Four New Restaurant Projects on the Horizon

September 17, 2013
by Danya Henninger

Always room for more restaurants? In Philadelphia right now, that seems to be the case, and in the past week, four new projects have surfaced on the horizon.

Restaurateur Dave Magrogan has decided what to make of the prime 10th and Walnut corner spot that was formerly Square Peg and Marathon Grill. Magrogan’s modus operandi is settling on a concept and then opening multiple locations (see Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House, Harvest Seasonal Grill and Kildare’s) and that’s what he’ll do here. The bi-level space will become an outpost of Stella Rossa, the first of which opened this summer in Downingtown. The Center City locale will sport 200 seats, have a bar and also a grab-and-go coffee area. An October opening is targeted (929 Walnut St.).

In Northern Liberties, Pub on Passyunk East's Dennis Hewlett has taken control of the WineO space just off Fifth and Poplar, Eater reports. The P.O.P.E. proprietor isn’t talking yet, but the title of his new endeavor will likely be Bardot. We hope it turns out as beautiful as the movie star of the same name (447 Poplar St.).

Around five blocks away, on Second Street just north of Poplar, is the empty building that Jason Evenchik hopes to convert into another bar for his growing mini-empire (adding to Time, Vintage, Bar, Growlers and Garage). Per Foobooz, he already has a liquor license but still needs to lock down the lease (814-22 N. 2nd St.).

The last on our list is a new fine-dining restaurant from Townsend Wentz. The chef has left McCrossen’s Tavern after three years, reports The Insider, and has his eyes on two locations (one with a bar, the other BYO) for his own venture, which he hopes to launch this November.