Philly.com has the word on three local quick-serve restaurants expanding into new markets, furthering their insatiable hunger to dominate the area’s fast-casual market. First is Snap Custom Pizza, a pizza place with locations already in Center City, the Main Line and Delaware, and a new one opening on December 27 in Bryn Mawr, next door to the iconic Hope’s Cookies. Honeygrow, our local stir-fry and salad specialist, is going for its fourth within-city-limits location at 15 South 11th Street. Bryn + Dane's, a Bryn Mawr-based fast-casual which specializes in quick and healthy wraps, bowls, and salads, will open its fourth location this month at 909 Lancaster Avenue, and then two more later next year, one in Malvern (in Atwater Village) and the other in Center City at The Franklin Building. [Philly.com]
Shake Shack — always great, yet always improving — has decided to make their menu ever the more accessible to an entirely new crowd: the gluten-free, bubble-sippin’ variety. This week, Danny Meyer’s burger chain opened up their sandwich line to those with gluten aversions. Not only that, but today, they’ve even added Italian bubbly — Mionetto Prosecco — to drink lists across the entire Shake Shack universe. The folks over at Foobooz suggested ordering a 375 ml bottle with a burger, but the real pairing here is obviously the ChickenShack, because, you know, the marriage between fried chicken and sparkling wine is one of the few truths we have left in this world.
According to a recent report by Billy Penn, Doc’s Union Pub, a notoriously problematic Pennsport bar with ties to the electricians union IBEW Local 98, has been sold to Bill McKeever and Anthony Giordano. McKeever owns the Keswick Tavern in Glenside and Giordano runs the US Hotel Bar and Grill in Manayunk, and the two will turn Doc’s into Mifflin Tavern, a gastropub with 80 types of beers by the bottle, two crafts on tap, plus a full menu of beer-drinking food (sandwiches, tacos, wings) by Moshulu-vet Harry Burns. They hope to reopen the bar by New Year’s Day. [Billy Penn]