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.

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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 »

Food Trucks Debut at Night Market

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: Ribbon Cutting at the Center for Culinary Enterprises

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 »

Canal Street North Project is Supported by Fishtown

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 ….

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Music Venue, Restaurants, Bowling Alley, and Distillery Proposed for Fishtown

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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