Ramen Boy Has Gas Problems


Meal Ticket has the story that PGW has knocked out the gas service to the just opened Ramen Boy. A skeptic might suggest this temporary closure has something to do with the damning early reviews from Yelp and elsewhere. Us, we’re just wondering what is up with the Gas Company, as the Chestnut Street Burger.Org had to close down for a couple days after they opened because of gas line problems.

Ramen Boy temporarily closed [Meal Ticket]

Quick Bites: Snow White Replacement & Fishtown Progress

Burger.org is rapidly transforming the former greasy spoon Snow White diner at 19th and Chestnut. Today the walls are being brightly painted orange, yellow and lime green.

Mugshots on Fairmount Avenue will be moving out of their corner location this March. A dispute with the landlord will have the coffee shop moving to a still under construction location at 1921-29 Fairmount. [The Insider]

Little Baby’s Ice Cream is going in front of the Fishtown Neighbors Association on Tuesday, January 17th to seek approval for a storefront at 2311 Frankford Avenue. [Meal Ticket]

EGG (East Girard Gastropub) is celebrating its grand opening on Thursday. The former Fathom is offering complimentary samples from the menu between 6 and 9 p.m and then a latenight happy hour from 10 p.m to 1 a.m. [EGG]

There’s a liquor license on the wall at 1306 Frankford Avenue. What it will wind up being, well that seems to be very up in the air. [Meal Ticket]

Gaja Gaja has closed on South Street after a decent four year run. [City Paper]

Burger.Org Gets Reviewed

Brian Freedman reviews Burger.org, the fast-serve organic burger spot on South Street.

Though none of these sandwiches yet live up to the juicy, chin-dripping level of so many others in the city (most of them surely corn-fed, factory-farmed and plumped up like a guest on Maury) there also wasn’t one that I’d vow to never have again. That may sound like damning with faint praise, but it’s actually a nod toward what the Org has accomplished: Inexpensive, house-ground, relatively ethical burgers that taste pretty good.

South Street Burger Joint Hits the Dot [Philadelphia Weekly]

Quick Bites: Cooking with Stones, Frogless Institutes & Updated Closings

There’s no physical signs that Frög Burger is returning to the Franklin Institute this year. Steve Poses says it could re-open in July.

Michael Klein has details on Thai Kuu in Chestnut Hill where you can cook on sizzling rocks. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Philly Chit Chat says the team behind Luigi’s Pizza Fresca in Fairmount will be opening Lulu, an Italian restaurant where Boca was in Old City. [Philly Chit Chat]

Burger.Org which opened last weekend on South Street already has a second location in the works. Their open for a late summer opening at 810 N. Broad Street. [Zagat]

The Artisserie Chocolate Cafe on 18th Street near Market has closed. The sign in the window says the University City location remains.

Speaking of closings we’ve updated the Closings section for the first time in way too long.

Quick Bites: Dog Carts, Organic Burgers & More Outdoor Seating on the Ave

Scott Dogs is the collaboration between South Philadelphia Taproom’s Scott Schroeder and Southwark’s man about charcuterie, Nick Macri. The hot dog cart will feature Detroit style dogs with a snappy bite. The cart is looking to debut at SPTR’s Wheat Beer Fest on Saturday, May 21st. [Meal Ticket]

The Cantina’s outdoor seating will be expanding in coming weeks as the East Passyunk hot spot is going to add seating to the lot next door. [Grub Street]

Burger.org has opened on South Street. On the menu, organic beef, chicken, turkey and fish burgers. [The Insider]

The Institute adds brunch this weekend. The menu will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there will be $1 Bloody Marys and sangria. [The Institute]

Good news for many that Bitar’s isn’t moving from its 10th and Federal home base. Bad news for our lazy asses as they aren’t moving to near Broad and South, which would have been more convenient for us. [City Paper via Grub Street]

Spike Mendelsohn Next in Burger Boom

When the Apple Store opened in Center City it was hailed as a return of high-end retail to the shopping stretch. But what seems to be coming on the heels of Apple is burgers. Lots and lots of burgers.

A gigantic Five Guys opened on the 1100 block of Walnut in December. Now comes word that Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn is looking at looking at two properties along Walnut for his Good Stuff Eatery.

Also in the mix is O Burger which is opening its first location on South Street but already has eyes on Center City for two more locations. And this isn’t to mention the once hot rumor of an Elevation Burger opening on Walnut Street. And then of course there is the existing Five Guys,  500º, Village Whiskey, Good Dog and Rouge.

Chef Spike Opening Philly Resto [The Feast]

Quick Bites: Burgers, Bathing with Blatstein, Bad News for Butcher

O Burger is coming to 326 South Street. Owners Eyal Aranya and Yoni Nadav hope the organic burger spot will be the first of a chain. The duo hopes to open the next two in Center City, both just blocks from Five Guys. [Meal Ticket]

Bart Blatstein and Nicole Cashman are joining forces to open a gaping hellmouth bring Arrow Swim Club to Northern Liberties. It will be a $1,000 per person membership and will feature DJ nights, members-only parties and more. [Philly Chit Chat]

Ben McNamara yields the kitchen at St. Stephens Green to his sous chef David Shuman. [The Insider]

Harry G Ochs and Sons’ butcher stand may be evicted from Reading Terminal Market after 106 years. [Inquirer]

Pamcakes opened on 20th Street Saturday. For Valentine’s Day the store sold out all its inventory and quickly sold out what they planned to sell today. Regular cupcakes are $2.50, filled cupcakes are $3. [Facebook]