Introducing Our Fast Casual Tracker


Honeygrow opened in University City today.

We were anticipating rolling out our Fast Casual Tracker today, before the bombshell news hit that Urban Outfitters had bought the Vetri Family of restaurants including Pizzeria Vetri. We imagined the big news for everyone’s first look at the Tracker would be that Honeygrow opened its seventh location today in University City at 3731 Walnut Street.

Well Honeygrow did open but the Vetri news got us shuffling our buzzy list before we even posted it.

So check it out, the Foobooz Fast Casual Tracker, your one-stop spot for the latest in Philadelphia’s increasingly crowded fast-casual dining scene.

Fast Casual Tracker [Foobooz]

Honeygrow, REI and Others Inked for “Lifestyle” Shopping Center in King of Prussia

Here's Honeygrow | Renderings/Video via JBGR Retail

Here’s Honeygrow | Renderings/Video via JBGR Retail

Close your eyes and imagine the first thing that pops in your mind when we say, “King of Prussia.” More than likely, you’re envisioning a mega-mall full of high-end retail, gobs of food, air conditioning and airport-like parking.  You probably go there to shop or eat, but you’re not really there to enjoy the experience, right?

Tom Sebastian, senior vice president acquisition and development of Maryland-based JBGR Retail, wants to switch things up a bit with new 20-acre development called the King of Prussia Town Center, which he described as a “upscale project” with an lively town square hub in the middle surrounded by a bevy of full-service dining options. “This is going to be a very active space,” said Sebastian. “This will be the only lifestyle shopping center in the market.”

The idea is to bring a little of what people love about the Philadelphia lifestyle, namely a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere with outdoor dining, a mix of local and national shops, and activities for all ages, to an area typically known for gridlock and one-stop shopping.

“This is going to be unlike your typical retail strip shopping or grocery community center,” said Sebastian of the $100 million plus project, “[The King of Prussia Town Center] will be where people will want to gather in their free time.”

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Best Pho, Ramen, Pasta and Other Noodles in Philly

Pho Ha | Photo by Claudia Gavin

Pho Ha | Photo by Claudia Gavin

So many noodles in so many forms. From Asian to Italian, from quick lunches, to luxurious dinners, here are the best noodle dishes in Philadelphia, culled from Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly issue.

Best Pho in Philadelphia

Pho Ha
Pho is super-abundant in Philly these days, but Pho Ha’s aromatic broths and oily chili paste lift it to the top ranks. 610 Washington Avenue, East Passyunk, 215-599-0264.
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BizFeed: The Apple Watch is Underwhelming Customers


1. Many Don’t Recommend Apple Watch

The News: The Apple Watch has a long way to go before becoming a mainstream success. In a new study by UserTesting, just 38 percent said they’d recommend the device. Meanwhile, 35 percent were passive and more than a quarter (27 percent) were detractors. Read more »

New Honeygrow Cherry Hill Location Is Open!

Honeygrow Cherry Hill | Photo via Facebook

Honeygrow Cherry Hill | Photo via Facebook

We know what you’ll be doing for dinner tonight, Cherry Hill folks: hitting up Honeygrow’s brand spankin’ new location at 1588 Kings Highway North. The stir-fry lover’s dream spot (and the salad lover’s dream spot, and the smoothie lover’s dream spot), which currently has three other locations, opened the doors to its newest outpost today.
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Now Open: Honeygrow in Cherry Hill

Honeygrow_Cherry_HillGood news for all of you Honeygrow addicts out there – Honeygrow’s new Cherry Hill location opened today. The new location is at 1588 Kings Highway North in the Ellisburg shopping center.

The Philadelphia-based stir fry and salad chain is expanding throughout the tri-state area, with a Hoboken location opening up this summer and a location in Newark, Delaware opening at some point.

These three new spots join the already three established Honeygrow locations in Radnor, Bala Cynwyd and their original storefront in Center City. So it looks like the Honeygrow obsession will only continue to spread.

Honeygrow [Official]

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