Many of you reached out to express your distress that the Openings section of Foobooz had gone missing since the redesign of Foobooz and Philadelphia magazine. But I’m happy to say that the feature is back as of today. Revamped and better than ever. Each entry is linked to a listing that provides all the details we have on the business at the moment plus social media content when that is available.
So check it out, the Foobooz Openings are back.
This past summer was a particularly tumultuous one for the Philadelphia restaurant scene, with more than 50 notable restaurants opening or closing within a four-month time frame. Here, in chart form, is what we gained and lost (in terms of cuisine) from May to September of 2013.
First appeared in the October, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Ralph’s of South Philly, the King of Prussia off-shoot of the country’s oldest Italian restaurant opens today, Thursday October 11, in the Sheraton Valley Forge. The brand new hotel, which opened in September, houses the Second Coming of one of Philadelphia’s most iconic restaurants. Ralph’s of South Philly will be a more modern, contemporary version of its predecessor, serving both Ralph’s classics and new dishes.
Read on for the full menu and highlights. Read more »
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises, the new food incubator from the Enterprise Center, was ceremonially opened just last week at 48th and Spruce Streets. As Philly.com and HiddenCity are reporting, the large property will be home to multiple commercial kitchens for food entrepreneurs and small business to use in order to launch or accelerate their businesses. State of the art equipment and high tech facilities mean Philly has a breeding ground for its next generation of food industry leaders. Read more »
A few recently opened food trucks in the area will be making their Night Market debuts at the Chinatown event on October 4th. Three new trucks along with beloved Fair Food vendor Good Spoon will be heading down to 10th and Race Streets from 7-11 p.m. on the 4th and we have the details. Read more »
Tomorrow, September 14th, the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises will happen at 11 a.m. at 310 S. 48th Street. Mayor Michael Nutter, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and Enterprise Center president Della Clark will all be speaking at the opening of the largest food business incubator in the city.
More details on the Center after the jump. Read more »
The Michael Samschick proposal for Canal Street North, an entertainment center planned for Fishtown that we described yesterday, was approved by the Fistown Neighbors Association last night. According FNA’s live tweets of the public meeting the project was supported 72-17.
What we now know from last night’s meeting is that the music venue will be a Fillmore Theater run by Live Nation and that parts of Canal Street will be turned into a pedestrian plaza with outdoor dining. We also have it on good authority that the distillery set for Canal Street North will be ….
Read on for details on the distillery and more »
A major change is coming to Fishtown as developer Michael Samschick looks to repurpose large, unused buildings on the property he owns on and near the waterfront. Samschick is looking to put a 3,000 person music venue, a bowling alley, two restaurants, a distillery, a retail space, and over 300 surface parking spaces in to the old Ajax building at 1002-1052 Frankford Avenue. In the old dry ice building nearby, Samschick intends to put in a country-western bar with live music as well.
Tonight Samschick will go before the Fishtown Neighborhood Association to give his public proposal. The zoning committee has said they are pleased that Samschick chose to repurpose old buildings instead of knocking down and building new ones. His proposition allows the buildings to stay at the same height, add some new additions, and change the main entrance to the building from Frankford Avenue to Canal Street, away from residences. Samschick recently refurbished an old building into the Penn Treaty Village Pennthouses which are part of his larger plans for spaces he owns along Delaware Ave.
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Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, which recently inherited the title of oldest Italian restaurant in America thanks to the closing of San Francisco’s Fior D’Italia, is opening another location. This time the Philadelphia classic is opening its doors in King of Prussia. If that wasn’t odd enough, it’s opening in the new 180-room Sheraton Valley Forge.
Read on for the full menu and more.
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The Insider is reporting that A Full Plate is moving to Fishtown. Shannon Dougherty and Liz Peterson will be moving their café and catering from Liberties Walk to a spot across from Loco Pez at 2370 E. Norris Street when their lease is up in 2013. The new digs, called Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen, will have a liquor license, 50 seats, and 16 taps. Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen will cook up American cuisine classics for dinner and lunch every day, with brunch on the weekends.
Read on for the winners of A Full Plate’s rib-off and taco takedown »