We’ve already seen several impressive rebirths this year. Hawthorne’s has reopened after a blaze forced the beer cafe and bruncherie to close for almost a year, and they’re now offering beer delivery. Jose Garces has opened the Olde Bar at Bookbinders. The most impressive thing about this Olde Bar might be how little has actually changed. Even the plaques dedicated to faithful customers of Old Orignal Bookbinders remain. Earlier this week, the old Frankie Bradley’s, a well-known restaurant that fed the stars for 50+ years at 13th and Chancellor reopened as Franky Bradley’s. It’s now a nostalgic and sexy bar and restaurant from Silk City’s Mark Bee.
Not bad for the slowest time of year for restaurants.
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We first started talking about the possibility of the Big Gay Ice Cream guys coming to Philly back in June. Everything since then? Expectation, speculation and wondering what the hell was taking so long.
But today, we finally got something of an answer. Apparently, the Big Gay Ice Cream team has been hung up waiting for permits (welcome to Philly, fellas…). They announced their breakthrough via Twitter.
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Big Gay Ice Cream was next to Kevin Sbraga last night and will be again this summer.
As expected, Big Gay Ice Cream announced at Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs Event that the ice cream business is indeed coming to Philadelphia. The popular ice cream shop is going to be located on the South Street side of the SouthStar Lofts at Broad and South. Kevin Sbraga will be taking up the rest of the ground floor retail with his third restaurant.
Big Gay Ice Cream opened its first store in 2011 in the East Village and added a West Village outpost in 2012. Like Philadelphia, Los Angeles will also be adding a Big Gay Ice Cream in the summer of 2014.
Big Gay Ice Cream [Official]
G Philly has the details on an announcement that is expected to come tonight at Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs Event. It sounds like New York’s Big Gay Ice Cream is heading to Philadelphia.
Yes, it sure sounds like Salty Pimp is coming to town.
The Scoop: Is Big Gay Ice Cream Coming to Philly? [G Philly]
UPDATE [6-11-2014, 9:24 a.m.]: Our suspicions were true. Big Gay Ice Cream announced that it is, in fact, coming to Philadelphia. Look out for the shop to open late-summer at South and Broad streets.
We have it on very good authority that the acclaimed Big Gay Ice Cream, New York’s uber-queer frozen treat confectionary, is coming to Philadelphia, and we’re quite excited!
The news will be made official this evening at the Vetri Foundation’s Great Chefs Event. If it is true, Philadelphians can look forward to indulging in some of the shop’s famous treats, including the Bea Arthur (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, and crushed ‘nilla wafers), the Cococone (vanilla ice cream and toasted curried coconut), and the Salty Pimp (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, chocolate dip, and a side of giggles.)
If your mouth’s watering, check out the CNN feature on the store’s founder, Douglas Quint, after the jump. We will keep you updated on further details as they emerge.
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