La Colombe Set to Open in Independence Mall

La Colombe at the Dow Building | Rendering: La Colombe

La Colombe at the Dow Building | Rendering: La Colombe

La Colombe is set to open a new space in Independence Mall July 1st. The cafe, situated next to the Independence Beer Garden, will open just in time for summer. It promises to be a mid-century modern space with outdoor seating. The architects responsible also designed La Colombe’s flagship cafe in Fishtown.

This La Colombe will be the fourth Philadelphia location, and will be located on the first floor of the Rohm and Haas building at 6th and Market. For more on the architecture and design, check out our sister blog Property.

 La Colombe [Official]

Independence Beer Garden Adds Happy Hour, Yards Exclusive


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 Offering City’s Balling-est Citywide

petruce-940Petruce 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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Two Retro Reviews from the Weeklies


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 Reverses Center City Abandonment


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]

All Aboard the U-Bahn

u-bahn-exterior-940U-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.

Live entertainment and opening menus »

Hunger Burger Opening in the Reading Terminal

hunger burger february squareGeorge 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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New Menu Items at Cheu Noodle Bar

Cheu's new noodles: Spicy Shrimp Broth - egg noodle, shrimp balls, onion

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

More photos of the new dishes »

Juniper Commons Is Now Serving Lunch

juniper-commons-gourmet-bon-appetit-940Kevin 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.

Juniper Commons lunch menus »

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