4 local eateries to set up inside new Center City Whole Foods store
CHeU, Dizengoff, Wiz Kid, and Severino pasta will create a food hall within the supermarket.
The new Whole Foods Market in Center City will have two bars, a mobile cocktail cart, a coffee bar, and a juice bar - oh, and groceries - when it opens at 2101 Pennsylvania Ave. on Oct. 14.
In addition, how about a food hall within a supermarket?
Four Philadelphia-area restaurateurs will offer prepared foods from luncheonette-style counters equipped with bar stools:
CHeU Noodle Bar: Chef Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh (who also have Bing Bing Dim Sum and another CHeU planned for this winter in Fishtown) will sell Asian-style bowls and small plates from this offshoot of their Washington Square West hot spot.
Dizengoff: Chef Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook (Zahav and Abe Fisher) will sell hummus and pita; it's an offshoot of their Center City and New York City hummusiyas.
Severino Cucina Rustica: A spinoff of the 45-year-old Westmont pasta company, this counter, run by veteran chef Marc BrownGold, will offer Italian American sandwiches, pastas, salads, and desserts.
Wiz Kid: Vedge chef/owners Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are opening a vegan sandwich/salads/fries shop next door to V Street in Rittenhouse Square this winter. This counter will offer an early taste.
The Whole Foods Market will also have theater-style kitchens to allow customers to watch the prep more closely, and 140 seats for dine-in.
Its one main bar will serve cocktails, nearly 40 beers available (16 on tap), and wine. A second, smaller bar - part of the coffee bar - will serve beer, wine, and cocktails that are tea- and coffee-inspired. A third drinking option is a cocktail cart for people who are sitting at the venue counters. They can go to the full bar for draft beer, but can also order cocktails, beer by the can/bottle, and wine by the glass from the cart.
As this store opens on Oct. 14, the current Whole Foods at 20th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue will close at 2 p.m. Oct. 12.