East Passyunk Restaurant Week Features 26 Restaurants February 25 to March 8

East Passyunk Restaurant Week Features 26 Restaurants February 25 to March 8

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) presents the 7th Annual East Passyunk Restaurant Week from Monday, February 25 to Friday, March 8, 2019.  Twenty-six award-winning restaurants along Philadelphia’s acclaimed restaurant row will serve up three course, value-priced lunch and dinner menus for $15, $25 and $35 each. From low key BYOBs to elegant candlelight dining to Italian “red gravy” joints to Mexican street food, East Passyunk Restaurant Week boasts a diversity of dining experiences and cuisines that offer something for everyone.

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Mary Dougherty of Nicole Miller to Kick-Off Exclusive New Monthly Dine & Dish Series at The Bercy in Ardmore

Mary Dougherty of Nicole Miller to Kick-Off Exclusive New Monthly Dine & Dish Series at The Bercy in Ardmore

Mary Dougherty, the owner of Nicole Miller boutiques in Philadelphia, will be the inaugural speaker at the debut of Dine & Dish - a new monthly dinner series presented by Realtor and tastemaker Michelle Leonard, and hosted at The Bercy in Ardmore. The series will kick-off on Monday, January 28th with Dougherty sharing stories about her success in building her fashion empire. The evening's festivities begin at 5:30pm with a “meet and greet” reception, and dinner will then run through 8:30pm.

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Pala'a Latin American Seafood Opens In Ardmore With Arepas, Patacone, Ceviches, Tartares And Chupe

Pala'a Latin American Seafood Opens In Ardmore With Arepas, Patacone, Ceviches, Tartares And Chupe

Ardmore Initiative is pleased to welcome the newest addition to Ardmore’s restaurant scene, Pala’a, a Latin American seafood restaurant. Cira Ferreira, Levi Hernandez, and Ivan Brcek's new BYO is located at 18 West Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore. Pala’a specializes in ceviches, tartares, chupe, arepas and patacone. Sides, housemade juices and desserts are also available. Reflecting the focus on seafood, the dining room is playfully and vibrantly decorated with graphics of azure Venezuelan beaches and brightly colored beach chairs. Order at the front counter and enjoy a cup of papelon, a refreshing lime drink, as you wait for your food. Pala'a is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every Tuesday through Sunday. 

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Revolution Taco Celebrates One Year Anniversary With Free Empanada Giveaway And All-You-Can-Eat Taco Party

Revolution Taco Celebrates One Year Anniversary With Free Empanada Giveaway And All-You-Can-Eat Taco Party

Revolution Taco (2015 Walnut St, Philadelphia) hosts an all-day celebration for their One Year Anniversary tomorrowFriday, January 13, 2017. From 12:00pm to 2:00pm,  owners Carolyn Nguyen and Michael Sultan are giving away free empanadas. From 7:00pm to 10:00pm, the duo will host an all-you-can-eat taco party with a special anniversary taco, plus four other varities, and chips, salsa, Yard’s beer, DJ, sweets and more. The taco party is $30 per person and tickets are available at bit.ly/revolutiontaco1, by calling 267-639-5681 or at the door. Guests must be 21 or older to drink. For more information, visit www.therevolutiontaco.com, call 267-639-5681 or follow @revolutiontaco

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Fine Palate Unveils New Lounge, Weekday Lunch Service And New Fall Dishes

Fine Palate Unveils New Lounge, Weekday Lunch Service And New Fall Dishes

Executive Chef Vince Joseph and owner Courtney Dow celebrate the first anniversary of Fine Palate (231 S. 15th Street) with some exciting changes, both in and out of the kitchen. Starting this week, look for a new lounge on the first floor, new weekday lunch service and new fall menu changes on the dinner menu. The duo, known for the first pop-up rooftop sensation Le Bok Fin, opened the global-oriented restaurant and bar in fall of 2015. One year later, they want to continue to continue to evolve the dining experience they are offering, while pushing the envelope with the finest ingredients from around the world.

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Chef Luke Palladino Opens First Restaurant in Philadelphia Palladino's on East Passyunk Avenue

Chef Luke Palladino Opens First Restaurant in Philadelphia Palladino's on East Passyunk Avenue

Chef Luke Palladino is excited to announce that Palladino’s at 1934 East Passyunk Avenue will open for business this Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 5:00pm.  Palladino’s will join LP STEAK, LukePalladino Seasonal Italian Cooking and Luke Palladio Catering as part of Luke Palladino Hospitality Group. The stylish fine dining restaurant with full service bar will focus on seasonal Italian, steak and seafood, and will be Chef’s first restaurant in Philadelphia. Situated at the intersection of Broad Street and East Passyunk Avenue, Palladino’s will be the premiere property at the gateway to one of the hottest restaurant rows in America.  

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East Passyunk Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl Casts Halloween Spell at 13 Philadelphia Restaurants and Bars

East Passyunk Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl Casts Halloween Spell at 13 Philadelphia Restaurants and Bars

Grab your broomstick and fly around East Passyunk Avenue during the 5th Annual Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Enjoy seasonal craft beers bubbling up in cauldrons at 13 bars and restaurants along Philadelphia's new restaurant row.  Registration takes place at Garage (1231 EPA) from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Tickets are $6.66 (click HERE) and include $3.00 craft beers, a witch hat and a Witch CRAFT stamp card (for a chance to win $325 in prizes). Tickets can be purchased online at www.bit.ly/passyunkwitchcraft. All proceeds benefit East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District's cleaning and greening programs. 

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Grand Opening Photos: Brunch Hot Spot Chhaya Cafe Opens New East Passyunk Location

chhaya café opened its doors to new larger home at 1819 East Passyunk Avenue on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Chef and owner Varnana “V” Beuria brings her passion for delicious coffee and simple flavorful food to a new kitchen doors away from her original restaurant in the heart of Philadelphia’s restaurant row.

chhaya, which means shelter and tranquility, will now offer nearly double the seating but continue to offer an intimate, warm and cozy atmosphere. The breakfast, lunch and brunch menu still focuses on unique waffle preparations, playful twists on classic dishes, rotating entrees and a selection of seasonal weekend brunch specials. The new location will be open seven days a week, operating Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. The kitchen will close daily at 3:30pm.

chhaya’s new space is nearly double in size (1,100 square feet) and features seating for 50 inside and 10 outside. Despite the expansion, the floorplan was designed to provide guests with the same intimate, quiet and tranquil feel of the former space. Beuria wanted the new chhaya to feel more modern, but preserve a warm and cozy feeling. “I used a lot of wood to bring the warmth in, to make it feel intimate even though the dining room will be much larger,” said Beuria.  

Beauria collaborated with Toner Architects on the unique floor plan that provides for dedicated areas for dining, relaxing, laptop use, working, socializing and more.  The final layout was designed to be set up like a bar, not a traditional coffee shop.  Beuria wants guests to communicate and interact with the baristas like a customer does at a bar.  “The centerpiece of the new location will feature a coffee bar with seating in the front for baristas and customers to interact with each other, not just place to order and run,” said Beuria. “Our employees have always had an intimate relationship with customers, and will continue to in the larger space.”

 Other notable features include:

  • Floor to ceiling windows have been installed along the storefront, that open out to East Passyunk, framed in Mahogany with tempered glass, seating will feature comfy chairs with a low table, new outlets spaced between seating for customers that wish to plug in
  • Laptop area with live edge wood slab with bark, featuring ample electrical outlets for customers to plug in
  • Ambrosia Maple tables and chairs handmade by a family friend; other chairs made from dark Walnut
  • New floors made from a combination of White Oak from Lancaster county, plus ceramic tile and concrete
  • Coffee bar that will feature seating for up to six people, with no outlets to encourage old fashioned conversations, a dessert and food case, and a striking finished wood top
  • Pillars covered with creamy off-white plaster inlaid with a lace pattern to add another layer of texture and warmth
  • “Windows seats have always been a favorite to customers,” said Beuria. “I expect the new nook with shelves and books and sofas will become a favorite.”

Expanded space also means additional room for chhaya’s art program. Local and regional artists will be able to hang more pieces on the walls, and chhaya will have space host three dimensional pieces.  The art program will be led in-house, with two long-time baristas taking over the program. Details for the opening show are in development.

chhaya’s opening menu is very similar to the current location, with the possibility of small changes. The breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch menu still focus on unique waffle preparations, playful twists on classic dishes, rotating entrees and a selection of seasonal weekend brunch specials. chhaya’s food and drink menus are simple but carefully crafted with a focus on quality ingredients and heartfelt preparation. chhaya pours organic, fair trade coffee that is locally hand-roasted in small batches and delivered to the café weekly.  Now that the new spot is open, chhaya will announce the arrival of late summer and early fall seasonal dishes in the near future.

Down the road, the menu at chhaya may evolve and grow. Beuria will also explore adding later hours, ramping up baked goods, additional vegan and vegetarian offerings, increasing our popular pie of the day program, and some other surprises in the kitchen.

For more information, visit the new www.chhayacafe.com (coming soon), call (215) 465-1000, follow @chhayacafe and like chhaya café on Facebook.

Mt. Airy Announces 50+ Food Trucks and Restaurants for Street Fare on September 18, 2014

Mt. Airy Announces 50+ Food Trucks and Restaurants for Street Fare on September 18, 2014

Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll brings tasty bites and beverages back to Mt. Airy on Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 6:00pm to 10:30pm.  Sip and savor gourmet eats and drinks from 50+ of the region’s best gourmet food trucks and local restaurants stationed along Germantown Avenue, between Sedgwick and W. Mt. Airy Avenue. Stroll the Avenue for family fun, live music and handmade crafts. Street Fare is organized by Mt. Airy USA and annually attracts over 11,000 people.  For event updates, visit gomtairy.com, call 215-844-6021, follow @gomtairy on Twitter and like “Go Mt. Airy” on Facebook.

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Weekend Top Events: Free Pizza, First Friday, Fantasy Hair and Flying Trapeze

Weekend Top Events: Free Pizza, First Friday, Fantasy Hair and Flying Trapeze

We're happy to say goodbye to all things spooky and haunted and welcome new fall events and menus during November. Enjoy these top weekend picks from our clients City of Hope, Fly School Circus Arts, Nick's Roast Beef in Old City, Sassafras, Serrano and SliCE.  Don't miss FREE pizza, live music, fantasy hair, flying trapeze, salted caramel creme brulee and peanut butter beer. 

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