Opening Soon: Tria Fitler Square

Tria1It seems like we’ve been waiting around forever for Tria to open up in Fitler Square. But now, it seems like everything is finally coming together.

The new location is set to open in early April at the old Dmitri’s location at 2227 Pine Street.

Executive chef Karen Nicolas now leads the kitchen with a larger, more dinner-focused menu, featuring seafood and pasta dishes. But don’t fret. Management promises you’ll still be able to find some of their most popular small plates and sandwiches.

Along with a larger menu, Tria Fitler Square will also have 30 outdoor seats (open as soon as things warm up a little outside). Meanwhile, the inside of the restaurant will be a bit different than you might remember from Dmitri’s, with additional windows for views of the park.

Tria [Official]

Tomorrow: Brick And Mortar Preview At The Garage

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Brick & Mortar (ex-Franklin Mortgage partner Mike Welsh’s new spot) is expected to open sometime in March. But if you want a little preview of what’s to come in the Goldtex building, check out the Garage tomorrow, February 24, beginning at 5 pm because that’s when chef Brian Ricci will be in the house giving a little preview.

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Avenue Kitchen Opening New Location

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This summer, Villanova restaurant Avenue Kitchen will be opening up a new location in Glen Mills. Owner Dana Smith Farrell and her brother, executive chef Gregory Smith‘s new space will seat 80 guests and will be located inside the Glen Eagle Square shopping center at 477 Wilmingon West Chester Pike.

Farrell left her partnership with Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar to focus on the expansion. The sister-brother duo first opened Avenue Kitchen on the Main Line in 2013.

Avenue Kitchen [Official]

Bing Bing Dim Sum Opening Mid-February

Soup dumpling testing at Bing Bing Dim Sum.

Soup dumpling testing at Bing Bing Dim Sum.

Bing Bing Dim Sum announced today that they passed their health inspection, bringing them closer to finally opening. According to owner Shawn Darragh, the plan is to softly open the week of February 9th and aim for the grand opening on either February 16 or 17.

Ben Puchowitz is currently testing his menu, watch the progress on Facebook and Instagram. But check back here early next week for the final product. Bing Bing will be on happening Passyunk Avenue, opposite of Cantina Los Caballitos.

Bing Bing Dim Sum [Foobooz]

Coming Soon: Petit Roti

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A reader provided us with a tip (and a pic) showing signs of progress at Petit Roti at 248 S 11th Street.

Set to open the doors in September, chef Olivier Desaintmartin, chef and Owner of ZINC and Caribou Cafe, hopes to bring a taste of France to Philly (again), but this time with a new spin. Desaintmartin will highlight France’s rôtisseries – a feat that seems more realistic when you hear that he has imported two authentic rotisserie machines from France. And along with the impressive machinery, Petit Roti will also have a pantry full of vinegars, oils, jams, olives, and more to emulate the French épiceries.

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Openings Are Back

openings-mapMany 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.

Taste Illustrated: What We’ve Gained, What We’ve Lost

Taste Illustrated: What We've Gained, What We've LostThis 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 Opens Today

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 »

Tale of the Tape: Center for Culinary Enterprises

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 »

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