Ah! I cannot type these words fast enough! HipCityVeg is handing out free Groothies today from noon to 2 p.m. to celebrate its second birthday. Rittenhouse location only.
GO! GO! GO!
Over on Be Well Philly, the healthy people are all a-twitter over two things. 1) HipCityVeg‘s birthday is coming up (the place will officially celebrate its second birthday on April 16), and 2) they’re starting the party early by serving $5 vegan birthday cake milkshakes.
Yeah, that’s a picture of one right there. And yes, they are apparently just as good as they look. You can check out the details over on the Be Well Philly blog right now.
HipCityVeg Debuts New Vegan Birthday Cake Milkshake [Be Well Philly]
Everyone’s favorite fast-casual vegan lunch spot, HipCityVeg, will celebrate its second birthday on April 16th, but they’ve started the festivities early with a just-released birthday cake milkshake—with sprinkles on top, natch.
I just downed one with my lunch (evidence, left), and, yes, it’s as good as you can imagine. It’s made with vanilla cake-batter vegan ice cream. It’s hard to tell in the photo but the sprinkles have just the tiiiniest bit of sparkle, which makes it all the more fun.
Pick one up—and wish your friends at Hip a happy early birthday!—at the Center City location.
(University City might get it soon, so I’ll keep you posted.) UPDATE: I’m getting word that the shake is now available in University City, so have at it! The shake is $5 and will be available until the end of April.
Nicole Marquis’ HipCityVeg has recently rolled out catering. Now you can get everyone’s favorite quick-serve vegan fare at your location. HipCityVeg is offering miniature versions of its menu for groups from 8 to 10, as well as for large groups of more than 25.
Check out more of the catering details over at Be Well Philly.
Just in time for holiday-party season: HipCityVeg announced today that it is now offering catering services for office parties, family get-togethers and more. The menu includes mini versions of the regular HipCity offerings, with trays serving groups small (eight to 10) and large (25 or more). Pitchers of juice and a spread of desserts (right now, it’s seasonal cookies) are also available.
The service is available though both of the cafe’s locations, in Center City and West Philly. Staffers need at least 48 hours notice to get the goods ready.
More details are here.
I think this pretty much cement’s Philly’s status as a vegan powerhouse: We’re getting a new vegan bar. Our friends at Foobooz are reporting that HipCityVeg owner Nicole Marquis is teaming up with real estate developer Allan Domb to open a bar called Charlie Was a Sinner (Friends: What do we think of the name?) at 131 South 13th Street in Midtown Village.
It’ll serve cocktails made with juices and feature a menu full of plant-based food. They’re pegging March as the rough opening date, with construction beginning tomorrow.
More on the vegan-bar news here.
GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Amis
You don’t have to spend the mortgage at Marc Vetri’s eponymous townhouse to get that delicious Vetri Italian cooking. This exposed-brick, slightly industrial-feeling space has food that will simply knock your socks off, including our fave, the addictive tonnarelli. Sit at the counter, sip some very good wine, and watch the masters do their thing. 412 S. 13th St., 215-732-2647, amisphilly.com.
NEW GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Little Nonna’s
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest is a step back in time to the cozy kitchen of some little Italian granny—one who wants to put some meat on those bones. Loosen your belt and dive head first into the homemade meatballs sopped in “Sunday gravy” and a plate of the fluffiest gnocchi this side of Trastevere. 1234 Locust St., 215-546-2100, littlenonnas.com.
Here is a meal option for those not waiting in line at the new University City Shake Shack. HipCityVeg, Nicole Marquis’s vegan spot has opened in University City. The new storefront is at 214 South 40th Street and has seating for 30, significantly larger than the original Rittenhouse location.
The best part of going back to school is seeing your friends again and hearing about what they did this summer. And if you consider University City a friend, you’ll be excited to hear what happened over the summer to the neighborhood as new restaurants have opened and even more will swing open their doors this fall.
What, you didn’t know one University City campus is getting a Shake Shack put in right by the school cafeteria? And did you see that Irish bar take over space in the Left Bank? Did you hear about the anniversary discount happy hour at one of University City’s finest Mexican restaurants? No?
Catch up with look at what’s new, what’s opening soon and what events are coming up in the land of Penn and Drexel.