Cleavers Is Now Open

cleavers sign 400wSpike Mendelsohn’s hamburger joint, Good Stuff Eatery has made way for Cleavers, an ambitious cheesesteak spot that hopes to make a go of it at 108 South 18th Street. The steak shop opened last night and features a “How Do You Want It?” menu of steaks, chicken sandwiches, salads and perhaps reluctantly veggie sandwich options. There are also a selection of fries, sides, beer and boozy shakes.

The steaks are made with chopped ribeye, the chicken sandwiches are made with grilled chicken or a breaded cutlet. Steak sandwiches start at $8.75 and max out at $16.50 for the Cleaver, a one pound steak served with both American cheese and Cheese Whiz.

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Kaufman’s Deli Looks Closed

kaufmans deli closed 940On Friday a sign said that Kaufman’s Deli at 19th and Ranstead was closed due to mechanical issues. On Monday evening the sign was larger, stating the successor to Famous 4th Street Deli was closed for a private party. Inside the bags of rolls spotted on Friday remained on a table beside the door.

A phone call revealed a disconnected number. It doesn’t look good for the deli which recently began pushing BYOB dinners and smaller sandwich options.

Checking in at Susanna Foo’s SuGa

Pork Potstickers at SuGa

Pork Potstickers at SuGa

Wednesday night I checked in at SuGa, Susanna Foo’s return to Center City. Foo, whose eponymous Walnut Street restaurant once set the bar for Asian food in Philadelphia, is back in the restaurant game with her son Gabriel Foo. The restaurant’s concepts are executed by executive chef, Clara Park and sous chef, Chris Dougherty. The long space, dominated by blonde wood and a dark bar opened quietly over the weekend and after a night off on Monday, began offering dinner service on Tuesday.

The restaurant filled up nicely on a night when the evening’s big news was a tornado watch for Philadelphia. Foo fans and the curious filled the tables and bar, ordering potstickers, dumplings and Kung Pao chicken.

The draft beer wasn’t operational yet, several of the dumpling options weren’t available and the happy hour menu, which is listed online isn’t being offered till next week. It is the definition of a soft launch.

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City Orders 2122 Locust Facade Be Saved

The exterior of 2122 Locust will be saved while its inside is demolished. Photo |Matt Sheridan

The exterior of 2122 Locust will be saved while its inside is demolished. Photo | Matt Sheridan

The Department of Licenses and Inspections has ordered the owner of 2122 Locust Street to preserve the facade of the building when demolition takes place.

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Shhhhh, Revolution Taco Has a Secret Burger

The secret burger at Revolution Taco

The secret burger at Revolution Taco

Well, it’s not so secret anymore.

Aside from the tacos, burritos, and empanadas, you can now order Revolution Taco’s “secret burger.” The catch is that it isn’t on the menu, and they only serve six per day.

Revolution Taco co-owner Michael Sultan wanted to add the Revolution Burger to the (secret) menu as it was a popular item on Street Food Philly food truck.

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Scarpetta Opening in the Rittenhouse Hotel

Scarpetta will replace Smith and Wollensky at the Rittenhouse Hotel

Scarpetta will replace Smith and Wollensky at the Rittenhouse Hotel

This summer, Scarpetta, a high end Italian restaurant with locations in New York City, the Hamptons, Las Vegas and Miami will be coming to the west side of Rittenhouse Square and the Rittenhouse Hotel. The restaurant will replace the Smith and Wollensky steakhouse which closed last year.

Scarpetta is run by LDV Hospitality and is described as Modern Italian. The restaurant will be a bi-level space open for lunch and dinner. LDV has more than 10 restaurant concepts stretching from New York to Puerto Rico. If the LDV name rings a bell, it might be because they had three restaurants at the now shuttered Revel Casino in Atlantic City (American Cut, Azure and Lugo Italian).

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Matt & Marie’s Now Open in Rittenhouse

Matt & Marie's is now open.

Matt & Marie’s is now open. 

Matt & Marie’s second location has opened at 118 South 18th Street. The Italian fast-serve spot offers Italian inspired sandwiches and breakfast bites like the original but also has added baked pastas and “power bowls” to its menu.

The restaurant which adds another Center City hoagie option is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Matt & Marie’s is the first opening on the stretch of 18th Street that will be seeing Cleavers, a cheesesteak joint opening in early March and also Mac Mart’s brick-and-mortar location.

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Updates From Bar Bombon

BombonPancakesBar Bombon now offers Brunch | Photo courtesy At Media

I had no particular love for Bar Bombon when I reviewed it a couple months back. But you know what one of the great things about the restaurant business is? Every day can be a clean slate. Every day can be an opportunity for moving in a better direction.

And that’s just what Bar Bombon appears to be doing.

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Let Me Go Wild: Revolution Taco Reviewed

Duck Tacos at Revolution Taco | Photo by Claudia Gavin

Duck Tacos at Revolution Taco | Photo by Claudia Gavin

The first time I walked into Revolution Taco, they were playing “Blister in the Sun,” and all the people in the neighborhood were still getting used to it. At the counter, everyone seemed to know someone.

Your first time?

Yeah.

You’re gonna love it. This place is great.

The tables were crowded, and turned over quickly. The space was spare, clean, simple—just a box painted yellow, blond wood tables, the barest necessities. Lunch rush was running the small kitchen ragged, and customers kept coming as fast as the crew could get them out the door, but the place wasn’t much more complicated than the food truck (or trucks, really) that it’d been born of. A roof instead of wheels. An open kitchen to replace the submarine claustrophobia of a repurposed panel van. But the vibe was the same: Get ’em in, give ’em tacos, get ’em out.

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Mac Mart’s Center City Storefront Revealed

Yes, we'd say we found Mac Mart's storefront.

Yes, we’d say we found Mac Mart’s storefront.

Over the past few months, Mac Mart–the mac-n-cheese food truck about town–has been teasing out that they are getting a brick-and-mortar location near Rittenhouse Square. Owner Marti Lieberman has even taken to hanging teasing posters stating “Philly’s First ALL Mac’n Cheese Restaurant Is Coming Soon … But not HERE.”  And back in August she tweeted a hint I identified as the metalworking in front of Franklin Mortgage.

So when she recently tweeted another photo of her feet in front of her storefront we couldn’t help but play along, recreating the photo you see here. HughE Dillon also received confirmation yesterday that Mac Mart’s storefront was filling in the vacant Liberty Shoe Service at 104 South 18th Street.

The stretch of 18th between Chestnut and Sansom is seeing several new businesses. In addition to Mac Mart’s storefront, Matt & Marie’s second location is taking over the long vacant Tony Jr.’s space at 118 South 18th Street and work continues apace at the former Good Stuff Eatery, which will soon be Cleavers, a cheesesteak joint.

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