Townsend Wentz Plans a “Down-and-Dirty” Spanish Tapas Restaurant for Midtown Village

Remember when “modern Spanish tapas” restaurants were all the rage? It was a grand ol’ time (in the early ’00s), when chefs could charge big mark-ups on tiny bites of food dressed in micro-greens, stamp the word “tapas” on it, and sling it out into the dining room where hungry guests would crowd around three peas on a shiny earthenware share-plate and call it a night. We loved it. Ate it up. Small plates? How European.

And then, we — like we always do — got bored of it. Sure, AmadaTinto, and Jamonera are all still there, alive and well. But we maxed out with our frou-frou Spanish restaurants, and slowly but surely, the tapas craze came to an end.

Well, kinda.

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Barcelona Finally Makes its Debut on East Passyunk Avenue


This past Tuesday, South Philly’s long-in-the-making Spanish wine bar and restaurant, Barcelona, ever-so-quietly opened its doors at 1709 East Passyunk Avenue — the old Man’s Image space at the intersection of 12th and Morris Streets.

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Bar Ferdinand to Close

bar-ferdinand-david-ansillIn a post to Facebook on Friday afternoon, Bar Ferdinand announced that it is closing after service on Monday, October 10th. The restaurant has been open for more than ten years, initially a bellwether of the Northern Liberties becoming the hip new neighborhood and then in more recent times, a sign of stability as the fortunes of the Piazza and Northern Liberties have ebbed and flowed.

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Saige Cafe Brings Tapas, Wine and Coffee to Chestnut Street

Saige Cafe is coming to 2116 Chestnut.

Saige Cafe is coming to 2116 Chestnut.

Saige Cafe, which has locations in Toms River, New Jersey and on the campus of Temple University (1802 North Warnock Street) is making the big dive into a location at 22nd and Chestnut Street in the 2116 Chestnut Building. Initially the building’s first-floor retail was to be occupied Mercadito, a Mexican concept by Chicago restaurateur Alfredo Sandoval. Those plans have fallen through.

The window display advertises that the Saige Cafe on Chestnut will be a wine and coffee bar and will offer brunch and tapas as well. The Temple University location is an attractive spot that hits all of the touchstones of today’s design; white subway tile, distressed wood, Edison lights in cages and in a bit of a twist, stools made out of cool looking metal wheels.

Saige is taking just a piece of the retail space at 2116, 6,313 square feet remain available for lease.

We’ve reached out to Saige regarding a timeline and further details on the project, we’ll update when they reply.

Saige Cafe – Center City [Foobooz]

More Summer Happy Hour Goodness At Jamonera and Lolita

Red and white sangria at Jamonera.

Red and white sangria at Jamonera.

The list of places to get a late-afternoon snack or drink continues to grow this summer, and we’re certainly not complaining.

Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are opening the outdoor seating areas and the bars at Jamonera and Lolita in Midtown Village for their new summer happy hour menus on Sunday through Thursday from 5 PM – 6:30 PM.

Drinks will range from $4-$6, and all sorts of tapas will be available for $5. It may not be Granada (the city that offers free tapas with every drink), but, then again, it’s not far off.

Still unconvinced? Then check out the menu below for a little motivation.

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Valanni Is Offering a “Banged Up Brunch” on Saturdays

valanni-banged-up-brunchEvery Saturday, Valanni Restaurant is throwing a “Banged Up Brunch” featuring happy hour drink specials and a selection of brunch favorites, tapas style for $5. No need to decide sweet or savory, just select tapas plates like cinnamon French toast and applewood smoked bacon grilled cheese for the best of both worlds.

The brunch runs from noon to 3 p.m. every  Saturday and includes drink specials like half-off sangria, wine and specialty cocktails. Bloody Marys and mimosas are also available for $5.

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Amada Launches New Happy Hour

amada-happy-hour-940Earlier this month, we told you about Tinto’s new happy hour. Now, Jose Garces’s other Spanish restaurant in Philadelphia is getting a similar happy hour makeover.

Beginning today, Amada is offering a $5 tapas and drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Look for favorites like Piquillos Rellenos (crab-stuffed peppers), Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes), and Croquetas de Jamon (ham croquettes) all to be on the happy hour menu.

In the drinks department, Amada will be offering $4 beers, $5 sangria, $6 wine and $8 cocktails.

Amada [Foobooz]

Tinto Adds New Happy Hour Deals

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Tinto is now offering happy hour Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jose Garces’s Basque restaurant is offering their most popular pintxos for $5 each. The restaurant is also offering $5 white and red sangria, plus $7 wines.

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