The crop of restaurants due to open in the next 60 to 90 days is a diverse lot: Brewpubs aplenty. Fried chicken. Noodles. Dumplings. Fine Italian cuisine. Upscale American cuisine. Upscale Chinese. Healthful quick-service. The farmhouse life. Even a wine garden.
In the spring/summer forecast of restaurant openings, any joy in noting the newcomers is tempered by the fact that the Little Pete's diner on 17th Street will close May 29 as its building will face the wrecking ball.
One project that has been buzzing beneath the radar now has a name: Walnut Street Cafe will take the corner of 29th and Walnut Streets, inside the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South. Partners include Branden McRill and Patrick Cappiello, plus chef Daniel Eddy, behind New York's Rebelle and Pearl & Ash. It will be an all-day American cafe open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a bar open at night. It also will have a 58-seat dining room open similar hours. A mezzanine will overlook the cafe. That could open in late June or early July.
Some of the further-off openings are not included, such as two Stephen Starr-backed ventures: Kyung Ho, the Korean-influenced bistro at 2025 Sansom St. in Rittenhouse from chef Peter Serpico, and the to-be-determined use of the former Serafina, at 18th and Sansom Streets.
In most cases, specific opening dates are not included, because of unpredictable construction, staffing, and other issues, as well as unreasonable owner optimism.
In Bryn Mawr Village, Bryn & Dane's (909 W. Lancaster Ave.), the healthful fast-fooder, opened Saturday, May 6.
Angeline at Borgata (Borgata in Atlantic City, opened May 6): Iron Chef Michael Symon's ode to classic Italian food.
Farm & Fisherman Tavern (575 Horsham Rd., Horsham, opened May 10): Montgomery County gets a branch of Cherry Hill's landmark farm-to-table bar/restaurant but not the market.
Love & Honey Fried Chicken (1100 N. Front St., opened May 12): Fried chicken and pies in Northern Liberties.
Also in Bryn Mawr Village, the sleek, gorgeous Enoteca Tredici (915 W. Lancaster Ave.), a branch of the Washington Square West Italian bistro, is due in mid-May.
Sweet Charlie's (1921 Walnut St., May): The Thai rolled ice cream specialist branches out.
Baology (1829 JFK Blvd., May): Chef Andy Tessier and Judy Ni are behind this Taiwanese street fooder, whose menu is built on buns.
Honeygrow (15 S. 11th St., opened May 11): The stir-fry, salad, smoothie specialist opens near East Market.
Juice Merchant (920 Montgomery Ave, Narberth, May): A Main Line sibling for the popular Manayunk smoothie/salad/wrap specialist.
DanDan (214 Sugartown Rd., Devon, opens May 31): A Main Line branch of the popular Sichuan/Taiwanese restaurant.
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. (990 Spring Garden St., May): The Chambersburg brewer opens a brewpub at 10th and Spring Garden.
The Farmhouse (312 Kresson Rd., Cherry Hill, opened May 16): "Farm-to-fork" cooking in a rustic setting at the former La Campagne.
Urban Village Brewing Co. (at the Schmidt's Commons in Northern Liberties, June): Brewpub featuring beer paired with bread and pizza.
Snap Custom Pizza (6 E. First Ave., Conshohocken, June): The popular customizable-pizza chainlet hits Conshy.
Wiz Kid (124 S. 19th St., June): A quick-serve adjunct to Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby's vegan hit V Street.
Cheu Fishtown (1420 Frankford Ave., to be announced): Shawn Darragh and chef Ben Puchowitz head to Fishtown with a larger menu than the Washington Square West original, less focus on noodles. Will also have a Japanese bar called nunu.
Hearth Kitchen (Shoppes at Longwood Village, Kennett Square, early June): A bar with an Italian menu from chef Bryan Sikora and his wife, Andrea.
Gina's 45 (45 S. Third St., in June): Neighborhood tavern in Old City from Curt Large and Josh Shemesh of Fishtown Tavern and Buffalo Billiards.
Arpeggio (Spring House Village, Bethlehem Pike, Spring House, June): New building for the Ambler-area Italian-Mediterranean destination.
Keen (1708 Lombard St., June): Christopher and Caitlin Rorer's long-delayed American "watering hole" at the spot forever known as Astral Plane. Tjhey're aiming for spins on comfort food in a "modern yet sophisticated" vibe.
Giwa (1722 Sansom St., June): The casual Korean spot in Rittenhouse Square moves a block away.
6 Feet Under (727 Walnut St., June): Subterranean bar off Jewelers Row. A great place to grab a cold one.
Fishtown Brewpub (1101 Frankford Ave., June): Jack Lyons, in his restaurant debut, revamps an old factory into a brewpub near the Fillmore.
Urban EEL and Mad Rex (1000 Frankford Ave., July): The post-apocalypse as dining and entertainment. Next to the Fillmore in Fishtown.
Just Salad (1729 Chestnut St., end of June): The New York salad shop reaches Rittenhouse, two doors from a future Buena Onda that Garces Group reps will not talk about.
Wrap Shack (112 S. 11th St., end of June): The Rittenhouse sandwich/bar ventures across Broad Street for a second location.
Rione (102 S. 21st St., late spring/early summer): Roman-style pizza al taglio from a genuine Roman, Francesco Crovetti.
Blue Duck (212 S. 11th St., summer): Center City gets a branch of the Northeast Philly bruncherie, with a liquor license.
Maison 208 (208 S. 13th St., summer): Chef Sylva Senat gets a sumptuous home in Washington Square West, complete with a retractable roof.
Le Bus Bistro (Ridge and Midvale Avenues, summer): Le Bus founder David Braverman takes over the former Johnny Manana's in East Falls with an American bistro.
The Kettle Black (631 N. Second St., July): A French-style bake shop for Northern Liberties.
Palm (the Hyatt at the Bellevue, July): The steak house comes back to Broad and Walnut Streets after more than a year.
Danlu (3601 Market St., July): The crew from Berwyn's Nectar comes to University City with a stylish Chinese restaurant; the name translates to "nectar."
Andale Latino Grill (View at Marlton, July): Feasterville Latin cafe branches out into South Jersey.
Harvest Seasonal Grill (Village at Newtown Shopping Center in Newtown, Bucks County, summer): The locally bred farm-to-table restaurant.
Tria Wine Garden (31 S. 18th St., summer): A wine garden on a landscaped patio from the crews behind Tria and Morgan's Pier. Also: Green Eggs Cafe, two doors away.
SPIN (15th and Walnut Streets, summer): A table-tennis lounge/restaurant under the building housing Cheesecake Factory.
Hearthside (801 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, summer): Chef Dominic Piperno and wife Lindsay open a wood-fired BYOB.
TALK (2121 Walnut St., summer): Marigold Kitchen's Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza go the bar-restaurant route.
Elixr (12th and Wood Streets, summer): A roastery and cafe for this hometown coffee company.
Rosa's Fresh Pizza (16 S. 40th St., summer): The charitable buck-a-slice shop opens in University City.
Tuna Bar (205 Race St., summer): A sushi specialist sets up in the new Bridge Building in Old City.
The Pineville (2448 E. Huntingdon St., late summer): Bucks County's Pineville Tavern opens a branch off Aramingo Avenue, near Port Richmond and Fishtown.
Zushi (Two Commerce Square, 18th and Arch Streets, fall): Sushi, sashimi, rice bowls, and bento boxes from Raw Sushi's Tony Rim; mainly takeout.
Kurant Cider (436 E. Girard Ave., fall): A small cider house/tasting room in Fishtown.
Goose Island (33 E. Laurel St., fall): The massive brewery opens a brewpub near the Fillmore in Fishtown.
P.J. Clarke's (inside the Curtis, fall): Construction is moving slowly at this splashy, clubby New York City-rooted bar, coming to Sixth and Walnut Streets.
El Balconcito (20 S. Second St., fall): The Northeast Philadelphia Peruvian/Portuguese combo comes to Old City.
Anastasi Seafood (943 S. Ninth St., late fall): The Italian Market seafooder is to move up the street after its home at Ninth and Washington is bulldozed.
Porta and Brickwall Tavern (1214-16 Chestnut St., fall): Two restaurants - Italian and pub - in a former furniture store.
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