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University City notes: Garces plugs, Han Dynasty opens

Dan Dan noodles, dining discounts, new burgers.

University City notes: Garces plugs, Han Dynasty opens

The latest Han Dynasty, at 3711 Market St., resembles Midatlantic, the space´s previous occupant.
The latest Han Dynasty, at 3711 Market St., resembles Midatlantic, the space's previous occupant.

Dan Dan noodles for University City: Han Chiang has soft-opened his fifth location of the Sichuan palace Han Dynasty, taking over the former Midatlantic in the University City Science Center at 3711 Market St. (215-222-3711). Chiang changed little in the woodsy-meets-industrial space, but gutted the kitchen to accommodate woks. There's a full bar, whose operation will be ramped up to make the spot - on a mighty lonely stretch of Market Street after hours - more of a late-night destination.

Burgers for Dragons: The Sabrina's Cafe in Ross Commons at 34th and Powelton on Drexel's campus (227 N. 34th St.) has opened Spencer ETA Burger across the hall. (They're playing with college Greek-dom here, as the "e" in "ETA" is fashioned from a sigma, Spencer ΣTA Burger.) It definitely keeps college hours: 8 p.m. to midnight Thursdays, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 4 to 10 p.m. Sundays. All burgers are $8.50, and a combo of burger plus fries (parm, plain, or sweet potato) is $12. Menu is here.

Specials: The University City District obtained the services of Iron Chef Jose Garces - who owns Distrito and JG Domestic in the area - to host a preview video for the next University City Dining Days, which will be July 12-26 with specially priced three-course meals at a record 34 restos. (This just in, fyi: Ambler will have its own restaurant week from July 20-29; stay tuned for details.)

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