New Philadelphia restaurants are announced so often these days that it’s nearly routine, but the promise of fresh places to eat and drink is always welcome. From a celeb chef in Atlantic City to the expansion of two area pizzerias, here’s a roundup of various new projects on the horizon.
Atlantic City is going through a rough patch right now, and the end of the year will see four casinos shuttered. Perhaps the star of Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares can give the resort his signature shakeup — Gordon Ramsay’s next restaurant will land at Caesars, taking over the spot previously home to steakhouse Mia. An English pub-style menu is planned for the 250 seats across a bar, a vintage-style lounge and multiple dining rooms. An early 2015 opening is targeted.
Ramsay has space to move into AC because Chris Scarduzio is moving out. As The Insider first reported, the former Brasserie Perrier co-owner is pulling out of nearly all projects, including Mia at Caesars, Scarduzio’s at Showboat (which is shutting down) and even the bistro planned for East Passyunk Avenue. Instead, he’s concentrating on a single restaurant in Newtown Square, which he’ll open in partnership with Alberto Guadagnini of Teca in West Chester. Expect Italian food along with Neapolitan pizza when the renovations are complete and doors open, as soon as this fall.
In other wood-fired pie news, Princeton can look forward to a new outpost of Tom Grim and Stalin Bedon’s pizza haven. After starting with a restaurant in Hopewell, NJ, the partners have opened two in Philadelphia, one on Seventh and South and another, called Nomad Roman, at 13th and Locust. Now they’re headed back to the Garden State, taking over a former gas station spot in the Princeton Shopping Center. There’s lots of work to be done, so look for a launch in late 2015.
In non-wood-fired pie news, a new branch of the gigantic-slice-serving icon is coming to West Chester, per West Chester Dish. Second-gen owner Giuseppe “Joe” Pulizzi tells them the menu for the former Sprazzo corner location will have everything offered on South Street and more: stromboli, calzones, sandwiches and cheesesteaks — that last of which will allow them to offer their own version of the famous pizza-wrapped cheesesteak “Philly Taco.” November of this year is targeted for an opening.
The Main Line is getting a branch of Fuel, Rocco Cima’s cafe serving healthy plates — each one is 500 calories or less — which already operates in Center City and South Philly. According to The Insider, the new spot will be much larger than the inner city locations, and is due for a January opening.
No specifics for brick-and-mortar locations have yet been discussed, but with a successful Kickstarter campaign behind him, Del Posto chef Mark Ladner is onto the next step in his vision for a chain of gluten-free pasta quick-serves. Philadelphia is on the list of possible cities for a permanent spot, and to test the waters, Ladner will bring his unicorn-like product (gluten-free pasta that’s actually good?) to Philly next month with a series of pop-ups.
On Thursday, October 2, he’ll visit Eli Kulp, who cooked at Del Posto right after culinary school, for two events. From 11:30 AM-3:30 PM, Ladner will serve his Italian-style noodle bowls for lunch at High Street on Market, and in the evening he’ll preparing a tasting menu with Kulp at Fork. Seats are $150 per person and reservations are available by calling 215-625-9425. On Friday, October 3, Ladner will be popping up at Drexel, serving “Bene Boxes” all day, according to Gluten Free Philly.