Quick Bites

Photo via Meal Ticket

Meal Ticket snapped a bunch of pictures at Baby Blues, the new BBQ joint in University City. [Meal Ticket]Meal Ticket was also busy snapping photos at the just opened Bottle Shop on East Passyunk. [Meal Ticket]

Gino’s Hamburgers is back as it has opened on Route 202 across from the King of Prussia Mall. [Times Herald]

Chestnut Hill’s Night Kitchen Bakery has added a cafe space next door that will serve up breakfast and lunch as well as let passers by watch the pastry art take shape.

Bitar’s South Philadelphia building is up for sale. A manager tells Brownstoner they are looking for bigger digs in the neighborhood. [Brownstoner]

Ro-Zu is gone as the photo attests.

Quick Bites

Chipotle’s Walnut Street location is set to open on October 20th.

Meredith’s in Berwyn has become Aneau, a bistro and wine bar. There will be 30 wines for under $30 and a “more well-rounded, hipper” dining experience.

Lord Chesterfield is on the fridge at Standard Tap.

The Capital Grille in King of Prussia is set to open on November 8th. Gino’s Hamburgers in King of Prussia is even less far out.

Dobbs is looking to make another go of it on South Street. A.D. Amorosi puts the hoped-for opening in November. [City Paper]

Over the weekend with barely a peep, Denim became Whisper. [The Insider]

It doesn’t look good for Ro-Zu where mail has been piling up inside the front door. [The Insider]

Falafel Factory didn’t make it a year, the 18th Street quick-serve spot has been padlocked. [The Insider]

Mugshots Girard Avenue location is on its way by October 31st. [Phoodie]

Early Changes at Ro-Zu


Trey Popp laments the exit of Ro-Zu’s original chef,Todd Dae Kulper and finds that the successor, Hung Pham is in an unenviable spot.

Pham, formerly of West Chester’s Kooma, has a simpler, lighter style than Kulper. During a recent meal, he was at his best when injecting the clean flavors of thinly sliced lemon and mint leaves into a yellowtail roll, for a refreshing summer pick-me-up. It’s hard to see him dabbling too much with anything as heavy and potentially overbearing as truffle. He’s working with the same fresh, high-quality fish Kulper was using, and mostly letting it speak for itself. A bowl of sashimi dressed in a bright vinegar sauce was simple and light, with enough zip in the liquid to make pieces of tuna shine. A nigiri spread was, again, simple and without flaw — but also without much to distinguish it from other mid-level sushi places around town.

Under the Ro-Zu [City Paper]
Ro-Zu [Facebook]

Quick Bites

Meal Ticket gets some details on Fathom Seafood Bar and how the concept came together in a matter of days. [Meal Ticket]

Headhouse is set to open in the former Zot space this Thursday. [The Insider]

The former Snow White diner at 2nd and Market will be transformed into the Revolution House, a new restaurant with sky deck. [Meal Ticket]

Grub Street has details on Il Pittore and the partnership between Stephen Starr and chef Chris Painter. [Grub Street]

Fond will be adding a chef’s table to its back patio among the potted herb plants. [Meal Ticket]

Ro-Zu has reopened at 7th and Bainbridge but the original chef has left. [The Insider]

Noche has a nice new look, Meal Ticket has the photos. [Meal Ticket]

Cacia’s in Northern Liberties has closed, a sign on the door says they did not renew their lease.

Around the Web: Early Returns Edition

CE Phood does the omakase at Ro-Zu on the corner of 7th and Bainbridge. [CE Phood]

It’s a bit like a Christmas rave at East Passyunk’s Fuel where everything is under 500 calories. [Mac & Cheese]

Midtown Lunch weighs the plusses and minuses at 500º. [Midtown Lunch Philadelphia]

A so-so edict from Two Eat Philly regarding Bobby’s Burger Palace. [Two Eat Philly]

It isn’t just a college bar experience at Landmark Americana on Drexel’s campus. [Table Matters]

Quick Bites: Openings

You take a day off and fall hopelessly behind the RSS Reader, email and we don’t even want to think about what we’ve missed on Twitter.

So without further ado, our Quick Bites focusing just on upcoming and recent openings.

Stephen Starr’s beer garden concept got the approval of the neighborhood 158-11 despite a hard-of-hearing gentleman worrying about the noise. With indoor and outdoor options we’re really intrigued how this turns out.

500°, the burger place from Rouge’s Rob and Maggie Wasserman is looking to open by March 17th. [The Insider]

Delicatessen has opened at 7th and Chestnut. They feature classic Jewish deli staples and nouveau takes like Sephardic Ceviche, citrus cured salmon with red onion and capers. [Meal Ticket]

Michael Klein has a bit more on Hoof + Fin which has opened on 3rd Street in the former Gayle address. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique is opening its third location. This one in the re-imaging itself Shops at Liberty Place. [Grub Street]

Ro-Zu will be soft opening at 7th and Bainbridge this weekend. The grand opening for the Japanese restaurant will be Monday, March 15th. [Meal Ticket]

Wishing Well is aiming for a mid-March opening. Grub Street has the details on their S.H.A.M.E. burger. [Grub Street]

Meal Ticket has more details including an early look at the menu at Cooperage, the wine bar coming this April to the Curtis Center. [Meal Ticket]

Franco’s Osteria looks to open this weekend at the Presidential on City Avenue. [The Insider]

Quick Bites

The Turney -Safran empire is looking to open Barbuzzo in early April and Grub Street has all the details on the Southern-European restaurant. [Grub Street]

Pinkberry might be coming to Philadelphia soon. [Phoodie]

City Paper’s David Snyder moves on from writing restaurant reviews. Maybe we can have a Tag retirement ceremony. [City Paper]

Pizzeria Stella is aiming to expand next door with an additional 30-seats this summer. [The Insider]

Ro-Zu could be serving up Japanese food as early as tonight if a health inspection goes well. [The Insider]

Meal Ticket has more on Sweettooth, the candy store replacing Pink Rose. [Meal Ticket]