2011 Restaurant Openings

January 2011

Cantina Feliz – Garces alums open a Mexican restaurant of their own.
Docs Gourmet Soup – Gourmet soup shop for Girard Avenue.
Falafel Bar – Mediterranean salads, pita sandwiches and of course falafel come to Chestnut Street.
Freshii – A Canadian franchise is looking to open 30 locations in Philadelphia, the first at the Residences at Ritz Carlton.
Le Pain Quotidien – The international chain opens its first bakery and cafe in Philadelphia.
Manakeesh Café Bakery – Lebanese bakery comes to West Philadelphia.
Monsu – Modo Mio owner is moving Paesanos 9th Street and opening a Sicilian restaurant.
Perch Pub – The former Upstares at Varalli becomes a gastropub serving local craft brew and a comfort food menu.
Pizzeria Pesto – The family of Ristorante Pesto has opened Pizzeria Pesto at 1925 S Broad.
Red Zone – Sports bar for Old City.

February 2011

5 N 2 Tokyo – Asian-fusion BYO coming to the former Django space on 4th Street between Lombard and South.
943 – Argentine and Italian in the Italian Market.
Chubby Balboa’s – A Colosseum inspired sports bar for Glenn Mills.
Farmers Daughter – Coleman’s is getting replaced with a restaurant that will feature a three times bigger bar, fireplace and seating for 90.
Fathom Seafood House – Mike Stollenwerk is opening a seafood-centric bar in Fishtown.
Kitchen at Penn – Take out and delivery restaurant for University City.
Little Bar – Vesuvio is replaced with a truly smaller bar.
Opa – New Greek-Mediterranean concept for the 1300 block of Sansom.
Paesano – Paesano’s Italian Market location moves to the former Bebe’s in order to make room for Monsu.
Pamcakes – Philadelphia’s newest cupcake purveyor opens on 20th Street.
Plenty – Tim McGinnis will be cooking at this East Passyunk prepared foods store.
Zacharys Barbecue – Chef Keith Taylor is bringing gluten-free barbecue to Norristown.
Zaffron – A local entrepreneur is chronicling the effort to open a kabob stand in Liberty Place.

March 2011

1518 Bar & Grill – Willy Bouikidis is opening his bar and restaurant on Sansom.
879 – Former Crocodile becomes a sports bar with Eagles Todd Herremans and Brent Celek on board as investors.
Cake & the Beanstalk – New cafe for former Flying Monkey Deuce. Much better name, much better.
Farmers Cabinet – Fork and Barrel crew is opening a not-quite-a-brew-pub in Center City.
Flying Carpet – the 19th and Poplar cafe opens early and stays open late serving coffee, alcohol and a menu of international tapas.
Great American Pub Paoli – The former Casey’s on Kings Road becomes a G.A.P.
Gunners Run – The Swift Half won’t be dark for long as a new concept is on the horizon.
IndeBlue – IndeBlue takes over Blackbird Dining Establishment’s space on Collings Avenue.
Indian Restaurant – A new restaurant from the King of Tandoor team on the 1600 block of South Street.
La Petite Maison – BYOB is the latest project from chef Maurice de Ramus.
McCourt’s Farm to Table – Farm to table BYOB for Hatboro.
Mica – Jason Cichonski is opening Chip Roman’s restaurant in Chestnut Hill.
Sarcones West Chester – South Philadelphia institution opens hoagie shop at 230 West Market Street in West Chester.
TBowl – Rice bowls and bubble tea at the former Taglio.
Thai Kuu – Thai food at the top of the hill.
The Farm and Fisherman – New BYOB from a husband and wife team with serious pedigree.
Trevi Pizza Pasta BYOB – Trevi replaces Rizzos in Glenside.
Winthorpe & Valentine – The Westin’s restaurant is getting a new name and concept.

April 2011

Bake 425 – Organic bake-at-home pizza from the founder of Peace-a-Pizza.
Big Eyes Sushi – Ro-Zu has been reborn Big Eyes Sushi. The 7th and Bainbridge spot’s new life as a sushi spot is decidedly more affordable and less exotic.
Circles Cafe – Newbold’s Thai takeout spot Circles opens a cafe across the street.
DiBruno Brothers Ardmore – DiBruno Brothers is opening a stand in the Ardmore Market.
Dos Gringos – Media finally gets a Mexican restaurant.
Erawan Thai – Center City’s Erawan opens a branch in Chinatown.
OCF Coffee House – The realty company is getting into the cafe business.
Pepperoncini Sotto – Sister restaurant to Pepperoncini in Conshohocken opens in Phoenixville.
Pure Fare – Pure Fare’s mission is to provide fresh, healthy, all natural foods along with an integrated suite of interactive web based tools.
Saxbys – Flagship location of the Saxby’s chain opens its doors at 20th and Walnut.
Sweetgreen UCity – Second area location opens in the Radian building on Penn’s campus.
Sweets by Samantha – Another sweets truck hits the streets.
Talulas Garden – The Starr alum is coming back to the fold with a new restaurant at the former Washington Square.
Tony Clarks Old Grange Restaurant – Veteran restaurateur Tony Clark is back into the game with a Cape May restaurant.
World Cafe Live Wilmington – A second World Cafe Live is in planned for the former Queen Theater in Wilmington.

May 2011

Al Zaytouna Restaurant – Middle Eastern restaurant at 9th and Christian.
Appalachian Brewing Collegeville – Central PA based brew pub chain opens in Collegeville.
Arrow Swim Club – Bart Blatstein opens an adult playground in Northern Liberties.
August Moon – The Japanese/Korean restaurant located in Norristown has reopened.
Brown Betty Dessert Boutique – Brown Betty is moving to larger digs in Northern Liberties.
Burger.Org – South Street gets an organic burger joint.
Chenango – Arrow Swim Club also gets a 7-day a week restaurant.
Fare – Organic restaurant at 2028 Fairmount Ave.
Frankford Hall – Stephen Starr is talking about bringing a beer garden to Frankford Avenue in Fishtown.
Krispy Kreme Center City – The doughnut chain comes to Center City.

La Colombe at the Ritz Carlton – A second Philadelphia La Colombe comes to the Residences at Ritz Carlton.

Luke Palladinos at Harrahs -Luke Palladinos returns to an Atlantic City casino.
Marino’s of Mullica Hill – Pizza, sandwiches and salads in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.
Monkey Bar and Restaurant – Former Society Hill Hotel is now owned by the Copa Banana team.

Rotisseur – French-style rotisserie restaurant for Center City.

Wedge & Fig – Former Flying Monkey owner Rebecca Torpie is getting back in the food biz.

June 2011

a.kitchen – Bryan Sikora will be the chef at this all-day Rittenhouse Square bistro.
Art of Bread by Georges Perrier – Georges Perrier brings a bakery to Narberth.
Gemelli on Main – Chef and owner Clark Gilbert is moving his Gemelli restaurant to Main Street in Manayunk.
Hot Diggity – Hot dog centric spot for the 600 block of South Street.
Llama Tooth – Oddly named restaurant comes to Spring Garden Street. Outdoor patio is the draw.
Lulu – Fairmount Pizza shop opening restaurant in Old City.
Philly Chocolate – Philly Cupcake is taking over the Naked Chocolate location on Walnut.
Ralic’s Steakhouse – Moderately priced steakhouse for Haddonfield.

Revolution House – Restaurant by Panorama’s Luca Sena will feature two bars and a sky deck.

Rio Cobre – Jamaican food for the 500 block of South 4th.
Serafina – New York Northern Italian restaurant going in at 10 Rittenhouse.
Sweet Elizabeth’s – The bakeshop seerves up everything from cupcakes to wedding cakes.
Xilantro – Wayne gets upscale Mexican.

July, 2011

Avalon Pasta Bistro – The second restaurant from John Brandt-Lee who also owns Avalon Restaurant in West Chester has opened in Downingtown.
Enzo’s – Shanks Original has new operators.
HogFish Bar & Grill – Wayne gets a restaurant specializing in the seafood of Florida.
Kings Oak – The former Apollinare on the Piazza at Schmidts is up and running.
Le Pain Quotidien – Wash West – The second LPQ has opened on Walnut in the former Robbins 8th and Walnut.
Raw at the Piazza – All signs point to Raw Sushi taking over the Speck space.
Rosey’s Barbecue – Ambler gets a branch of Jenkintown BBQ spot.
Santucci’s Square Pizza – Northeast Philadelphia’s pizza finest comes to Christian Street.
Sawatdee – Former Susanna Foo, Dmitris employee opening a Thai restaurant.
Scott’s Dogs – Scott Schroeder and Nick Macri are doing a gourmet hot dog cart.
Twisted Tail – Bourbon and blues plus charcoal at Headhouse Square.

August, 2011

Aksum – Mediterranean cuisines and tapas in a festive and friendly atmosphere.
Always Sunny Grilled Cheese Co. – Grilled cheese vendor working out of Garden Variety at 2nd and Poplar.
Chestnut7 – Chestnut7 dials up upscale pub food for Chestnut Hill.
Chicken.org – Organic fried and rotisserie chicken for South Street.
Krispy Kreme – South Jersey – Krispy Kreme opens in Collingswood, NJ.
Milkboy Coffee – The suburban coffeehouse/music venue is comes to 11th and Chestnut.
Sang Kee Noodle Bowl – Former Parkers Prime becomes part of Sang Kee empire.
Spread Bagelry – Montreal-style bagels in the early stages on south 20th Street.
Zeppoli – Vetri alum Joey Baldino opening a Collingswood BYOB.

September, 2011

401 Diner – Comfort with a conscience for Fayette Street.
Blue Bear Tavern – The old Doc Watson’s will be a ferocious blue bear by the end of the year.
Cook – COOK is a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped, sixteen-seat kitchen-classroom. Look for classes from some of Philadelphia’s best chefs and other exciting happenings.
Crisp – New York based falafel comes to 18th Street.
Firebirds Grill – Steakhouse chain comes to Chaddsford.
Foo Truck – Asian inspired wraps from this food truck.
Interstate Draft House – Robert Bitros and Brandon Bitros open a new bar in Fishtown.
Jasmine Rice – New Thai restaurant for Center City from the owner of Trio in Fairmount.
King Tut – The former Leila Cafe becomes and Egyptian eatery.
Loco Pez – Old man bar in Fishtown reborn with a Mexican and Pez theme.
Lucky’s Last Chance – Craft beer and burgers come to Main Street in Manayunk.
Mammoni Cucina Rustica – Jolly Weldon is opening a South Phily-style Italian restaurant in Delaware County.
MiniTrini – A gourmet Trinidadian food truck. Say yes to the roti.
Rumor Nightclub – New nightclub underground at 15th and Sansom.
Sabrina’s Cafe at Powelton – Drexel receives the third location of the popular bruncherie.
Saffron Indian Kitchen – White tablecloth Indian for Huntingdon Valley.
Smoke Truck – Mark Bebe is taking his BBQ show on the road with the Smoke Truck.
Soul Cucina – Keith Taylor adds barbecue to the menu at Owls Nest.
Tashan – New upscale Indian restaurant from Munish Narula.
Union Transfer – R5 Productions and Avram Hornik are opening a concert venue in the old Spaghetti Warehouse.

October, 2011

Barcade – The Brooklyn arcade and bar is opening a branch in Fishtown.
Crepe Town – New stand serving crepes in the Bellevue food court.
Federal Donuts – Michael Solomonov brings fried chicken and donuts to 2nd and Federal.
Franklin’s – New bar with solid food in East Falls.
Gozen – Self-serve frozen yogurt truck hitting the streets of University City.
Il Pittore – Stephen Starr culinary director Chris Painer is opening an Italian restaurant in the former Deux Cheminees.
Isabel BYOB – Mexican BYOB from the Trio team.
Lucky Lab Tavern – The former Sly Fox in Royersford is now the Lucky Lab.
Lucky Old Souls Truck – Truck specializes in burgers and milkshakes.
Melt Down – A grilled cheese restaurant for North Wales.
Molly Malloy’s – The beer garden in the Terminal is going to become a gastropub.
Paramour – Restaurantcombines a bistro lounge and fine American dining.
Pitruco Pizza – Mobile pizza oven bringing Neapolitan-inspired pizzas to the streets of Philadelphia.
Pure Fare Truck – Pure Fare has expanded its reach with a food truck.
Say Cheese – Grilled cheese serving food truck that caters to Temple University.
Sbraga – Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga taking over Chew Man Chu space.
Trestle Inn – Whiskey and go-go returns to 11th and Callowhill.
Troegs Brewery – Troegs is moving from Harrisburg to Hershey.
Yogorino Walnut Street – A second Yogorino frozen yogurt spot. This one on the 1200 block of Walnut.
Yoshi – Frozen yogurt and sushi on the concourse in Suburban Station.

November, 2011

American Sardine Bar – SPTR’s John Longacre is opening his second endeavor at 18th and Federal.
Belle Cakery – Fond pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki is opening a bake shop just down Passyunk from the BYOB.
Birra – Gordon Dinerman, most recently of City Tap House has a beer and cocktail centric restaurant coming to Passyunk Avenue.
Bobby’s Burger Palace – Cherry Hill – Bobby Flay comes to the Cherry Hill Mall.
Chez Yasmine – International food truck for University City.
Ela – Jason Cichonski is opening at the former Ansill at 3rd and Bainbridge.
Hacienda La Michoacana – Norristown’s Taqueria La Michoacana has a sibling in Phoenixville.
Kris – Kristian Leuzzi serving casual Italian at Kris.
Leila’s Bistro – Owners of Rylei have resurfaced in Ardmore.
Little Louie’s Barbecue – The former 505 Prime is serving up barbecue styles from across the US.
Mad Mex – Willow Grove – Budget Mexican chain comes to Willow Grove.
Port Richmond Ale House – Bartender John Boswell is converting the old man bar into something new, but not quite gastro.
Rival Brothers Coffee Truck – New Philadelphia roasting company rolling out truck at Love Park.
Rocchino’s – The spot focuses on charcuterie, imported cheese and antipasti plates.
Route 6 – Stephen Starr is opening a New England-style seafood restaurant on north Broad.
Stateside – Stateside, which is being brought to us by the owner of Green Eggs Café, will soon be serving up American wines and whiskeys across from the Singing Fountain.
Tapestry – Former Adsum becomes Tapestry, a gastropub.
Ulivo – Joe Scarpone is opening a restaurant in Queen Village.
Vedge – Richard Landeau and Kate Jacoby have chosen the former Deux Cheminees for their new vegan restaurant.

December, 2011

Azione – Replacing Dolce, Baratta offers brick-oven pizzas and an Abruzze menu.
Broad Street Diner – Broad Street Diner is set to be reborn under the guidance of diner mogul, Michael Petrogiannis.
Chickie’s & Pete’s – Audobon – The chain expands to Audobon.
Chickie’s & Pete’s – Warrington – Another location comes to Warrington.
Ella’s American Bistro – Upscale casual restaurant with the focus on a local farm- to-table dining comes to Wayne.
Guacamole Mex-Grill – New Mexican spot for Woodland Avenue.
Heirloom – Quick serve soul food at the top of the hill.
Hickory Lane – Matt Zagorski is taking over the LOca space on Fairmount Avenue.
Honest Toms Taco Shop – Honest Tom’s is putting down roots. The popular taco truck will have its own storefront and expanded offerings.
Lemon Hill – Franklin Mortgage team opening a bar in the former Aspen/Lucky 7 space in Fairmount.
McKenzie’s Brew House – Berwyn – Third branch of the brew pub is set for Berwyn.
Pickled Heron – French BYOB for Frankford Avenue in Fishtown.
Rebel Rock Bar & Bites – Opening in the same strip mall as Delilahs.
Sammy Chon’s KTown Express – Newest location of the Korean chain opens on Route 130.
Shane Confectionery – The Berley brothers take over the century old candy shop.
Walnut Street Supper Club – The former Italian restaurant will reopen as an old school Italian supper club complete with a stage and singing staff.
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