Fall restaurant preview: Where we will be eating

Chef Aaron Gottesman behind the line at Hearthside, 801 Haddon Ave., Collingswood.


A typical fall season for restaurant openings is shaping up in the Philadelphia area.

Among the newcomers: a wood-fired grill, a slick Spaniard, an American bistro, a mega-brewpub, a stylish bruncherie, a couple of barbecue joints, two fried-chicken joints, an Indian fast-casual bistro, a Middle Eastern market/restaurant/garden, a Peruvian scenester, high-end sushi, two Greek fast-casuals, a chef-driven bar, a Mexican bar, several neighborhood bars, and a Ping-Pong lounge.

And oh, yes — a bar/restaurant themed to the postapocalypse, which will explain the plane “crashing” through its roof and the “nurses” dispensing drinks in IV bags.

It’s showtime, all right.

At least 40 restaurant/bars will open in the next several months in the Philadelphia area. In most cases, precise opening dates are elusive, as restaurants depend on a million or so moving parts and government approvals. All time frames stated here represent the best estimates of the owners, contacted this week. Watch this blog for more.

But first, three updates: Anastasi Seafood’s plan to open a restaurant at 943 S. Ninth St. in the Italian Market fell through, says Janet Anastasi Stechman. Anastasi’s still plans to convert an old butcher shop at 1039 S. Ninth St. into a shellfish specialty shop. Anastasi, meanwhile, has not been given a date to vacate its longtime home at Ninth Street and Washington Avenue, destined to become a condo building. For now, it’s status quo. Also not happening: Kyung Ho, the planned Peter Serpico/Stephen Starr restaurant at 2025 Sansom St. Also, the shuttered Ardmore favorite Barbacoa will not be resurfacing nearby.

Opening in the next week

Pistola’s Del Sur: The sibling of the Mexican bars Jose Pistola’s in Center City and Sancho Pistola’s in Fishtown is due to open its South Philadelphia location at 1934 E. Passyunk Ave. (where Palladino’s was) this week.

Choolaah: Sophisticated, high-quality, fast-casual Indian food in a bright, energetic setting at King of Prussia Town Center. Opens Sept. 15.

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Choolaah and its four tandoors, at 155 Main St., King of Prussia.

SPiN: The Philadelphia outpost of the heavily graffitoed national Ping-Pong lounge opens Sept. 15 at 211 S. 15th St., beneath Cheesecake Factory.

P.J. Whelihan’s: The popular pub opens its Malvern location (12 General Warren Blvd.) on Sept. 18.

Hearthside: Collingswood gets a cozy American BYOB, in a new building at 801 Haddon Ave., featuring wood-fired cooking from Vernick veteran Dominic Piperno and Aaron Gottesman (ex-Fat Ham). Piperno owns it with his wife, Lindsay. Opens Monday, Sept. 18; reservations through Reserve.

Later in September

Yeeroh: Yiannys Degermentzidis rolls out his fast-casual Greek spot — with customizable gyros and souvlaki, all meats prepared in-house — at 1412 South St. Grand opening is Sept. 22.

Yiro Yiro: Gyros, bowls, skewers, and salads in a fast-casual setting at 6024 Ridge Ave. in Roxborough. Sept. 22 is the soft-opening target.

Mad Rex: Sept. 29 is the public opening of a wild, postapocalyptic-themed restaurant/bar at 1000 Frankford Ave., next to the Fillmore in Fishtown. “You’ll feel like you’ve come to the end of the world,” owner Michael Johnigean said. Food will be a mixed lot — in-house butchery will yield cuts to be cooked on black rock and Himalayan salt blocks. The virtual-reality lounge will have patrons reclining in wheelchairs, sipping drinks through a straw (but set up like an IV drip), while “experiencing” earthquakes and other disasters.

Bam Bam Kitchen: Restaurateur Paul Kong opens a vibrant, city-style Korean restaurant at 31 E. Lancaster Ave. in Ardmore, part of a new complex that later this year will also yield Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft. It’s up for the end of September.

Gin & Pop: Brothers Kris and Tom Kwiatkowski’s “industrial steampunk” bar/restaurant at the multipronged intersection of 19th, Poplar, and Ginnodo Streets in Francisville is looking at a soft opening at the end of September.

October

Middle Child: Chef Matthew Cahn says “early October” for his edgy take on a breakfast/luncher at 248 S. 11th St. in Washington Square West.

MidiCi: Chain Neapolitan pizza, under a real live tree, at King of Prussia Town Center.

Tuna Bar: Ken Sze’s sleek, modern Old City sushi specialist (205 Race St.) is tuna-ing up for early October.

Original 13 Ciderworks: John Kowchak and crew open their tasting room, featuring Sir Charles Hard Cider, in early October at 1526 N. American St. in Kensington.

Smoke BBQ: Aaron Clark, a Starr alum, goes the pit route at 34 W. Merchant Ave. in Audubon, Camden County, the former Crux Cafe. Early October.

Oloroso: Townsend “Tod” Wentz and crew are hoping for mid-October for their Spanish bar-restaurant at 1121 Walnut St. in Washington Square West.

Redcrest Fried Chicken: Optimistically, Adam Volk says he could be frying at 1525 S. 11th St., at East Passyunk, in mid-October.

Andy’s Chicken: The Fishtown Korean fried-chicken specialist is looking at mid-October at 2108 South St.

TALK: Marigold Kitchen’s Andrew Kochan and chef Tim Lanza are saying “October or November” for their eclectic American bistro at 2121 Walnut St.

Suraya: Root chef/co-owner Nick Kennedy, Root co-owner Greg Root, and Cafe La Maude’s Nathalie Richan do a market, restaurant, and garden at 1528 Frankford Ave. themed to the Levant. It’s supposed to open in phases starting in late October.

Vista PeruThe crew from Northeast Philly’s El Balconcito expects late October for their swank Peruvian, featuring pisco cocktails, at 20 S. Second St. in the former Tin Angel/Serrano space in Old City. Late October.

Royal Boucherie: Chef Nick Elmi and restaurateurs Stephen Simons and David Frank think “late October” for their chef-driven bar at 52 S. Second St. in Old City.

Rosa’s Fresh Pizza: Mason Wartman expects a mid-October opening for his second pay-it-forward pizzeria, at 16 S. 40th St. in University City.

Mike’s BBQ: Mike Strauss of Taproom on 19th hopes for a mid- to late-October opening for his ‘cue shop at 1103 S. 11th St. in South Philadelphia.

Yards Brewing: The massive brewpub is targeting late October on the 500 block of Spring Garden Street.

Chubby Cattle: The conveyor-belt hotpot restaurant says late October at 146 N. 10th St. in Chinatown.

Bernie’s Pub: Locations at 4311 Main St. in Manayunk and 3432 Sansom St. in University City are penciled in for November.

Rec Room by Conshohocken Brewing Co.: The brewery’s game-room-themed branch at 230 Bridge St. in Phoenixville is up for November.

Town Tap by Conshohocken Brewing Co.: The brewery’s next annex is up for December at 13-17 W. Benedict Ave. in Havertown.

Morrell Park: Chef Michael Falcone is targeting late November or early December for his farm-to-table cafe at 420 Schuylkill Rd., just outside Phoenixville.

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