Add another Israeli restaurant to Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook’s ever-growing list. The duo behind blockbuster hits Zahav and Goldie is heading to University City for a third location of hummus shop Dizengoff. It’s going into the Franklin’s Table food hall on the University of Pennsylvania campus, at 34th and Walnut streets.
Named for a street in Tel Aviv, Dizengoff serves only hummus, with topping choices that change daily, like spiced lamb, roasted golden beets, or avocado with harissa, and fresh, hot, hearth-baked pita. To drink, there’s tart frozen mint lemonade.
The first opened in 2014 on 16th and Sansom, followed by an outpost inside the Art Museum Whole Foods. (Locations in New York City’s Chelsea Market and in Miami didn’t last.)
Dizengoff, slated to debut at Franklin’s Table later this fall, joins CookNSolo’s vegan falafel shop Goldie at the food hall. The trendy lineup also includes DK Sushi, a spinoff of Double Knot; High Street Provisions from the High Street on Market crew; KQ Burger from the Kensington Quarters team; and Pitruco Pizza, known for its food truck and Enjay’s inside Smokey Joe’s nearby. The Little Baby’s Ice Cream stall closed — the ice cream chain’s usual busiest season, summer, is not the busiest time for a food hall on a college campus, so that one didn’t work out. There was also a Juice Merchant, but all the Juice Merchants closed.
Solomonov and Cook also have a Federal Donuts around the corner, to go with the Federal Donuts shops scattered around the city, as well as Abe Fisher and the new K’Far. They’re getting ready to open Israeli sandwich shop Merkaz in Center City, followed by Laser Wolf in Kensington.