2012 Restaurant Openings

January 2012

Burger.Org Chestnut Street – Kosher and organic burgers in the former Snow White Diner.
da Soli – Mark Berenato has opened da Soli, Italian for “on my own” in Haddonfield.
Delicias – Arepas and empanadas are the specialty of this food truck.
Ernest & Scott Taproom – A modern beer garden for Wilmington.
Grill Fish Cafe – Benny Lai of Vietnam is opening a seafood spot next to his Vietnam Cafe.
Iron Hill Chestnut Hill – First location of the brew pub chain inside Philadelphia.
Jamonera – Turney and Safran are turning Bindi into a Spanish wine bar.
La Bamba – Mexican BYOB on Gay Street in West Chester.
La Calaca Feliz – South of the border tastes come to Fairmount courtesy of Tim Spinner.
Marrakesh Express – Shawarma and falafel from a food truck.
Maui’s Dog House – Wildwood hot dog shop opens in the Bellevue.
Sammy Chon’s K-Town BBQ – Cherry Hill based Sammy Chon is taking over the HK Golden Phoenix

February 2012

Alla Spina – Marc Vetri is opening an Italian bar on north Broad Street.
Bierstube Tsingtau – German with a touch of Chinese in Old City.
Brick American Eatery – Former Fish adds some land-based animals to its menu.
Leyla Turkish Cuisine – The restaurant serves sandwiches, kebabs, lahmacun, pideler as well as some Turkish inspired burgers and panini.
Liberty Union Bar & Grill – Upscale, vintage-rustic-Americana bar/restaurant.
Machi Sushi Bar – Yamaki Sushi becomes Machi Sushi Bar.
Nomad Pizza – Well respected pizza spot is taking over Horizons in Philadelphia.
Oddfellows Cafe – Coffee shop and cafe on Spruce Street.
Paris Wine Bar – The team behind London Grill opens a wine bar serving local wines.
Ramen Boy – A ramen shop from the Yakitori Boy team.
Reserve – Old City gets a steakhouse.
Russet – A true farm to table restaurant by Andrew and Kristin Wood.
Tsuki Sushi – New sushi spot for the corner of 22nd and Walnut.

March 2012

Bottle Shop at Local 44 – A bottle shop from the team behind Local 44.
Buttonwood Grill – New bar and restaurant in Peddlers Village.
Cafe Chismosa – Latin inspired cafe opens in Northern Liberties.
Cookie Confidential Truck – Cookie truck comes to Temple University.
European Republic – Second branch of french fry and wraps emporium.
Insomnia Cookies – The latest branch of the cookie shop and delivery service is opening in Center City.
J.D. McGillicuddy’s Wayne – A replacement for the Boathouse in Wayne.
JAR BAR – Raw foods spot on 12th Street.
Keg & Kitchen – Cork in Westmont goes gastropub-ish and rebrands itself Keg and Kitchen.
Kung Fu Hoagies – Vegetarian hoagie cart for South and West Philadelphia.
Nom Nom Ramen – New ramen bar for Center City.
Popolino – Peter McAndrews Roman eatery for the common people.
Quick Fixx – Take out and delivery restaurant on South.
Rex 1516 – Chef Regis Jansen will run the all-day restaurant.
Rimedio – Rx to become the Remedy, Il Rimedio.
Square Peg – Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen of Cuba Libre are opening a restaurant with chef Matt Levin.
Tilted Kilt – Celtic Hooters heading to King of Prussia.
Underdogs – Subterranean hot dog spot on 17th Street.
Xfinity Live – The entertainment complex that will replace the Spectrum will feature the world’s largest sports bar and four smaller bars and restaurants.

April 2012

BlueCat – 35-seat casual Latin-inspired operation that’s coming to Fairmount
Diego’s Tequila Bar – Team behind Picasso Restaurant is opening a Mexican spot that features meats cooked over a wood burning grill. and of course, tequila.
Distrito Cantina – Jose Garces opens his casual Distrito Cantina and Guapos Tacos stand in the Revel Resort.
Green Eggs Cafe – Midtown Village – Third Green Eggs comes to Midtown Village.
HipCityVeg – Vegan fast food for Rittenhouse Square.
Jalsa – High-ish end Indian restaurant comes to Old City.
Ortlieb’s Lounge – Avram Hornik looks to reopen the venerable jazz joint.
Prime Rowan – Pub & Kitchen team is bringing burgers and fries to the campus of Rowan University.
Rice and Mix – Yong Chi of Giwa is crossing Broad for a “Korean version of Chipotle.”
Rittenhouse Tavern – Chef Ed Brown is bringing a new restaurant concept to the Art Alliance.
Scoops – Conshie-based ice cream shop opens up in Bryn Mawr.
SoWe – SoWe replaces Divan Turkish Kitchen in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

May 2012

American Cut – Iron Chef Marc Forgione is opening a steakhouse in the Revel casino.
Brodo – Soup, salads and sandwiches at this Center City spot.
Crepe Town – Second location for crepe spot is in former Quiznos on Spring Garden.
Garden Restaurant – The Barnes Foundation opens with a sit-down restaurant inside
Green Wasabi – Japanese ramen and sushi spot replacing Delicatessen at 703 Chestnut
Han Dynasty University City – Han Chiang takes over the Midatlantic space in University City.
Hop Sing Laundromat – The elusive Hop Sing Laundromat will have to be seen to be believed. And even then we’re not so sure.
La Porta – Peter McAndrews is expanding his empire to the suburbs with a pizzeria in Media.
Landmark Americana Main Line – Paddock at Devon becomes another Landmark Americana.
Lil’ Pop Shop – An artisan popsicle shop comes to West Philly.
Max & David’s Food Truck – Max and Davids is bringing a kosher food truck to Center City and private events.
Max’s Brew Bar – Tony Rim of Raw and the team behind Red Zone are talking about a beer bar at the Piazza.
Milk & Honey Cafe – An offshoot of the Milk & Honey Market in West Philly at Sister Cities Park.
Morgan’s Pier – Avram Hornik and Sean Agnew are opening a riverfront bar.
New York Bagel Cafe and Deli – Bagel franchise takes over Dairy Queen on South Street.
North Shore Beach Club – Redone swim club for Northern Liberties.
Revel – Iron Chefs. James Beard winners and Michelin starred chefs are all opening restaurants at Revel in Atlantic City.
Spencer ETA Burger – By the owners of Sabrinas Cafe, across from their Ross Commons location.
Spiga – Italian restaurant for Locust Street.
The Beer Shoppe – A shop with hundreds of beers, gourmet hot dogs, and DiBruno Bros. meats and cheeses.
The Havana Room – Cuban fare taking over last years Chenango in NoLibs.
Urban Enoteca – New wine bar and restaurant for the Latham Hotel.
Vernick Food & Drink – Refined neighborhood bistro from Chef-owner Greg Vernick.

June 2012

Barra – Gordon Dinerman helps Rob LaScala turn Rocchino’s and Azione into Barra.
Circles Northern Liberties – The popular Newbold Thai spot is opening a branch in Northern Liberties.
honeygrow – Inventive stir fry, salads and gourmet shakes.
Industry – The peeps from the Good Dog come to Pennsport.
Le Bec-Fin – Former French Laundry GM Nicolas Fanucci has bought Le Bec-Fin and is aiming to bring it back in all its glory.
Le Petite Dauphine – Le Bec-Fin vet David Smith opens all-day BYOB cafe
Miss Rachel’s Pantry – Miss Rachel’s vegan cafe opens up for breakfast, lunch, and a prix fixe dinner.
Noir – Sticks and Stones being replaced by French-American bar with film noir tendencies.
NoBL – Sycamore’s sister restaurant opens in DelCo.
Shake Shack – Praise be to God! Shake Shack is coming to Center City.
Tired Hands Brewing Co. – Ardmore gets a brew pub.

July, 2012

Beck’s Cajun Cafe 30th Street – UCity branch of the popular Reading Terminal stand.
Blue Belly BBQ – Cochon chef Gene Giuffi opens a barbecue spot at 600 Catharine Street.
Doc Magrogan’s – University City branch of the oyster house chain opens in former La Terrasse.
Drury Beer Garden – A world-inspired beer garden opens behind Opa.
Fuel To Go – Third Fuel location will be a grab and go spot on Arch.
Grand Lux Cafe – High end version of Cheesecake Factory hits Cherry Hill.
Jane G’s – High-end Chinese restaurant comes to Center City West.
Pure Tacos – Gluten free tacos for Chestnut Street in Center City.
Spice 28 – Traditional Szechuan and modern Asian fusion all in one menu.
Terakawa Ramen – Ill-fated Ramen Boy makes way for New York’s Terakawa.

August, 2012

1 Tippling Place – Comfortable cocktail spot for Chestnut Street.
Elixr Coffee – The coffee shop opens in its new location off Sydenham.
Lansdowne Table – The Lansdowne Table has a new permanent home in the lobby of NoBL.
Little Baby’s Ice Cream – The popular ice cream cart is looking to open a storefront on Frankford Avenue.
Street Food Philly – A Twitterless food truck opens up around University City.
The Cambridge – Hawthornes crew takes over Tritone.
Tiramisu – Italian Jewish restaurant on Walnut Street.
Will – Christopher Kearse is opening his own BYOB on Passyunk Avenue.

September, 2012

Azie Southeast – Sang Kee Noodle Bowl becomes Azie Southeast.
Baan Thai – Recently shuttered Sonata is taken over by a new thai restaurant.
Catelli Duo – Former Catelli owners are opening a more casual spot in Voorhees.
Center for Culinary Enterprises – Center includes licensed commercial kitchens for culinary entrepreneurs, a multimedia learning center and three retail spaces.
Craft & Claw – Craft beer and crab joint replaces Mad River in Old City.
Eat-A-Pita – Pita-based lunch and dinner spot opens on 12th Street in Center City.
Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar – Dave Magrogan (Kildare’s, Doc Magrogan’s) is bringing his Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar concept to the former Marathon at 40th and Walnut.
Magpie – Stylish sweet and savory pie boutique comes to South Street.
Mildred – Opening chef at Talula’s Garden and his buddy open a neighborhood spot in Bella Vista.
Pizza Brain – A pizza museum and restaurant all in one.
Ramen Bar – Noodle house on Locust takes over the former Strikes Bowling space.
Rue 52 – A creperie and espresso bar opens up in the Cedar Park neighborhood.

October, 2012

Bubbas Texas BBQ – Robert “Bubba” Kolbasowski brings barbecue to Girard Avenue and the old Cornerstone Market.
Federal Donuts – Solomonov opens a second location right in Center City.
Fette Sau – Starr brings a cafe with take out and a liquor license next door to Frankford Hall.
Fountain Porter – Bar replacing 1601 near Passyunk Avenue.
Growlers – Jason Evenchik opens a gastropub with a living room vibe.
Growlers – Beer-centric, neighborhood pub offering great food and a relaxing environment.
Han Dynasty – Cherry Hill – Han Chiang crosses the Bridge for this branch of his Sichuan brand.
Hiro Ramen House – Japanese ramen house comes to Center City East.
Lloyd – Casual bar with an extensive whiskey list.
Red Owl Tavern – Large restaurant with rooftop bar to open inside new Hotel Monaco on Independence Mall.
Redwood – Grown-up look for South Street wine bar from Copa’s Bill Curry.
Saint James – Rob Wasserman and Michael Schulson team up for an American grill in Ardmore.
Something Sushi – Sign says a Japanese restaurant is coming to former Robins Books on Chestnut.
Sotto Ristorante Italiano – Luigi Basile who also owns Radicchio opens on a hard to find stretch of 24th Street.
Taqueria del Sol – Mexican-Southwestern chain from Georgia moves to three locales in Philly.
Tavro 13 – Terence Feury leaves Fork to become chef-owner of this Swedesboro restaurant.
Tietra – Victor Fellus (Mix and Pub & Grub) specializes in restaurants at the base of condominiums. Next up is Titra in the Aria condo.
Ultimo Coffee – Graduate Hospital – The second Ultimo Coffee is in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. No beer here though.
Underdogs – Hotdog extraordinaires expand to South Philly.
Vault Brewing Company – A new brewpub comes to Main Street in Yardley.

November, 2012

Bainbridge Street Barrel House – The mysterious food and beer project taking over the old Norge appliance showroom.
Bottle Bar East – Fishtown gets a bottle shop and bar on Frankford Avenue.
Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square – The Dark Horse is now Cav’s Headhouse. Yes, there are still European sports on the TVs.
Chick-a-lic – An interesting chicken concept from the team behind Spice 28.
Citron and Rose – A glatt kosher European-Jewish restaurant and catering company by Chef Michael Solomonov.
Del Rossi’s Cheesesteak Co. – A new cheesesteak spot for Northern Liberties.
District 611 – nouveau American/brick-oven pizza
Eatalia – Former Trattoria del Ghiottone and Il Cantuccio manager opens his own place in Fishtown.
Emmanuelle – A French themed cocktail lounge for Northern Liberties.
Rhino Bar – Mike Stollenwerk replaces fish with Rhino Bar.
Wursthaus Schmitz – Brauhaus Schmitz team is opening a stand in the Reading Terminal Market.

December, 2012

Chef Christopher Lee at 1623 – Award winning Christopher Lee returns to Philadelphia to open on Passyunk Avenue.
Circles Bala Cynwyd – The expanding Circles dynasty heads to the burbs.
Crumbs Bake Shop – The publicly traded cupcake emporium is coming to Philadelphia.
Fire & Ice – Successor to Patou is bar, restaurant and lounge.
Foodery Roxborough – The Foodery is looking to open a location in Roxborough.
Fratelli‘s Italian Bistro – The Italian Bistro returns to Broad Street. This time it is a bit more upscale.
Liquid Room – Beers and Mediterranean food in Kensington.
Pollyodd – Limoncello distributor opens on East Passyunk.
Ralic’s on South – David Ralic is opening a seafood concept on South Street.
Saigon Cuisine – Vietnamese replaces Nan in West Philadelphia.
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