Dock Street Opens

Dock Street Brewery and Restaurant officially opens today. Go check out the beer and of course the pizza cooked in their wood fired oven. Look for more on Dock Street in this Wednesday’s Metro.

Johnny Brenda’s At The Linc

Johnny Brenda’s
As you may have noticed we’ve been kind of vacationing this week but we wanted to make sure you checked out Joe Sixpack’s article today. Joe gives a good rundown of what went wrong at Indepence Brew Pub, $43,000 a month rent for one. But the cool note he has is that Johnny Brenda’s is going to be at the Linc this fall. We’re having a hard time getting our brains around that but we’ll definitely try the grilled pork and meatball sandwiches when we get down there.

When beer comes second, brewpubs die [Philadelphia Daily News]
Joe Sixpack [Official Site]

Dock Street Set To Open Monday

Dock Street
The beer is brewed and the building is set for the highly anticipated Dock Street Brewery. Dock Street is coming back to Philadelphia, this time in a former fire house at 50th and Baltimore. The brew pub will of course feature Dock Street brews as well as wood fired pizzas. The doors open to the public Monday, August 20th at 11 AM.

Dock Street Beer [Official Site]

Quick Bites

Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran of 13th Street fame plan to add to their portfolio of Open House, Grocery and Lolita. This time with an Indian spot, Bindi taking over the Grocery cafe side this fall. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Bookbinder’s of Linwood, NJ is now open and cheaper than the Center City location, plus more meat dishes and even a brick pizza oven. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

“Euro-inspired bistro fare, with recognizable American and Asian touches” will be on the table when Swallow opens on Liberties Walk in late August of early September. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Looks like Dock Street Brewery and Restaurant will also be opening in late August or early September. Half the old firehouse floor accommodates the brewing equipment with the rest holding the dining area. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Nick Meglino, the owner of the now closed Felicia’s Café is working on a couple of new endeavors. He’s reportedly shopping for a new spot for a seafood Italian restaurant near Rittenhouse Square and is also planning an “an open-air Italian gastropub” on East Passyunk. [Blogalicious]

Georges Perrier has evidently had it with animal-rights activists who protest outside Le-Bec Fin over his serving of foie gras. Over the weekend he came outside to heckle the protesters back. [Dan Gross, Philadelphia Daily News]

What’s Opening IV

It’s day four of our photo essay on restaurants that are opening soon. Today we take a look at some spots in West Philly and Fairmount.

Belgian CafeFirst stop today is the Belgian Cafe. The latest from Fergie and Tom Peters will bring a Monk’s vibe to Fairmount.

More after the jump.

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Quick Bites

Millie’s on East Girard Avenue open for under two months, gives you a menu with two choices, roast beef and roast pork. Sounds simple but plan your trip around the weekday only hours, open Monday to Friday from 11 to 6. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Stephen Starr is heading south to FLA. Starr will be opening a steakhouse in the lobby of the W Hotel and Residences that’s going up on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Perhaps it’s his chance to get an inside look at the hotel business, he’s long mentioned a boutique hotel as a future project. The restaurant concept will be based on Barclay Prime but no mention if he’s taking the Barclay name with it. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Dock Street Brew Pub has a brewer and is expecting to begin brewing beer by the end of June. [Jack Curtin]

Beauty Shop Cafe is set to open at 2001 Fitzwater Street in G-Ho. The simple menu will be served out of a former hairdresser’s shop a couple of blocks from the hustle of South Street and the much of the rest of the neighborhood’s commercial endeavors. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Lamenting not getting your last supper at ¡Pasion!? Then check out Cuba Libre’s new menu that where Guillermo Pernot is the concept chef. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

It’s early July for the second location of Tria, this one at 1137 Spruce Street. Expect room for 45 inside and another 15 outdoors. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Brewpubs On The Horizon

Joe Sixpack’s Beer Radar has recently highlighted a couple of Philadelphia brewpubs that are planning on opening soon.

Triumph Brewing’s Brewpub at 117 Chestnut Street has received its brewing equipment and hopes to be open in January. Decorated brewer Patrick Jones, will be moving from the Triumph in New Hope to take control of the Old City spot.

Have you been wondering where the brewing equipment that was part of the Red Bell Brew Pub at the Wachovia Center wound up? Well Joe Beddia, formerly of Yards is planning on opening a brew pub on the Northern Liberties/Kensington border. Brasseries des Mars will brew farmhouse-style ales, like Saison Dupont, and serve a limited menu of specialty cheese and cured meats. No timetable for this one.

As for the Dock Street Brew Pub, news isn’t so good. According to Gail Fisher of the University City District the project is in “critical condition.” The zoning board only approved a five year land use permit, and the bankers are balking at financing the project, demanding a ten year permit. Check out Philly Blog’s Dock Street rumors thread for more.

Beer Radar [Joe Sixpack]

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