Buoyed by its successful first year and a half, High Street on Market - the casual sibling of Fork in Old City - plans to open a second location in late summer or early fall in Lower Manhattan.
Ellen Yin and chef Eli Kulp have signed a deal at the corner of Hudson and Horatio Streets in the West Village. The concept - ingredient-driven American foods and baked goods served from breakfast through dinner in a cozy cafe setting - will remain. This location is a third larger than the original at 308 Market St.
The Garces Group is slinging Mexican food in a Baja beach scene at Buena Onda (1901 Callowhill St., 215-302-3530), midblock in a line of stores on the ground floor of the Granary building. Much of the staff from the former Distrito Cantina in Atlantic City - led by Aedo Rufino and guided by Gregg Ciprioni - is in the kitchen, turning out $3.50 fish or shrimp tacos (battered and fried or glazed in tequila lime), $3 meat/pork/chicken tacos, quesadillas, and nachos. The corn and flour tortillas are made to order, and those 21 and over get treated at the host stand to a 3-ounce pour of K38, a pale ale made for Buena Onda by Yards Brewing.
Wharton graduates Kalefe Wright and Amir Fardshisheh - whose University City healthy-dinner delivery outfit, Herban Quality Eats, this week expanded its zone to much of Center City - are planning a restaurant. It will take space later this year in a new building at 3601 Market St. Herban (say it "urban") will ascribe to the fast-casual model of cafeteria-line-style, build-your-own platters as practiced by Chipotle and others: Customers choose a base, add a protein, and order sides to complete a meal. They're working with Eimer Design on the look.
A year after opening coZara in University City, Hiroyuki "Zama" Tanaka has reopened from renovations that warmed up the place. New: a sushi bar on the first floor, and bamboo window treatments and rice paper on the second-floor windows to diffuse the light.
Grace & Pat's, specializing in "grandma-style" pizza and family-priced meals, is looking at a mid-April opening in the former Da Vinci at 1533 S. 11th St., off East Passyunk Avenue. Owner Mike Giammarino shuttles between South Philadelphia's Gennaro's Tomato Pie and Manhattan, as he also owns iconic Lombardi's.
Elixr Coffee Roasters has signed on to handle the coffee at Double Knot - Michael Schulson's coming coffee-slash-curio shop-slash-Japanese izakaya planned for fall at 120 S. 13th St., next to his Sampan.
Business partners Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin are out with books - Vetri's third (Mastering Pasta) and Benjamin's first (Front of the House). Vetri will do a Q&A at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. It's free.