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The 10 Philly Openings We’re Most Excited About This Summer

By Danya Henninger  |  May 20, 2014
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Summer outlook: hot, hot, hot on the Philly food index. From pho in Fishtown to hummus in Center City to Neapolitan pizza on East Passyunk, there’s a ton to look forward to in the next few months. Here are the 10 openings we’re most excited for this season, in chronological order by target launch date.

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    Former Zahav sous-chef Tyler Akin is tantalizingly close to launching this Fishtown pho parlor - he expects to open the doors to the 20-seat BYO “by early June." The open kitchen will serve Vietnamese soup in three styles (beef, vegan mushroom and the occasional chicken) along with salads, raw-fish and beef plates and whole steamed fish, which will be the only dish over $10. Expect dinner Thursday-Monday plus lunch Saturday and Sunday, to start.

    308 E. Girard Ave.

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    “Early summer is a good guess” for the opening of chef George Sabatino’s first solo venture, says wife Jennifer, who will oversee the bar program at the Rittenhouse restaurant. Located in the former Noche on the second floor at 19th and Chestnut, look for the Modern American to serve ingredient-driven cuisine plated in Sabatino’s signature graceful style. [Read more]

    1901 Chestnut St.

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    Abe Fisher & Dizengoff

    The pair of side-by-side Center City restaurants from Zahav’s Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov are expected to launch in June. Dizengoff will be a 25-seat casual hummusiya with a small beer list, the various hummus styles consorting with house pickles and pita for lunch, takeout and early dinner. Abe Fisher will have a full bar and serve dinner to a 50-seat space. The menu of small plates is inspired by Jewish foods from the diaspora (think France, Hungary, Italy, Montreal and even New York). [Read more]

    1605-27 Sansom St.

  • Capofitto

    The Old City restaurant from Capogiro’s Stephanie and John Reitano will be much more than a gelateria - the full bar is being built right now, and the wood-fired, black-and-white-tiled oven is being seasoned. “Late June” is a hopeful target for launch of the space, which will serve focaccia and other oven-roasted plates to go with scoops of the famous gelato.

    233 Chestnut St.

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    La Colombe Fishtown

    Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti are still looking forward to a June launch for their new flagship location on Frankford Avenue. The huge building will house a cafe, a bar, a bakery, the distillery producing “Different Drum” coffee-infused rum and a cupping and tasting center. La Colombe management offices will be there too, relocated from the Port Richmond roasting warehouse. [Read more]

    1335 Frankford Ave.

  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Official opening date for this pop-up park on the Delaware River is June 27, but you’ll be able to get a sneak preview on Thursday, June 26, at the next #whyilovephilly party ($10; stay tuned for ticket link). The boardwalk and hammock-covered plazas will offer concession-style food and an on-site restaurant and bar. Who’ll run it? The organizers are still figuring that one out, but considering they nabbed George Sabatino for their previous pop-up, we’ve got high hopes. [Read more]

  • Brigantessa

    Chef Joe Cicala is back from Italy with his official Neapolitan pizza certification, and construction is progressing well at this new East Passyunk venture from the Le Virtu team. Late July is the target opening for the enoteca/birreria, which will offer a large Italian wine list along with Italian craft beers. As for the food, “it'll be much more than pizza. There's the whole south for our inspiration,” proprietor Francis Cratil Cretarola says. [Read more]

    1520 East Passyunk Ave.

  • Kensington Quarters

    It’s looking like late summer for the launch of this restaurant with on-site butcher shop from Cafe Lift’s Michael and Jenniphur Pasquarello and Fleisher’s alum Bryan Mayer, with Damon Menapace as chef. Walk past the counter selling house-butchered local meats to get to the 125-seat dining room and two bars with 14 beers and eight wines on tap. Head to the second floor to find the large kitchen-classroom space. [Read more]

    1310 Frankford Ave.

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    Jason Evenchik’s Northern Liberties Restaurant

    Fruits, vegetables and herbs have been seeded at alternate locations as Time’s Jason Evenchik and crew complete construction on this Northern Liberties jazz, beer and whiskey bar across from North Bowl. By late summer, the growing plants will be transferred to the on-site urban garden, ready to be used by chef Sean Magee in his seasonal menu. The 40-50 taps will incorporate draft wine along with the craft beers, and you can expect live jazz nightly. (A name has not yet been chosen.) [Read more]

    914 N. Second St.

  • Whetstone

    Still on target for August is this regionally inspired American in Queen Village from the Brauhaus Schmitz team. The former Adsum and Tapestry space doesn’t need much work, but the dining room will get a light renovation and the below-ground kitchen is being enlarged. The 20 taps will pour craft beer to go with small-batch bourbons and wine, all complementing chef Jeremy Nolen’s seasonal menu full of house-cured and -fermented ingredients. [Read more]

    700 S. Fifth St.