Just pointing out a food boomlet around 19th and Market Streets.
On the heels of last fall's opening Naf Naf Grill at 1919 Market St. will come three businesses around the corner, on the block of 19th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets.
First up, debuting at noon Friday, April 7, will be Seventh Heaven (25 S. 19th St.), a Thai rolled ice cream shop replacing the shoe store that stood between the dry cleaner and nail salon.
Owner Vivek Patel, who with his family owns tobacco stores, said he was inspired to open a shop in Philly during a 2015 trip to Thailand, where the dessert fad originated. (Thai ice cream is made to order using cream and flavorings poured onto super-chilled metal platters.) Seventh Heaven will have four platters and the usual lineup of flavors and combinations. It also will sell Japanese mochi and macarons. Hours will be noon to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, noon till 11 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
(One point of note: Sweet Charlie's, which last year opened one of the first such shops in the area at Washington Square, is working toward a spring opening at 1921 Walnut St. Readers of Craigslist may have seen some confusion recently in the form of one of Seventh Heaven's help-wanted ads. It sought employees to act "as an ambassador that represents Sweet Charlie's to our customers." Apparently Seventh Heaven's ad copy was a bad cut-and-paste job; the posting was corrected after I pointed out the issue to Patel.)
Across the street, Crisp Kitchen is less than two weeks away as it replaces Raindrop Cafe on the 19th Street side of 1900 Market St. Menu concept is remarkably similar to Honeygrow's: made-to-order stir-fries and salads. Its sole location is on Temple University's campus.
The third newcomer, pegged to open this May, is the long-in-the-works Smart Street Healthy Kitchen & Juice Bar, coming to 38 S. 19th St., former homes of Kauffman's and Famous Fourth Street Deli.