Avenue of the Arts | Photo by Jeff Fusco
Craig LaBan looks at restaurants on the Avenue of the Arts. Paying special attention to what’s imminent, Jose Garces’ Volver; the reinvented, Perch Pub; and what is coming down the line, a replacement for Ted’s Montana Grill.
Avenue of the Eats: A two-way street for the arts and dining [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Tonight, Monday, July 22nd, Missouri’s praised 4 Hands Brewing Co. will be featured at Perch Pub. Hang with the brewery’s owner Kevin Lemp, while sipping on drafts hand picked for being both refreshing and quaffable. The event starts at 5 p.m, which also happens to be Perch’s happy hour, when all drafts are available for half-price.
Draft list includes »
Maryland brewer, DuClaw Brewery, is making its way up to Philadelphia where it will now be distributing beer to select retailers. In order to extend the welcome mat right, Perch Pub will host DuClaw owner David Benfield for a meet-and-greet launch party on Thursday, November 8th.
The party, starting at 7p.m., will serve five rare drafts:
The DuClaw Beer List »
Carl Katz, Pennsylvania native and CFO of Orange County-based The Bruery, is returning to Philadelphia to celebrate beer. On Thursday August 23rd at 6pm Katz will be bringing along two very rare Bruery beers to Broad Street’s Perch Pub. Read more »
In the wake of yesterday’s zombie attack in Miami, I’ve been thinking (as I often do) about the inevitable zombie apocalypse. And when I get to thinking about the inevitable zombie apocalypse, my thoughts often turn to practical questions like: When the worst finally happens, where would I hole up for a final drink? Or, when feeling somewhat less fatalistic, what restaurants in Philadelphia would be best for weathering an invasion of the undead?
Thus, as a public service, the Foobooz Zombie Defense Working Group has come up with a list of the 6 best restaurants in Philadelphia for witnessing (and possibly surviving) a zombie attack.
Brian Freedman worries for Perch Pub, wondering if it’s the right concept for the location.
For all its vaunted neighbors—the Kimmel Center and the Bellevue nearby, the Ritz a few blocks away—the corner of Broad and Locust remains a tricky location for a restaurant. It’s right in the heart of where tourists and concert-goers are likely to find themselves wandering around for a meal, but in terms of neighborhood identity, it’s still searching. As such, a restaurant has to provide some unique experience that warrants a visit, and then a repeat one. The beer at Perch certainly does that; I’m still holding out hope for the rest.
Perch Pub is a Shaky Watering Hole [Philadelphia Weekly]
Perch Pub [Official Site]
For happy hour tonight Perch Pub is serving up Troegs Troegenator for $3 per 10-ounce pour. There are also half-priced burgers and melts from 5 to 7pm.
The Week Ahead:
Le Pain Quotidien soft-opened this morning on the 1400 block of Walnut. In West Philadelphia, Manakeesh Cafe Bakery opens for business at 2pm. The Lebanese bakery joins Saadâ€™s Halal Restaurant at 45th and Walnut for a New Lebanon corner.
Friday will see the opening of Broad Street gastropub, Perch Pub and Old City sports bar, Red Zone.
Freshii has been open since January 3rd but tomorrow marks the fast-serve healthy spot’s grand opening. They’re giving away free stuff throughout the day.
Wednesday night the Japanese American Society of Philadelphia is hosting a sushi and American craft beer dinner at Headhouse. it’s just $30 per person, email email@example.com for reservations.
Thursday Brooklyn Brewing’s Garrett Oliver is coming to Chifa for a beer dinner. It’s completely sold out so we guess we’ll be on Passyunk Avenue celebrating the Cantina’s 4th birthday.
Friday is National New England Clam Chowder Day and Oyster House is offering $5 bowls to-go for lunch.
Also all week is Restaurant Week. We’ll be doing daily picks as well as highlighting counter programming in a feature we call, Restaurant Week: Point, Counter-Point.
For more events check out the Foobooz calendar.
Pine Street is getting a new restaurant with an exciting pedigree. Blue Hill Farm’s chef de cuisine Josh Lawler is aiming to open the BYO in March. [Meal Ticket]
David Fields who owned Salt once upon a time is opening a bistro at the base of AKA Rittenhouse Square on 18th Street. [The Insider]
Philly Chit Chat has a look inside the soon-to-open 1518 Bar & Grill. [Philly Chit Chat]
5 N 2 Tokyo is the name of the Asian-fusion BYO coming to the former Django space on 4th Street between Lombard and South. [The Insider]
The Soup Nazi (actor Larry Thomas) will be appearing at the recently opened Doc’s Gourmet Soup this Saturday. [Philly Gossip]
Upstares at Varalli is becoming Perch Pub, a gastropub serving local craft brew and a comfort food menu. [The Insider]
Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center is getting a new restaurant in February to replace Coleman’s. The Farmer’s Daughter will have a three times bigger bar, fireplace and seating for 90.