Mark your frozen dessert calenders, Igloo, a new frozen yogurt spot is opening at the corner of South and Gray's Ferry on March 23rd. Look forward to fruit sorbets, salted caramel gelato and top-your-own FAGE frozen Greek Yogurt. The futuristic frozen dessert spot is keeping it green with eco-friendly containers and utensils and neighborhood friendly with free wifi.
And in cookie news a new outpost of Insomnia Cookies, that genius late night warm cookie delivery service is opening on Monday at 135 S. 13th Street. The new location is celebrating with free cookie coupons all week long. The Midtown Village spot will be offering up warm chocolate chunks, snickerdoodles and double chocolate mint cookies fresh out of the oven delivered to you until 3 a.m. with milk, of course.
Looks like March 20th is the the grand re-opening date for the much missed Dolphin (1539 S. Broad St.) Shuttered since August, The Dolphin has been taken over by Avram Hornik and revamped with fresh neon, a new sound system and staff. Former P.O.P.E. barkeep Matt Summers is going to be slinging drinks along with a reportedly all-lady bar staff. And yes, there will be dancers.
Update: The Passyunk Post broke the very good news that Dave P of Making Time and Snack fame is going to be booking DJs at the revamped Dolphin so there will be plenty of futuristic sounds to look forward to. Consider us officially stoked.
Looks like Amis chef Brad Spence is getting busy testing out pies for the upcoming Pizzeria Vetri that we told you about back in the beginning of February. This gorgeous specimen was swiped from Spence's instragram feed and appears to be a tomato pie topped with fresh mozz, basil and olive oil with text book leopard spotting. We're not sure if this mortadella and bufala ricotta streudel is making its way onto Pizzeria Vetri's menu, but it's too beautiful not to share.
Remember back in June when a very serious fire shuttered long-time late-night slice joint Lorenzo's on South Street?
Well, it looks like they're getting ready to reopen. A Meal Ticket tipster sent us this photo of a flyer taped to the building's facade. Looks like they're hiring full time and part time pizza makers, cutters (cutters?) and cashiers, previous experience only, please. So if you're looking to advance your pizza-making career go ahead and send your resume in. But if you're just in the market for after hours slices, get psyched, looks like Lorenzo's is going to be reopening very soon.
The Insider shared some very good news for people who love sandwiches today. Anyone who has ever made the trek down to John's Roast Pork knows that there's a very good chance of sandwich disappointment if you show up post-lunchtime hours. But it looks like that all about to change. According to Michael Klein, owner John Bucci has struck a deal with Mick Daniel's Saloon at 2nd and Snyder and they're going to be serving up John's signature roast pork, sausage and meatballs after the flagship shuts down for the day. No word yet on cheesesteaks.
And speaking of cheesesteaks, Northeast classic, Steve's Prince of Steaks is bringing the Whiz to Center City and opening up shop at 16th and Walnut. We're not promising that new location is going to have the same black and white tile and chrome interior as the original but we're pretty stoked to have Steve's a little bit closer to home.
If you're in the market for breakfast/lunch options this weekend, we've got some breaking cafe news for you.
First up we're happy to report that Breezy's Cafe (2011 Reed St.) is now open. They're doing pretzel roll sandwiches, cheesesteaks and veg alternatives like a seitan hoagie and a Kennett Square mushroom melt.
And over in MIdtown Village, the 12th and Spruce spot that was home to the short-lived (and possibly best named ever) YOLO is reopening as Toast next Friday. They're going to be celebrating the opening with free coffee from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. courtesy of One Village, Fair Trade Roasters and Green Street. As one might assume from the name, Toast will be serving a menu of egg toasts (think truffled mushrooms and cheddar and smoked salmon, asparagus and hollandaise) as well as sandwiches, salads and housemade muffins and scones.
Well, the U-City outpost of Shake Shack is old news but we've got two more for you this afternoon. Eater's caught word that Umami Burger, the L.A. chain serving over the top creations like the Manly Burger (beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt onion strings and lardons) and the namesake Umami Burger (shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, Parmesan crisp and umami ketchup) has secured a $20 million dollar loan. What does that mean for us? A Philly outpost of Umami Burger. We're psyched.
Update: Well, looks like we spoke a little too soon. Zagat is saying that while a spokesperson for Umami is calling Philadelphia an ideal market there are no concrete plans for a Philly spot just yet.
Over in Jersey The Insider is reporting that Five Guys and Bobby's Burger Palace are about the get a little competition. Zinburger, a wine and burger bar is opening up shop at the Towne Center at Garden State Park. Looks like you'll be able to bookend that trip to the Cherry Hill Mall and Wegman's with a Nueske's applewood smoked bacon and Thousand Island topped Samburger and a glass of Kunde Cab on March 5th.
Zagat is reporting that Tom and Chris Molieri, the two brothers behind Point Breeze roastery, GreenStreet Coffee (a little background on those dudes right here) are taking over the former Spruce Street Espresso spot at 12th and Spruce.
Nothing solid yet, but the plan is to open up sometime this year and really hone in on the back story of the beans that they're roasting. The Molieri brothers have yet to choose a name for the shop. If you have any ideas head on over to Zagat, leave it in the comment section and if your name is chosen BAM free coffee for a year.
South Philadelphians, get stoked! The Passyunk Post is reporting that the owners of North Bowl are headed to the corner of Front and Oregon to open up SouthBowl. The details are pretty slim but the space is a former produce distribution center and and a stone's throw from Tony Luke's.
The post got a spokesperson from NorthBowl on the line who said that the new entertainment complex will be home to a bar and restaurant as well as the bowling alley. Plus there's talk of batting cages, arcade games and pool tales.
SouthBowl is aiming for a fall 2013 opening date.
Fans of Pub and Kitchen, missers of Meme, likers of food in Philadelphia get excited, Fitler Dining Room (2201 Spruce St.), the latest venture from Ed Hackett and Dan Clark is opening tomorrow. We stopped by the 22nd and Spruce spot to check out the makeover and take a peek at Rob Marzinsky's menu and we've got to say that it's looking good.
The window flanked dining room is airy and elegant with cafe tables, banquette seating and lots of shiny subway tile and marble. There's also a pretty sweet peek-a-boo cheese fridge.
But the real draw here is Marzinsky's menu. As a veteran of Stateside, The Diving Horse and Pub and Kitchen, he's put together an opening menu that relies on carefully sourced ingredients and refined technique with nods to France (think potato gnocchi with Burgundy snails, butternut squash, hazelnuts and chartreuse butter and Ozark Mountain Berkshire pork with boudin blanc and coco beans en cocotte).
It's also worth a mention that Marzinsky has been doing a bang up job documenting Filter Dining Room's opening on Instagram, so if you're into that kind of thing, go ahead and give him a follow.
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