Urban Italian in Fishtown. A family restaurant on the Cooper River. A new American specializing in crudo in Washington Square West. An artisanal beer/cider bar in Rittenhouse.

Like bright flowers on the landscape, the orange liquor-application signs are out in force as a restaurant boom continues.

Here is a taste of the projected spring and summer restaurant openings in the area, along with the owners' guesstimates about opening - "May" means they may open in May, while "summer" means "summer gonna open on time." (Or they're not.)

Check back here frequently for updates, additions, subtractions, and occasional multiplications.


Wm. Mulherin's Sons, the "urban Italian," opens in a restored whiskey plant in Fishtown.


Cooperage, the restaurant inside the Curtis Center on its Seventh Street side, is taking over Square Burger in Franklin Square Park, effective Saturday, April 2. The cake shake will remain, and Cooperage will add a breakfast menu and some items from its menu, including a pulled pork sandwich, cheesesteak fries, and macaroni & cheese.

Pastry chef Tova du Plessis opens her Jewish-style Essen Bakery on April 7 at 1437 E. Passyunk Ave.

Early April means the debut of Mount Airy's Jansen (7402 Germantown Ave., last known as Avenida), an upscale American contemporary from Fountain alum David Jansen.  
Earl's New American, a redone American at Peddler's Village, is saying April 12.
The Dutch, a breakfast/brunchery pairing of chefs Lee Styer and Joncarl Lachman in Pennsport, has an Aprll 14 target.
Biga, the ambitious (and edgy) pizza-focused Italian in Bryn Mawr from Restaurant Alba's Sean Weinberg, is targeted at April 15.
Yamitsuki, a ramen house, is supposed to soft-open on April 18 at 1028 Arch St. Owners are Jack Chen (Sakura Mandarin, A La Mousse), Alan Su (Nom Nom Ramen), and Kenny Poon (TeaDo/Tango/Chinatown Square).
Pizzeria Nonna, featuring pizzas in the style of Scranton, Pa.'s pies, is getting closer at 5301 Germantown Ave.
South Helm, the Pennsport outpost of the Kensington hit BYOB, is to open at the end of April at Front and Morris Streets.

Baker Street's South Philadelphia bakery, at 20th and Alter Streets, just off Washington Avenue, is poised for the end of April.

Milkboy's location at Fourth and South Street has a April 27 target; wait till you see the garage doors going in soon.

Pinefish, the casual seafooder (with bar), is up for late April at 12th and Pine Streets.

Autograph Brasserie in Wayne - replacing Peppercorn (and previously Le Mas Perrier and georges') - is targeting late April.


World of Beer's first Philadelphia-area location is looking at May 2 at Main Street at Exton.

Tiki, the cleverly named tiki bar at 102 S. 13th St., is targeting May.

"Early May" is the projection for Harvest Seasonal Grill's opening in Radnor, where Susanna Foo was.
Goat's Beard's second location intends to fill the former Xilantro space at 103 N. Wayne Ave. in Wayne in early May.

"Early to mid-May" for Medusa, an enormous pizzeria at York and Gaul Streets in Fishtown.

Eagles star Brent Celek and partners intend to open bop, a Korean-influenced bar, at the former Bliss (220 S. Broad St.).

Canton 11, an enormous Chinese restaurant, banquet hall, bubble-tea house, sushi bar, and karaoke lounge, is supposed to open in Chinatown in May.

Sweet Charlie's, the first of what will be several Thai-style, custom-made ice cream shops, is aiming at May at 711 Walnut St.

May 12 is the target date for Manayunk's relocated Chabaa Thai Bistro, along with a market/cafe called Binto.

Cooper House, a family restaurant plus beer garden replacing the Lobster Trap on North Park Drive in Pennsauken, has mid-May in mind.

May is the target for Assembly Rooftop Bar at the Logan hotel,on the Parkway, whose views will be among the most dazzling in the city among public bars.

St. Benjamin Brewing Co. in Kensington is looking at May to open its brew pub.

Bar One at Ninth and Christian Streets is targeting the Italian Market Festival on May 21 or May 22; if not, says co-owner Ryan Rubino, they'll go for early June.

Chef Lou Boquila is suggesting late May for Perla, his Filipino BYOB, at 1535 S. 11th St., next to Fond in Passyunk Square.

Shoo Fry, the french fry specialist, is looking at late May for its subterranean Rittenhouse location, followed in late summer by its Fishtown spot.

Memorial Day weekend, maybe, for Louie's Old Mill Inn in Hatboro, an Italian restaurant in the Montco landmark.


Late May or early June is the projection for Royal Izakaya, which will pair sushi-ists Matt and Jesse Ito with the crew from Khyber Pass, Royal Tavern, etc., in Queen Village.

The stylish Lou Bird's is under construction at the former Meritage at 20th and Lombard Streets.

Destination Dogs, a haute-dog bar, is on target to come to 1111 Walnut St. this spring.

Dino's Backstage will be a '40s-style supper club in downtown Glenside; there is a job fair Saturday, April 2.

Aqimero, a Latin grill from Richard Sandoval, opens inside the Ritz-Carlton on Broad Street in May.

Hugo's Frog Bar & Chop House, a steak house in the SugarHouse Casino, has no firm date other than "spring."

Panache Wood-Fired Grill, an American restaurant from the owner of the nearby Ristorante Castello, is being readied at Skippack and Penllyn-Blue Bell Pike in Blue Bell, where Marabella's was years ago.


Wahlburgers, the Massachusetts chain run by the Wahlberg brothers, is targeting June at the Piazza at Schmidt's.

Cake Life, the long-delayed bakery at 1306 Frankford Ave. in Fishtown, says June.

Lou Bird's, a swank reimagination of the Meritage space at 20th and Lombard Streets, is up for June after a heavy renovation.

June 6 is Marsha Brown's anticipated opening for a revived Ruth's Chris steakhouse at the Sonesta, 1800 Market St.

At the Franklin (Ninth and Chestnut Streets), chef Anthony Marini is looking at June for the Rarest, a new-American restaurant with a raw bar focusing on crudo, ceviches, and such. Marini's concept won on the CNBC show Restaurant Startup. Partners are Thomas and Stephen Finley of Finley Catering.
Garage, the South Philadelphia beer bar, will crack open a second location, at Frankford and Girard Avenues in Fishtown. This one will have a kitchen. 


There's no name, but Nicholas Elmi is opening a bar at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave., next door to Laurel. Work starts April 4.

Brick & Brew, the Havertown pub, adds a Media outpost, taking over the landmark Plumstead Inn. 


Spread Bagelry is now looking at early July for its University City splash at 36th and Chestnut Streets.

Nicole Marquis says she will open her third HipCityVeg at 121 S. Broad St., just above Sansom Street, in the North American Building, in July.


Chinatown Square, the food hall at 1020 Race St. in Chinatown, is penciled in for summer. So far, Halal Guys are signed on. So, I hear, is a branch of I CE NY, the Thai-style ice cream shop that is all the rage in New York City.
Naf Naf Grill, the Chicagoland Middle Eastern, expects a summer opening at 1919 Market St.
Chef Chris D'Ambro and Marina De Oliveira are building Restaurant Ambra, a boutique Italian, at 705 S. Fourth St. in Queen Village, next door to their new revival of Southwark.
Loco Pez is shooting for summer for its second location, at 20th and Bainbridge Streets.
Toasted Walnut, a fun bar at 1316 Walnut St. from Sisters alumna Denise Cohen, is targeting summer.
Italian sandwich shop Matt & Marie's is opening a third location, at 1107 Walnut St. 

Rooster Soup Co., the do-good soup/sandwich shop at 1526 Sansom St. from CookNSolo restaurants and Broad Street Ministry, has a "summer" opening planned.

24 - Jose Garces' "health-conscious, wood-fired fare" restaurant at 2401 Walnut St. - is up for summer.


Teddy Sourias' Cinder, an artisanal beer/cider bar and pizza kitchen, has "midsummer" on its ticket at 1500 Locust St.

James, the cozy, refined, global American from the Mac's Tavern fellows, says "midsummer" at 19th and Arch Streets, across from the forthcoming second Comcast tower.

The luxe Tuscan 777 - which was formerly called Tasty Tuscan - expects to be open midsummer at 777 S. Broad St.


Scarpetta, the luxe, New York-based Italian restaurant, is up for late summer at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

Amis and Pizzeria Vetri are to open in Devon.

King of Prussia Town Center will house branches of Davio's, Fogo de Chao, Honeygrow and b.good.

Grace & Proper, a neighborhood tavern at Eighth and Carpenter Streets, is being readied by the Hawthornes/The Cambridge/Tio Flores team.

Harp & Crown, the stylish American from Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari at 1524 Chestnut St. (enter on Sansom Street, across from Ladder 15), is up for late summer.

La Colombe's Main Line branch, along with a Zavino and a Bryn & Dane's outpost, is penciled in for late summer at Blank Aschkenasy Properties' Bryn Mawr Village, 909 Lancaster Ave.

Manhattan institution P.J. Clarke's Philadelphia location, in the Curtis, is up for late summer.

N.B. Shawn Darragh says the Cheu Noodle Bar planned for Fishtown now has a winter timeline.