Thursday, May 25, 2006

New Restaurant roundup — the outside is for drinking

We like to eat. We like to drink. More importantly, so do a lot of you. In order to facilitate more of this, here’s a rundown of some new establishments coming to town.

- Mantra is set to open any day now in the space on 18th that was most recently Yann. Asian vibe. They’ve added a liquor license. [CP]
- Philebrity reports that North Bowl is making progress and should be open before too long. All good news. [Philebrity]
- Speaking of bowling, we can’t imagine that Lucky Strike Lanes will be very cool when it opens in June above the old Woolworth on Chestnut. (Sorry, we don’t like chains very much.) [CP]
- The cleverly named Water Works Restaurant is readying to open late next month at — you guessed it — the Fairmount Water Works. Hopefully, in time to watch the fireworks during the PECO Boathouse Row Bash. [Inky]
- More good news: Fresh off making the Top 50 Places to Have a Beer in America (#39), the folks at Tria are already working on their second locale. It’s not for a while yet (like early 07), but the new spot is in Wash West. [Tria]
- The Cira Centre is getting a restaurant from Daniel Stern (Gayle) in October, while the new Comcast Tower will get a restaurant from his former employer, Georges Perrier. [PBJ]
- And Fogo de Chão is coming to town. Yes, we know it’s a chain. But it’s fucking Fogo de Chão. We’re talking mountains of meat. From Brazil. Getting dizzy just thinking about it. Location still under wraps. [Inky]
- But this week’s winner comes from the folks who brought you Royal Tavern… Cantina El Caballito, featuring “lots and lots of tequila,” is due to open next week on Passyunk Avenue. Sounds kinda awesome. Yep. Definitely awesome. [CP / Philebrity]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine that the Water Works restaurant will be as successful as, say, Estia. When the "help wanted" ad first appeared on Craigslist, the "Compensation" listed "Brought to you by the former Managing Partner of The Capital Grille." Pompous, much? He neglects to mention that his contract wasn't renewed for certain reasons.