PHS Beer Gardens Set to Open

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

At least two of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s three pop-up beer gardens for 2015 are set to open by Monday, June 1st and probably earlier.

The 9th and Wharton location has come a long way since it was an empty lot just three weeks ago. Today, we have been told that the beer garden backed by David Frank and Stephen Simons (Khyber Pass Pub, Triangle Tavern, Royal Tavern and the two Cantinas) will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29th. Look for cocktails, beer, wine, fernet and food borrowing from the Italian heritage of the neighborhood.

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It’s Coming: Cheesecake Factory Signs Installed

The Cheesecake Factory is coming to 15th and Walnut | Photo by HughE Dillon

The Cheesecake Factory is coming to 15th and Walnut | Photo by HughE Dillon

Perhaps while you were out of town for the long weekend, the Cheesecake Factory signs were installed at 15th and Walnut Streets. The signs are the latest indication that Center City Philadelphia will be getting its own outpost of the national chain. The Philadelphia Cheesecake Factory is scheduled to open on Tuesday, June 23rd.

Cheesecake Factory joins Fado, Applebee’s, Fox and Hound and Howl at the Moon along the stretch of 15th Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets.

Stay strong Good Dog, Jose Pistola’s, the Treemont and McGlinchey’s. Stay strong.

Cheesecake Factory [Foobooz]

Now Open: Farmer’s Keep

farmers-keep-940Farmer’s Keep, the fast-casual restaurant at 20th and Ludlow that avoids common allergens, is now open. The restaurant from Josh Bullock includes about 20 built salads or you can build your own off of eight bases and add your own proteins and sides. All the plates are sold by weight ($10 per pound).

Be Well Philly hit Farmer’s Keep for lunch today. Here’s their report.

Farmer’s Keep [Foobooz]

Happy 10th Anniversary to Rittenhouse Di Bruno Location

di-bruno-rittenhouse-cheese-cave-940Di Bruno Bros. is celebrating its tenth anniversary at 1730 Chestnut Street. They’re hosting several events today through 2 p.m. that include live product demonstrations and samples of some of their newest and most popular products.

Included in the events:

  • Petrossian Caviar
  • 1732 Meats Heritage Pork and bacon
  • Farmer Sue Miller’s Birchrun Hills Farm Cheeses
  • Society Hill Snacks Nuts and Snack Mixes
  • A special Birthday Cake from Country Sweets Bake Shoppe

So swing through on your lunch break.

Di Bruno Bros. [Official]

Locations of All Three PHS Beer Gardens Announced


PHS’s South Street beer garden is back in 2015 with a new look.

UPDATE: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society informs us that these beer gardens are not finalized as contracts have not been signed, Ts crossed and Is dotted.

In our Guide to Philadelphia’s Seasonal Beer Gardens, we told you that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) would be hosting three beer gardens this summer. And now we have the locations and details.

Last year’s South Street beer garden will return to 1438 South Street. This season will feature “Bohemian flair” as designed by designer Karen Regan of Tallulah & Bird. This year, the South Street beer garden will include wooden trellis, container gardens, large palm and banana trees and Jack-in-the-pulpit relatives that will rise five-feet tall. The space will also offer public and private spaces, a first for a PHS pop-up garden. Look for beers from Barren Hill Brewery to be offered throughout the summer. Barren Hill will also work with Wyndridge Farm, creator of PHS Cider on an exclusive beer for the garden.

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Total Rampage at Matyson


I’m pretty sure by now you know that spring is here. But it’s not just the warm weather, the longer days and a sudden revival of Philadelphia’s greenery that has us excited.

We’re excited for the multiple spring menus we’ve been showing you, which debut more fresh veggies and cocktails that have us ready to ditch work and spend the day drinking outside.

But we’re also excited because spring means ramp season. It’s that almost sweet type of onion that sort of resembles a scallion, but has the odor of garlic. You can only find it around this time each year and, ladies and gentlemen, it has arrived in Philadelphia.

To celebrate the veggie, Matyson is throwing a rampage (get it?). From Monday, April 27 through Thursday, April 30, the Rittenhouse restaurant is featuring a ramp tasting menu.

The menu is five courses for $55 per person. If you’re pretty excited for ramps, than you can make your reservation here.

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Is Bob & Barbara’s the Most Iconic Bar In Pennsylvania? Yahoo Says Yes

Bob and Barbara's

We love Bob & Barbara’s, that classic Philadelphia dive bar at 1509 South Street. Bob & Barbara’s is the originator and home of the Pabst Blue Ribbon and Jim Beam “Special,” the city’s longest running drag show, a kickass karaoke night, and a diverse clientele ranging from neighborhood oldheads to bike messengers to gentrifiers to Wharton students (ugh) and everyone in between. But is Bob & Barbara’s the most iconic bar in the entire state of Pennsylvania? Read more »

Revolution Taco Coming to Rittenhouse Square

Carolyn Nguyen at Dish It Up | Photo via Women Against Abuse

Carolyn Nguyen at Dish It Up | Photo via Women Against Abuse

Food truckers Mike Sultan, Carolyn Nguyen (Street Food Philly and Taco Mondo) and Alan Krawitz (Say Cheese) are partnering up to create Revolution Taco. The brick-and-mortar taco/burrito spot just won zoning approval at 2015 Walnut Street.

Attendees to the recently held Women Against Abuse’s Dish It Up event were able to taste Nguyen’s ability, as she won this year’s Purple Dish Award with a heckuva taco.

The zoning approval clears the way for the opening of the 30-seat BYOB. The trio is aiming for a grand opening in Mid-Summer.

Revolution Taco [Foobooz]

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