Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Over 20 New Restaurants Coming to Philly + Main Line

As this pivotal year continues, I'm excited to see what's to come for the dining scene of Philadelphia. Despite all the challenges restaurants faced over the past year, these game-changers are adjusting to the current zeitgeist to stay ahead of what's next. From Center City to the Mainline, check out over 20 new restaurants coming soon in 2021.

Name: Bridget Foy's 
Location: South Street/Queen Village/Society Hill
Opening: Late February/March
What We Know So Far: Bridget Foy's was suppose to open before the holidays last year, but with the restrictions around indoor dining the pivoted with the times and created an outdoor dining concept called East Philly Cafe, based on the restaurant's original name by John Foy back in the 1970's.  The cafe is currently open, offering a special menu for take-out, pick-up and delivery with outdoor dining under much needed heat lamps during the cold winter months.

Name: Lost Bread Cafe
Location: Rittenhouse/Uptown
Opening: Currently OPEN with second location coming Mid-2021
What We Know So Far: Lost Bread Co., a partnership between Alex Bois and Avram Hornik, was named the One of the Top 10 Bakeries in the Country by Food and Wine Magazine and is set to open in the Rittenhouse Square West neighborhood. The bakery will host a menu that features sandwiches, pizza, freshly baked bagels throughout the day and a seasonal side from produce grown by progressive local farms. Vistors can also expect the launch of a line of new whole grain pastries and the introduction of the Waffle Egg Pocket to the Philly area. Lost Bread Cafe will be open 7 days a week for takeout and delivery from 7AM-3PM, until the addition of their night time service built around an unique pizza style.

Name: Lola Garden
Location: Suburban Square/ Ardmore
Opening: Mid Spring/April
What We Know So Far: This is Avram Hornik's first suburban restaurant coming to Ardmore. Lola's will  seating for 260 including indoor dining*, ample outdoor seating, a concept that takes inspiration from Harper's Garden in Rittenhouse, and a patio, beer/wine garden. The Modern American culinary program will be chef-driven and highlight seasonal local offerings including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Patrons will have a variety of 15 Pennsylvania local beers on tap, Pennsylvania wines on tap and a curated bottle list, along with 10-14 draft and hand-crafted to order cocktails showcasing seasonal flavors and local ingredients. 

Name: Bagels & Co. (Glu Hospitality)
Location: Northern Liberties, The Piazza
Opening: January/February 
What We Know So Far: Bagels & Co. will be a cafe, bakeshop and sandwich spot offering breakfast and lunch. There will be indoor dining* and take-out. Weather will not be a concern for customers because they will debut an entirely covered outdoor cafe and dining room under the overhang of the massive Piazza.

Name: Two unnamed restaurants (Glu Hospitality)
Location: Northern Liberties, The old Wahlburgers spot
Opening: TBA
What We Know So Far: Also under the Glu umbrella, Chef Lee "Chino" Chang will enter the kitchen of two new concepts soon to take over the vacant Wahlburgers restaurant at the prime location on the Piazza. More details to come soon.

Name: Hunnies Crispy Chicken
Location: TBA
Opening: 2021
What We Know So Far: The Philly based chicken sandwich brand will be debuting their first brick and mortar location since their delivery hit the scene in 2020.

Name: Tiny's Burger Joint
Location: TBA
Opening: 2021
What We Know So Far: Details coming soon on their first brick and mortar location.

Name: Stove & Tap
Location: West Chester 
Opening: January - Mid February 
What We Know So Far: Justin Weathers and Executive Chef Joseph Monnich, were set to open in early January, but due to indoor dining restrictions, they will be eagerly awaiting for it to return before opening their doors.

Name: Unnamed 
Location: Below Stove & Tap West Chester
Opening: Mid to Late Spring
What We Know So Far: This currently unnamed Bar & Drink focused concept is scheduled to open with the anticipation of bars reopening in the area. It will be located below Stove & Tap West Chester with a separate entrance on Darlington Street. 

Name: Unnamed
Location: Chester Springs
Opening: Mid Spring
What We Know So Far: Brought to you from the same dynamic duo as Stove & Tap, a new concept is coming to Chester Springs with more details on the way.

Name: Unnamed
Location: South Philly (21 & Passyunk)
Opening: March/April
What We Know So Far: A new BYO sandwich shop from Marlo and Jason Dilks offering old world favorite sandwiches, will be coming soon with indoor*/outdoor seating, take-out and delivery.

Name: Unnamed
Location: University City 
Opening: March/April
What We Know So Far: Be on the lookout for a new fast, fun and causal concept coming this spring from Michael Tang, whose previous projects included SET NoLibs. Rumor has it, that diners can expect to find Southeast Asian tacos and hot dogs with a very New York twist.

Name: Grace and Proper 
Location: South Philly
Opening: March/April
What We Know So Far: Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico (Hawthorne's Beer Cafe, Wine Dive, Pivot Coffee and Soupery, The Cambridge, Tio Flores, Quick Sip) will debut their new neighborhood corner bar and kitchen with Jon Medlinsky (Martha in Kensington). The eatery will feature interior design with sleek and retro elements around industrial materials and vibes. Everything from small plates to bites and main dishes will be on a rotating menu heavily influenced by cuisine and sourcing from the Italian Market. Fetfatzes states  "The menu will be our ode to the Italian Market with our spin on the dishes and products we love. We are taking the time during the pandemic to spend the time perfecting every dish and every detail." Grace and Proper will offer indoor*/outdoor seating, cocktails to go, day and evening service, delivery, take-out and a weekend brunch in the future.

Name: Lamberti Pizza Market
Location: Center City/Old City (707 Chestnut Street)
Opening: Late January/February (depending on indoor dining)
What We Know So Far: A part of the Aldo Lamberti Family Restaurants, this will be a much larger and  sleeker version then the former Lamberti's Pizza Fresca, which closed in June of 2020. Up for grabs will be gourmet pizzas, salads, sandwiches and pasta. There will also be a large section of prepared food available for easy pickup including pastas, sauces, breads, salads, appetizers, desserts, snacks and more. 

Name: Unnamed
Location: Center City/Midtown Village
Opening: 2021
What We Know So Far: Teddy Sourias and Craft Concepts Group responsible for properties and concepts like Tinsel, Finn McCool's, BRU Craft & Wurst, Uptown Beer Garden, Tradesman's, U-Bahn, Kontrol, Blume and Sueno (a temporary pop-up restaurant) will be launching a project in the city soon.  With a definite 2021 date being set for a new bar, lounge and eatery below ground under Tradesman's and adjacent to Kontrol and U-Bahn. The unnamed project will feature as its centerpiece the original giant vault that operated when the historic building was the Tradesman’s Trust Company.

Name: Unnamed 
Location: University City
Opening: Spring/Early Summer 
What We Know So Far: Jackson Foo, creator of DimSumHouse, is working on something new for 2021 after opening a second location in Rittenhouse Square. This project has been over a year in the making to transform the giant 6,000 square foot space that will be a dual concept with a coffee and bake shop, outdoor dining space, special event space, and expanded dim sum and Chinese offerings from the kitchen. Look for details in early spring.

Name: Victory Brewery Company
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway (The Terrace on 18th)
Opening: Late 2021
What We Know So Far: Since opening its doors in Downingtown, PA in 1996, Victory Brewing Comp. has grown throughout the PA area and the eastern seaboard. Victory's new 14,000 square foot state-of-the-art brewery and taproom will be located in Center City's Logan Square and will feature a production brewing system, scratch kitchen, three bars, street level outdoor seating, and a rooftop patio. The new taproom, Victory's first in the heart of Philadelphia, will be located at the historic address of 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in The Terrace on 18th by Pearl Properties. Victory co-founder, Bill Covaleski, sees this as an important next step for the 23-year-old brewery. "Victory's leadership position in craft beer since 1996 affords us a long perspective on the evolution of this movement and encourages us that now is the time to roll up our sleeves and start brewing in Philadelphia," said Covaleski.
"We've been patiently looking for the perfect downtown Philadelphia location for years. The Terrace on 18th, and its iconic address, 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, presents the perfect venue for us to expose both Philly residents and visitors to innovative, quality craft beer, while expanding the audience for the entire craft beer industry," continued Covaleski. The two-level facility will have two indoor bars and one outside bar. It will have a total of 3,500 square feet of outdoor space with street level seating and a rooftop patio overlooking Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The brewhouse will have a custom Prospero Brewing System and will become an innovation hub for Victory's entire business.

Stay tuned for more information on these coming restaurants in the upcoming months.

*When regulations allow


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