The Gold Standard on Fitz Is Now Serving

gold-standard-on-fitz-400The Gold Standard on Fitz is up and brewing coffee, as well as serving breakfast pastries, bagels, sandwiches and salads. The branch of West Philadelphia’s Gold Standard succeeds the Beauty Shop Cafe at 20th and Fitzwater in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

The coffee shop, which serves up Green Street coffee offers an a.m. special where a small coffee or tea and pastry is available for just $3.50.

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West Philly’s Gold Standard Wins IBA LGBT Business Award

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The Gold Standard owners Roger Halman (second from left) and Vincent Whittacre (far right) receive a check from the Independence Business Alliance. Photo by HughE Dillon

This afternoon, at a luncheon at the Sofitel Hotel, the Independence Business Alliance (IBA) announced that its annual LGBT Business Award — along with a $5,000 grant — will go to West Philly’s Gold Standard Café (4800 Baltimore Avenue.)

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Graduate Hospital Is Getting a New Cafe

beauty-shop-gold-standard-400Graduate Hospital’s Beauty Shop Cafe will be replaced by The Gold Standard Cafe. The Gold Standard has an existing location at 48th and Baltimore where the cafe serves coffee, breakfast bites, sandwiches and even burgers. The location at 20th and Fitzwater doesn’t have a hood so its unlikely the new spot will offer as extensive a menu.

The Beauty Shop Cafe closed abruptly in May as it was sold to the Farmers’ Cabinet team who were planning their own coffee shop. It never opened under their management and has been vacant since.

A call to the Gold Standard didn’t reveal any more details but we’re looking for a call back.

Gold Standard Turns 30

Relive the opening night of the Gold Standard Cafe tonight at 4800 Baltimore Avenue. Tonight they’re offering a five-course meal at 1979 prices for $12.50.

Seatings available from 5 to 9pm. Reservations encouraged. Check out the menu after the jump.

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Quick Bites

The Cresheim Cottage Cafe will have life breathed back into it when it becomes Avenida, a Neighborhood friendly Latin opening this fall. [The Insider]

Brauhaus Schmitz went through just about 100 kegs in their first two weeks. [Brauhaus Schmitz]

There is already a Vietnam Cafe in West Philly but work is underway for a much bigger version (250 seats) next door at the former Abbraccio location. [The Insider]

What’s brewing at Brew? Maybe beer, starting today. Update: Not happening today. Snags according to Grub Street. [kitchenplay]

Guillermo Tellez will be the chef at the Square 1682 in the Palomar Hotel. [The Insider]

Le Meridien Philadelphia, the Starwood Hotel opening at 1421 Arch Street in September will have a restaurant, Amuse serving French Bistro classics. [The Insider]

Yo! More froyo is coming. Sprinkles Yogurt is aiming for an August opening at 36th and Chestnut. [Meal Ticket]

Effie Bouikidis of Effie’s will be opening Paul next week. Named in honor of her father, The BYOB is in a former antique shop on Pine Street. [The Insider]

The Gold Standard Cafe is celebrating their official grand opening this weekend. [Phoodie]

Seasons 52 is bringing its “fresh grill” concept to the King of Prussia Mall in spring 2010.

Landmark American, a sports bar targeting college locations is coming to Drexel’s new Recreation Center at 3333 Market Street. [The Insider]

The Institute is finally opening their kitchen. It will ready for customers on Friday, July 24th and the menu will be inspired by Puerto Rican cuisine.

Banh mi in G-ho? It’s true at May’s Gourmet Cafe & Deli . [Meal Ticket]

Gold Standard Vandalized


New Gold Standard Cafe at 48th and Baltimore was attacked last week by vandals who splashed the storefront with paint and anti-gentrification graffiti.

There’s always been an element that talks about gentrification,” explained [University City District’s Baltimore Avenue Corridor Manager, Joe] McNulty, adding that while he feels it’s a worthwhile conversation, it’s one which needs to be handled through discussion, not acts of civil disobedience. ”We need to try to find a peaceful format,” he emphasized. As for the question of why the Gold Standard Cafe was targeted, McNulty is just as puzzled as the cafe’s owners, noting that Roger [Harman] and Vincent [Whittacre] have been members of the community “for years” and that their cafe “has one of the most diverse clienteles” in the area. 

Gold Standard attacked by paint ball Christmas ornaments [University City Review]
The Gold Standard Cafe [Official Site]

Quick Bites

Varga Bar is opening Wednesday, May 20th. Meal Ticket has lots of details and photos of the ceiling mural, plus the All-American tap list. [Meal Ticket]

In other Varga Bar news, the bar is going to offer growler refills . The porcelain topped vessels will sell for around $25 and will be filled for $20 or so from any of the bar’s 22 taps. [The Restaurant Club]

The Gold Standard Cafe has opened in West Philadelphia. Owned by the former Abbraccio headmen, the Cafe is both a breakfast and lunch spot along with a full dining room serving dinner Wednesday through Sunday. [Thrillist]

Maybe today’s the day Passyunk Avenue’s Capogiro will open. Until then, enjoy these photos. [Meal Ticket]

The Freehouse is back in Wayne. Les Bons Temps chef Brett Naylor is in the kitchen. [The Insider]

Blackfish Stone Harbor is open as the town’s only white tablecloth restaurant. If that sounds too stuffy, you’ll be happy to hear there’s a bar menu with classics like French onion soup, steak frittes and a “beach burger.” [Meal Ticket]

Quick Bites

Noble American Cookery will bring another James Beard nominated chef to the city when it opens on the 2000 block of Sansom next month. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

There’s musical real estate in West Philadelphia. Abbraccio has been sold to Vietnam Cafe’s owner, Benny Lai. Abbracio’s Roger Harman will remain through mid-February and then will conver 4800 Baltimore Ave into a BYOB and coffee shop called the Gold Standard. Vietnam Cafe will expan through to the former Italian restaurant. [The Insider]

Looks like Avram Hornik may have unloaded Bar Noir to a former Tir Na Nog bartender, Michael Welsh. [Ice Pack, City Paper]

“West South Street’s” Novita Bistro offering an affordable weekend brunch with prices topping out at $11.95. [Meal Ticket]