Beauty Shop Cafe (and Former Foobooz World Headquarters) Sold to Farmers’ Cabinet


Jon Adler has sold his Graduate Hospital coffee shop, Beauty Shop Cafe to the team from Farmers’ Cabinet. According to Adler, the Farmers’ Cabinet team plans some cosmetic changes but will continue to run the property as a café.

Beauty Shop Cafe held down the northwest corner of 20th and Fitzwater for six years, overseeing the sweeping changes that have come to the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. The coffee shop was a must stop-in spot for politicos, publicans, Phillies fans, construction workers, coffee geeks and even the odd quizzo host. When I ran Foobooz on my own, it was also my morning office and the source of more tips and stories than it ever had any right to be.

I wish Adler and the entire Beauty Shop team all the best.

Sriracha Favorites


We love ourselves some Sriracha sauce and we were excited to see The New York Times compiling a list of Sriracha enriched dishes from coast to coast.

Just imagine our disappointment though when we realized the listed Pennsylvania entry of Philly Cheesesteak dumplings with Sriracha ketchup is from Fireside, a restaurant at 52nd and Madison in New York City!

Now luckily, this won’t be published until next Wednesday, so there’s time to fix this outrage. What’s your favorite Sriracha enhanced food in Philadelphia? MenuPages gets us off to a good start with mentions of the tofu hoagie from Fu-Wah, Chifa’s Sriracha butter and even the Beauty Shop Cafe’s Sriracha latte but we want you to weigh in. Drop your fave in the comments.

The United States of Sriracha [Diner’s Journal, New York Times]

Build Your Own Grilled Cheese

Beauty Shop Cafe

Our perfect recession food might just be the grilled cheese, as we’ve been on the record as saying, a great grilled cheese might just be an explosion of taste in your mouth.

Well the Beauty Shop Cafe at 20th and Fitzwater concurs and is now offering build your own grilled cheeses.

The basic grilled cheese starts at $3.50 and you can add toppings for a $1 a piece. All sandwiches are served on whole wheat bread and cooked on the shop’s vintage grilled cheese press.

Cheeses, toppings and sauces after the jump.

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Quick Bites

Millie’s on East Girard Avenue open for under two months, gives you a menu with two choices, roast beef and roast pork. Sounds simple but plan your trip around the weekday only hours, open Monday to Friday from 11 to 6. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Stephen Starr is heading south to FLA. Starr will be opening a steakhouse in the lobby of the W Hotel and Residences that’s going up on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Perhaps it’s his chance to get an inside look at the hotel business, he’s long mentioned a boutique hotel as a future project. The restaurant concept will be based on Barclay Prime but no mention if he’s taking the Barclay name with it. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Dock Street Brew Pub has a brewer and is expecting to begin brewing beer by the end of June. [Jack Curtin]

Beauty Shop Cafe is set to open at 2001 Fitzwater Street in G-Ho. The simple menu will be served out of a former hairdresser’s shop a couple of blocks from the hustle of South Street and the much of the rest of the neighborhood’s commercial endeavors. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Lamenting not getting your last supper at ¡Pasion!? Then check out Cuba Libre’s new menu that where Guillermo Pernot is the concept chef. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

It’s early July for the second location of Tria, this one at 1137 Spruce Street. Expect room for 45 inside and another 15 outdoors. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]