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It was one of last year’s most eagerly anticipated openings: a gigantic Lebanese bakery, market and all-day cafe in the middle of Fishtown. Dinner service […]


The Expectation Trap: Suraya Reviewed

One of the joys of this gig is being proven wrong, or at least too quick to judge. And at Suraya, I wasn’t expecting much. […]


You’re Saying “Suraya” Wrong

The day Greg Root, Nick Kennedy, and Nathalie Richan announced that they’d be opening a giant Lebanese restaurant in Fishtown was the day Suraya’s name-fate was […]


First Look: Suraya Launches Dinner Service in Fishtown

There hasn’t really been a restaurant launch this anticipated in a long time, especially from a restaurant that’s already open for business. You see, Fishtown […]

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Suraya Crew to Open Three Mexican Restaurants in New Rittenhouse Hotel

The team behind acclaimed restaurants like Suraya and the new Pizzeria Beddia will open three new concepts in Center City’s forthcoming micro-hotel. Defined Hospitality — that’s […]


First Look: Condesa, the Suraya Crew’s New Mexican Restaurant in Rittenhouse

If El Cafe, Defined Hospitality’s (Suraya, Pizzeria Beddia, R&D) Mexican-inspired cafe in the new Pod Philly Hotel was phase 1 of the team’s invasion of […]

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Ready to See What a Wedding at Suraya Could Look Like?

With a third restaurant renaissance leaving us with some of our best food yet and national mags like Travel & Leisure rightfully taking notice, it’s no wonder Philly […]


Mezcal Negronis Are on the Menu at El Techo, the All-Year Rooftop Bar From the Suraya Crew

The third and final restaurant at the Pod Philly hotel, El Techo, opens tonight, October 23rd, on the eleventh floor of the hotel with a […]


There’s a Colossal Middle Eastern Restaurant, Market, and Garden Opening in Fishtown

The team behind Fishtown’s restaurant and wine bar, ROOT, is doubling down on Frankford with an absolutely enormous three-headed monster of a concept called Suraya […]


El Cafe Opens in Rittenhouse With Breakfast Tacos, Mexican Pastries and Horchata Lattes

Phase 1 of Defined Hospitality’s (Suraya, Pizzeria Beddia, R&D) foray into Rittenhouse is in full effect. El Cafe, their ground floor Mexican cafe in the new […]