What are you doing next Tuesday? Nothing? Well, here are some plans for you: Honeygrow Center City is celebrating the one-year anniversary of their hg Run Club (they meet every fourth Tuesday of the month, by the way) next Tuesday, January 26th, with a run that’ll it take you around three to five miles of the city, ending at Philadelphia Runner’s Center City store with beer, a raffle and all sorts of other fun.
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• If you make mimosas for brunch tomorrow and manage to have some leftover champagne (because it’s a new year and you’re a new you, duh), here’s how to keep your bottle of bubbly, well, bubbly until Sunday brunch. Hint: All it takes is one utensil. [PureWow]
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Honeygrow’s original location will close for 5-6 weeks.
When you open seven fast casual stir-fry and salad spots in four years, you learn some things along the way. That has been the case for Honeygrow and now their original location at 110 South 16th Street is showing its age. So they will be closing the location for 5-6 weeks at the end of the month to upgrade the kitchens, update the kiosks and improve the flow of service which clearly was an issue when the popular lunch spot was crowded. The closure will also allow Honeygrow to prepare the space for additional technology updates that are coming later this year.
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Honeygrow at the King of Prussia Town Center | Renderings/Video via JBGR Retail
We debuted our Fast Casual Tracker with the news that Urban Outfitters had purchased Marc Vetri’s restaurant empire. It was clear that the big piece of the deal was Pizzeria Vetri and the pizza concept debuted at number one. But we have a shakeup as it is impossible to ignore the traction Honeygrow is getting in the crowded fast-casual marketplace. November saw Honeygrow open in University City. Another college campus location is right around the corner as the company prepares to open on the University of Delaware’s campus in Newark, DE. Honeygrow will also be featured in King of Prussia’s Town Center project and it has been recently reported they are opening their first Virginia location. That’s ten open and announced locations since mid-2012.
Expansion news from HipCityVeg
Photo by Susan Nam
Holiday season is upon us, guys! And to kick things off, last night we hosted our Be Well Philly Underground holiday shopping party with our friends from four of our favorite Rittenhouse spots: Philadelphia Runner, New Balance, Athleta and Honeygrow.
The party got its start at Philadelphia Runner, where folks picked up their Be Well Philly tote bags (I hope to see you guys carrying those to farmers’ markets all over town now, by the way!), grabbed a beer, and shopped around — with discount coupons in hand, of course. All the while Jon Lyons of Run215 kept great music going. (So. Much. Beyonce. All the praise-hands emojis here.) Read more »
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.
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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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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 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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Each Sunday in July, Honeygrow is inviting Little Baby’s Ice Cream into one of its stores for a honeybar collaboration. Choose Little (honey) Baby’s from the touchscreen menu and then add your favorite honeybar toppings.
Little Baby’s will be providing Cherry Hibiscus ice cream and for the dairy free, coconut-milk based Lychee Lemonade.
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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 »