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July 31, 2020
Pop-Up Korean BBQ + A New Pizza Spot: The Weekly Philadelphia Restaurant Update
Philadelphia restaurant news for the week of 8/3/20.
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If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with Philly restaurants and bars right now, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, we’ll be keeping track of the latest openings, reopenings, takeout specials, and other exciting or noteworthy updates around the city.

After months of being closed, Philadelphia restaurants have been allowed to reopen with these specific guidelines. Check out Philadelphia Restaurants Reopened For Outdoor Dining for up-to-date info. And for the full list of 400+ restaurants offering takeout and delivery, organized by neighborhood, check out our guide here.

If you have any tips or questions, send us an email at philadelphia@theinfatuation.com.

week of august 3rd

  • Chef Michael Schulson just opened up a new fully-outdoor pop-up called Char Kol opened. The Korean BBQ spot is located outside of Giuseppe & Sons and focuses on grill-it-yourself meats like pork belly and thinly-sliced beef short rib. A few tables are available for walk-ins, or you can make a reservation here.

  • We’re getting a new addition to Philly’s growing pizza scene with a new spot in Manayunk called Pizza Jawn. The Manayunk shop opens on August 8th only doing takeout to start.

  • The Wayward, a new French-American spot, has opened in Center City with seating for around 30 people on a terrace covered in string lights. For now, they’re doing dinner (plus Happy Hour from 4-6pm) daily - and you can book a table through their website.

  • Queen Village pizza spot Emmy Squared has taken over the rooftop of a neighboring apartment building for the rest of the summer.

  • Closings: Both Bainbridge Street Barrel House in Queen Village and Manny Brown’s on South Street closed this week.



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week of july 27th

  • This past Monday, Mayor Kenney signed a law capping third-party delivery fees to 15%. Some charge up to 30% currently, so this change should help restaurants that are heavily relying on third-party delivery services for business during the pandemic.

  • Indoor dining has yet again been postponed until at least September 1st. And at least one Philly chef has some opinions about that.

  • Anejo, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar with two locations in NYC, is opening their first spot in Philadelphia on Friday, July 31st. It’s in Northern Liberties (in the Piazza), and will have 50 outdoor seats available to reserve.

  • Omar Tate, who had a pop-up at South Philly Barbacoa for the first half of the summer, is now running a GoFundMe for his newest project - a community center in West Philly.

  • The Breakfast Den, a new Vietnamese all-day cafe, has opened on South Street. You can check them out on Instagram.

  • Lay’s newest flavor of chips is Philly Cheesesteak - inspired by Geno’s in South Philly.

  • The people behind Circles & Squares and Pizza Plus are adding a new (temporary) location to their repertoire: Bourbon & Branch in Northern Liberties. Check their Instagram for more details.

  • Closings: High Street On Market’s Old City location will close in September after issues with rent increases. They’ll be looking for a new place to set up shop in the future.

Week of july 20th

  • Musi BYOB and Poi Dog are collaborating on a limited-edition, togarashi-yuzu and furikake hummus dish. Place an order here to pick it up from Musi, or here to pick up from Poi Dog.

  • Three new open-air restaurants have opened along the Delaware River, all from the team behind Harper’s Garden and Rosy’s Taco Bar. They range from a casual beer garden to a floating, 125-seat restaurant at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Reservations for the two sit-down spots are available here.

  • We recently visited Zig Zag BBQ - a new spot in Kensington next to Martha - and wrote a review on exactly what you need to order here.

  • Branzino BYOB in Rittenhouse has introduced a four-course lobster tasting menu for $55 per person through Labor Day Weekend. Call 215-790-0103 to make a reservation for their sidewalk seating.

  • French Toast Bites is the newest vendor to pop up at Spruce Street Park, and they’ll be there at least for the rest of the summer.

  • Closings: V Street, the casual sister restaurant to Vedge in Midtown Village, has closed permanently after employees attempted to organize for better working conditions.


  • Tuck Barre & Yoga has started leading morning yoga classes at Jet Wine Garden on South Street every Monday through Thursday at 7:15am and Saturdays at 9am. Classes are $20 each, and you can register for one here.

  • The Lucky Well, a new Memphis-style BBQ spot that already has a location in Ambler, opens their first Philadelphia location in Spring Arts on Friday, July 17th. To see all of Philadelphia’s recent restaurant openings, head here.

  • On Thursday, July 16th, some new coronavirus-related regulations went into effect in Philadelphia. One of those rules states that if you order alcohol at a restaurant while you’re dining in, you have to order food as well.

  • Royal Boucherie in Old City opens for outdoor dining this Friday, July 17th, at 4pm. They’ll have seating on their second-floor rooftop, along with some tables on the sidewalk and in the parking spaces out front. Reservations are available on their website.

  • You might have noticed that there are more pop-ups in Philly this summer than there have ever been before. We made a list of 11 of them that are worth checking out.

  • Closings: Greek spot Dmitri’s closed their last-remaining Philadelphia location in Northern Liberties on July 14th.

Week Of july 6th

  • For the first time ever, Pizzeria Beddia is doing delivery. Place an order here.

  • Five blocks of East Passyunk and a half mile of 2nd Street in Northern Liberties were supposed to close this weekend to make room for outdoor dining. But both have sadly been put off due to safety fears.

  • Parks On Tap, which most summers pops up in a new park every two weeks, has two “permanent” homes this year. The first is outside Fairmount Horticulture Center Arboretum, and the newest one (which opens this Friday, July 10th) is at Fairmount Water Works on the Schuylkill.

  • Two new fully outdoor spots have opened: Mexican bar Juno on Spring Garden, and seasonal beer garden The Land on Callowhill. Both are only accepting reservations for the time being, with no walk-in seating available.

  • Tria Taproom on Walnut has opened a pop-up called Joyride Beef & Ale with a full menu of things like wings, french dip sandwiches, and burgers. You can either order online or walk in and eat on their limited sidewalk seating.

  • Alma Del Mar, a.k.a. the seafood restaurant featured on the most recent season of Queer Eye, is finally open for takeout. Options include things like mango salad, salmon burgers, and tres leches pain perdu.

  • One of our favorite spots in the city, Vernick, has started a pizza counter, serving three different wood-fired pies, ice cream, and cocktails starting at noon each day. Order one for pickup here. Their wine shop is also reopened with a new “Chef’s Grocery” section that has spices, condiments, and more.

  • Milk Jawn, a new Philly ice cream company, has started doing online orders and popping up for scoops at coffee shops around the city.

WEEK of june 29th

  • If you haven’t been out to eat yet and are wondering how restaurants are handling their sidewalk and patio seating, check out this photo essay of what outdoor dining looks like around the city.

  • Stock Rittenhouse will be hosting a takeout-only pop-up called Anchor Light for the rest of the summer. They’ll serve mostly lobster rolls (including three different kinds) along with some sides like fries and salads.

  • Indoor dining, which was supposed to come back on July 3rd, has been postponed indefinitely.

  • Zig Zag BBQ, a new fast-casual spot next to Martha in Kensington, opened on Friday, July 3rd.

  • These 90-degree days have us daydreaming about bathing in a tub of water ice. We’ve picked out five of our favorites around the city in our latest guide.

  • Tapas spot Jamonera has turned into Salty’s Seafood & Ice Cream Shack for the summer. They’ll serve things like oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, lobster rolls, and root beer floats.

  • Closings: South Philly sports bar Toll Man Joe’s had its final day on June 29th.

Week of june 22nd

  • Some of our favorite patios have reopened with new rules, including Evil Genius, Barcelona Wine Bar, and Martha.

  • Fiore Fine Foods has been doing weekly gelato flavors - taking suggestions from their Instagram followers on what combinations they’d like to see. This week’s selections include almond stracciatella, lemon meringue pie, and triple swirl with peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and fudge. Preorder pints for pickup here.

  • Bao Nine, a fast-casual bao bun spot, opened in Rittenhouse Square on Thursday.

  • Middle Child has a new merch store, and there’s one shirt in particular that we’re huge fans of.

  • There’s been no official announcement yet about when indoor dining will return, but a bunch of restaurants - including Cicala on North Broad - have started taking reservations for their dining rooms beginning July 3rd.

  • Four Callowhill breweries (Love City, Triple Bottom, Yards, and Roy Pitz) have joined forces to create a mega beer garden in the big parking lot next to Love City.

  • Philadelphia’s best sushi spot, Royal Sushi, is finally back with a weekly pop-up series on Friday and Saturday nights for takeout. For more information, head to their chef’s Instagram.

  • Closings: Falafel shop Mama’s Vegetarian closed permanently earlier this week.

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