Expansions: Delicias, Aqua, Pure Sweets
Arepas are coming! Lynette Gueits is expanding from her duo of popular Delicias Latin food trucks in West Philly and opening a storefront just off South Street, per The Insider’s Michael Klein. In just a year, her arepas have garnered quite a bit of attention - there aren’t that many other places to get the grilled and stuffed corn patties in Philadelphia.
The space, at 526 South Fourth Street, was most recently home to 5 ‘n’ 2 Tokyo, a Christian-themed sushi spot that never took off. Location probably wasn’t the problem - as Klein points out, it was once home to Aimee Olexy and Brian Sikora’s hugely successful BYO Django. This new BYO could launch as soon as next week.
Another Michael Klein find: Aqua, which has provided Malaysian and Thai eats to Liberty Bell visitors at Seventh and Chestnut since 2008, is taking over the tiny space at 120 South 15th Street. The spot previously housed Shank’s Original for a hot minute. That opening could come before the end of the month.
We’ll have to wait until at least February for the third expansion - that’s the soft target date for Pure Sweets’ first retail storefront, which Be Well Philly notes is coming to 1706 Locust Street. Pure Sweets currently provides gluten-free, kosher, vegan organic treats and smoothies to a variety of cafes and gourmet markets, including Talula’s Daily and Di Bruno Bros. Owner Andrea Kyan is planning a combo bakery-cafe-juice-bar with a focus on Southeast Asian flavors (her father’s family is from the region). Kyan is hosting an open-call interview session for kitchen assistants this coming Tuesday (details here).