Garces Promises Wood-Fired Fare at His Next Restaurant

24 garces wood fired fare 400Jose Garces’ planned restaurant at 2401 Walnut Street finally has some details associated. The first floor restaurant will be called 24 and will feature “health-conscious wood fired fare.” The restaurant will offer a full bar and is aiming to open in the second quarter of 2016.

Garces and his culinary team will also have a research and development kitchen adjacent to 24.

In other Garces Group news, Amada New York is getting closer as final hires are being made. The first New York restaurant from the Iron Chef will be opening shortly with chef Justin Bogle at the helm.

And mark your calendars for Friday, March 18th. That’s the date of the Garces Foundation’s Annual Benefit.

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Brown Betty’s Closing Liberty Place Location

brown betty liberty place 400Brown Betty Dessert Boutique will be closing its “petite” location within the Shops at Liberty Place. The bakery is consolidating its brick-and-mortar operations in Northern Liberties while it pursues what a release is calling “several very exciting new wholesale opportunities.”

The flagship location at 722 North 2nd Street will remain open for business and extend its hours slightly, opening the bakery at 11am daily (instead of 12pm) beginning February 19th.

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PICTURES: Center City Blaze Left Behind an Icy Mess

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This is what’s left over when you fight a fire in bitter cold: ice.

Firefighters quickly controlled Tuesday night’s massive blaze at 2122 Locust, which left 21 residents displaced. None of the residents were injured while two firefighters sustained minor injuries. Firefighting takes water, and subzero temperatures turn water into harder, colder water.

The result? Not quite the ice palace that’s been created by other cold-weather fires, but still: A lot of ice.  Read more »

Original Honeygrow to Close for Upgrades

Honeygrow's original location will close for 5-6 weeks.

Honeygrow’s original location will close for 5-6 weeks.

When you open seven fast casual stir-fry and salad spots in four years, you learn some things along the way. That has been the case for Honeygrow and now their original location at 110 South 16th Street is showing its age. So they will be closing the location for 5-6 weeks at the end of the month to upgrade the kitchens, update the kiosks and improve the flow of service which clearly was an issue when the popular lunch spot was crowded. The closure will also allow Honeygrow to prepare the space for additional technology updates that are coming later this year.

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Fast-Casual Update: News from HipCityVeg and Honeygrow

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Honeygrow at the King of Prussia Town Center | Renderings/Video via JBGR Retail

We debuted our Fast Casual Tracker with the news that Urban Outfitters had purchased Marc Vetri’s restaurant empire. It was clear that the big piece of the deal was Pizzeria Vetri and the pizza concept debuted at number one. But we have a shakeup as it is impossible to ignore the traction Honeygrow is getting in the crowded fast-casual marketplace. November saw Honeygrow open in University City. Another college campus location is right around the corner as the company prepares to open on the University of Delaware’s campus in Newark, DE. Honeygrow will also be featured in King of Prussia’s Town Center project and it has been recently reported they are opening their first Virginia location. That’s ten open and announced locations since mid-2012.

Expansion news from HipCityVeg

Two Cut in Center City Attacks

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[Update 9:45 a.m.] Police say they’ve identified the suspect in the attacks as Kyle Stephens, 26, seen above. His last known address was a homeless shelter in the 1200 block of Race Street. Investigators said Wednesday morning that Stephens has been arrested.

[Original 8:15 a.m.]

Two people were cut in attacks early Tuesday in Center City. Police say both attacks appear to have been committed by the same man. Read more »

Rooster Soup Company in the Wall Street Journal

Pastramen soup from a Rooster Soup pop-up

Pastramen soup from a Rooster Soup pop-up

It’s nice to see that the Wall Street Journal has discovered Philadelphia’s dining scene. Just a month after featuring Kensington Quarters, the paper is back with a story on Michael Solomonov, Steve Cook, Broad Street Ministry and Rooster Soup Company. While the charitable background of Rooster Soup will be familiar to Foobooz readers, there are new details about Rooster Soup Company to share.

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Plenty’s Rittenhouse Starts Serving Booze Today

plenty-center-city-940Earlier this week we told you about the complete redo at Plenty Cafe on East Passyunk. But the Center City location is also getting an upgrade. Starting today, the cafe at 1602 Spruce Street is also serving booze. The drink list includes 5 beers, 1 dry cider, 2 red wines, 2 white wines, Prosecco, mimosas and Bloody Marys.

As for Plenty Cafe’s planned third location in Queen Village, that’s still under construction at 5th and Monroe Streets. The Queen Village location will be the biggest Plenty Cafe at 1,500 square foot. The corner is the anchor of owner Damon Mascieri’s Fabric Lofts, eight bi-level apartments with 13-foot ceilings and a green roof deck.

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Little Pete’s Is Looking to Relocate

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With the parking garage housing Little Pete’s looking like it will someday become a Hyatt Centric hotel, the iconic 24-hour diner is officially looking to relocate. MSC Retail has put out the call in behalf of owner “Little Pete” Koutroubas, looking for a 1,800 to 3,000 square foot space with “strong daytime, evening and hotel population required.”

Have a space? You’d be a hero.

Check out the brochure »

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