Location: 11th and Spring Garden streets, Callowhill
Key Players: Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello, Nich Bazik, Derek Gregory
The Situation: The 13th Street Kitchens crew (Kensington Quarters, Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taproom) is taking inspiration from the cuisine of La Chinesca, a Chinese neighborhood in Mexicali, for a new restaurant going into what was a Jiffy Lube next to music venue Union Transfer. Outdoor seating is the highlight here, with about 100 seats under a canopy in front of the restaurant and in a backyard area. Rohe Creative, the team behind some of Philly’s coolest-looking restaurants, is in charge of the design.
Projected Opening: Late spring or early summer
The Lucky Well
Location: 990 Spring Garden Street, Callowhill
Key Players: Chad Rosenthal
The Situation: Food Network chef Chad Rosenthal took a break from working on his Philly outpost of the Lucky Well to open a location of the restaurant in Warrington, but now he’s back in the city putting on the finishing touches and getting ready for a spring opening. Like the original in Ambler, the upcoming Lucky Well is a barbecue destination with ribs, brisket, wings, and sausage, plus smash burgers, large-format dry-aged steaks, and vegetables prepared on a custom-made wood-burning grill brought in from Texas. Order at the counter, find a seat, and wait for the meat while you sip on a classic cocktail, like a whiskey sour or old fashioned, or one of six local beers on tap.
Projected Opening: The first or second week of April