Dining options at the University of Pennsylvania just keep getting better. A new food hall, open to the public, is slated to make its debut on campus early next year with a branch of Mike Solomonov’s Goldie, plus Kensington Quarters, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Pitruco Pizza, and The Juice Merchant Juicery and Café. Penn Food Hall, at 34th and Walnut streets, will replace the former Moravian Food Court.
Two additional to-be-announced tenants will join that all-star lineup. The 10,000-square-foot food hall will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with seats for 174. Don’t expect a standard food court look — each vendor will design the front of their kiosk.
Vegan falafel and shake shop Goldie opened earlier this year on Sansom Street above Solomonov and Steve Cook’s Rooster Soup Co. They’re also planning an outpost of Goldie in the Fairmount Whole Foods.
More vegan options await at The Juice Merchant, which has locations in Manayunk and outside the city in Narberth. The menu is made up of juices and smoothies, along with a handful of salad and sandwich options.
Fishtown’s critically acclaimed Kensington Quarters will continue its focus on sourcing meat and produce from local farmers at its food hall stall. Little Baby’s Ice Cream, also based in Fishtown, is known for its unusual ice cream flavors (and this).
Pret a Manger and Just Salad recently opened at Penn and bistro Louie-Louie is on its way. Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace, Jose Garces’ Distrito, Federal Donuts, and HipCityVeg are among the many other restaurants and cafes in what the university calls its retail district, spanning 30th to 40th streets and Spruce to Chestnut.
This is the second new food hall Philly can look forward to: The Bourse Marketplace in Old City is scheduled to open next summer with 27 food stalls. The Chinatown Square food hall opened earlier this year.