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All the Restaurants Opening Soon in Philly in One Handy List

Keeping track of notable bars, coffee shops, and restaurants coming to Philadelphia

Steak 48 is opening on Broad Street in Center City
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Keep track of where you’ll be eating in the Philadelphia of the future with this continually updated list of notable bars, coffee shops, and restaurants in the works, from just-announced eateries months off to those about to open.

Since this is a look ahead, sometimes far ahead, several spots from the fall/winter 2017-18 list of Philly restaurants on the horizon are not open yet. Read about them here.

CALLOWHILL — The team behind Kensington Quarters and Cafe Lift is opening a restaurant inspired by a Chinese neighborhood in Mexico next to Union Transfer.

FISHTOWN — Hiroki Fujiyama, the longtime head sushi chef at Morimoto, is opening his own place. It shares a building with Wm. Mulherin’s Sons.

QUEEN VILLAGE Crybaby Pasta & Wine Bar is replacing Ela at Third and Bainbridge streets. It’s from Bridget Foy and Paul Rodriguez of Bridget Foy’s, closed after a fire, and Carla Goncalves and David Gilberg of Koo Zee Doo, which closed five years ago.

CENTER CITYSteak 48, a steakhouse with locations in Houston and Chicago, is opening in the Atlantic Building on the Avenue of the Arts.

WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST — A father-and-daughter team are opening Korean fast-casual restaurant Crunchik’n in the former Ugly Duckling space. They also have a Crunchik’n in Ocean City, New Jersey, but the plans for the Philly menu are a little different.

Ocean City eatery Crunchik’n, serving Korean fried chicken, bulgogi cheesesteaks, and kimchi fried rice balls, is opening in Philly
Crunchik’n [official photo]

GAYBORHOOD/MIDTOWN VILLAGE — Chef Chatayee Venus is opening Chatayee Thai at 1227 Walnut Street, in what was Walnut Street Supper Club and then Cibo.

CENTER CITY — The Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant at the Four Seasons in the Comcast Technology Center — to go with Greg Vernick’s cafe and seafood restaurant — has a name. It will (not too surprisingly) be called Jean-Georges.

KENSINGTON — Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook of Zahav fame have a new project in the works in a former warehouse in Kensington. They’re also planning something at 12th and Sansom.

GAYBORHOOD/WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST — Joncarl Lachman of Noord is taking over the recently closed More Than Just Ice Cream for a breakfast, lunch, and brunch spot, Winkel.

CENTER CITY — Cherry Hill’s Classic Cake Co. heads into Philly with a cafe and bakery at Suburban Station (upstairs, not underground). It opens on Halloween.

CENTER CITY — The 1700 block of Chestnut Street is getting three new lunch spots, with Cava, Paris Baguette, and Ochatto setting up shop.

Cava is opening at 1713 Chestnut Street
Cava [official photo]

August 21

NEWBOLD — Chef Bobby Saritsoglou (formerly of Opa) and and Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou are opening Stina, a Mediterranean BYOB in South Philly (17th and Snyder) with a wood-fired oven and a charitable mission.

SOUTH STREET — Philly’s favorite fried chicken and doughnut shop is opening on South Street. Look for Federal Donuts to be up and running on 6th and South in late September. STATUS: Open

RITTENHOUSE Stock, the hit Southeast Asian BYOB in Fishtown, is opening a second location, this one in Rittenhouse at 1935 Chestnut Street. Look for it to be serving pho and banh mi by the very end of August, if not the following week. STATUS: Open

Stock is opening a second location

EAST PASSYUNK AVENUE — Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran of Barbuzzo, Lolita, Bud & Marilyn’s, Jamonera, and Little Nonna’s are heading south for their next projects. They recently bought multiple properties on the same block of East Passyunk Avenue, but the concepts for the new restaurants haven’t been fleshed out yet.

RITTENHOUSEStats on 17th will do double duty as a sports bar and a nightclub when it opens early September at 111 S. 17th Street. STATUS: Open

WEST PHILLY Trolley Car Station, a two-story restaurant at the new Trolley Portal Gardens— University City District’s greener, prettier reimagining of the 40th Street Trolley Portal at 40th and Baltimore — should be open in a few weeks. STATUS: Open

ITALIAN MARKET — Casual Greek restaurant Koukouzeli is opening this month in the Italian Market, at 1134 S. 9th Street. It’s a cozy space with seats for 22, plus takeout. STATUS: Open

CENTER CITY — City Winery, a restaurant, winery, and concert venue rolled into one, is opening its first Philly-area location at the revamped Gallery mall, now called Fashion District Philadelphia. It’s scheduled to be up and running starting September 2019.

A rendering of City Winery
City Winery [official photo]

July 16

FISHTOWN — The team behind Mistral in King of Prussia and Princeton and Elements in Princeton heads to Philly with Aether Fishtown, a seafood spot at 1832 Frankford Avenue. Look for lobster rolls, shrimp po’boys, oysters, and biodynamic wines when the restaurant opens late summer, serving dinner only.

RITTENHOUSE — Prolific restaurateur Michael Schulson — who already has a steakhouse in the works next to his restaurants Double Knot and Sampan, plus an Italian restaurant opening this summer next to his Harp & Crown — has something planned just off Rittenhouse Square as well.

ART MUSEUM — Famed architect Frank Gehry is in the process of redesigning the Philadelphia Museum of Art (built in 1928) as part of a $196 million project that should be done by 2020. But much sooner than that, diners will get to check out a new Gehry-designed restaurant at the museum. Stir will open this coming October. STATUS: Open

Freebyrd, a fried chicken shop, is opening in the Bourse food hall
Freebyrd [official photo]

OLD CITY — Fried chicken purveyor Freebyrd joins a Bourse Marketplace lineup that already includes everything from poke to grilled cheese to Korean tacos. The enormous new food hall is opening in Old City, across from Independence Mall, around the end of the summer.

CENTER CITY — Details of James Beard Award-winning chef Greg Vernick’s second restaurant have been revealed. Vernick Fish, opening at the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia inside the new Comcast tower at 19th and Arch streets, will focus on seafood, with seats for 200 across the main dining room, bar, private dining room, and outdoor patio. That one’s going into the ground floor — on the second level, the chef is opening all-day cafe Vernick Coffee Bar.

A rendering of Vernick Fish
Four Seasons

FISHTOWN — Here’s an unusual one to look forward to: Fabrika, at 1108 Frankford Avenue, is a combination of restaurant and performance venue. Co-owner Ylia Dzlieri describes it as “reminiscent of a dinner theater in the 1930s and ’40s.”

FISHTOWN — More sandwiches and cheesesteaks are on the way. Marijuana activist N.A. Poe tells Philly Mag his upcoming Poe’s Sandwich Joint at 1429 Marlborough Street will sell munchies food.

KENSINGTON — Neighborhood pub Sutton’s from Niall Murphy, a longtime bartender at Fergie’s, is opening at 1706 N. 5th Street.

PHILLY — Vegan star chef Matthew Kenney is bringing a branch of his pizzeria Double Zero to Philly. He’s confirmed the project but the exact location isn’t finalized yet.

May 10

NEWBOLD — The East Passyunk Avenue restaurant strip makes the leap over Broad Street and onto West Passyunk with The Thirsty Soul, a church-themed cocktail bar with a menu of New Orleans-meets-Philly fare like catfish beignets, “yo’boys,” and jambalaya mac and cheese. As for the theme, expect pews, a confessional, a stained-glass bar top, and other religious accoutrements. STATUS: Open

MIDTOWN VILLAGE/GAYBORHOOD — One of the best Korean restaurants in Philly is opening a second location. Seorabol, now in the North Philly neighborhood of Olney, is heading to 1326 Spruce Street. Look for tabletop Korean barbecue, stews and soups, noodle dishes, and more.

CENTER CITY — FCM Hospitality (Morgan’s Pier, Dolphin Tavern, Parks on Tap) is about to open Harper’s Garden, an indoor/outdoor venue at 31 S. 18th Street. The outdoor part is on the patio at the Duane Morris Plaza and seats 100. It’s going for a beer garden vibe with twinkling lights and greenery. The indoor restaurant seats 50 (there’s also a private event space upstairs). In the kitchen is Ben Moore, most recently at Wister in Old City. His menu at Harper’s Garden includes flatbreads, toasts, and sandwiches using bread from Lost Bread Co. STATUS: Open

FISHTOWN — Lou Boquila, chef-owner of Perla on East Passyunk Avenue, is heading north to Fishtown for another Filipino restaurant. Sarvida, at 300 E. Girard Avenue, will be a more casual eatery with small plates and weekend brunch. Both are BYOB. STATUS: Open

OLD CITY — Another new food vendor is signed on to the upcoming Bourse food hall. Barry’s Buns, a bakery with a location at the Market at the Fareway in Chestnut Hill, is bringing its sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, babka, and butter cake to the Bourse. Owner Joel Singer was formerly the regional bakery associate coordinator for Whole Foods. He also honed his craft as assistant pastry chef at The Rittenhouse hotel. Singer will be baking his buns and cakes on site. STATUS: Open

MIDTOWN VILLAGE/GAYBORHOOD — Michael Schulson, the chef/restaurateur behind Double Knot, Sampan, and Harp & Crown, is opening a steakhouse at 116 S. 13th Street, right next to Double Knot in what was until recently computer shop Springboard Media. He’s shooting for a fall opening. Schulson is also working on an Italian restaurant with the Termini Brothers Bakery family. That one should open this summer.

SOUTH PHILLY — The Lipkin family ran a kosher bakery in South Philly, relocated it to Northeast Philly in 1975, and sold it Steven Nawalany, a longtime customer, in 2016. And now Nawalany is bringing the bakery back to its roots. A second location of Lipkin’s Bakery will open within the next few weeks at 2153 S. Hancock Street, between Snyder Avenue and Jackson Street.

April 9

MIDTOWN VILLAGEShake Shack is opening another Philly location, next to the upcoming East Market development. The burger, fries, and shake specialist is going into 105 S. 12th Street, in what was previously a cupcake shop. Expect it to open towards the end of this year. STATUS: Open

WASHINGTON SQUARE P.J. Clarke’s is finally under construction in the historic Curtis building at 6th and Walnut. It’s setting up shop next to the Dream Garden, the beautiful indoor mosaic mural created by Maxfield Parrish and Louis Comfort Tiffany in the early 1900s. The restaurant brings its own sense of history: The original P.J. Clarke’s is a New York institution that’s been around since 1884. Current owner Philip Scotti is originally from the Philly area and the chef is Ned Maddock, who was previously at Brigantessa. STATUS: Open

NORTH BROAD — Robert and Benjamin Bymun, the brothers behind South, Warmdaddy’s, Relish, and Green Soul (and the closed Zanzibar Blue) are taking over the recently shuttered Alla Spina to open a second Green Soul. The new restaurant, at 1410 Mt. Vernon Street right next to South, will offer lighter takes on Southern dishes and live entertainment. STATUS: Open

RITTENHOUSETop Chef’s Jennifer Carroll is coming back to her hometown of Philly to open Spice Finch with chef Billy Riddle, (also Carroll’s fiancé). The restaurant, located at 220 S. 17th Street, is a Mediterranean bistro and cocktail bar. STATUS: Open

CENTER CITYAttico is opening on the roof of the new Cambria hotel at 219 S. Broad Street. The spacious restaurant will have plenty of outdoor seating for soaking in the city views. STATUS: Open

DOWNINGTOWNEnoteca Tredici is expanding to the suburbs. The chic Mediterranean restaurant, which has locations in Philly (114 S. 13th Street), Bryn Mawr, and Washington, D.C., is opening in Downingtown at 20 East Lancaster Avenue. It will be big, at 9,000 square feet, and have an outdoor patio. Owner Greg Dodge, who also has Zavino, plans to give the building a $1.5-million renovation, so the restaurant won’t be open for several months.

The Mediterranean tasting board at Tredici

RITTENHOUSE — Here’s a new lunch spot, Center City workers: The PokéSpot, a fast-casual Hawaiian eatery out of New York City, is opening at 18th and Chestnut next month. STATUS: Open

CENTER CITY — And here’s another lunch option. Waterfront Gourmet Café & Deli is opening its fourth location, this one across from City Hall on the ground floor of the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton. The menu is long, with lots of choices for breakfast sandwiches, hoagies, panini, and salads, plus Illy coffee. STATUS: Open

EAST KENSINGTONVientiane Café, a Laotian-Thai BYOB in West Philly, is opening a second location. Vientiane Bistro is going into 2537 Kensington Avenue, next to Cafe Pho Ga Thanh Thanh and across from Thang Long, two pho destinations. The menu will feature traditional Lao dishes. STATUS: Open

EAST PASSYUNK — Vietnamese sandwich and bubble tea shop Teas N’ Mi is heading to 1907 E. Passyunk Avenue. Look for traditional banh mi and a Vietnamese-Indian hybrid sandwich the owners are calling a “phoratha” (pho flavors on paratha bread). STATUS: Open

Banh mi at Teas N’ Mi
Teas N’ Mi [official photo]

March 5

ITALIAN MARKET — Ryan Rubino, whose family owns the 100-plus-year-old Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, and Anthony Barone, formerly a chef at Ralph’s, are opening Market at 943 S. 9th Street in what was Restaurant Neuf. Market will be, appropriately enough, a market during the day. At night the space will turn into a BYOB with a new American menu. It’s shooting for a June 1 opening (and the name is subject to change). Rubino and Barone also own Bar One nearby, at 767 S. 9th Street. STATUS: Open

QUEEN VILLAGE M2O Burgers & Salads is going into 701 S. 5th Street, a couple blocks south of South Street. The quick-serve restaurant’s m.o. is made-to-order burgers and salads. The burgers come as beef or veggie on a potato or pretzel bun or wrapped in lettuce, with a choice of cheese, toppings, and sauce. M2O is from the team behind HaveABurger in Havertown. Look for it to open this month.

ARDMOREThe Bercy is taking over the former Primavera Pizza Kitchen space at 7 E. Lancaster Avenue, in a one-time bank building that dates back to the 1920s (it has that telltale high-ceilinged design). It’s from Justin Weathers and Joe Monnich of Stove & Tap in Lansdale and Al Pastor in Exton and it’s going for a classic French brasserie vibe, with pasta, steaks, a raw bar, and wood-fired dishes. Both Weathers and Monnich used to work for Stephen Starr. Monnish was the executive chef at Parc and Dandelion. Their newest venture should open early April. STATUS: Open

SOUTH PHILLY — The second location of SOMO, this one with an NFL star on board, is opening next month at 3101 S. 13th Street (13th and Packer). SOMO SoPhi is a restaurant, bar, lounge, and club all rolled into one, spanning three stories and 5,000 square feet. Designer/restaurateur James Morrissey of SOMO in Manayunk is opening it with Jahri and Takia Evans. Jahri Evans, an all-pro offensive guard for the Green Bay Packers, is originally from Philly. STATUS: Open

OLD CITY — Famed New York City falafel and shawarma shop Mamoun’s is heading to Philly. The restaurant is going into 300 Market Street on the ground floor of a new apartment building. The original opened in Greenwich Village in 1971. STATUS: Open

RITTENHOUSE — Speaking of Middle Eastern fare, Hummus Republic is opening its first outpost outside of California, at 115 S. 18th Street, reports Philadelphia magazine. Expect falafel, shawarma, vegan proteins, and veggies available in build-your-old bowls, pitas, and salads, plus tahini shakes— a concept Philadelphians are already obsessed with thanks to Goldie. It won’t start serving for a few months. [Philly Mag] STATUS: Open

EAST KENSINGTON — A new doughnut shop opening at 2557 Amber Street is the result of an unusual collaboration. Four musicians and band managers, including Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, Joseph Marro of The Early November, Zack Zarrillo, and Scott Luciano, are teaming up withReAnimator Coffee for Hello Donuts, which serves both traditional and vegan varieties. This will be the first brick-and-mortar location for the bakery, which currently focuses on wholesale and pop-ups.

SOUTH STREET — Vietnamese BYOB Ngon Ngon is opening just off South Street, at 615 S. 3rd Street right next to South Street Philly Bagels. Look for pho, broken rice and vermicelli dishes, and banh mi. STATUS: Open

Mamoun's Falafel

58 Easton Avenue, , NJ 08901 (732) 640-0794 Visit Website

SOMO Sophi

3101 South 13th Street, , PA 19148 (267) 239-2176 Visit Website

The Thirsty Soul

1551 W. Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 Visit Website

Green Soul

1410 Mount Vernon Street, , PA 19130 (215) 660-9600 Visit Website


308 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (302) 559-4872

Harper's Garden

31 South 18th Street, , PA 19103 (267) 886-8552 Visit Website

The PokéSpot

1804 Chestnut Street, , PA 19103 (267) 541-2183 Visit Website

Trolley Car Station Restaurant

3940 Baltimore Avenue, , PA 19104 (215) 709-3320 Visit Website

The Bourse

111 South Independence Ml East, , PA 19106 (215) 625-0300 Visit Website

Vernick Fish

1 North 19th Street, , PA 19103 (215) 419-5055 Visit Website

Federal Donuts

701 North 7th Street, , PA 19123 (267) 928-3893 Visit Website

Vientiane Café

4728 Baltimore Avenue, , PA 19143 (215) 726-1095 Visit Website

Ngon Ngon

615 S. 3rd Street , Philadelphia, PA 19147 Visit Website

Spice Finch

220 South 17th Street, , PA 19103 (215) 309-2238 Visit Website


300 East Girard Avenue, , PA 19125 (267) 273-1234 Visit Website


1108 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125 Visit Website