for Girard Avenue as Ekta opens.
Kite & Key Gastropub – The former Savannah’s on Callowhill has opened as a gastropub owned by a former Bishop’s Collar bartender.
Otolith – Girard Avenue seafood store and restaurant has cleared a zoning hurdle and can now worry about the rest of the details of opening a restaurant.
Parc Bistro – Starr is going French again, this time on Rittenhouse Square.
Paxia – Molcajet Mixto is under new ownership and has been renamed Paxia.
Phoebe’s BBQ – The South Street takeout barbecue spot is looking to open a second location in Manayunk on Umbria Street.
Q-Ba Bar & Restaurant – Salsa dancing and Cuban food at 3rd and Girard.
Sketch – Quality hamburgers are on the menu at this Girard Avenue casual.
Tiffin – A Mt. Airy branch of the popular Girard Ave Indian restaurant is set to open in mid-July. Additional locations are being talked about for South Philly and Center City. August 2008
Cooper’s Brick Oven Wine Bar – Jake’s in Manayunk is looking to add a more casual wine bar next door.
Cream and Sugar – Philly-centric sweets in UCity.
Du Jour Gourmet Market – Outpost of this Haverford Cafe opens at the Symphony House.
Home Slice – It’s a new pizza place on Liberties Walk.
Hummus – Self-serve falafel and pita sandwiches at 40th and Walnut.
La Minette – The building with the dalmatian mural is going to be another French restaurant in the area.
Phileo – Pinkberry yogurt finally strikes the City of Brotherly Love.
Prive – The former Bluezette is next going to be a contemporary Greek restaurant.
Pumpkin Market – South Street gets a new produce market across from Pumpkin Cafe.
Root – Slow food and sustainable agriculture are the buzzwords for this eatery coming to the 1000 block of Spring Garden.
Station Bar & Grill – Belgian beers and pool at this former South Philly nuisance bar. September 2008
Adobe Cafe – East Passyunk is getting an off shoot from the Roxborough Southwestern spot.
Bar 210 – Lacroix gets a bar right in the restaurant.
Brown Betty Dessert Boutique – The NoLibs dessert spot is looking to open near Rittenhouse Square at 269 S 20th Street.
Cafe L’Aube – Crepes and waffles are among the menu items at this South Street Cafe.
Cassizzi’s – Stylish pizza in Port Richmond.
Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse – Barristers is being taken over by the Cavanaugh’s crew this September.
Cret Cafe – The Parkway cafe and tourism spot is has opened at the base of the Parkway.
El Fuego – A second branch of El Fuego is headed to 2104 Chestnut St. Frozen drinks, and DJ nights will differentiate this spot from the original Walnut Street location.
H.I. Rib & Co. – A taste of New Orleans is opening to open by August at the former Lone Star in Conshohocken.
Joe’s Peking Duck Original 1984 – Joe Poon is back in the restaurant game with an Old City address.
Kung Fu Necktie – The former Penalty Box in Fishtown has a new identity.
Melograno – The 22nd and Spruce BYOB is headed to Sansom Street.
MÃ©mÃ© – David Katz is taking over the current Melograno this September.
Minar Palace – The cheap Indian favorite is returning! According to the Manager of Operations the new Minar at 1304 Walnut Street will “open no later than March of 2008.” OK, maybe September….
Mix – Old City’s Soho Pizza is looking to open a pizzeria with a bar at 21st and Chestnut.
Paxia – The former Molcajete Mixto is officially open now.
Pub & Kitchen – The late Chaucer’s is looking to be reborn early this fall as a causual bar with good food.
Taproom – 19th and Ritner gets a spot that features a Django chef and an interesting menu.
Yards Brewing – The new Delaware Ave brewery has a floor and they’re brewing. And maybe a brew pub too.
Zocalito – The owners of Las Tarascas en Zocalo opened a cafe next to their Lancaster Avenue restaurant. October 2008
Alison two – Alison Barshak is branching out with a second Montco restaurant. Follow the progress on her blog.
Bella Vista Beer Distributors – The 11th Street beer distributor is moving across the street to giant new warehouse. The current facility will become a 1,200 bottle beer shop. Those are tears of joy.
Blue20 – High end seafood will be headed to Route 70 in Cherry Hill.
Buckhead Saloon – Well at least it isn’t Tiki Bob’s.
Butcher & Singer Steak & Seafood – Stephen Starr is reconceptualizing Striped Bass into a steak and seafood restaurant.
Earth Bread + Brewery – Tom Baker who was the one man crew behind Heavyweight Brewing is setting up a brew pub in Mt. Airy.
Hot Dog Corner – The latest Blue In Green is going to make way for a hot dog spot.
Izumi – East Passyunk gets sushi.
Lucky 13 – New pub on East Passyunk by bartender turned owner, Clark Newman.
Mi Lah Vegetarian – White tablecloth vegetarian dining arrives at 16th and Chancellor.
Mikey’s American Grill and Sports Bar – The Left Bank’s Ecco Qui is getting transformed into a sports bar.
NovitÃ¡ Bistro – About 40 seats in this Mediterranean BYOB set for the 1600 block of South Street.
Sakeya – The Academy House is being graced with another restaurant, this time a Japanese pub concept.
Soul – Creole influenced restaurant has opened in Chestnut Hill.
Sticks & Stones – E. Pâunk to get a non-Italian, non-Mexican place to eat.
Tiedhouse – The General Lafayette Inn is opening a tiedhouse (brewery related bar) this fall at 2001 Hamilton Street.
Witch Bistro – American bistro on Moyamensing. November 2008
Craft Ale House – Honesty in naming, Craft Ale House has come to Limerick.
El Camino Real – Owen Kamihira is turning Deuce into a “Mexican border bar.”
The Institute – The 2nd floor opens mid-December, the kitchen about a month after that.
Irish Po l – Jagers in Old City is now Irish Pol and is portraying itself as a beer bar.
MangoMoon – The team from Chabaa Thai is planning a Thai lounge for Main Street in Manayunk.
Mexican Post Express – The popular Mexican chain is opening a taco stand in the Comcast Center.
Pagano Market – The quick service market and restaurant is serving sandwiches and pizzas at Commerce Square.