Michael Solomonov’s Abe Fisher will be opening on Tuesday, September 2nd. Co-owner Steven Cook says “everything from Montreal-style smoked meat and Ukrainian borscht to the American Jewish tradition of Chinese food on Christmas is fair game” for the restaurant that celebrates the Jewish Diaspora.
The Sansom Street restaurant next to Cook+Solo’s Dizengoff and across from Federal Donuts will have seating for 50 plus a full-service bar that seats ten. Two kitchen counter seats will offer a front row view of the action on the line. These seats will be available nightly for walk-in guests.
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Chef Timothy Spinner and Brian Sirhal who own the Feliz Restaurants (Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz and Taqueria Feliz) are opening their first non-Mexican concept. Beast & Ale, an “updated greasy spoon” at 4161 Main Street in Manayunk is opening today.
Beast & Ale is taking over the former Gemelli/Bisou. The bi-level spot has a full bar and two-floor dining room that includes a second floor deck.
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All of the winners for Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly issue are now online. Explore everything from the Best BYOB to the Best Whiskey list. And there are videos too »
Beginning this Wednesday, August 27, Midtown Village’s Lolita will start serving lunch. Once lunch kicks off it will be offered Monday through Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m.
The menu includes summer vegetable and short rib burritos plus taco platters including marinated pork tacos fresh of the rotating spit.
And in even better news for tomorrow. Lolita will be giving away carnitas tacos between noon and 2 p.m. Limit of one per customer.
Lolita Lunch Menu (PDF)
I practically have a PhD in Philly local produce, but even now I’m learning about new fruits and vegetables cropping up at markets. Like CliffsNotes for tenth grade English class, here’s a cheat sheet of the new-to-you produce at this weekend’s farmer’s markets.
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Chhaya Cafe has opened in its new location at 1819 East Passyunk Avenue. The new space is nearly double the size of their former location.
Owner Varnana “V” Beuria worked with Toner Architects to create a floor plan that will provide specific areas for dining, relaxing, laptop use and socializing. The layout is more akin to a bar than a traditional coffee shop. Beuria wants guests to communicate and interact with the baristas like a customer does at a bar.
The menu is the same as the original location for now, but a full kitchen gives them plenty of room to expand offerings in the future.
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Will BYOB is celebrating its second anniversary with a special collaboration dinner. On Sunday, August 24th, owner and chef Chris Kearse will be joined by chef John Patterson of Fork and chef Eli Collins of Pub & Kitchen for a special $100 per person dinner that benefits the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.
Call for 215-271-7683 reservations or book online.
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G Philly has the story on Mark Bee (Silk City and N. 3rd) reopening Sisters in the Gayborhood as a straight bar welcoming gay business but not being focused on the community.
Sisters to Re-Open as a Straight Bar [G Philly]
Tickets are now on sale for Jose Garces’s third annual Garces Foundation Gala. The event is being held on Wednesday, October 29th at the Kimmel Center and raises money for education and medical care of Philadelphia immigrants.
The theme of the gala is Think Local/Give Local and chef Garces has handpicked a group of local chefs to join him in highlighting Philadelphia’s culinary talent.
The evening is divided into two parts. A VIP Chef Tasting Dinner and Chef Experience will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The VIPs will meet-and-greet the chefs before heading to the rooftop Hamilton Garden to enjoy a three-course family style seated meal cooked by Garces, Eli Kulp (Fork, High Street, a.kitchen), Rich Landau (Vedge), Kevin Sbraga (Sbraga, The Fat Ham), Peter Serpico (Serpico) and Greg Vernick (Vernick Food + Drink).
The gala starts at 6:30 p.m. on the main floor of the Kimmel Center with more than 25 local chefs showing off their talents and local ingredients. General admission tickets are $200 and along with sponsorships can be purchased at the Garces Foundation website.
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Don Russell has the story behind Philadelphia’s newest brewery, Do Good Brewing. Tom Sheridan is brewing United Ale, a beer aiming to be the local beer at the corner bar in the likes of Kensington and Port Richmond. So far he’s got seven bars pouring his cream ale that is delivered via Volkswagen Bug.
Do Good Brewing [Official]