News broke last week that Philly's outpost of Good Stuff Eatery closed in Center City. Top Chef winner Spike Mendelsohn opened the second location of his DC-based burger and shake spot in Philly back in June 2014, and despite its prime lunch locale, the restaurant only lasted a little over a year.
Zesto Pizza & Grill owner Ted Bouikidis confirmed today that they will be taking over the location, liquor license and all. After some light cosmetic renovations to the interior, the crew will turn the burger joint into a cheesesteak joint, focusing on fresh rib-eye, not chopped, not slab, but somewhere in between. "I've always wanted to open something like this," says Bouikidis, now running four iterations of the Zesto concept from University City all the way to Middle River, Maryland.
There's no name yet, nor is there a fleshed out menu — Bouikidis concedes they're still in the product development phase. Expect great cheesesteaks, salads, appetizers, and milkshakes. They have Good Stuff Eatery's full liquor license, so Center City's cheesesteak game got that much better, and like Bouikidis's other locations, take-out, delivery, with the addition of beer-delivery will be offered at the new spot on 108 South 18th Street.
It's still six weeks out; stay tuned for updates.