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Philly Restaurant Experts Predict the Headlines for 2019

Spill the tea leaves

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As per tradition, Eater asked a group of restaurant journalists, bloggers, and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. For our final installment, let’s look to the future.

The question: What are your headline predictions for 2019?

Alex Tewfik, food editor at Philadelphia magazine: Michael Schulson to Open a Stephen Starr Themed Restaurant.

Drew Lazor, Philadelphia-based freelance writer and author of Session Cocktails (Ten Speed Press, May 2018): Joe Beddia’s approaching pizzeria, I’m sure, will create plenty of headlines and actual lines.

Sarah Maiellano, food and travel freelance writer for local and national outlets, including Eater: More women opening restaurants and running kitchens!

Kae Lani Kennedy, food and travel editor for USA Today 10Best: I think food halls will continue to grow in popularity, people won’t mind spending up to $15 for a fancy sandwich, and the art of good fried chicken will pop up as a special on menus across the city.

Also, I can’t wait for Adam Diltz’s Elwood to open! The concept of modernizing the food that fed Philadelphia historically is exciting. Not only will we get a glimpse into the cultures that are part of Philadelphia’s history, but the menu will take us on a tour through surprising ingredients that are native to our local lands.