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Burrito/juice specialist Animo coming to Center City

The Haddonfield quick serve has a spot at The Arch.

Burrito/juice specialist Animo coming to Center City

Future Animo location at 17th and Arch Streets.
Future Animo location at 17th and Arch Streets.

Animo - the quick-serve juice and burrito bar that's a hit in Haddonfield - is targeting early April for its second location.

Brothers Joe and Anthony Gentlesk are taking ground-floor space in The Arch, the apartment building under construction across from the Comcast Center at 17th and Arch Streets.

The hundred-year-old building, built as a hotel and once known as the Robert Morris Building, has many historic touches, including stained glass and the nifty Gothic entrance that Animo will use.

Joe Gentlesk says the Philly location's menu will be the same as Haddonfield's: juices, burritos, soups, salads.

The back story: Anthony was working in San Francisco after college and was enthralled by the Bay Area juice bars and taquerias. Joe, meanwhile, was working for P.J. Whelihan's.

The Haddonfield location has been open for more than seven years, and Joe says they've been eager to crack the Philly market for five years.

The block, by the way, has come around. Animo is next to the renovated Wawa and down the block from the new Hub Bub Coffee, which just opened at 1717 Arch.

Michael Klein Philly.com
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