Lots of restaurants are on the way, despite the miserable economy.
Keep in mind that many were conceived in flusher times. Whether the brisk pace of openings continues is anyone's guess. Every economy supports "little projects," such as the Wings to Go opening imminently at 15th and Vine Streets and the Chili's under construction to replace the Houlihan's at Noble Square in Jenkintown. As for larger-scale works, I'm hearing about three in the pipeline. None has been fully signed and sealed. Two are in Center City (from two of the city's most-respected chefs) and a third will be an ambitious tavern operator's foray into University City with a novel pizza/beer concept.
Here's a sampler of what's on the immediate radar, according to their respective owners.
First, what the bigshots are up to