The B&W Bar at the Best Western

“Herein lies the paradox of being a regular at the Best Western Center City. As much as they might love Philadelphia, Philadelphia hasn’t always loved them back. Some of them aren’t from here; some moved away and lost their footing when they returned; others are bitter, or misunderstood. And some guys just hate the Eagles. So in a place that’s by definition occupied by visitors—a place that isn’t even welcome in its own neighborhood—a small cadre of outsiders has found its milieu.”Simon van Zuylen-Wood for the Philly Post

Glen Mills Whole Foods: For Those Who Like To Shop Drunk

The opening of the Glen Mills Whole Foods a couple weeks ago may just have been the best thing to happen to grocery shopping since the invention of grocery stores. Not only does the place offer 38,000 square-feet of organic, sustainable, free-range, vegetarian- and vegan-friendly gluten-free  and house-made food, but it also contains…wait for it…a full-blown pub.

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Ramen In the News

One of the most common foodie complaints of the last several years in Philadelphia is the lack of serious ramen joints. But there is hope on the horizon, or maybe just over the horizon.

The Royal Sushi and Izakaya, by the fine team behind the Khyber, Royal Tavern and Cantinas, was initially promised for September. That date has come and gone but the project is still a go. We’re just going to have to wait a few more months.

We missed this when it was originally reported but we’re excited to see that Yakitori Boy is looking to opening Ramen Boy, a ramen spot at 204 N 9th Street. No solid timeline on that spot.

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Suburban Snacks: Liquor Store Bigger Than Home Depot

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]

Suburban Snacks: Patio Construction in Downingtown, Milepost Pub at Whole Foods, New in Ambler, Wayne and Willow Grove

Construction is continuing at Downingtown’s Avalon Pasta Bistro. The second restaurant from John Brandt-Lee who also owns Avalon in West Chester is slated to open later this Spring. Pictured above is the foundation of the restaurant’s forthcoming patio.

Willow Grove gets a Mad Mex to call its own. The Pittsburgh based chain will be slinging margaritas and burritos in a few months. [The Insider]

One of the best bottle-to-go selections on the Main Line will be coming to the Devon Whole Foods. The Milepost Pub is opening in May and will feature 300 bottles and six local taps for pints and growlers. [Main Line Dine]

HogFish Bar & Grill is looking to open in the May/June timeframe at former Osaka in Wayne. The restaurant will specialize in Florida-based seafood. [The Insider]

Massa Pizza & Grill is a Portuguese and Italian BYOB that has opened in Ambler. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Wayne’s Xilantro has been delayed again. The crew that owns El Sarape and two Los Serapes are now hoping to open the Wayne restaurant within four weeks. [The Insider]

Tap & Table won’t be vacant long. It’ll be reopening under new management as The Trapp Door. [The El Vee]

Rick Nichols Checks Out the Pub at Whole Foods

Rick Nichols picks door No. 2 at the new Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting and though not quite through the looking glass, it is a step forward.

Even so, it’s not exactly the Wild West: Whole Foods has a state “tavern license,” which means that the pub is on a separate register, that half its sales are booze, that the total amount of beer you can take out is 192 ounces (roughly 16 12-ounce bottles or three 64-ounce growlers).

To drink a glass of wine, you buy a smart card, insert it in a slot, and get 1-, 3- and 6-ounce pours from a vending machine stocked with what appeared to be French, Italian, and German wines – San Michele all’Adige Pinot Nero 2006, for instance, or Hirsch Riesling “Zobing” 2008. (Bottles of wine cannot be purchased to take home. Or what, the sky would fall?)

On the Side: A grocery pub: How civilized [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Tale of the Tape: Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting


Whole Foods Market and Cafe is opening its newest location in Plymouth Meeting today.

  • Situated at the Plymouth Meeting Mall
  • Largest Whole Foods in Pennsylvania
  • 45,000 square feet
  • 134 full-time employees
  • 40-part time employees
  • Underground parking for 345 cars
  • Rooftop cafe
  • Brick oven pizza
  • smokehouse BBQ
  • Cold Point Pub
    • 28 Seats
    • Beer and wine offered
    • Wine served by glass or bottle but not to go
    • Six rotating taps of local beer
      • Opening Draft List
      • Sly Fox 113IPA
      • Yuengling Lager
      • Troegs Rugged Trail Brown Ale
      • Victory St. Victorious
      • Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel
      • Yards ESA
    • 64 ounce growlers filled from $5.99 to $10.99
    • Empty glass growler is $3.99

Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting
500 W Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Whole Foods Market Plymouth Meeting [Facebook]
@WFM_PlymouthMtg [Twitter]

Opening events schedule including free beer and food tasting after the jump.

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Whole Foods Adding Beer

The under construction Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting has a liquor license application at the site and is expected to carry beer. We can only hope there will be  a growler filling station like this New York city Whole Foods.

It will be the first Whole Foods in Pennsylvania with a liquor license and is aiming for an early 2010 opening.

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