Abe Fisher Wants You to be Happy

abe-fisher-barAbe Fisher is introducing a Happy Hour  with $7 plates, wines by the glass, and cocktails. Since Abe’s cheapest plates are $10 apiece and the bar serves cocktails and wines priced at $12 each, this is a pretty good deal.

Abe’s cocktail list includes drinks such as The Abe Fisher Cocktail (Beefeater 24, Dolin dry, Dolin blanc and dill pickle juice), Sherry Bobbins (Corralejo Blanco, Lillet, celery, honey and lemon), and The Cherry Orchard (vodka, maraschino liqueur, sour cherry, lime and orange bitters).

Happy Hour here is an actual hour (5-6 p.m.), but on the upside, it run seven days a week.

Abe Fisher [Foobooz]

Volver Rolls Out Changes for Season Two

volver illuminated 940Jose Garces is rolling out big changes for the second season at Volvér, his restaurant at the Kimmel Center. Effective immediately, the ticketing requirement has been abolished and starting Wednesday, September 24th, the menu format will change.

As of today the restaurant will no longer require tickets purchased in advance. Reservations can now be made through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly. A credit card is required to hold a reservation, similar to how some other restaurants do.

Starting on September 24th, the dining options also change. Gone is the pre-theater and performance menus. The restaurant will have two tiers, a six-course tasting menu for $75 or a twelve-course tasting for $150, not including tax tip or beverages. An optional beverage pairing will be begin at $95.

This marks a drop in price for Volvér where the performance tasting for two would set a couple back $448 with tax and tip. Now the twelve-course dinner for two would come in at $384 with tax and tip but no alcohol.

What’s new at Bar Volver »

Valanni/Varga Owner Applies for Chestnut Street Liquor License

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A liquor license application has popped up online for 2034 Chestnut Street. The name on the application is Butcher Bar Inc. and lists George Anni as one of the principals on the license. Anni is the owner of Varga Bar, Valanni and Mercato.

We’ve reached out to several people in the organization and have only received confirmation that the license is coming to Chestnut Street but no word on the concept.

The location was the former home of Wajoe Korean restaurant.

Ben & Jerry’s Is Now Open, Will Be Giving Away Ice Cream

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This afternoon we spotted that the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop at 1726 Sansom Street is now opened. The ice cream shop will be marking the brand’s return to Rittenhouse Square with three days of free cones. On Monday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 17 between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and again between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted to benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.

New from the last time Center City had a Ben & Jerry’s, the storefront will offer handmade Core Sundaes featuring a core of hot fudge or caramel between two flavors of ice cream.

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – Rittenhouse Square [Foobooz]

Special $100 Dinner at Volver

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Volver just sent out an email offering a special Performance Tasting for tomorrow, September 11th. Jose Garces’s exclusive restaurant in the Kimmel Center is offering a ten-course tasting menu for $100 per person.

The offer is only valid for Thursday, September 11th only. Call 215-670-2303 to make reservations.

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Capital Teas Coming to Philadelphia

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Washington DC’s Capital Teas is coming to Center City Philadelphia. The nine location strong chain is opening a tea bar and retail boutique at 1804 Chestnut Street.

Capital Teas comes from fifth generation tea merchants and offer more than 200 varieties of teas from around the world. In addition to fresh brewed tea, the storefront will also offer teapots, infusers and other items for sale.

Capital Teas [Foobooz]

22 Excellent Center City Restaurants Not Participating in Restaurant Week

Rotolo | Courtney Apple

Rotolo | Courtney Apple

We’ve hit that point during Restaurant Week where people realize they don’t have reservations for that date, business meeting or girls night out and people are panicking there aren’t any reservations to be had in Center City. One option would be to head to East Passyunk, Chinatown or Fishtown. But another option is to hit a spot in Center City that isn’t participating. So if you’ve always dreamt of a date at Vetri, been meaning to try a meal at Fork or waiting for the perfect time to return to Parc for another luscious dessert, that time is now.

21 Center City restaurants not participating in Restaurant Week » 

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