What You’ll Be Eating At Veda, The New Modern Indian Bistro In Rittenhouse


It’s been a while since we reported on the opening of a new Indian restaurant in Philly. And while I find that disappointing and, frankly, a little mystifying (in this vegan-friendly, health-conscious moment, with a million Italian restaurants and gastropubs and New American copy-cats all vying for the same dollars, what could be more welcome than a hit of curry and tandoor smoke?), I’ve got high hopes for this new one: Veda, open now in the former Le Castagne space at 1920 Chestnut Street.

Why? Because I’m an optimist, of course. But also because the menu–with its bistro modernism, smart presentations and Indian flavors unconstrained by strict adherence to classicism–looks like something special. Something different in an arena of cuisine that Philly often overlooks, bypasses or forgets about entirely.

Plus, they’ve got a pretty good happy hour deal, and that helps, too.

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Stephen Starr Still Has Plans For Philly

Stephen Starr

Stephen Starr

Stephen Starr is having a big year. There was the surprise Paris restaurant opening. Le Coucou (the New York restaurant he’s doing with partner Daniel Rose) got named as the best restaurant of 2016 by Pete Wells. And he currently has 33 restaurants up and running in Philly and elsewhere.

And in this month’s Vanity Fair, he gets a big interview in which he talks about his sudden success, getting fired from his first DJ job, his fear of heights and, most important to us here at Foobooz World HQ, his future plans for restaurants in Philly.

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Now Open: Res Ipsa Cafe


The all-day cafe is the new fast-casual. Or anyway, that’s certainly how it seems with the recent surge of these hybrid coffeshop/bar/restaurants we’ve seen around Philly. And the newest? Res Ipsa Cafe, which opened this weekend at 22nd and Walnut. It is (as these things often are) a team effort between the crew from ReAnimator Coffee and Tyler Akin of Stock.

So what happened when these two forces came together in one small space?

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A Tale of Two Targets

Target - Rittenhouse Square - 19th and Chestnut

The new Target at 19th and Chestnut streets opened with a ribbon-cutting last night. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Colleen Hastings said she never saw someone more excited for the opening of the Target.

It was last night. The girl must have been six or seven years old. She had dragged her father to the outside of the new Target store at the corner of 19th and Chestnut streets, which was about to hold its ribbon-cutting.

“She was so excited,” says Hastings, the store team leader for Center City’s second Target. “She said she wanted to work at Target when she grows up. People would come up and ask what was going on, and she would fill them in: ‘This is the new Target, it’s opening in a few minutes!’”

Residents of Rittenhouse Square might be sharing in that little girl’s excitement today: Last night, the new Target officially opened for business. So how’s it different than the one that opened in July seven blocks away on the 1100 block of Chestnut? Read more »

Wiz Kid: Rich Landau’s Fast-Casual Vegan Eatery

Not a rendering of what Wiz Kid will look like.

Not a rendering of what Wiz Kid will look like | Mad Photoshop skillz by Arthur Etchells

Rich Landau of Vedge and V Street fame touches base with an update on his fast-casual concept that he has plans to open next door to V Street on 19th Street. The former EyeSite will open as Wiz Kid this holiday season. Landau is promising a “chef-driven” fast-casual concept with a focused menu and a “beverage program built to match.”

The menu will include sandwiches like the namesake Wiz Kid, a mushroom steak sandwich topped with long hots and rutabaga wiz and the KFT (Korean fried tempeh). In addition to the sandwiches there will be multiple takes on fries, ice cream and more.

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Post Brothers Remixes the Roosevelt Apartments

What becomes a legend most? Post Brothers answered the question with stylish modern accents for the Roosevelt Apartments' classically styled lobby. |Photos: Post Brothers

What becomes a legend most? Post Brothers answered the question with stylish modern accents for the Roosevelt Apartments’ classically styled lobby. |Photos: Post Brothers

For decades, the Roosevelt Apartments at 23rd and Walnut streets has had a reputation as a decent, low-rent (for Rittenhouse) place to live with a great pub on the street floor.

Now that it’s in the hands of Post Brothers, it’s become a stylish place to live at modest (for Rittenhouse) rents. (The pub, however, is long gone.) And for three tenants, it will be even more than that.

This week, the Pestronk brothers took the wraps off the Roosevelt Edition, three super-sleek, ultra-stylish apartments inserted among the merely stylish units that make up the rest of the building. These deluxe units are equipped with many high-end fixtures, fittings and appliances, including showers lined with Travertine tile and equipped with thermostatic shower columns with hand-held sprays and rain shower heads, Miele multifunction glass-front speed ovens, custom European acrylic cabinetry, floating Italian vanities with storage, and more. Read more »

Audrey Claire Turns Twenty

Audrey Claire turns 20

Audrey Claire turns 20

In 1996, Audrey Claire Taichman opened Audrey Claire on 20th and Spruce. Taichman has expanded her reach since then, and now owns and operates two other businesses: Twenty Manning Grill and COOK. But now, twenty years later, her original BYOB will be celebrating it’s anniversary this coming Tuesday, June 28th.

To celebrate two decades of Audrey Claire, the crew will be hosting a five-course meal with some of the best dishes from their opening menu. The prix fixe menu will cost $40 per person, and the best part? 20% of all proceeds from the event will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund which supports victims of the recent Pulse nightclub tragedy.

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