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The Fast-Casual, Veggie-Promoting Dig Opens Its First Philly Location

The chain serves customizable bowls of locally sourced seasonal fare

three bowls of salads
Dig opens in Philadelphia
Dig [official photo]

Fast-casual chain Dig opens its first Philly location this week with a menu of build-your-own bowls of locally sourced meats and vegetables with several vegan and gluten-free options. After a few previews, including a day of donating proceeds to Hospitality Together, its first official day is Tuesday, January 7, at 1616 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse.

The New York-based Dig, which used to be called Dig Inn and counts Danny Meyer of Shake Shack among its investors, has 30 restaurants and its own farm and works with 130 other farms. It emphasizes its fresh fare, with in-season offerings like charred Brussels sprouts with honey-chili oil, roasted sweet potatoes, and a very tasty farro with butternut squash, and no freezers or microwaves.

Leading the kitchen at the new Philly location are chefs de cuisine Anthony Gargano, whose résumé includes Hungry Pigeon, Barbuzzo, and Di Bruno Bros., and Lenin Tello, who worked in New York and Australia, and chef operator Josh Jastrzembski, coming from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant.

It’s open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

storefront with the word dig on the window
Dig is next to Old Navy on Chestnut Street.
Dig [official photo]