You’ll Be Able to Charge Your Phone at the New Center City Wawa

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Workers perform the finishing touches on the new Wawa at 20th and Market streets. It opens tomorrow | Photo: Dan McQuade

Earlier this week, we wrote about the new Wawa opening on Friday at 1900 Market Street in Center City, the largest urban Wawa in the chain. Now, we have more details for you, the Wawa-obsessed public.

The new store, which is actually closer to 20th and Market, opens at 8 a.m. Grand opening ceremonies start at 10, and will include Mayor Jim Kenney, cheerleaders, local mascots Swoop (Eagles) and Wally Goose (Wawa), and, of course, free coffee all day. Wawa will also be donating $75,000 to Philabundance.

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Cinder Opens in Center City

Teddy Sourias and Jonathan Petruce in front of Cinder | Photo via Cinder

Teddy Sourias and Jonathan Petruce in front of Cinder | Photo via Cinder

Cinder, the Teddy Sourias (BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn, Uptown Beer Garden, Finn McCool’s Ale House) bar focusing on intriguing beers, ciders, wild ales and the food of chef Jonathan Petruce softly opens today at 4 p.m.

For today’s soft opening, Petruce’s full menu won’t be available and some of the beers might not be in stock yet, but it will be your first chance to check out the space, food and drink.

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Eat This Now: Lobster Grilled Cheese At Luke’s Lobster

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Last week, Luke’s Lobster (130 South 17th Street) launched its winter menu. And while yes, they still have the city’s most ideal interpretation of the New England-style lobster roll (the right kind of split-top roll, just a hint of mayonnaise, no goddamn celery) and a whole lot of other seafood-based lunch options, they have added three new items for the season and, really, you should go there right now and try all of them.

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Here’s What You’ll Be Eating (And Drinking) At 24, Jose Garces’s New Restaurant

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We’ve been waiting quite a while for Jose Garces and his team to open 24–the new “Wood Fired Fare” restaurant set beneath his new headquarters at 2401 Walnut Street. First rumored like a year ago, we’ve been walking by and peeking in the windows since February, theorizing about what his team would be doing with the dedicated R&D test kitchen attached to the space, and wondering how he would utilize those big ovens.

So now, finally, we know. Dinner service (and happy hour) starts on  Tuesday, November 8th–the official opening. Breakfast, lunch and coffee service will roll out on Saturday, November 12. We’ve got copies of the lunch, dinner and cocktail menus for you to take a look at in the meantime.

Couple other cool things? They’re going to be running a happy hour called “Aperitivo Time” daily from 4:30-6:30. There’ll be drink specials, snacks and complimentary small plates. Dinner service runs until 11pm on the weekends. And there’s going to be a kid’s menu at dinner, too, which, for a certain segment of the audience, is very good news.

And as for that test kitchen? It has actually been up and running for months now, with Garces’s team using it to test out everything from pizza dough to pasta sauces. There was early talk of it being opened (at least occasionally) to the public as a kind of peek behind the curtain as new recipes and designs are tested for concepts throughout the Garces empire, and it looks like that plan might actually happen. According to the press release, Estudio (which is what they’re calling it) will be “introducing public tasting events, cooking classes and other events” to be held in the attached, 20-seat dining room. The space is also available for private events.

Okay, now show me the menus

Center City’s Naf Naf Grill Is Open

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The masses standing in line for a free pita sandwich.

Naf Naf Grill, the Chicago-based Middle Eastern fast-casual concept has opened at 1919 Market Street today. In celebration of the opening, Naf Naf is giving away free pita sandwiches, fries and drinks.

Naf Naf follows the now predictable Chipotle ordering process of picking a base (pita, hummus, rice, lettuce or couscous); from there, diners can add chicken shawarma, steak shawarma or falafel and then top garnish and sauce.

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Rival Bros. Opening in Center City

The Touraine will get a Rival Bros.

The Touraine will get a Rival Bros.

Rival Bros Coffee has announced a third location. Owners Damien Pileggi and Jonathan Adams are going to be opening a coffee shop in the Touraine at 1528 Spruce Street. This location joins the original cafe at 24th and Lombard and the announced East Passyunk storefront.

The Spruce Street location will be almost twice the size of Rival’s first location with seating for 30, wraparound banquets, lounge tables, 10-seat communal table and counter in the front table.

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Harp & Crown Does Lunch

The upstairs bar at Harp & Crown | Photos by Arthur Etchells

The upstairs bar at Harp & Crown | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Michael Schulson’s newest project, Harp & Crown, has been running on a dinners-only schedule since opening night. But starting yesterday, they quietly rolled out lunch service, offering all sorts of salads, sandwiches and snacks in the big, upstairs room.

We’ve got a look at the menu for those of you that are interested. No word yet on whether or not you can duck out at noon for a little afternoon bowling between meetings, though…

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