If you have to close down a restaurant, you know what’s a pretty good reason? Because your partnership with Walmart and Patti Labelle is taking up too much of your time.
That’s exactly what’s happening with Brown Betty Dessert Boutique–the local bakery that’s been operating in Philly since 2004. A while back, they got hooked up with Labelle, who appreciated the quality of Brown Betty’s product (particularly the sweet potato pie and poundcake) and the fact that the bakery itself has been run by three generations of African-American women in Philadelphia. That partnership expanded until Brown Betty’s products were on the shelves in over 500 Walmart stores. There’s also been a book (The Brown Betty Cookbook) and deals in the works with other national brands.
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Brown Betty Dessert Boutique will be closing its “petite” location within the Shops at Liberty Place. The bakery is consolidating its brick-and-mortar operations in Northern Liberties while it pursues what a release is calling “several very exciting new wholesale opportunities.”
The flagship location at 722 North 2nd Street will remain open for business and extend its hours slightly, opening the bakery at 11am daily (instead of 12pm) beginning February 19th.
Brown Betty Dessert Boutique
The Brown Betty Petite at 269 S 20th Street is going to be closing. With the close proximity and popularity of the Liberty Place location the Rittenhouse storefront has become expendable. But cupcake freaks can take solace because with the Rittenhouse closure, Brown Betty will be looking to open another location in a different neighborhood.
In other Brown Betty news, their first cookbook is in the works and will be available in the Fall of next year. Also their new Northern Liberties flagship location is going gangbusters at 722 N 2nd Street.
Brown Betty Dessert Boutique [Official Site]
Noble stumbled across some leftover cases of Stillwater and White Birch beers. So head on over and enjoy some great beers. Just leave us a couple, thanks.
Brown Betty’s new Northern Liberties flagship location is having a grand opening lawn party from noon to 4 p.m. There will be pink lawn flamingos, Astro Turf, hoola hoops, mini cupcakes, ice-cream sandwiches, iced espresso granitas, and the Taco Loco truck.
Sycamore has a couple of new dishes to try this weekend including applewood smoke-roasted duck with quinoa salad, watercress and sour cherry reduction. Also on the menu is seared New Jersey sea scallops with sweet corn flan and a house-smoked tomato vinaigrette.
The Institute is kicking of their Flea Market Brunch. The bar is opening its second floor to arts and crafts vendors while the downstairs serves up its new brunch menu.
A pair of writers take it upon themselves to rate cakes today. In City Paper Carolyn Wyman puts Tastykake up against its new overlord, Flowers Foods’ Mrs. Freshley’s. It isn’t even a competition as Tasty romps over its cheaper corporate cousin. [City Paper]
Lori Robling of the Daily News goes in search of the best cupcake in town. Robling crowns Whipped Bakeshop the best of the bunch. [Philadelphia Daily News]
Mural by Andrea Pippins of Fly Girl Blog and turned into reality by local artist Cathey White
The new Brown Betty Dessert Boutique at 722 N 2nd Street is aiming to open on Saturday, May 21st. The new flagship location will be three times the size of the original spot on Liberties Walk. The new space will also have a communal seating area for enjoying those delicious bites as well as hosting private events.
The existing Northern Liberties location will close on Sunday, May 15th. The other Brown Betty locations will of course be ready to serve your cupcake fix during the NoLibs downtime.
Brown Betty Dessert Boutique [Official Site]
At long last, Agiato has opened in Manayunk. Chef Joe Scarpone who owned Sovalo in Northern Liberties is at the helm. [The Insider]
Longtime Rouge chef Michael Yeamans has returned to the Rittenhouse spot and is serving a truffle-centric menu through the end of the year. [Grub Street]
The original Brown Betty’s on Liberties Walk is moving to a bigger, bi-level spot at 722 N 2nd Street. [Restaurant Club]
Speck Food and Wine passed its health inspection Saturday. [Facebook]
Leila Cafe has resurfaced at 1356 South Street. If all goes well the Middle Eastern restaurant could open today. [The Insider]
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Brown Betty’s Dessert Boutique is celebrating its 6th birthday today and if you make a donation to Feed America for $3, you can print out your proof of donation and redeem it for a free cupcake at any of the three Brown Betty locations today.
Only one printout per person but BrownÂ BettyÂ will honor a maximum donation of $9 giving you 3 cupcakes.
Brown Betty’s Birthday [Brown Betty Dessert Boutique]
This week in Philadelphia Magazine’s Restaurant Club Newsletter.
First Look at Tweed
The new Midtown Village restaurant opens on June 10 â€” see a sneak peek of the stunning interior and the menu, plus read about chef David Cunninghamâ€™s fresh and local approach to food.
More Cupcakes Come to Center City
Best of Philly winner Brown Betty Petite opened a third location in Liberty Place.
Citizens Bank Park Is Vegging Out
The ballpark is a winner with meatless fans.
Beer Week Opening Tap Photos
Check out HughE Dillonâ€™s Beer Week candids!
Not Your Grandmaâ€™s Gelato
Capogiro has whipped up a new flavor using 200-year-old rose petals.
Restaurant Club Newsletter [Philadelphia Magazine]
Photo via Laura Novak Photography
Brown Betty opens its third location today with a Brown Betty Petite in Liberty Place at the 17th Street entrance.
The shop will feature some of the first store’s vintage vibe and the Rittenhouse store’s modern style and the familiar rich colors and chandelier lighting.
This location will offer cupcakes, fresh baked 6″ layer cakes, and the option to place orders and pick-up on-site. Ideal for office birthday parties and the like.
Head over there today and get a coupon redeemable for a free cupcake anytime during July.
Also check out Nudies, all natural cakes and cupcakes made of pure fruit and fruit juices with no added sugar.
Brown Betty Desserts [Official Site]