Around Rittenhouse Square:
Nicole Marquis is crossing her fingers for a late-April rollout of HipCityVeg, the vegan fast-fooder she has planned for 127 S. 18th St., in the spot that was Pad Thai Shack. (Previous post.)
I'd expect an opening by early May for Brodo, the soup-salad-sandwich specialist in the United Plaza building at 31 S. 18th St., a former Naked Chocolate Cafe location. In the middle of everything now, owner Matt Capetola and his wife are awaiting the birth of their first baby, so his father, Bob, is handling the sundry preopening headaches.