Big Gay Ice Cream to Philly, New City Tap House This Fall
Your daily roundup of Philly food tidbits
• UPDATE: This was confirmed as expected, and The Insider reports the cool ice creamery will be going in next to Kevin Sbraga's third restaurant at Broad and South. A late August/early September opening is expected. Big Gay Ice Cream is coming to Philadelphia! The rumor about the ultra-popular NYC creamery is as of yet unconfirmed, unless you count both G-Philly and The Insider speculating about it and @biggayicecream tweeting nonstop about what makes Philly great. Owners Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff are in town today for Vetri’s Great Chefs Event, and are expected to make the announcement official tonight.
• This September, Center City is getting its very own City Tap House. The West Philly craft beer haven already expanded to DC, and by fall, will take over the former home of Public House on Logan Square (the same parent company owns both bars, as well as Pennsylvania 6 and Field House). City Tap Logan will have 40 beers on draft and two cask engines, as well as a bright open kitchen, airy windows and a huge video wall. Not many are saddened by the revamp, and all in all it’s great news for the lacking-in-good-options Ben Franklin Parkway.
• Ex-Tap Room on 19th chef Jennifer Choplin has landed at Dock Street Brewery, reports The Insider. She’ll introduce a new menu at the West Philly brewpub (they of goat brain beer) and brick-oven-pizza spot within a couple of weeks.
• Victory Brewing is launching a line of gourmet cheddar spreads. Made in partnership with local producer Key Ingredient Market, the three flavors merge Wisconsin cheddar with Hop Devil, Golden Monkey and Headwaters Pale Ale. Unfortunately, the $6.99 retail containers are not slated to be available in the Philadelphia area - the mid-June launch will go to Whole Foods in Northern NJ, NYC and Western Connecticut. They will be available at the Victory store in Downingtown, however.
• Can you run a 5K? Can you run a 5K that requires you to down a half pound of bacon in the middle? That’s the race being put on this September by the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Phillies Triple-A affiliate team, reports The 700 Level. We know lots of folks who love both running and bacon, but putting them together seems downright dangerous, at least for the jogging outfits.