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
Cicala at the Divine Lorraine on North Broad is exactly the restaurant it needs to be, exactly the restaurant it wants to be.
699 N. Broad Street
Joining the Philly restaurant scene at the very end of the year, this brand-new southern Italian eatery from Joe and Angela Cicala is a feast for the eyes, with gleaming chandeliers, plush seats, and antique touches.
Just when I think the Beer Bubble is about to burst, more breweries open to reignite our limitless hop-timism. New since summer: the Spring Garden Beer District got another entry with Triple Bottom Brewing (915 Spring Garden St., 267 764-1994); Kensington landed Punch Buggy Brewing Co. (1445 N American St.); and Dock Street South (2118 Washington Ave., 215-337-3103) became a new piece in Washington Avenue’s ongoing transformation.
No, South Philly chef Jennifer Zavala won’t be entering her controversial vegan meatballs into Taproom on 19th’s 6th Annual Meatball Challenge this weekend. Instead, she’ll be spending the weekend at music venue Underground Arts, where the popular pop-up chef just found a permanent home for her tamales and other foodstuffs.
The first stop at Dark Passage, opening October 4 at 1004 Buttonwood Drive in Callowhill, is the Strange Spirits Lounge, which creator Pseudonym Productions is describing as a speakeasy-themed bar. The company worked with Carey to put this piece of the attraction together, and the key here is you can get a cocktail (Halloween-themed, of course) and take it with you as tour the rest of the rooms (and, presumably, try not to jump in fright and spill it. Maybe safer to just drink the whole thing first). The setup is fairly loose, meaning once you leave the bar you can circle back to it whenever you want.
Triple Bottom Brewing brings its philosophy of “beer, people, and planet” to Spring Garden Street.
TRIPLE BOTTOM BREWING GRAND OPENING!
You have probably seen this spot under construction for the past few months and now it’s time to toast their opening day!
Come have a beer with us on September 12! It’s going to be an amazing night, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Cheers to open doors and great beers,
Tess, Bill, & Kyle – the Triple Bottom team
New owners Nikisha Bailey and Matthew Nam want the revamped cafe and bar in Philadelphia’s Callowhill neighborhood to be a “safe space for creatives.”