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University City Dining Days Are Back

University City Dining Days 2015The “three courses, three prices” deal comes back to University City starting tomorrow, Thursday, July 16th, and running through Sunday, July 26th.

Participating restaurants (essentially almost every restaurant in the area), choose to offer customers a three course meal for either $15, $25 or $35. Yes, it’s a little bit confusing sometimes (like what will newcomer Hai Street Kitchen, possibly offer for three courses when they specialize in giant sushi burritos and very little else?), but for $15 I’m willing to see them try.

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Marigold Kitchen Launches Test Kitchen Tuesdays

marigold-hostess-stand-940Marigold Kitchen is doing something special on Tuesdays. Each Tuesday this summer, the Marigold team will be offering a five-to-eight course experimental menu highlighting ingredients sourced from local farmers’ markets and foragers.

The dinners are $65 per person and limited to 25 diners a night. The staff at Marigold will explain the inspiration behind each dish as well as discussing the farmers who grow the produce.

In addition to the Tuesday night dinners, Marigold Kitchen has also rolled out their new early summer menu.

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University City Science Center Plans to Swell to 4M Square Feet

Courtesy of University City Science Center.

Courtesy of University City Science Center.

The University City Science Center has plans to virtually double in size and create a behemoth with 4 million square feet of office, laboratory, residential and retail space.

Currently, the Science Center has 17 buildings on 17 acres. The new project will add 14 acres to the organization’s footprint — but it won’t happen overnight. It’s a 10-year project in coordination with Wexford Science + Technology, a realty company that has worked with the Science Center in the past. Read more »

The Porch 2.0 Is Here

The Porch 2.0 | Photo by HughE Dillon

The Porch 2.0 | Photo by HughE Dillon

Michael Schulson’s food truck and booze wagon are now set up at the Porch next to 30th Street Station. Rotisserie at the Porch will serve lunch seven days a week. Wednesday through Saturday, a beverage trailer will offer beer and liquor from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. On those days, the Rotisserie at the Porch will serve food till 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday lunch will be served til 2 p.m.

The Porch 2.0 solidifies an experiment to breathe life into what was a parking lot next to 30th Street Station. The University City District teamed with Groundswell Design Group and Gehl Studio to enhance the space with new planters, seating and lighting. The UCD also partnered with Michael Schulson as the food purveyor.

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This Weekend: William Street Common Is Opening Their Patio

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We first told you about William Street Common (the indoor beer garden in University City from Avram Hornik) back when it opened–toward the beginning of the year and well outside traditional beer garden season. We talked about it again when it’s tipping policy (and flat 20% service charge on all orders) made MSNBC.

But now the seasons have changed and the weather has officially warmed up (I heard my first person complaining about the heat a few days ago), so William Street has some announcements to make.

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Get Ready for The Porch 2.0

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Rendering of the Porch 2.0

When the Porch opened at 30th Street Station in late 2011, it was designed to be a low-cost test run at place-making. Could some colorful chairs, planters, shade, and a rotating cast of food trucks convert what was a blah parking lot, into a gathering place where people would linger? Turns out that the answer was a resounding yes.

And now the Unviersity City District has announced plans for The Porch 2.0. With commitments from Groundswell Design Group (Spruce Street Harbor Park and Independence Beer Garden), Gehl Studio and a new food and beverages partnership with restaurateur Michael Schulson, the new Porch will make permanent the ideas tested over the previous couple of years.

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Schmear It, Just One of Several Restaurants Coming to 3601 Market

Danlu - Asian inspired bar and restaurant coming to 3601 Market.

Danlu – Asian inspired bar and restaurant coming to 3601 Market.

Property has the details on 3601 Market Street, the new 363 unit apartment building opening this summer. But of particular note to Foobooz readers, the building has several eating establishments.

Schmear It, the roving bagel truck will have a brick-and-mortar location in the building. Schmear it will be joined by Herban Quality Eats, a food delivery service that had been working out of the Enterprise Center at 48th and Spruce.

Danlu, an Asian inspired bar and restaurant will be the most upscale of the building’s eateries. It will be joined by a PWS, a pizza joint; Jimmy John’s and Dunkin Donuts.

3601 Market Street On Track for Summer Opening, Commercial Space All Leased Up [Property]

Distrito Loyalty Card Pays Dividends

distrito-bar-940Yesterday, at Industree’s food and beverage tech panelScott Steenrod, Vice President, Restaurant Operations for the Garces Group dropped a very interesting nugget. Since instituting their “Blue Demon Express Lunch Club” at Distrito in March, they’ve seen lunch business double.

And as a reminder, that deal is after five $15, two-course lunches, your sixth one is free.

So for some of those other loyalty programs around town that give you 10% off your 11th meal, this is what a working loyalty program looks like.

Distrito Wants Your Lunch Loyalty [Foobooz]

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