Diner Chain Comes to Pennsylvania

Breakfast burrito at Metro Diner

Breakfast burrito at Metro Diner

Someone’s bullish on diners. Despite the closing of Center City’s Midtown II and the near constant threat that Little Pete’s will be torn down or forced to relocate to make way for a hotel, Metro Diner out of Florida is anxious to prove the diner concept isn’t dead yet. There are 13 Metro Diners out there and ten more that have been announced. The first area location is set open in Bensalem, PA.

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Now Open: Fourth & Cross

A tease of the breakfast menu at Fourth & Cross.

A tease of the breakfast menu at Fourth & Cross.

Fourth & Cross opened today at 1527 S 4th Street. The diner from Andrew Michaels serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Andrew Michaels has over 20-years of experience in the food business and previously owned E’s coffee shop on East Passyunk. Michaels wants to create a welcoming place for the Pennsport neighborhood, serving simple and solid food.

The restaurant is BYOB and will be expanding its menus with specials as it gets going. The hours are: Monday to Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fourth & Cross [Foobooz]

Classic Diner Opening Location in West Chester

Yesterday the Classic Diner tweeted out the following tease:

Yes, the Malvern-based diner is opening a second location in West Chester. But where?

UPDATE: The Classic Diner will be coming to 16 East Gay Street in West Chester, the former home of Jack’s Steaks and Shakes, right next to Side Bar & Restaurant. Luckily for the Classic Diner people, the building is in good shape and they’re expecting to  open in November.

Classic Diner [Official]


Beast & Ale Opens Tonight in Manayunk


Chef Timothy Spinner and Brian Sirhal who own the Feliz Restaurants (Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz and Taqueria Feliz) are opening their first non-Mexican concept. Beast & Ale, an “updated greasy spoon” at 4161 Main Street in Manayunk is opening today.

Beast & Ale is taking over the former Gemelli/Bisou. The bi-level spot has a full bar and two-floor dining room that includes a second floor deck.

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Fire Hits South Jersey’s Crystal Lake Diner

Last night fire ripped through Crystal Lake Diner in Westmont, New Jersey. By morning, Twitter photos showed that much of the interior was destroyed.

Philly.com reports that the fire took more than two hours to bring under control.

Fire rips through landmark S.J. diner [Philly.com]

The Aramingo Diner Is Closing [UPDATED]


UPDATE 3/31: The Aramingo Diner has closed.


From the Department of Say It Ain’t So comes news that the Aramingo Diner is closing. One employee told me early on Tuesday, “We may be closing.” And now a manager confirms that the end is near for the storied Port Richmond diner, which originally opened its doors in 1957.

“Not enough people understand good food,” says manager Kathleen (she declined to provide her last name) of the impending Aramingo Diner closing. “They want Applebee’s. They want Kentucky Fried Chicken.”

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More Details on Rosa Blanca


Construction is underway at 707 Chestnut Street as Jose Garces continues work converting Chifa into Rosa Blanca, a Cuban diner. The diner will be similar to retro-Cuban diners found in South Florida and will feature an open kitchen with stainless steel and white subway tile. A pink and faux-marble lunch counter runs along the open kitchen. Black-and-white tile flooring completes the diner feel. The main dining room is laid out similar to Chifa’s, with booths along the walls and tables down the middle.

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