The pandemic has put the brakes on Philadelphia-area restaurant openings, but the scene has not come to a complete stop.
Many projects that were started before the pandemic have opened, albeit with a different focus. A few restaurants have rebranded. By early next year, however, the number of restaurant and bar closings certainly will exceed the number of openings.
Here are some notable restaurants that have opened in 2020.
Ken Love’s BYOB in Northern Liberties.
Federal Donuts' location at 21 S. 12th St.; Sueno in Washington Square West; Fitz and Starts in Queen Village (was Hungry Pigeon); Super Spartan (pop-up in Washington Square West); the Daily (at the Divine Lorraine); El Purepecha (move to 315 N. 12th St.); Bloom Southern Kitchen (123 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs); Dim Sum Factory in Washington Square West.
Pizza Jawn in Manayunk; Clementine’s Stable Cafe in Spring Garden; New Ridge Brewing Co. in Roxborough; the Wayward in Center City; Char Kol in Rittenhouse; Izzy’s 33 in South Philadelphia; Mari BYO in Queen Village; Pizza Da’Action on South Street; Rose Garden in Graduate Hospital; Empanadas Lab in North Wales.
Alma del Mar in South Philadelphia; Juno on Spring Garden Street; SET NoLibs in Northern Liberties; Añejo in Northern Liberties; Zig Zag BBQ in Kensington; the Breakfast Den in Graduate Hospital; Nifty Fifty’s in South Philadelphia; Lucky Well on Spring Garden Street; Renata’s Kitchen in West Philadelphia (moved); Gypsy Blu in Ambler (reopened, new owner); Delco Steaks in Broomall; Garden Restaurant at the Barnes in Logan Square.
Mokja in Ambler.