My dear fellow Chipotle lovers, I’ve got some seriously depressing news for you: The fast-food chain loved far and wide, by meat-lovers and vegans alike, might eventually pull guacamole from the menu. Say it with me: NOOOOOOO!
Tonight, from 4pm to close, Chipotle is offering burritos, bowls, salads or orders of tacos for just $3 to anyone who shows up in a costume. And just to make you feel even better about it, all proceeds (up to a cool million dollars) will go to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.
It’s as simple as that. 1 costume = $3 tacos.
It might seem weird to some to test a vegan menu item from a national chain in Philadelphia. But we know better, there’s never been a better time to be a vegan or vegetarian in Philadelphia. So we’re not too surprised (ok we’re still surprised) that Chipotle has chosen Philadelphia as a test city for its new vegan menu item. Sofritas, which are defined as “shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilies, roasted poblano peppers and a blend of aromatic spices” will be available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads starting next Monday, October 21st.
Yup. In addition to all the run-of-the-mill awesomeness involved in a Night Market (particularly a Chinatown Night Market), this one will have a little extra kick in the form of free tacos being offered by Chipotle.
Sure, there’s an ulterior motive. They’re basically offering a sneak-peek taste of the new sofritas that they’re going to be rolling out at Philly stores later in the month in order to drum up interest in the new menu item. But really, who cares? Free tacos are free tacos. And they’re going to be offering two varieties–shredded, braised tofu with roasted poblanos, chipotle chilies and spices, and barbacoa (which is the same thing, only with beef).
So anyway, if you find yourself either short on pesos or craving tacos, look for Chipotle’s tent. I’m guessing you’ll be able to spot it by the line.
Chinatown Night Market [Official]
Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day and Chipotle is offering educators a special buy-one-get-one-free on burritos, salads, burrito bowls or orders of tacos.
The promotion is offered today, May 7th from 4 p.m. to close and teachers and educators must show a valid school ID.
Chipotle [Official Site]
There were two awesome things about the Grammys last night. The first was Deadmau5‘s super-cool, light-up mouse head (which I would be wearing to work every day were one to somehow fall into my hands, hint hint). And the second was this amazing commercial from Chipotle: the first big, national ad buy from the company, and an uncontested out-of-the-park home run besides.
Chipotle’s Walnut Street location is set to open on October 20th.
Meredith’s in Berwyn has become Aneau, a bistro and wine bar. There will be 30 wines for under $30 and a “more well-rounded, hipper” dining experience.
Lord Chesterfield is on the fridge at Standard Tap.
The Capital Grille in King of Prussia is set to open on November 8th. Gino’s Hamburgers in King of Prussia is even less far out.
Dobbs is looking to make another go of it on South Street. A.D. Amorosi puts the hoped-for opening in November. [City Paper]
Over the weekend with barely a peep, Denim became Whisper. [The Insider]
It doesn’t look good for Ro-Zu where mail has been piling up inside the front door. [The Insider]
Falafel Factory didn’t make it a year, the 18th Street quick-serve spot has been padlocked. [The Insider]
Mugshots Girard Avenue location is on its way by October 31st. [Phoodie]
When we first learned thatÂ Le Viet was opening on 11th Street near Washington we admittedly ho-hummed the coming of another Vietnamese restaurant to the corridor. But when we saw it from a car on Saturday we were shocked, this is a high-concept restaurant. Same happened when Michael KleinÂ spotted the Vietnamese restaurant from a cab. But he got out and snapped some photos. [The Insider]
Michael Klein has a first look atÂ El Rey,Â Stephen Starr’s Mexican restaurant on Chestnut. He also unveils the name of the backroom bar,Â Ranstead Room. [The Insider]
The Illadelph who specializes in pulling restaurant nuggets out of unexpected places finds thatÂ Starr is considering opening an Italian restaurant and pizza shop in West Philadelphia. [Daily Pennsylvanian viaÂ the Illadelph]
It was going to beÂ Cafe Maurice but now the concept isÂ Tweed and it’ll bring country-to-table to the former Les Bons Temps space. [The Insider]
Kong has tweaked its approach and menu. Giving the people what they want is evident in the cheesesteak dumplings. [Meal Ticket]
Skinner’s closed after business on Sunday night. TheÂ Always Sunny in Philadelphia backedÂ Mac’s Tavern will open in a few weeks after a short makeover. [The Insider]
Bruce Nichols’ HeadHouse at 122 Lombard Street is aiming for an April 23rd opening. [The Insider]
We love this name for a frozen yogurt store.Â Whirled Peace is coming to Paoli on Lancaster Ave. [Main Line Dine]
Brick Oven Bread and Cheese Shop is looking to open by the end of the month in Phoenixville. [Apples and cheese, please]
Main Line Dine has a bullet list of Wayne restaurant news, everything from Chipotle to Spanish tapas. [Main Line Dine]
East Passyunk’sÂ Mamma Maria is dropping its fixed price policy. [The Insider]
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The elegant brownstone that hosted Susanna Foo for 22 years as an anchor to Walnut Street’s “Restaurant Row” is in play to become a Chipotle. Michael Klein is reporting that the Mexican fast-serve concept would serve as a flagship for the chain. A zoning variance for takeout is scheduled to be heard on February 3rd.
Chipotle wants Susanna Foo’s Center City location [The Insider]
When the Kobe beef trend hit Philly a few years back, food writers did everything they could to remind people that, despite what menus claimed, diners weren’t actually eating the butter-soft Japanese meat. At the time, neither the beer-fed and massaged Kobe cattle nor its succulent end product were allowed to be imported to the U.S., so what we were eating was really wagyu, an American (or, at Barclay Prime, Australian) hybrid that was nearly as good.