“We adopt the European “salon” model of Death Café: free-flowing conversation around the topic of death-from-any-angle. Openness is the only pre-requisite. Typically we break out into smaller groups of 4-5 people to keep the conversations intimate.”
Two coffee shops are preparing to open this Thursday. Saxby’s is coming to the corner of 20th and Market Walnut. The space will be more high-tech than your normal coffee shop with iPads mounted to cafe tables and iMacs available along the bar seats. In addition to coffee this flagship location for the Saxby’s chain will offer frozen yogurt, fresh fruit smoothies and for the first week, 5% of all sales will go to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeast Pennsylvania.
La Colombe will also be opening its second Philadelphia location this week with a storefront in the Residences at Ritz Carlton, looking out at City Hall and Dilworth Plaza. Judging by its location and photos of La Colombe’s other cafes, this one will be much different than the Rittenhouse Square location.
A few tables remain for the 9 p.m. seating of Tuesday’s Matyson wine dinner with David Moore. Hurry before the seats are gone.
Wednesday N. 3rd is hosting a Yards beer dinner for $30.
- Mussels and Yards IPA and Chicken Sage Sausage
- Veal and Yards Saison Carbonnade w/ Muenster Puff Pastry Top
- S’more “Pop Tart” w/ Yards Porter Drizzle
- There will also be a welcome beer.
Thursday is Dine Out for Life. Over 200 restaurants participate with a portion of all proceeds going to fight AIDS.
Filter has soft opened at 252 South 12th Street. It’s a full-service cybercafe, coffee house and tea room. There is free wi-fi, workstation rentals for $5 per hour plus available scanning, printing, faxing and copying. Opening at 6am and staying open till 3am Filter has lots of amenities to use from early mornigng through night. There is a fee touchscreen jukebox and at night video games from old school Atari to new school Xbox Kinect will be available. This is the first of three planned Filters coming to Center City. [Filter Philadelphia]
The southwest corner of 20th and Walnut that was the Natural Goodness Market & Cafe is being turned into a Saxby’s Coffee shop.
Ants Pants is undergoing renovations. A new floor was installed on Friday and the rest of the repairs will be completed by Tuesday. The cafe remains open during its redo. We were there Saturday where we had this sandwich.
Pure Fare is “99.99999%” of the way there. The healthy food store and cafe will be serving San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Coffee. [Pure Fare on Facebook]
Paul opens this evening opposite Effie’s on Pine Street. Among the menu items, crab spring rolls, wild Atlantic halibut and bouillabaisse. [The Insider]
When the Penthouse Club opens August 7th, chef Bill Elmer will be cooking up more than just steaks. [Meal Ticket]
City Tavern’s Walter Staib is at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello this week filming his new TV series, A Taste of History. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Slate is now doing lunch, brunch and happy hour. Meal Ticket has the deets. [Meal Ticket]
Horizons chef Rich Landau has been selected to cook at the James Beard House. It will be the first vegan restaurant to be so honored. [The Insider]
Coo’s Sports Bar & Lounge is the name of the bar coming to the 800 block of North Broad Street. Not much else is known but the coming soon banner sports a Coors Light logo, so probably not going to have Chimay on draft.
Jim’s Soft Pretzels, a mini-chain in town is coming to South Street. [Meal Ticket]
JD McGillicuddy’s is going into the former Freehouse location in Wayne. Expect an August 1st opening. [The Insider]
Just a degree of John Mims separation away, Carmine’s in Bryn Mawr has closed and will return as Verdad, a Spanish tapas restaurant. [The Insider]
The Saxby’s at the base of the Comcast Center has closed. For now the coffee shop is serving as a promotional display for Table 31.
MenuPages has some good suggestions on dining with large groups and OpenTable. [MenuPages Blog]
Hey Pennsters, That Bucks County Coffee you’ve come to love at 40th and Locust is set to become a Saxbys on October 1. In other Saxby’s news, look for a new one at 15th and Locust. [Daily Pennsylvanian]
We noticed this as well, it seems like JL Sullivan’s Speakeasy is suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. First they dropped the Speakeasy and in a promo for a grand opening party this weekend they are going by JLS. [The Clog]
We first heard about Saute in July. it was a month away then, it’s a month away now. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]
“Bottled or tap” is one question you won’t hear anymore at White Dog Cafe. The environmentally conscious West Philadelphia Restaurant is kicking the bottled water habit. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]
Coffee chain Saxbys is handing out free coffee today from 4-8p.m to celebrate the opening of its first Philly location:
Saxbys Coffee will host a community open house event, offering complimentary coffee and signature drinks, as well as delicious local baked goods, to its family, friends and neighbors in the Temple University area. WHERE: Saxbys Coffee, 1801 N. Broad Street, at the corner of W. Montgomery Ave. (Liacouras Walk at Temple University)
Â Saxbys [Official Site]