The Philly restauranteurs we already know and love are opening new spots all over the city.
Stephen Starr has done it again, this time on South Street and in cahoots with chef Peter Serpico from New York City’s Momofuku. This modern, Asian-influenced restaurant has been the talk of the town for a good while now, and early on — it opened Friday — the food is living up to expectations. Expand your horizons with deep fried duck leg and Wagyu chuck flap.
604 South St.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the original IndeBlue has made quite a splash just over the bridge in Collingswood since opening in 2009. Chef Rakesh Ramola and his wife, Heather, just opened the Center City location, which serves up a mix of modern and traditional Indian food. The restaurant, open for dinner now, will start serving brunch this weekend, and lunch next week.
205 S. 13th St.
Kermit’s Bake Shoppe
Pizza plus sticky buns equals a match made in heaven, at least according to Adam Ritter, owner of Graduate Hospital staple Sidecar, operating manger of Fishtown hotspot Kraftwork, and now owner at the soon-to-open Kermit’s, a bakery/pizza shop packed with goodies from chef Chad Durkin. But plan to grab your grub and go because the new spot, which should have a soft opening early next month, will only offer takeout and delivery.
2204 Washington Ave.
Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery
If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, take a short trek outside Philly to Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery. Devil’s Den and Old Eagle Tavern’s owner Erin Wallace bought the historic property, formerly the General Lafayette Inn, and is making it into a brewpub with Scott Morrison installed as head brewer. Wallace is known for having a creative draft list at her other bars, and this one won’t be an exception, with 30 craft beers on draft and a selection of house-made brews. 646 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill
Marc Vetri must agree with us that there can never be enough pizza joints in the city. The man behind Amis, Alla Spina, Osteria and, of course, the impossible-to-get-a-reservation-at Vetri is opening a no-frills pizzeria later this summer. Expect a simple menu of wood-fired pizzas, similar to the pies at Osteria, plus salads and beer. If you’re as impatient for it to open as we are, don’t check out chef Brad Spence’s Instagram account to drool over the pizza-testing pictures he puts up almost daily. It’ll just make the wait that much harder.
1939 Callowhill St.
Aimee Olexy, owner of the wildly popular Talula’s Garden, is in the process of taking over more of Washington Square with Talula’s Daily, a cheaper alternative to the Garden. The new spot will be more of a martket, carrying locally made pantry staples, artisan vinegars and oils, sandwiches and take-home dinners. But at 7 p.m., diners can dig into a four-course set meal for $50, and nibble off the roaming cheese cart. The opening is slated for July 14 but reservations can be booked 60 days out — so get on it.
220 W. Washington Square