2015 Restaurant Openings

January, 2015

Thai Singha House

Longtime University City Thai restaurant has a new home on the same old block.

Hai Street Kitchen – University City

The Genji-owned Japanese burrito shop opens second location, this one in University City.

Franky Bradley’s

New bar from Mark Bee will replace Sisters Nightclub in the Gayborhood.

Hawthornes Biercafé

Fire damaged the bruncherie and beer store. They promise to come back better than ever.

The Bar(n)

The team behind the Farmacy opens a bar on Baltimore Avenue.

Olde Bar

Jose Garces promises a new interpretation of the classic oyster saloon at the former Old Original Bookbinders.

Mainland Inn

Chef Ezra Duker showcases organically grown produce and pasture-raised meats from neighboring Quarry Hill Farm.

La Divisa Meats

Nick Macri takes over the Border Springs Farm Stand at the Reading Terminal Market. Macri will expand the butcher stand beyond lamb.

February, 2015

William Street Common

No-tip restaurant with a menu by Koo Zee Doo’s David Gilberg.

Chestnut Street Bagels

Branch of South Street Bagels comes to Center City.

South Bowl

The team from North Bowl goes big in South Philly.

Not Your Average Joe’s

Massachusetts’ based chain comes to Ardmore’s Suburban Square.

Pop Shop – Medford

Collingswood institution opens a second location in Medford, New Jersey.

Los Camaradas

Restaurant couple brings a Mexican bar to the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

Luna Cafe

Sarah Levine opens Old City BYOB dedicated to sourcing locally and conscientiously.


Fried Chicken with a Korean flare opens in Chinatown.

Bing Bing Dim Sum

The Cheu Noodle Bar crew brings dim sum to East Passyunk.

P’unk Burger

SliCE owners bring a burger joint to East Passyunk.

Bistro on Top of Souvlaki

Tom Vasiliades of South Street Souvlaki is opening a bistro above his South Street Souvlaki.

Boxcar Brewpub

Boxcar Brewing gets a brewpub in downtown West Chester.

Hunger Burger

George and Kim Mickel, owners of By George in the Reading Terminal add a burger stand.

March, 2015


Two chefs strike out on their own. Kevin D’Egidio and Michael Griffiths have solid resumes, having worked in some of Philadelphia’s best kitchens.

Buena Onda

Jose Garces offers “fresh fish tacos” at the Granary.

The Dairy Cafe

A casual kosher restaurant for Narberth.


Brü crew opening a subterranean bar in Center City.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

New York’s vintage dim sum parlor expands to Philadelphia.

April, 2015

Independence Beer Garden

Michael Schulson is opening a beer garden on Independence Mall.

Morgan’s Pier

Back for year four. This time with Nick Elmi as “Chef in Residence.”

Big Gay Ice Cream

New York’s ice cream phenomenon is coming to Philadelphia.

Grace & Pat’s

Gennaro’s owner opens a new pizzeria on East Passyunk.

Waffles & Wedges

Belgian waffles and French fries come to the 1500 block of Pine Street.

Tired Hands Fermentaria

The brewpub is expanding in Ardmore.

Victory at Magnolia

Victory Brewing opens a brew pub in Kennett Square.


The former private Vesper Club is reborn as the Vesper. Food, drink, music, dancing and a speakeasy.

Rai Rai Ramen

North Brunswick ramen spot comes to Chinatown.

Honeygrow – Cherry Hill

Location number four for the Honeygrow chain is coming to Cherry Hill.

Tria Cafe – Fitler Square

A dinner-focused Tria takes over Dmitri’s on Fitler Square.


Jason Evanchik (Time, Vintage, Bar, Garage, Growlers) is opening a bar/restaurant with jazz and an urban garden in Northern Liberties, across from North Bowl.

Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop – Fishtown

Former Chink’s Steaks is adding a location at Frankford and Girard.

Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina

Vetri line cook Justino Jimenez is opening an al-pastor focused taqueria at 6th and Oregon.

Nine Ting

All-you-can-eat shabu-shabu and Korean barbecue comes to Chinatown.

 May, 2015

SawTown Tavern

Troy Everwine and Mike “Scoats” Scotese, owner of Grey Lodge Pub and Hop Angel Brauhaus are going into business together in Tacony.

Same Same

Saigon street food comes to Northern Liberties.

PHS Pop Up Garden – East Passyunk

This year, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has opened multiple beer gardens. This one is across from Pat’s Steaks.

PHS Pop Up Garden – South Street

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society brings back its popular South Street West beer garden for 2015.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park is back for a second season. New in year two, a roller skating rink, a floating restaurant, weekend beer garden, and much more.

Point Breeze Pop-Up

The team behind South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar and Brew are opening a pop-up at Point Breeze Avenue and Tasker Street.

Farmer’s Keep

Fast casual restaurant serving healthy and allergen-free food in Center City.

White Dog Cafe – Haverford

Former DuJour Market in Haverford is now the third White Dog Cafe.

Triangle Tavern

The crew behind the Cantinas and Royal are on the liquor license at Triangle Tavern.

Mercer Cafe – Navy Yard

A branch of Port Richmond’s Mercer Cafe opens in the Navy Yard. Most exciting, it also features Tacconelli’s pizza.

June, 2015

Cheesecake Factory

Center City will be getting its first Cheesecake Factory at 15th and Walnut.

Guild Hall Brewing

Brewpub replaces former antique store in Jenkintown.

Fourth & Cross

Farm to table BYOB for South Philadelphia.

Johnny Manana’s – Delaware Avenue

The East Falls Mexican spot is adding a location on Delaware Avenue.

Ti Penso

South Street’s Roberto Cafe yields to a new BYOB, Ti Penso.

1st Ward Sandwich

Sandwich shop for Front Street in Pennsport.

Smokey Pint

Bridesburg gets a beer and barbecue spot with Oink and Moo BBQ.

Brick & Mortar

Franklin Mortgage alum opens bar/restaurant in the Goldtex building.

Pizzeria Vetri – Rittenhouse

A second Pizzeria Vetri for the Vetri Family. This one on Chancellor Street near Rittenhouse Square. We’re confident it won’t be the last.

Dos Tacos

Chef Sylva Senat’s opens taco shop in Center City. Open late on weekends.

July, 2015


Korean pub replaces Tangier at 18th and Lombard. Ex-Momofuku Ko chef will be in the kitchen.

Whetstone Tavern

Brauhaus Schmitz crew is going American.

Crime and Punishment Brewing Co.

This brewpub will put the brew back in Brewerytown.


Taiwanese and Sichuan Chinese food for Rittenhouse Square.

Scratch Biscuits

Mitch Prensky finds a storefront for his pop-up biscuits.

Fink’s Hoagies

Tacony hoagie joint opens on Jewelers Row.

South Philly Barbacoa

Benjamin Miller and Cristina Martinez are leaving their cart and opening a storefront.

August, 2015


Chef Sam Jacobson is opening an British bakery on East Passyunk, complete with meat pies, sausage rolls, sticky toffee pudding and much more.

Bud & Marilyn’s

Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are opening a throwback restaurant at 13th and Locust.

Bar Bombón

Nicole Marquis is bringing a Latin bar to Rittenhouse Square.

Misconduct Tavern – JFK Boulevard

It’s a second location of the sports bar. This one is across from the Comcast Center.

Green Aisle Grocery – Fishtown

The third Green Aisle Grocery is coming from TV’s Erace brothers. This 400 square foot location is at 11 West Girard Avenue.

Andy’s Chicken

Korean fried chicken for Fishtown.

Le Bok Fin

A pop-up restaurant appears on top of the former Bok Vocational School.

2SP Brewing

Bob Barrar, award winning brewer from Iron Hill is opening his own brewery in Aston, Delaware County.

Circles Thai – South Street

Alex Boonphaya replaces his Thai-Mex hybrid into the third Circles Thai.


Upscale beer emporium and tasting room for Queen Village.

September, 2015

Restaurant Neuf

Joncarl Lachman of NOORD fame is opening his second restaurant. This one will be in the Italian Market, have a liquor license and serve up North African cuisine with French technique.

Sip N Glo Juicery – Rittenhouse

Second location of juice and smoothie spot opens near Rittenhouse.

Kanella South

Constantinos Pitsillides is opening a South Philly branch of Kanella, complete with a liquor license.

Aprons Restaurant

Authentic Southern food comes to 26th and Washington.

Front Street Cafe

Healthy cafe comes to Front Street in Fishtown.


Robert and Benjamin Bynum bring New Southern cuisine and high-quality live jazz to Philadelphia.

Milkhouse – Center City

The second location of the grilled cheese spot takes over Matyson’s old home.


Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly, the trio behind Local 44, Strangelove’s and the forthcoming Clarkville are opening a cozy, intimate, friendly and warm neighborhood spot.

Meltkraft – Center City

The Reading Terminal Market tenant gets a standalone storefront.

Crabby Cafe – Chinatown

This branch of the Northern Liberties cafe brings Cajun and Creole to Chinatown.

Living Room Cafe

Brunch cafe for Queen Village.


After a summer break, Jose Garces’s showplace is back.

October, 2015

Federal Distilling

A vodka focused distillery is distilling in Kensington.

Anastasi Raw Bar

Main Street in Manayunk gets an oyster bar and seafood grill from the Anastasi family.

Alma Mater

Former North by Northwest in Mount Airy is now full with collegiate and prep school memorabilia. The morning to late night space features a bar, restaurant and beer garden.

La Casa de tu Madre

The former Growlers Bar in Bella Vista is becoming a Mexican spot.


Peter McAndrews is opening a taco stand with Italian and Mediterranean influences on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown.

LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort

Luke Palladino is back in the casino game with a steakhouse at the Valley Forge Casino.

Pure Fare – University City

The healthy food spot and food truck is heading to the downstairs of Houston Hall.

Spuntino – Northern Liberties

Doylestown pizzeria is looking to be a tenant at 2nd and Fairmount.

Sansom Kabob House

After a thirteen year run on Sansom Street, the Afghan restaurant resurfaces on South Street.

Santucci’s – North Broad

North Broad Street gets a Santucci’s to call its home. Square pizza (and booze!) for everyone.

1100 Social

Jason Cichonski is opening a restaurant at the newly expanded Xfinity Live. Cichonski is planning a menu inspired by a blend of Mexican and Asian flavors.

Pizzeria Felici

Brian Sirhal and business partner Chef Tim Spinner (Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz, Taqueria Feliz) branch out beyond Mexican with Pizzeria Felici, a pizzeria and wine bar in Horsham.

November, 2015

Tredici Enoteca

The Zavino team opens a a Mediterranean enoteca across Sansom Street from the original Zavino.

26 North

Mike Stollenwerk is back with a new seafood-focused restaurant in Old City.

Victory Brewing – Parkesburg Brewpub

Victory Brewing Company’s Parkesburg brewery gets a brewpub of its own.

Bluestone Lane – Rittenhouse

New York cafe chain picks Philadelphia as its first out-of-market location. (November 21)

Tio Flores

The Cambridge/Hawthornes team are at it again, this time they are replacing the never-opened Calexico with their own Mexican spot.

Sabrina’s Cafe – Collingswood

The fifth location for Robert and Raquel De Abreu is across the river in Collingswood.

The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe

Pastry chef Jessica Nolen is opening her own bakery.


PQ Restaurants, the team behind Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taproom, Bufad and Kensington Quarters are opening a restaurant in Point Breeze.

Chaat and Chai

Indian street food BYOB for West Passyunk Avenue.

Travinia Italian Kitchen

Italian restaurant chain opening near the Fillmore in Fishtown.

December, 2015

Revolution Taco

A trio of Philadelphia food truckers are opening a brick and mortar taco shop near Rittenhouse Square.

Malbec Agentine Steakhouse

A neighborhood steakhouse opens at 2nd and Pine.

Urban Farmer

Sage Restaurant Group opens a steakhouse in the new Logan Hotel.

Herban Quality Eats

Nutritious meals that go beyond the salad.


Longtime restaurant pro Jon Medlinsky opens his own hoagie, wine and beer focused spot in Kensington.

Yard House – Moorestown

Giant bar with more than 100 beers on draft opens at the Moorestown Mall.

Naoki Ramen

Rai Rai Ramen is replaced by another ramen joint.


Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft are taking over Best House Pizzeria across from Clark Park.

Craftsman Row Saloon

George and Vasiliki Tsiouris who own Opa are taking over the former Coco’s on Jewelers Row.

Banh Street

Barbecue chef Chad Rosenthal is opening a Vietnamese hoagie shop in Roslyn.

Tredici Enoteca

The Zavino team opens a a Mediterranean enoteca across Sansom Street from the original Zavino.

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