Philly restaurants that planned for spring and summer openings have had to push back their debuts due to the pandemic, but a few managed to get things up and running this week, joining the list of restaurants offering outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery while indoor dining rooms are closed.
While studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, the level of risk involved with patio and sidewalk dining is contingent on restaurants, and diners, following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
New York import Añejo lands at the Piazza in Northern Liberties at 1001 N. Second Street with Mexican food — like duck enchiladas, pork belly tostadas, and shrimp tacos — and a long list of tequila drinks, including 10 on draft (and one $33 margarita). There are about 50 outdoor seats set under umbrellas, with another 35 to be added mid-August. The restaurant was slated to open in March, and then planned to wait until indoor dining was an option. But since indoor dining has been pushed to September 1 at the earliest, the owners decided to start outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery now. The team of owners includes Philly’s Tim Lu and Derek Gibbons, who have bars Leda & the Swan, Germantown Garden, and Vesper. Ricardo Camacho, also an owner, is the executive chef. The chef de cuisine is Willie Hernandez.
The Wayward, opening Monday, August 3, in a new hotel at 12th and Ludlow, is being described as an American brasserie with French-inspired American dishes. That means oysters, corn beignets with sour cream and onion, and steak fries with bone marrow chimichurri. The restaurant is also going for the largest selection of gin in Philly. Executive chef Yun Fuentes cooked in Puerto Rico and New York City before landing in Philly at notable spots Amada, Tinto, Alma de Cuba, and DK Sushi (the fast-casual offshoot of Double Knot). Onsite dining is on an outdoor terrace decorated with greenery and string lights.
David and Ana Lee’s popular pizza pop-up gets a permanent home in Manayunk, at 4330 Main Street. Unlike some other pizzerias, Pizza Jawn has built a following for a few different types of pizza, including round Neapolitan pies and square Detroit-style pies with crispy cheese edges. The takeout shop is technically open now, though the official grand opening is Saturday, August 8.
Bonus: The New Rooftop at Emmy Squared
The Philly location of this pizza chain known for its Detroit-style pies and burgers on pretzel buns added rooftop dining at Fifth and Bainbridge in Queen Village, available Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. Takeout, delivery, and street-level seating are offered Wednesday to Sunday, though the street-level seats are partially inside the restaurant, which doesn’t adhere to outdoor dining rules.