Tomorrow, March 1st will see a 20 degree jump in temperature. Certainly not balmy but a lot better than 24°. It’s also the grand opening of The Igloo at 1205 Walnut Street. The frozen yogurt spot will throw open its doors at noon. In addition to the frozen yogurt that their 23rd and Grays Ferry location is known for, they will also be offering a Greek yogurt and skim milk protein shake.
Igloo – Washington Square West [Foobooz]
Teddy Sourias opened Brü last year at 1318-20 Chestnut. And now he’s working to open U-Bahn, a subterranean bar below Bru in the old Jeans West clothing store. The 3,300 square foot space will include two bars and a new kitchen. U-Bahn will offer local beers and food including cured meats, cheeses and specialty sandwiches.
The space will feature an open layout and 16-foot ceilings. Tables will be incorporate reclaimed wood from local barns and tables built from tree slabs. Classic arcade games will also be installed. A private area will offer audio/visual equipment and videoconferencing technology for business meetings.
This isn’t the first rathskeller for Chestnut Street. Soula’s Cafe and Rathskeller was located in the Betz Building at Broad and Chestnut in the early 20th century.
Border Springs Lamb Farm stand at the Reading Terminal Market is excited for Robert Burns birthday. So excited in fact that they’re offering free haggis sliders to anyone dressed in a kilt all weekend. If you’re wearing pants, a single slider is just $3, two for $5.
Border Springs Lamb Farm [Foobooz]
Petruce et al is coming to 1121 Walnut this February. We’ve known that Jonathan and Justin Petruce were onboard. The brothers will be cooking together and utilizing the restaurant’s two wood-burning stoves. Today we learn more about the “et al.” Tim Kweeder is onboard as partner, general manager and wine director. Kweeder comes to Petruce after a time at a.bar/a.kitchen as well as Moore Brothers Wine.
Also signing on is George Costa. Costa, who was a longtime institution at Southwark and Philadelphia’s best bartender at Pub & Kitchen will be the beverage director and guarantee Petruce et al will have a solid cocktail program.
Petruce et al [Foobooz]
In the past, I’ve dealt with covering Center City District’s Restaurant Week (January 19-24 and 26-31, 2014) with a guide that helped bargain hunters to find the real deals of Restaurant Week, filtering out restaurants that didn’t offer much choice or offered boring selections like just steak, salmon or pasta. Unfortunately, the guide couldn’t be migrated to the new web site. So this year, I had been putting off thinking about Restaurant Week until a co-worker asked for suggestions. Here’s my response to her, I think it will for you too.
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On Saturday, December 21 at 2 p.m., Philly Beer Week will host its annual Win a Trip to Belgium Raffle at Field House. The grand prize is for one lucky winner will travel to Belgium along with his or her favorite brewer in order to consult on Philly Beer Week’s annual collaboration beer. This year the beer will be brewed with Belgium’s youngest female brewer, Anne Catherine Dilewyns of Brouwerij Dilewyns.
There will also be other secondary prizes, including baskets of cheer, gift certificates from local bars and restaurants plus Beer Week event tickets to be awarded.
Raffle tickets are still available online. The tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20.
Philly Beer Week [Official]
So the Brooklyn Flea couldn’t hang in the ‘illadelphia, but since we like us some vintage knickknacks as much as the latest Bed-Stuy transplant, we’re lucky that Mark Vevle stepped up to craft our own version. The Franklin Flea, a pop up flea market, has operated the last several Saturdays in the space of the former Strawbridge’s at 801 Market Street. It’s definitely the place to go if your holiday shopping list includes things such as the following: assorted collection of mismatched wooden drawers, mid-century modern furniture, replica of a Vespa poster, vintage Pyrex, or locally-crafted jewelry. Even if your personal design aesthetic doesn’t include artfully placed typewriters, consider stopping by the Flea for the food.
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Photo via Philadelphia Real Estate Blog
Samosa’s Indian Vegetarian had a good long run at 1214 Walnut Street. But after it closed, things have gotten weird. Early this fall, Dream Island Grill opened in its place. The new concept specialized in Caribbean food. Oddly, the lunch menu was Mexican. But then on December 13th, a reader told us that Dream Island was gone and it has been replace by Buena Vida, a pricier Mexican restaurant. Then by Monday, a banner noted that “We Are Back, Indian Cuisine.” And today, The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog spots a Saffron Indian Cuisine sign. A sign which looks similar to the Saffron Indian Cuisine on North Broad. Of course that Saffron has at least two web sites.
So to recap, that restaurant at Camac and Walnut is back selling Indian food. But what will tomorrow bring?
Walnut Street eatery continues search for identity [Philadelphia Real Estate Blog]
Franklin Square’s nightly light show continues through New Year’s Eve. A food tent serves fresh funnel cake, battered and fried oreos, chicken tenders, fries and hot chocolate. But that’s not all, like last month, a rotating cast of Philadelphia food trucks will be offering nightly snacks and treats from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
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Strawbridges during Philly Cooks | Photo by Yoni Nimrod
Eater turned us on to this interview with Joe Bastianich, a partner in Mario Batali’s Eataly. Bastianich confirms that the next Eataly location will indeed be in Philadelphia and is about a year out. The where is still unannounced but rumor and speculation have long focused on the ground floor of the old Strawbridge and Clothiers.
Coincidentally, Philadelphia magazine’s Philly Cooks event was thrown in the Strawbridges building last year but won’t return this year, as we’ve been told the building will likely be starting a build-out.
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