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 » 

Chops Is Open at the Comcast Center

Photo by Alex Tewfik

Photo by Alex Tewfik

Chops Restaurant, which has been operating as an open air cafe at the Comcast Center, has now opened its indoor space as well. The restaurant that succeeded Table 31 opened yesterday and will only be serving its Restaurant Week menu over its first two weeks. That means there will be a $20 three-course lunch option and a $35 dinner prix fixe as well.

The look is modern but more casual than Table 31 ever was. Once Restaurant Week ends, there will be a grander opening.

Chops Restaurant [Foobooz]

Treemont Gets Two Bells

Photo by Alex Tewfik

Photo by Alex Tewfik

This weekend, Craig LaBan reviewed Chip Roman’s The Treemont and wonders where all the diners are. Scared off by an unusual deadspot in Center City or dissuaded from the Cheesecake Factory construction site down the block? But for those who have made it in the doors, there are rewards.

If Roman has the financial fortitude to endure the leaner months, the Treemont has the ingredients to become, with refining (and maybe some noise-proofing), a reliable, fine-dining hideaway with quality entrees, fairly priced in the mid-$20s.

Two Bells – Very Good (93 decibels)

Treemont mystery: Good food, few eaters [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Treemont [Foobooz]

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