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50-plus restaurants are due to open this spring and summer

Urban Italian in Fishtown. A family restaurant on the Cooper River. A new American specializing in crudo in Washington Square West. An artisanal beer/cider bar in Rittenhouse.

Urban Italian in Fishtown. A family restaurant on the Cooper River. A new American specializing in crudo in Washington Square West. An artisanal beer/cider bar in Rittenhouse.

Like bright flowers on the landscape, the orange liquor-application signs are out in force as a restaurant boom continues.

Here is a taste of the projected spring and summer restaurant openings in the area, along with the owners' guesstimates about opening - "May" means they may open in May, while "summer" means "summer gonna open on time." (Or they're not.)

Check back here frequently for updates, additions, subtractions, and occasional multiplications.


Wm. Mulherin's Sons, the "urban Italian," opens in a restored whiskey plant in Fishtown.


Baker Street's South Philadelphia bakery, at 20th and Alter Streets, just off Washington Avenue, is poised for the end of April.

Milkboy's location at Fourth and South Street has a April 27 target; wait till you see the garage doors going in soon.

Pinefish, the casual seafooder (with bar), is up for late April at 12th and Pine Streets.

Autograph Brasserie in Wayne - replacing Peppercorn (and previously Le Mas Perrier and georges') - is targeting late April.


World of Beer's first Philadelphia-area location is looking at May 2 at Main Street at Exton.

"Early to mid-May" for Medusa, an enormous pizzeria at York and Gaul Streets in Fishtown.

Eagles star Brent Celek and partners intend to open bop, a Korean-influenced bar, at the former Bliss (220 S. Broad St.).

Canton 11, an enormous Chinese restaurant, banquet hall, bubble-tea house, sushi bar, and karaoke lounge, is supposed to open in Chinatown in May.

Sweet Charlie's, the first of what will be several Thai-style, custom-made ice cream shops, is aiming at May at 711 Walnut St.

May 12 is the target date for Manayunk's relocated Chabaa Thai Bistro, along with a market/cafe called Binto.

St. Benjamin Brewing Co. in Kensington is looking at May to open its brew pub.

Bar One at Ninth and Christian Streets is targeting the Italian Market Festival on May 21 or May 22; if not, says co-owner Ryan Rubino, they'll go for early June.

Chef Lou Boquila is suggesting late May for Perla, his Filipino BYOB, at 1535 S. 11th St., next to Fond in Passyunk Square.

Shoo Fry, the french fry specialist, is looking at late May for its subterranean Rittenhouse location, followed in late summer by its Fishtown spot.


Late May or early June is the projection for Royal Izakaya, which will pair sushi-ists Matt and Jesse Ito with the crew from Khyber Pass, Royal Tavern, etc., in Queen Village.

The stylish Lou Bird's is under construction at the former Meritage at 20th and Lombard Streets.

Destination Dogs, a haute-dog bar, is on target to come to 1111 Walnut St. this spring.

Dino's Backstage will be a '40s-style supper club in downtown Glenside; there is a job fair Saturday, April 2.

Aqimero, a Latin grill from Richard Sandoval, opens inside the Ritz-Carlton on Broad Street in May.

Hugo's Frog Bar & Chop House, a steak house in the SugarHouse Casino, has no firm date other than "spring."

Panache Wood-Fired Grill, an American restaurant from the owner of the nearby Ristorante Castello, is being readied at Skippack and Penllyn-Blue Bell Pike in Blue Bell, where Marabella's was years ago.


Cake Life, the long-delayed bakery at 1306 Frankford Ave. in Fishtown, says June.

Lou Bird's, a swank reimagination of the Meritage space at 20th and Lombard Streets, is up for June after a heavy renovation.

June 6 is Marsha Brown's anticipated opening for a revived Ruth's Chris steakhouse at the Sonesta, 1800 Market St.


There's no name, but Nicholas Elmi is opening a bar at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave., next door to Laurel. Work starts April 4.



Rooster Soup Co., the do-good soup/sandwich shop at 1526 Sansom St. from CookNSolo restaurants and Broad Street Ministry, has a "summer" opening planned.

24 - Jose Garces' "health-conscious, wood-fired fare" restaurant at 2401 Walnut St. - is up for summer.


Teddy Sourias' Cinder, an artisanal beer/cider bar and pizza kitchen, has "midsummer" on its ticket at 1500 Locust St.

James, the cozy, refined, global American from the Mac's Tavern fellows, says "midsummer" at 19th and Arch Streets, across from the forthcoming second Comcast tower.

The luxe Tuscan 777 - which was formerly called Tasty Tuscan - expects to be open midsummer at 777 S. Broad St.


Scarpetta, the luxe, New York-based Italian restaurant, is up for late summer at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

Amis and Pizzeria Vetri are to open in Devon.

King of Prussia Town Center will house branches of Davio's, Fogo de Chao, Honeygrow and b.good.

Grace & Proper, a neighborhood tavern at Eighth and Carpenter Streets, is being readied by the Hawthornes/The Cambridge/Tio Flores team.

Harp & Crown, the stylish American from Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari at 1524 Chestnut St. (enter on Sansom Street, across from Ladder 15), is up for late summer.

La Colombe's Main Line branch, along with a Zavino and a Bryn & Dane's outpost, is penciled in for late summer at Blank Aschkenasy Properties' Bryn Mawr Village, 909 Lancaster Ave.

Manhattan institution P.J. Clarke's Philadelphia location, in the Curtis, is up for late summer.

N.B. Shawn Darragh says the Cheu Noodle Bar planned for Fishtown now has a winter timeline.