Friday, August 22, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Gold Standard adding a cafe

Roger Harman and Vince Whittacre of West Philly's The Gold Standard are branching out, opening a small cafe at 20th and Fitzwater Streets in Southwest Center City.

Gold Standard adding a cafe

The former Beauty Shop Cafe at 20th and Fitzwater Streets, as spotted by Google´s camera  a couple of years ago.
The former Beauty Shop Cafe at 20th and Fitzwater Streets, as spotted by Google's camera a couple of years ago. Via Google

Roger Harman and Vince Whittacre of West Philly's The Gold Standard are branching out, opening a small cafe at 20th and Fitzwater Streets in Southwest Center City. It is the former Beauty Shop Cafe, as noted by the Philadelphia Real Estate blog.

Whittacre told me that the name will not be "the Gold Standard," so as not to confuse people. They're playing with a few names.

The new spot, to open in April, will serve panini as well as other foods that don't require a ventilation hood.

The Gold Standard traces its roots to 1979, when Harman and Duane Ball (who died in 2007) opened a cafe in a former laundry at 47th and Chester. It became the Palladium in 1983 when it moved into the ARCH building at Penn - now home of the new Tortas Frontera restaurant. It ran there for two decades.

More coverage
 
By George: Burger stand coming to Reading Terminal
 
Report: Penn has best college food in region
 
Makeover at Jake's Sandwich Board

After an Italian venture, Abbraccio, at 47th Street and Warrington Avenue (where Vietnam Cafe is now), Harman and Whittacre opened the Gold Standard at 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue in 2009.

 

Michael Klein Philly.com
About this blog
Michael Klein, the editor/producer of philly.com/Food, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here. Reach Michael at mklein@philly.com.

Michael Klein Philly.com
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com
Stay Connected