Brown Betty Petite Off Rittenhouse is Closing

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]

Weekend: Discovered Beer, Cupcake Grand Openings & Flea Market Brunch

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Rating the Cakes: Cupcakes and Tastykake Versus Its New Boss

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]

Brown Betty Getting New Digs

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]

Quick Bites

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 Cupcakes

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 Brown Betty will honor a maximum donation of $9 giving you 3 cupcakes.

Brown Betty’s Birthday [Brown Betty Dessert Boutique]

A First Look at Tweed and Other Fun

The Philly Mag Restaurant Club

This week in Philadelphia Magazine’s Restaurant Club Newsletter.

First Look at Tweed
The new Midtown Village restaurant opens on June 10 — see a sneak peek of the stunning interior and the menu, plus read about chef David Cunningham’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 Dillon’s Beer Week candids!

Not Your Grandma’s Gelato
Capogiro has whipped up a new flavor using 200-year-old rose petals.

Restaurant Club Newsletter [Philadelphia Magazine]

Brown Betty at Liberty Place Opens Today

Laura Novak Photography

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]

Quick Bites

Restaurant Club gets Tria’s Jon Myerow to expound upon his forthcoming Biba. [Restaurant Club]

Alex Capasso’s West Side Gravy is open in Collingswood and An Empty Fridge has the menus and a firsthand report. [An Empty Fridge]

Collin Keefe will be the new editor of Grub Street Philadelphia. Keefe comes at the job with a wide range of experience from public relations to sausage stuffing. [Meal Ticket]

Delicatessen has added dinner service at 703 Chestnut Street. Look for comfort food like chicken in a pot pie, brisket and “Pop Pop’s Pastrami Mac and Cheese. [Grub Street]

Le Cochon Noir is navigating the usual tangle of paperwork and hopes to be serving barbecue and live music by the end of June. [Meal Ticket]

A third Brown Betty Dessert Boutique is in the works, this one set for the Shops at Liberty Place. [Restaurant Club]

The Crocodile is coming to Old City on June 3rd with a neat hook, each beer will get you a free slice of pizza. [Meal Ticket]

Quick Bites: Openings

You take a day off and fall hopelessly behind the RSS Reader, email and we don’t even want to think about what we’ve missed on Twitter.

So without further ado, our Quick Bites focusing just on upcoming and recent openings.

Stephen Starr’s beer garden concept got the approval of the neighborhood 158-11 despite a hard-of-hearing gentleman worrying about the noise. With indoor and outdoor options we’re really intrigued how this turns out.

500°, the burger place from Rouge’s Rob and Maggie Wasserman is looking to open by March 17th. [The Insider]

Delicatessen has opened at 7th and Chestnut. They feature classic Jewish deli staples and nouveau takes like Sephardic Ceviche, citrus cured salmon with red onion and capers. [Meal Ticket]

Michael Klein has a bit more on Hoof + Fin which has opened on 3rd Street in the former Gayle address. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique is opening its third location. This one in the re-imaging itself Shops at Liberty Place. [Grub Street]

Ro-Zu will be soft opening at 7th and Bainbridge this weekend. The grand opening for the Japanese restaurant will be Monday, March 15th. [Meal Ticket]

Wishing Well is aiming for a mid-March opening. Grub Street has the details on their S.H.A.M.E. burger. [Grub Street]

Meal Ticket has more details including an early look at the menu at Cooperage, the wine bar coming this April to the Curtis Center. [Meal Ticket]

Franco’s Osteria looks to open this weekend at the Presidential on City Avenue. [The Insider]

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