What restaurants are opening soon in Philly? Stay on top of where you’ll be eating in the Philadelphia of the future with this continually updated list of notable restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in the works.
Since this is a look ahead, and enough factors go into opening a restaurant to make the exact timeline hard to nail down, several spots from the 2018 list are not yet up and running. A handful have been added to this roundup to make it easy to keep track; read about them all here.
RITTENHOUSE — The Zahav team heads to Rittenhouse with K’Far, an Israeli bakery and cafe in the new apartment tower The Harper. Zahav’s pastry chef, Camille Cogswell, who won the 2018 James Beard Award for rising star chef of the year, will head up the new venture.
STADIUMS — Phillies fans will have a new food option this season when a massive Shake Shack debuts at the ballpark. An indoor/outdoor venue called Pass and Stow featuring a beer garden, a pizza stand, and a sports bar is also new this year.
WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST —A second location of Picanha Brazilian Grill, the popular Brazilian steakhouse in Northeast Philly, is opening at 1111 Locust Street in what was Garces Trading Company.
MARKET EAST — Round One Entertainment is signed on to bring bowling, billiards, ping pong, arcade games, and bar food to Fashion District Philadelphia, the complex taking the place of the old Gallery mall.
FISHTOWN — Tired Hands Brewing Co., which has a cafe, a full restaurant, and a shop in Ardmore, as well as Tired Hands Biergarten in Fishtown, is opening St. Oner’s at 2218 Frankford Avenue. The restaurant will serve the brewery’s beer, wine, kombucha, and espresso (and food).
QUEEN VILLAGE — Marina De Oliveira and Chris D’Ambro of Southwark and Ambra are opening a pair of adjacent restaurants at 5th and Bainbridge, Philly Mag reports. One is a to-be-named casual neighborhood spot with a bar; the other is a takeout-focused pizzeria called GiGi’s.
January 4, 2019
UNIVERSITY CITY — Branden McRill and developer Brandywine Realty Trust, who collaborated on Walnut Street Cafe, are setting up a big beer hall with games —shuffleboard, Skee-Ball, arcade games, board games, et al. — on street level in a parking garage at 129 S. 30th Street. According to a release, The Post, slated to open January 17, is named after the former post office building next door and is “a tribute to a time when Pony Express riders found comfort at watering holes on their respective routes.” Chef Richard Cusack spent time at Le Bec Fin, Le Cheri, and Stephen Starr’s Parc. Of note: There’s a build-your-own soft serve ice cream sundae bar. STATUS: Open
RITTENHOUSE — Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook of Zahav and Federal Donuts fame are opening a restaurant in the Harper, the building going up where the Boyd Theater once stood. The eatery will face 19th Street. Spanish restaurant Tatel is also part of the Harper plans; that one will front Chestnut.
QUEEN VILLAGE — Taking over the former Kanella South space at 757 S. Front Street is Italian restaurant Fiore. Owners Ed Crochet and Justine MacNeil are kicking things off with a dinner series this month. Look for the day-time cafe part of Fiore to open in the next few weeks, with dinner service (and alcohol) to be added later. STATUS: Open
MIDTOWN VILLAGE/GAYBORHOOD — Now that Michael Schulson’s Giuseppe & Sons is open, the restaurateur and wife/business partner Nina Tinari can focus on their upcoming steakhouse, going in next to Double Knot and Sampan. Alpen Rose should open this month.
PENNSPORT — The Helm crew closed their Pennsport location (100 Morris Street) when they opened a Rittenhouse restaurant, but the space won’t be vacant for long. Philly Mag reports chef Ari Miller is opening Musi, a BYOB with a focus on local ingredients. STATUS: Open
WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST — Korean fried chicken and bulgogi cheesesteak spot Crunchik’n, from a father-and-daughter team, is setting up shop in what was most recently Ugly Duckling (212 S. 11th Street). John and Jen Choi plan to start serving this month.
FISHTOWN — Hiroki Fujiyama, the longtime head sushi chef at Morimoto, has his own Japanese restaurant in the works in Fishtown, in the same building as Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. He’s calling it Hiroki.
CENTER CITY — Also naming a restaurant after himself is Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who is opening Jean-Georges at the Four Seasons in the Comcast Technology Center. Like Greg Vernick, who has the casual Vernick Coffee Bar in the building and the upscale seafood spot Vernick Fish on the way, Vongerichten will have two places: Jean-Georges and a lounge.
CALLOWHILL — Next up for the team behind Kensington Quarters and Cafe Lift is a Chinese-Mexican restaurant right next to concert venue Union Transfer, at 11th and Spring Garden. It’s inspired by a historically Chinese neighborhood in Mexicali.
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.