A Full Plate Moves to Fishtown

The Insider is reporting that A Full Plate is moving to Fishtown. Shannon Dougherty and Liz Peterson will be moving their café and catering from Liberties Walk to a spot across from Loco Pez at 2370 E. Norris Street when their lease is up in 2013. The new digs, called Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen, will have a liquor license, 50 seats, and 16 taps. Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen will cook up American cuisine classics for dinner and lunch every day, with brunch on the weekends.

Read on for the winners of A Full Plate’s rib-off and taco takedown »

Piazza At Schmidt’s Rundown

piazza_at_schmidtsTomorrow is the grand opening of the Piazza at Schmidt’s, the center piece of Bart Blatstein’s development in Northern Liberties.

Foobooz breaks down what there is to see at the ambitious new complex.

The Piazza

In today’s Inquirer, Architecture critic Inga Saffron calls the place “pretty wonderful.” Modeled after the Piazza Navona in Rome it’s most awkward feature may be its name, an amalgamation of Italian and German. Anyway, We do appreciate the shout out to Philadelphia’s German and brewing heritages and if you want to see a further homage to the Schmidt’s name, peek in the offices of Tower Investments on 2nd Street to see the large stainless steel letters that once hung over the huge brewery.

More than 8-years and $100 million went into making the Piazza. The site combines apartments, offices, shops and of course restaurants on a single acre.

The piazza contains a 16ft x 26 ft Daktronics HD LED projection screen where Phillies games and classic movies will be shown. Below the screen is a  40 by 20 ft stage that will host concerts and other events.

Ringing the piazza are offices, shops and restaurants. We’ll focus on what’s going on in those restaurants after the jump.

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Quick Bites

Bart Blatstein’s Piazza project will be bringing several new spots to Northern Liberties. There’s a diner named Darling’s, a wine bar named Vino Restaurant Lounge, and as yet an unnamed pub and a lounge. [The Insider]

Fish & Company’s last night will be Saturday. April 13th it’ll be reborn Q BBQ & Tequila Bar. [The Insider]

Bibou on 8th near Washington should open within a week. [Ice Pack, City Paper]

On Friday and Saturday nights above Il Portico you can now find Club Adesso.  [Thrillist]

Amici Noi in Old City has been redone and opens tonight as Bocca. [The Insider]

Table Talk has more on Ladder 15 which opened last week. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

North by Northwest was shut down by L&I last weekend, they plan to reopen April 15th. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Darlings Hatches In Northern Liberties

Image via TowerDev.com

Harry and John Arnold who own Darling’s Cheesecakes at 20th and Pine and 21st and Spring Streets have been in the news recently regarding a Parkway restaurant. Well that project appears to be on the back burner but now moving front and center is Darling’s, a 132-seat restaurant coming to the “Egg” at Bart Blatstein’s Piazza at Schmidt’s.  

There’ll be a diner vibe, liquor license and outdoor seating. As for going from cheesecake shops to a 132-seat restaurant? Harry Arnold is a veteran of Davio’s and Le Bec-Fin. 

Darling’s Cheesecakdes team opening restaurant in Northern Liberties [Meal Ticket]