Summer Restaurant Openings We’re Looking Forward To

Bud & Marilyn's by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran

Bud & Marilyn’s by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran | Photo by James Narog

We made it through a long winter. We gloried in a warm spring. We saw new restaurants open and old restaurants close and it sometimes felt like we were gaining more than we were losing, but not always.

Still, there was always the summer to look forward to. There was the list of upcoming openings which seemed to be growing longer with each passing week — loaded down with well-known names and interesting concepts. The only thing was, so many of those places seemed like they should be open already. Like we’d been waiting so long for them that it was hard to believe they weren’t serving dinner tonight.

So with that in mind, we took a long look at our list of upcoming openings for the summer. We made a lot of calls, sent a lot of emails, pestered a lot of really busy chefs. And now, we have some updates for you — on everything from Bud & Marilyn’s to Johnny Manana’s. So for all of you out there who’ve been wondering if that Center City Meltkraft is ever going to open, or whatever happened to Jeremy Nolen’s Whetstone, you’ve come to the right place. The Best Summer Restaurant Openings, right this way

Philadelphia’s Spring Restaurant Openings

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Helm in Olde Kensington | Photo by Emily Teel

Despite what the weather might be doing, we’re calling it: Spring is here. And as always, the change in seasons gives us an excuse to look forward at all the upcoming restaurant openings that we’re excited about.

So here’s what we’ve got coming up on the calendar. One word of caution though: Before you all go getting too excited about one place or another, let’s keep in mind that restaurant opening dates are HIGHLY speculative. As history has taught us time and time again, just because some place says it’s going to be open in April doesn’t mean that we won’t still be waiting for it to open its door come November. Of next year. Read more »

Tasting Scratch Biscuits with Mitch Prensky

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The build-out on Mitch Prensky’s Scratch Biscuits storefront at 1306 Chestnut Street is on schedule, maybe even ahead of schedule. This, Prensky told me as he frantically looked for some wood to knock on, means the Midtown Village biscuit spot will be ready for inspections in about three weeks.

Yesterday, I sat down with Prensky to try a sampling of his breakfast and lunch biscuit sandwiches. Also on the agenda, identifying which sandwich was served on a gluten-free biscuit. I failed.

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Mitch Prensky Finds Storefront for His Biscuits

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Scratch Biscuits at Night Market

When did Supper chef Mitch Prensky know that his love of making biscuit sandwiches was worthy of its own bricks-and-mortar location? The first time he sold one. (We agree – and named it one of the five must-try Philly sandwiches.

You’ve probably seen his Scratch Biscuits tent popped-up at festivals, Phish shows, farmer’s markets and Night Markets (at the one Night Market he sold a whopping 1,100 biscuits in less than three hours). Now, he’s signed a lease at 1306 Chestnut Street for an actual location.

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Mitch Prensky Hosting Scratch Biscuits Pop-Up at Supper

Mitch Prensky is hosting a pop-up of his Scratch Biscuits concept on Monday, September 17th. The pop-up will take place at Supper from 6 to 9 p.m. Diners will be able to choose from four types of southern-style biscuits, sides like braised colards, barbecue and pork rinds. Homemade lemonade and sweet tea will also be on the menu.

Prensky experimented with the Scratch Biscuits over the summer at Night Market and the pop-up at the restaurant marks the return of Monday hours for the South Street restaurant. No reservations will be accepted for the pop-up.

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