Illustration by Andy Friedman.
My name is … Nicole Yvonne Marquis. My name is super French, but my mother — her name is Yvonne — is Puerto Rican. My dad is half French, half Italian. I grew up in … Elkins Park. I’m a Philly girl through and through.
When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be … a neurosurgeon. My best friend wanted to be one, and I thought that was great. Of course, she actually became a neurosurgeon. Read more »
Justin Petruce is back in Philadelphia after a sojourn to Florida and he is now the culinary director for Marquis & Co., the culinary group that includes HipCityVeg, Charlie was a sinner and Bar Bombón. Petruce’s first visible change starts today, Monday, December 5th as a new menu debuts at Bar Bomboón.
Bar Bombón’s new menu consists of snacks, veggies and tAmos. There will also be a new brunch menu as well as late-night happy hour and a new cocktail menu debuting.
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Today at Thinkfest, we put Nicole Marquis (HipCityVeg), Justin Rosenberg (Honeygrow) and Steve Cook (Federal Donuts, Dizengoff)–three of the most successful fast-casual operators in the city–together on one stage and let Danya Henninger grill them (see what I did there?) for an hour about their businesses. The big question was how the quick serve/fast casual business model is revolutionizing and drastically re-shaping the food scene in Philly and beyond, but along the way they also got into some other issue. Like what the original name was for HipCityVeg (The Veggie Queen) and how companies like Apple and Starbucks informed the branding, naming and, ultimately, the creation of all these restaurants.
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You’ve got to be pretty confident to think about opening a vegan restaurant in a town that already has Vedge in it. That’s kind of like going to Williamsburg to open a trendy cocktail bar with a lot of pickles on the menu. Like heading for Yountville with the intention of showing those poor saps what real modernist cuisine looks like.
Locally, it’s like opening a high-end Italian restaurant right across the street from Vetri. That doesn’t happen by mistake. You don’t go through all the effort of opening and then just look up one morning and say, “Huh. I wonder when that Vetri character opened there.”
No, vagaries of real estate aside, when you do something like that, it’s a very deliberate move. You’ve got to believe you have something Marc Vetri doesn’t. And doing vegan—a vegan bar, really, offering lunch and dinner, Latin flavors, margaritas and caipirinhas—right down the street from the vegan bar opened by the people behind Vedge is the same kind of crazy.
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About an hour ago, a coworker and I were about to duck into HipCityVeg for a quick grab-and-go lunch (clearly I’ve lapsed back into my old, embarrassing ways) when we saw that Nicole Marquis’s new sit-down Rittenhouse eatery, Bar Bombón, located just a few feet away from HipCityVeg, was officially open. And of course, in the name of work, I had to try it. Spoiler alert: This new place might just cure me of my HipCityVeg addiction once and for all. Read more »
Once upon a time, the space pictured at left was going to be a Latin-themed vegan joint from Nicole Marquis (HipCityVeg, Charlie Was A Sinner) called JoseJose. We’d already been tracking the opening for a long time when word came down that the name was going to be Bar Bombon and that the inspiration was going to be a bit wider–a little Spanish, a little Puerto Rican, a bit of straight-up Mexican. Because this was Nicole Marquis, it was obviously still going to be vegan, but it wasn’t until this afternoon that we got much in the way of specific details.
Now we can tell you that Bar Bombon (which will still be opening in the former Crumbs space at 133 S. 18th Street) has a date. It’s switching on the lights officially on Monday, August 24. And what’s more, we have a full menu.
Check it out after the jump.
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The July issue of Philadelphia magazine is all about selfies. Particularly, Philadelphians taking photos of themselves. Check out the local food and drink pros who obliged with their candid shots.
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Photo by Art Etchells
If you find yourself at HipCityVeg just about every day (feel no shame—I am probably waiting in line behind you Every. Single. Day), then this news should make you jump with joy: Our friends over at Foobooz say it looks like owner Nicole Marquis (who also owns Charlie was a sinner.) is set to open another spot just a few steps away from HipCityVeg, where Crumbs bakeshop used to be—and this spot will have a liquor license.
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Nicole Marquis, founder of HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner. appears to be opening another spot with a liquor license. A license application in the window of the former Crumbs bakeshop at 133 S 18th Street has the name”Marquis Latin Philly LLC” and can be traced back to the address of HipCityVeg at 127 S 18th Street. A neighboring business told us they heard the business would be serve tacos.
The building is owned by Allan Domb, who is also Marquis’s landlord at the original HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner. We’ve reached out to Marquis for comment and will update this story when we have more information.
UPDATE: Marquis thanked us for reaching out but offered us no comment.
Though the location makes sense, it is interesting that Marquis is once again positioning her vegan spots near those of her former bosses, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Charlie was a sinner. is just a bit more than a block from Vedge and this location will just be a block from the just opened V Street.
Image via Mike Smith
Graphic artist Mike Smith was hired by Nicole Marquis to design the graphics and menus for her new cocktail bar, Charlie was a sinner.
Smith has posted about the process on his web site and it is definitely worth checking out if you care anything at all about design.
Charlie was a sinner. [Mike Smith]
Charlie was a sinner. [Foobooz]