Center City’s Next Hot Blocks?

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It’s been a long time since anyone has called Chestnut Street hot. But the span from 19th Street to 22nd Street on Chestnut is poised to transform that side of Center City.

In just a couple of months Noche will become George Sabatino’s solo project, Aldine. That restaurant will serve as a gateway to the stretch. Also on the drawing board for the 1900 block is Hill Country Barbecue which would replace the recently vacated liquor store at 1913 Chestnut Street. On the other end of the block, Jane G’s sleek look welcomes pedestrians from 20th Street’s already booming stretch, that features  Village Whiskey, Tinto, Capogiro and Shake Shack.

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Food and Friends Branches Out to Society Hill

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According to the liquor license application in the window of the former Union Gourmet Market at 318 S 5th Street, the same people as behind the Food and Friends Market at 20th and Spruce are expanding their operation to Society Hill. The new liquor license shows that the new business will include the market that was previously Zeke’s and the salon next door.

If Food and Friends owner, Jay Choi is indeed planning a similar concept to his market and bottle shop at the 5th Street location, this block of 5th between Delancey and Cypress Streets might just be the most convenient street in the city. A craft beer emporium, next to a State Store and across from a Super Fresh super market, next up a single register.

A call to Choi has not been returned at this time.

To Market To Market

This week The Bite takes a look at two new markets opening in Center City, the Union Gourmet Market & Cafe and Food & Friends Neighborhood Market. Food & Friends may open as soon as today at 20th and Spruce. We witnessed produce being stocked early this morning.

Elixers & grocers coming to town [Metro Philadelphia]

Food, Friends and Beer

Once again, Drew Lazor of the Citypaper has been working while we’ve been drinking… he has updates on Time, Earth Bread & Brewery and, most important for lamenters of the recently deceased Wawa at 20th & Locust, the scoop on what is going on at the former Kitchen USA at 20th & Spruce Streets, which will now be known as Food & Friends Neighborhood Market:

The space will have a high-end feel — gourmet sandwiches and groceries, artisanal cheeses, organic produce, La Colombe coffee and more. The best news of all? One half of the market will be dedicated to takeaway beer — local, national and international choices…

As former customers of KUSA, we applaud this change.

Post-Easter Philly food news for y’all [The Clog]