New beer from Yards at IBG Wheat.
Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden at 6th and Market has added happy hour. The happy hour includes $4 beer, wine and cocktail specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. There’s also a $4 happy hour menu of food like corn croquettes, beef sliders and spit roasted chicken wings.
Also new is a new beer offering, IBG Wheat is a summer wheat brewed with Yards Brewing. The flavor is described as “candied sugar, orange peel, banana, clove, pepper, grass, lemon” and comes in at 6.5% alcohol by volume.
Independence Beer Garden has already gotten into our heavy rotation this year, the shuffleboard to the addictive popcorn has made us fans. And a special shoutout to Brooke, a server at IBG who might just be the nicest person in Philadelphia.
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Petruce et al posted its happy hour menu to Facebook today and one item really caught our eye. The “Balling” Citywide” is a “London Balling” barleywine and ounce shot of Angel’s Envy for $25. Certainly not in the same price range as Bob & Barbara’s, but if you’re balling, this is the shot and a beer for you.
Also, get a head start on National Empanada Day with Petruce’s pepperoni, mozzarella and onions stuffed empanada.
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Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden at 6th and Market will officially reopen for the season on April 30th. April 24th and 25th will serve as a soft opening for the outdoor space.
Schulson has reworked the menu with corporate executive chef Leo Forneas. The pair have added a rotisserie, which will mean spit roasted Lancaster chicken and more.
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Olde Bar | Photo by Arthur Etchells
Brian Freedman visits Olde Bar for Philadelphia Weekly while Adam Erace reviews Franky Bradley’s for City Paper. Freedman is in love with the fried clams at Jose Garces’s redone Bookbinders and he’s even more impressed with the redo.
The Olde Bar is a Jose Garces project—the kitchen is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Mike Siegel—but it feels different from his other restaurants around town. Indeed, in his attempt to honor the legendary space, he has accomplished something both difficult and important: Bringing the past into the present, without peddling in either preciousness or hokey nostalgia. The Olde Bar feels both classic and vibrant at once, just like that fried clam.
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Wawa #103 at 912 Walnut Street won’t be the only Walnut Street Wawa in Center City.
What started as a Twitter rumor was confirmed by Michael Klein. Wawa is coming back to Center City Philadelphia, and in a big way. The local convenience store is under contract with the former Robinson’s Luggage at Broad and Walnut.
The new store will have 5,300 square feet of space and a source told Klein there will be seating inside.
What isn’t clear is whether this opening will be followed by other Center City stores or if this new location will differ from the traditional Wawa.
Property has more from Mike Gorman of Metro Commercial Real Estate.
Wawa Coming to Former Robinson Luggage Spot on Broad Street [Property]
U-Bahn, the subterranean bar underneath Brü on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street is opening this evening at 4 p.m. The bar’s look is loosely based on the German underground subway systems. The space features two bars and a stage for live music and DJs. Brü’s chef Andrew Gaspar is overseeing the menu, offering bar snacks, cheese boards and sandwiches inspired by Philadelphia’s street food culture.
U-Bahn will offer 18 taps dedicated to Pennsylvania beers, Yards Root Beer and three draft cocktails. The bar program will also focus on rye whiskies, Pennsylvania-centric wines and cocktails taking advantage of local liquors and ingredients.
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George and Kim Mickel, who already own By George! in the Reading Terminal Market are getting ready to open a second stall, Hunger Burger. The burger stand is scheduled to open on February 2nd on the center court of the market.
Hunger Burger will serve up Black Angus beef burgers, fries, breakfast burgers, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and milkshakes made with the Terminal’s Bassett’s Ice Cream.
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Cheu’s new noodles: Spicy Shrimp Broth – egg noodle, shrimp balls, onion
Working towards opening Bing Bing Dim Sum on East Passyunk doesn’t mean Cheu Noodle Bar is stagnating. The Washington Square West noodle shop is showing off six new menu items for the new year. Charred beets and an oyster bun are the new small plates. In the noodle department, Chef Ben Puchowitz is now offering:
Spicy Shrimp Broth – egg noodle, shrimp balls, onion
Short Rib Mazeman – tomatillo, green chile, soft egg
Sichuan – hot bean paste, pea leaves, tofu, sesame
Yakisoba 3.0 – chorizo, mushroom, egg, cilantro
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Kevin Sbraga’s Juniper Commons has started serving lunch. Now your lunch can feature ’80s highlights like peel-and-eat shrimp, a tableside Caesar,a hot roast beef sandwich, pastrami reuben or Fettuccini Alfredo.
Check out the full lunch menu below and look for brunch to start this weekend. Sunday brunch will feature complimentary champagne and a jazz band.
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The former Rohm and Haas building at the corner of 6th and Market Streets will be the home of a new La Colombe coffee cafe in 2015. La Colombe is leasing 1,700 square feet of ground-floor space at on Independence Mall. This will not be a mega La Colombe like the 11,000 square foot cafe recently opened in Fishtown.
The building has seen a rebirth of its public spaces since the joint venture of Keystone Property Group, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and Parkway Corporation took over the building. Over the summer, the building’s plaza and breezeways were the home of the successful Independence Beer Garden.
La Colombe has been focusing on expansion since raising $28.5 million in backing this summer. No exact word on an opening date.
La Colombe [Official]