2009 Restaurant Openings

January 2009

  • – A rustic French BYOB in Ardmore.
  • Akoya – Pearl’s first floor has been remade into an Asian gastropub.
  • – The former Grady David’s has a new owner and name.
  • Camac – Girasole’s old space on Locust is looking to open as a pizza lounge.
  • Chipotle – The Mexican chain open In University City.
  • Crepe Maker – National franchise opens in 30th Street Station.
  • Fiesta Acapulco – La Lupe is opening a seafood eatery.
  • Local 44 – Brendan and Leigh of Memphis Taproom are taking the plunge again. This time at the old Kelliann’s at 44th and Spruce.
  • Mim’s – The Freehouse in Wayne is being taken over by John Mims of Carmine’s fame and will serve New Orleans contemporary.
  • Pico de Gallo – The longtime Mexican spot is expanding across the street and making their current spot a to-go taco stand.

February 2009

  • Aki – drop the “O” add the “K” and you see what’s happened to Aoi on Walnut Street.
  • – Jayson Grossberg is reopening his Audubon BYOB with a more affordable menu.
  • – Look for Alison at Blue Bell to reopen in early February focusing on Mediterranean fare.
  • – Al Paris has reconceptualized Mantra into an Italian wine bar and restaurant.
  • – Former funeral home turns pizzeria.
  • Chifa - Jose Garces brings Peruvian/Cantonese with a dash of ceviche to 707 Chestnut Street.
  • – Another Tiffin alum breaks out on his own. This one to Collingswood.
  • – The cookie service now has a cookie truck on Temple’s campus.
  • – Real bbq comes to Malvern.
  • Kin Gyo – The long time Genji is now Kin Gyo.
  • Naked Chocolate Cafe – The third location of NCC opened on 18th Street between Market and Chestnut.
  • – It’s a sous vide specialty restaurant in central MontCo.
  • – Turkish kebab house has come to the former Overtures on Passyunk.
  • Saute – French influenced spot on Front Street.
  • – Chinatown’s Ong’s is being re-born.
  • Slate - The former Cafe Habana on 21st between Sansom and Chestnut has finally opened.
  • Union Trust – A big time independent steakhouse is set to come to the 700 block of Chestnut Street. Its fall opening has been pushed back to February.
  • – The old Whitman Diner in Washington Township has opened as The Whitman, an upscale diner and martini lounge.

March 2009

  • 2nd Street Annie’s – Formerly of North Wildwood this spot is opening in NoLibs at the old Metro location.
  • – A “soft grand opening” is set for Friday, March 27th.
  • – John Mims is in Phoenixville with a couple of new restaurants.
  • Firecreek Restaurant & Bar – A steakhouse with an open kitchen is coming to Downingtown.
  • Girasole – Girasole is open at the Symphony House.
  • – New barbecue for the good people of Roxborough.
  • – New Thai eatery for West Chester.
  • – The Mad River peeps are opening a new concept at 1528 Sansom Street. Menu by Little Fish’s Mike Stollenwerk.
  • – Pizza and specialty sandwiches will make up the menu of this new spot, trying to make a go of it where Mimosa and ChrisStevens have failed.
  • – Great name for this West Philadelphia coffee shop.
  • – It’s death short-lived, Phoenixville’s 3-bell BYOB is reopening with a much more affordable menu.
  • – John Mims is in Phoenixville with a couple of new restaurants.
  • Pizza Rosso – Derek Davis is going with pizza for the masses near Temple University Hospital.
  • Seasons 52 – Wine bar and grill chain is coming to the Cherry Hill Mall March 23rd.
  • Strongbox- Brett Perloff is reconceptualizing the former Monkey Bar.
  • – National chicken wing chain opens near Temple University.

April 2009

  • Bebe’s BBQ – Quality barbecue comes to the Italian Market.
  • Bocca – It’s Mediterranean small plates on Market Street in Old City.
  • – The Old City sandwich shop has landed the cheesesteak spot at Citizens Bank Park.
  • – Stephen Starr is bringing a burger stand to Franklin Square.
  • Kibitz Room – Straight out of Cherry Hill! A second location is coming to Locust Street.
  • Lynda’s Mediterranean – Mediterranean food with an Algerian slant comes to Passyunk Avenue.
  • Mango Bush – Caribbean eatery comes to 4th Street near South.
  • – The former Roselena’s is keeping the kitsch but getting a new name.
  • – Philly Fish & Co. is morphing into a BBQ spot.
  • – University City’s Thai Singha is opening a branch off of Rittenhouse Square.

May 2009

  • Bibou – Le Bec-Fin Chef de Cuisine, Pierre Calmels is opening his own BYOB in South Philly.
  • Brew /Ultimo Coffee – Coffee shop and takeout beer store for South Philly behind the guys who gave us SPTR.
  • Broad Axe Tavern – 16 taps and a whole lot of wait later….
  • – The University City gelato artisan also has a liquor license.
  • – The fourth Capogiro opens to East Passyunk.
  • Coyote West – West Chester’s former Coyote Crossing is coming back as Coyote West.
  • – Darling’s Cheesecakes owners open a diner at Piazza at Schmidt’s.
  • Freehouse – Former Les Bons Temps chef Brett Naylor is in the kitchen at the re-flagged Wayne restaurant.
  • – A new breakfast lunch and coffee spot from the folk behind Abbraccio.
  • Grey Lounge – A lounge with a French food twist comes to Old City.
  • – Asian diner coming to the corner of 3rd and Spring Garden.
  • Noble American Cookery – “Seasonal American” is coming to the former Gioia Mia on Sansom Street.
  • Silk City Beer Garden – A Silk City expansion will add a beer garden with a capacity for 50.
  • Swift Half – The Good Dog’s owners are opening a new spot at the Piazza at Schmidt’s.
  • Varga Bar – The former Azul is going to be transformed into a pub inspired by Alberto Vargas’ pinup girls.
  • Verde – Flowers and Chocolates make for one stop gift shopping on 13th Street.
  • – Wine bar is open at Bar Blatstein’s Piazza project.

June 2009

July 2009

  • American Pub – It’s a weekday only operation near the Clothespin at Centre Square.
  • Azie on Main – Asian fusion with an international flair upstairs at what was Maia.
  • Buttercream – It’s a cupcake truck dispensing lovely baked goods around town.
  • Elevation Burger – A “green” burger chain comes to Wynnewood.
  • SquareBurger – Stephen Starr’s permanent burger stand is aiming for Independence Day.
  • – The north of Spring Garden bar finally gets a kitchen.
  • – Iron Hill has opened their first New Jersey location.
  • May’s Gourmet Cafe & Deli – New deli at 19th and Christian.
  • Max Brenner – The Israeli chocolate company is at 212 S 15th Street.
  • – American bistro by Effie Bouikidis of Effie’s on Pine St.
  • Restaurant M – The Morris House restaurant is back with shortened hours.
  • P.Y.T. – The pretty young lounge coming to the Piazza is going to be run by promoter Tommy Up.
  • Sakana Sushi Cafe – Yes, another sushi spot on Sansom, this one taking over for you guessed it, another sushi spot.
  • Shank’s Original – The Center City luncheonette is sling sandwiches at Sansom Street.
  • Sonata – The former Swallow on Liberties Walk is giving it a go as a contemporary American BYO.
  • – The third Tampopo is open at 44th and Spruce.
  • – Tart frozen yogurt for Rittenhouse Square.

August 2009

  • Avril – Bala Cynwyd BYOB from a former Daily News food writer.
  • Barb & Suzy’s Kitchen – New Reading Terminal Market stand with Pennsylvania Dutch sandwiches.
  • Distrito – The downstairs bar has been reconceptualized with a cheaper and more affordable menu.
  • Fond – New American BYOB with principals from Le Bec and Lacroix say August 31st is the day.
  • Gia Pronto – New pizzeria in a cursed space on Penn’s campus.
  • JD McGillicuddy’s – The suburban/Manayunk sports bar is opening at the former Whiskey Dix.
  • – Bistro 7’s Michael O’Halloran is doing a Hong Kong street food restaurant.
  • Meritage – The 20th and Lombard spot is back with a new chef and new look in mid-month.
  • NoVi – An Italian restaurant with International influences on Hamilton in Fairmount.
  • Parker’s Prime – The folk behind a host of Asian restaurants are opening a steakhouse in Newtown Square.
  • Penthouse Club – Motorcycles on chains and girls, girls, girls.
  • – Breast meat on the menu at this gentlemen’s club and steakhouse.
  • SliCE – The South Philly Neapolitan pizza spot is aiming to open a second location, this one at 1740 Sansom Street.
  • – Spamps in Conshy is adding a red-gravy spot next door where Viggiano’s was located.
  • Sushi Cafe - Former Kami Sushi on Sansom is becoming the Sushi Cafe.
  • Tastee D’s – West African cuisine coming to the former Django’s space.
  • Tiffin Etc. – Indian pizza is aiming for a summer opening on Girard Avenue.
  • Verdad – It’s tapas and tequila for Bryn Mawr.

September 2009

  • Coo’s Sports Bar & Lounge – North Broad Street gets a big new sports bar.
  • – The oft-delayed calzone chain has opened.
  • – The Reading Terminal farm stand takes over the former Rick’s Steaks.
  • Famous 4th Street Deli – A second Famous Deli, this one on 19th Street.
  • Flying Monkey – A branch of the popular Reading Terminal spot on Locust Street.
  • From the Boot – The Lafayette Hill fave has opened a branch in Ambler.
  • – Everything on the menu is less than 500 calories at this East Passyunk cafe.
  • Marigold Kitchen – The old spot opens with a new menu and new chef/owner.
  • Mike’s Steaks – New cheesesteak spot at the Comcast Center.
  • Milk & Honey Market – New market opens at 45th and Baltimore.
  • Milkcrate Cafe – We love the paint job on this cafe and record store.
  • Music Fountain Cafe – An old fashioned soda fountain and coffee shop for Girard Avenue.
  • Recess Lounge – Old City gets a new super-exclusive lounge.
  • Resurrection Ale House – Leigh and Spanky are at it again. This time turning Yello’Bar into a beer bistro.
  • Soul of Jamaica – Lansdowne offshoot of the Jamaican Jerk Hut has opened.
  • Sprinkles Yogurt – Froyo in UCity.
  • Pizzeria Stella – Stephen Starr’s got a pizza place at 2nd and Lombard.
  • Strongbox – Oh joy, oh joy. Strongbox has reopened September 10.
  • Taglio – New pizza place where the pies are served by the pound.
  • Tavern on Broad – JL Sullivans is reconceptualizing  on Broad Street.
  • terra – Slate’s Eric Paraskevas goes out on his own below Tavern on Camac.
  • Texas Wieners – A branch of the hot dog spot heads to Collingswood, NJ.
  • Village Whiskey – Jose Garces has opened a whiskey bar at 20th and Sansom in September.

October 2009

  • Ariano Cafe – A quaint Neopolitan pizza spot for Media.
  • – Cajun coming to the Reading Terminal Market.
  • Chew Man Chu – The former DuJour at Broad and Pine is becoming more of a destination with a dumplings and noodles theme.
  • Con Murphy’s – New Irish bar open on the Parkway.
  • Coup de Taco – Fusion style tacos come from this UCity lunch truck.
  • Cupcakes Gourmet – Best of Philly cupcakes are coming to Gateway Shopping Center.
  • European Republic – Dutch fries for Old City.
  • fish – Little Fish’s Mike Stollenwerk is looking has opened a bigger spot in the old Astral Plane.
  • Gemelli – Clark Gilbert who has a nice resume takes over Margot in Narberth.
  • Good Food Market – Sophisticated convenience in Chestnut Hill.
  • – New nightspot for Old City.
  • Hub Bub Coffee – It’s a four wheel coffee truck complete with treats from P&K.
  • Joey’s Stonefire Pizza – Heading to the former Venuto’s on South Street.
  • Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar – is open at 2006 Chestnut.
  • Koo Zee Doo – The former Copper Bistro is now a Portuguese  BYOB.
  • Pico de Gallo’s Baja Room – The 15th and South Mexican spot expands across the street.
  • – Family-friendly restaurant for the former Bent Elbo in Fort Washington.
  • MidAtlantic – Daniel Stern is opening a new University City restaurant specializing on cuisine of the Pennsylvania Dutch.
  • Square 1682 – Promising sounding restaurant for the new Palomar Hotel at 17th and Sansom.
  • Sweetie’s Pie Diner – Yep, sweet and savory pies on Spring Garden Street.
  • Tavolo – New high end BYOB in Huntingdon Valley for Augusto Jalon.
  • Tazia – Ly Michael’s has become Asian tapas.
  • Wegman’s Collegeville – Open with a restaurant for 300 and beer by the single and six-pack.
  • Whipped Bakeshop – Has a storefront in Fishtown.
  • Wrap Shack Kitchen & Bar – The Wrap Shack has added a liquor license and changed its name. You can still get wraps though.

November 2009

  • Burger Maestro – Affordable burgers at the Bellevue food court.
  • Green Aisle Grocery –  East Passyunk is getting a fancy grocery store.
  • – It’s a beer-to-go spot with cafe/deli/brunch spot opposite Bella Vista Beer Distributors.
  • Indian Thai Spice Bistro – Two kitchens one room for this West Chester restaurant.
  • Lucky 7 – The Aspen in Fairmount reopened on the traditionally unlucky Friday the 13th.
  • Nonna’s: A Giunta Tradition – is opening a traditional Italian eatery in West Chester.
  • Percy Street Barbecue – The triumvirate of Cook, Solomonov & O’Shea are opening a BBQ restaurant on South Street.
  • Pho Saigon – Find pho on Columbus Boulevard.
  • Play2 – Chickie’s & Pete’s has opened a video game bar on Packer Avenue.
  • Rudi’s On Park – Intimate BYOB for Swarthmore.
  • Sang Kee – A third location for this succesful Chinese restaurant has opened in University City.
  • Sonic Drive-In – Philadelphia’s first Sonic opens on Aramingo.
  • Sweeties – Sweets shop on East Passyunk.
  • Tiffin – Elkins Park location has opened.
  • Tom Drinker’s West – Large pizzeria and pub at 39th and Chestnut.
  • Vietnam Cafe – The West Philadelphia Vietnam Cafe has moved into the much bigger Abbraccio.

December 2009

  • A Taste of Britain – The tea and lunch spot has moved from Devon to Wayne.
  • Avenida – Neighborhood friendly Latin on Germantown Avenue.
  • Floret – Pond will make way for the more casual Floret, an American comfort food restaurant with European style.
  • Gia Pronto – A third Gia is coming to Civic Center Boulevard in University City.
  • Glat Delight – Maccabeam has got a new name.
  • Green Eggs Cafe – Sustainability themed bruncherie for 1306 Dickinson.
  • Han Dynasty – Han Chang will be serving up sizzling Szechuan in his first Philadelphia location by year’s end.
  • Lafayette Bistro – Mediterranean BYOB at 5th and Fairmount.
  • Maru – Maru has taken over Anjou in Old City.
  • Parx Casino – Bensalem’s mega slots parlour boasts several restaurants and bars.
  • Philadelphia Cupcake – Another cupcake shop, this one at 12th and Chestnut.
  • Sampan – Michael Schulson is coming back to Philadelphia with Sampan, his modern Asian restaurant.
  • Shank’s Pier 40 – The second location of Shank’s Original will be on the Delaware riverfront.
  • Tortilla Press Cantina – Back in business after an 19-month bridge construction closed it down.
  • WMD Hot Sauce – Make your own insane sauce at this South Street hot sauce store.
  • Zama – The Japanese Zama will replace Loie off of Rittenhouse Square.
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