Jose Garces is opening Nacional 56 downstairs from Rosa Blanca at 707 Chestnut Street on Wednesday, November 26th. The lounge will offer Latin music, cocktails and light Cuban fare four nights a week.
While Garces handles the food and drink, David Pena and Pena Productions (Boogie Nights at the Tropicana in Atlantic City and a host of other casino venues around the country) will handle the DJs and live music. Pena says “he [Garces] does food. We do nightlife and we’re both Latino; you know it will be the real deal.”
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921 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
The inside of this early 20th century Center City home (it was built in 1915) looks like nothing from the era and that’s because the interior has been totally revamped.
A peek in the kitchen reveals a modern room with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry and backsplash terrazzo countertops. Meanwhile, the office boasts an electric fireplace and private deck for when you need to clear your head. Wood floors are throughout.
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Knead Bagels, which promises to fill Philadelphia’s perpetual need for more bagels has opened at 725 Walnut Street. Adam Willner, who got into bagel-making when he was chef at Matyson is behind the kettle at Knead. The bagel shop offers a single bagel for $1.50, $13 for a bakers dozen. The menu includes traditional bagels and toppings as well as bagels flavored with pastrami spice, togarashi and porcini. Knead also offers egg sandwiches and coffee by Elixr.
Knead Bagels will be open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. till they sell out on weekends.
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1220 Panama St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
We don’t know about you, but the closer we get to year’s end, staying in with a hot cup tea feels much more tempting than going out. Or perhaps knowing that a warm, snug home awaits us is just as well. Either way, we think this home might meet whatever your fall preference.
This little trinity, built in 1839, is situated on Panama St, just two blocks from Broad and Pine. Each level has original hardwood floors, save for the lower level kitchen, which has brick flooring and non-working brick fireplace. In the living room, you’ll find wood beam ceilings and a working wood-burning fireplace.
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Robeks, the fresh juice and smoothie chain has been getting its name out there via their food truck since July. Today they open their first storefront at 1035 Chestnut Street. Robeks started in California in 1996 and is looking to open 36 franchises in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Robeks makes their juices and smoothies to order, promising to use only the freshest fruit and featuring a proprietary Greek yogurt with more protein and less carbs. The store also offers dairy-free, soy and almond milk options. “Boosts” of added vitamins and minerals promising to increase energy, improve the immune system, reduce cholesterol and help digestion can be added.
Robeks – Center City [Foobooz]
The overnight water main break at 7th and Locust Streets is affecting Talula’s Daily and Talula’s Garden. Luckily, not because of water damage but because of water access. Talula’s Daily has a barebones menu and only iced coffee since it was brewed yesterday.
Talula’s Garden is awaiting feedback from the Philadelphia Water Department before making a decision on dinner service tonight.
UPDATE: Talula Daily’s “Secret Supper” will be happening as of 7 p.m. tonight. The market will reopen in the morning.
Cheu Noodle Bar, home to some of Philly’s most beloved noodles, is hosting its fourth Ramen Rumble on Monday, September 29th at 6 p.m. And this one looks to be an epic battle. Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink will rumble with Nick Elmi of Laurel Restaurant to produce the best noodles of the night.
The event costs $25, which will get you 2 mini-ramen bowls, a beer and a voting card. The event is also first come, first served; however, the chefs make plenty of ramen so don’t let a line scare you.
Cheu Noodle Bar [Foobooz]
Chef Adam Willner and his wife Cheri are in the process of creating Knead Bagels at 725 Walnut Street. Chef Willner, who got his bagel start doing brunch at Matyson is going to be offering traditional bagels as well as original takes on the doughy ring. The shop will offer kettle boiled bagels as well as sandwiches, soups, salads and Elixr coffee.
Construction is ongoing but the very important oven has just arrived.
See more updates on Knead Bagels’s Instagram page.
Knead Bagels [Foobooz]
Photo by Jaeson Han
Yesterday’s dinner consisted of an heirloom tomato salad, grilled corn on the cob and some watermelon snagged off a friend’s dish. It was summer in a meal. Much like what is being offered at Talula’s Daily all month. The monthly tasting menu is all about buttery lobster rolls, sweet corn soup, Lancaster porchetta with homemade beans and other summer barbecue standards.
Talula’s Daily’s August dinner is a prix fixe affair, $55 per person with a beverage pairing available.
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A reader provided us with a tip (and a pic) showing signs of progress at Petit Roti at 248 S 11th Street.
Set to open the doors in September, chef Olivier Desaintmartin, chef and Owner of ZINC and Caribou Cafe, hopes to bring a taste of France to Philly (again), but this time with a new spin. Desaintmartin will highlight France’s rôtisseries – a feat that seems more realistic when you hear that he has imported two authentic rotisserie machines from France. And along with the impressive machinery, Petit Roti will also have a pantry full of vinegars, oils, jams, olives, and more to emulate the French épiceries.
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