Restaurant notes: Center City construction updates

Nicole Marquis (right) at HipCityVeg with chef Lauren Hooks.

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.


A construction hiccup (change in general contractor) has delayed the debut of Jane G's, the long-planned upper-end pan-Asian restaurant coming to 1930 Chestnut St. (southeast corner of 20th Street). Co-owner Jackson Fu now is thinking about June. Chef Michael Chan's resume includes Shangrila in Devon.