On Philadelphia Speaks, there is rumor and innuendo and plain old fact regarding two new supermarkets and one very popular beer distributor. The first is the rumor of a Wegmans that would live at 1751 Wilmington-West Chester Pike off 200 near Rt 1. The person who posted that information wasn’t thrilled with the added traffic the new store would bring, which prompted a backlash from fellow Speaks-ers, who even linked to the BuzzFeed piece “25 Reasons Wegmans Is The Greatest Supermarket The World Will Ever Know.” We’ll keep you posted on that one.
Next up, a new Sav-A-Lot has opened at Knorr and Frankford, right across from a ShopRite. But it’s clear from PS member remarks that the chain isn’t exactly popular. To wit: “The Save Alot on Washington Ave is the most soul destroying grocery store I’ve ever visited.”
Finally, Springfield Beer Distributor has reversed course on their move out of their current neighborhood. They’ll move to 22nd and Washington, according to a PS member, rather than 24th and Oregon. And the people rejoice!
So what else we got?
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On Friday, November 16, The Pub at Wegmans will debut their winter craft beer, Pub Winter Fest, brewed by Sly Fox Brewing Company. The medium bodied lager will be offered in 16-ounce drafts for only $2 and guests also have the chance to win prizes and meet Sly Fox brewers. The Pub at Wegmans in King of Prussia, Malvern, and Collegeville will all be participating in the event.
Pub Winter Fest will be available throughout the winter for $4 and is offered at all three locations of The Pub at Wegmans.
The Pub at Wegmans [Official Site]
Sly Fox Brewery [Official Site]
Our healthy living companions over at Be Well Philly have some news that you food lovers need to hear. There will be a new Honeygrow on the Main Line and an Heirloom Tomato Festival in Glen Mills, but more importantly global warming may cause future chocolate shortages.
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Percy Street Combo: Sandwich, side, soda – $10
A look at the week ahead:
That great smell coming from the Comcast Center is Percy Street Barbecue’s sandwich shop. It opens today.
Jessie Prawlucki’s (Fond) Belle Cakery is just days away. Place your Thanksgiving orders now.
Wegmans is opening its Wegmans Wines, Liquor and Beer in Cherry Hill this Friday, 11/11. It’ll be big, really big.
Chip Roman tells us that he and Jason Cichonski will be opening Ela to the public this Friday.
The Craft Beer Express might just mark the opening of the upstairs at Sidecar Bar & Grille.
In New Jersey, a business or individual can only own two liquor licenses. Wegmans is getting around the law with Wegmans Wines, Liquor and Beer, a Home Depot sized liquor store slated to open on Haddonfield Avenue in Cherry Hill. The liquor store will be owned by a separate company and will lease the Wegmans name and logos. [Courier Post]
Speaking of alcohol sales in supermarkets, the Mile Post Pub has opened in Devon’s Whole Foods. The 5,000 sqft space holds its official opening on Saturday. The pub offers seating for 57 and you’ll find wine by the glass and beers available by the glass or growler.
Ralic’s Steakhouse in Haddonfield opens Saturday night. Hell’s Kitchen contestant Ed Battaglia is in the kitchen. Ralic’s menu will be priced between $10 and $18 for appetizers, entrees will cost range from the mid-twenties and mid-forties. Bataglia will continue to direct the culinary arts program at Garfield Park Academy in Willingboro, NJ. [Ralic's Steakhouse]
Vetri alum Joey Baldino has chosen Zeppoli as the name for his Collingswood BYOB. The spot which was the previous home of IndeBlue hopes to open next month. [The Insider]
Trax Restaurant and Cafe in the Ambler train station is beginning acoustic guitar on Thursday nights. Michael Del Conte will be on the patio (or inside if it rains) starting at 6:30 p.m tonight. He will continue on Thursday nights through at least July 7. [Trax Restaurant & Cafe]
Brian Sirhal (left) & Chef Tim Spinner, co-owners of Cantina Feliz in what will be the outside dining area.
Cantina Feliz gets go-ahead for outdoor dining. The 300 square-foot patio is secluded from traffic and will be surrounded by shrubs, trees, flowers and a picket fence. The area will have seating for twenty and should open in late June.
Ralic’s Steakhouse opens in Haddonfield on June 18th. Hell’s Kitchen contestant Ed Battaglia mans the back of the house. [The Insider]
Gemelli in Narberth becomes Aperto this weekend. [Main Line Restaurant Guide]
Wegmans says no to PLCB wine kiosks and Lew Bryson gloats. [Why the PLCB Should Be Abolished]
Redhound Grille has opened in Paoli replacing the Big Easy Saloon. Local sourcing and some organics dot the menu. [The Insider]
Avril in Bala Cynwyd closes after two years. [The Insider]
People say that no one wins in Vegas. Not really. That eventually, everyone gives back more to the house than they take away.
I have two problems with that theory. One: the whole give back/take away equation can be mightily skewed by someone who sucks down enough free cocktails while haunting the nickel slots. If what you’re there for is to maximize your alcohol consumption, not your blackjack winnings, you can make out like a bandit. A drunken, slobbering bandit.
Two, if you’re really losing that badly, the problem might be that you’re actually playing in Las Vegas. Maybe what you really need to do is start rocking the slots in Brooklyn. More specifically, at Pacific Standard where the Barbot (pictured above, with the attractive and oh-so-appropriate Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas case) has recently begun serving.
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The PLCB has rolled out the first of its automated wine dispensers. The dispensers will be installed in grocery stores around the state and the 10-step process is sure to be the envy of the wine-buying world.
Le Kiosque Nouveau est arrive! [Why the PLCB Should Be Abolished]
The Blue Comet reopens today in Glenside. [Meal Ticket]
Black Angus Steakhouse has opened on South Street. [Grub Street]
Brindle Cafe, a locavore BYOBÂ hopes to open on East Girard by August. [Brownstoner]
Malvern’s Wegman’s will open on July 18th. [Main Line Dining]
Xilantro will bring Mexican to downtown Wayne. [Main Line Dining]
We’re not surprised that Living on the Vedge was right there on opening day to take a look at the meat-free Sweetie’s Pie Diner. [Living on the Vedge]
Chicken-Fried Caviar checks out the Pub at the new Wegmans in Collegeville. [Chicken-Fried Caviar]
Kong doesn’t fare so well as the Daily News’ Lari Roiling takes a bite. [Philadelphia Daily News]
The Hong Kong street inspired restaurant doesn’t do any better with the women of the I’ll Eat You Supper Club. [I'll Eat You]