Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar, colloquially known to all from now on as HarBar, is slated to open at the end of this month. HarBar offers a farm-to-table experience that is both upscale and affordable. Problems with construction, union contracts, and weather have pushed the opening from June to the week of September 26th.
For all still lamenting the loss of Marathon, Harvest will offer an open kitchen, fireplaces, and an outdoor gardened dining area called “The Lawn.” We’re all looking forward to September 26th, when HarBar will finally open and when what owner Dave Magrogan promises will be “like an oasis for students” will be open for all.
Han Dynasty Has Opened–
Yup, the Taiwanese eatery
on 38th and Market is up and running, as the DP reports
. To the surprise and disappointment of many, Han Dynasty is not a BYO and has opted for a liquor license instead to serve drinks like
the "Flaming Volcano" and "Scorpion Bowl," if you're into that sort of thing.
Get outta town, Beijing: there’s a new Chinese BYO coming our way and our heads are spinning with excitement. Eater Philly reports that Han Dynasty, the mouth-watering restaurant with locations in Old City and Manayunk, will take up residence at 38th and Market in the space formerly occupied by Mid-Atlantic.
Owner Han Chiang is planning a three week trip to China this summer, where he will attend culinary school to help him update the restaurant’s menu and train chefs. No word yet on an anticipated opening date, but hopefully it will make waves where Mid-Atlantic was stagnant.
Break out the seersucker and lobster pants. Pop those collars. Tie those sweaters around your necks. Sansom’s 3400 block is getting an oyster house! Specifically, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House is opening in the former location of La Terrasse, as Philly.com reports. The university-owned property has been dark for almost a year since the beloved LaT closed after 15 years of revolving operators.
Rumors swirled about a possible revival of the staple French bistro, but it has now been confirmed that former chiropractor Dave Magrogran has leased the space to open a branch of Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House. Looks like a pearl of a place.
…and another restaurant bites the dust. In today’s devastating local business news, Philly.com has confirmed that MidAtlantic, Daniel Stern’s 37th and Market restaurant, will be closing its doors on February 24. Luckily, Stern’s other joint, R2L (on 16th), is still open for business. Rumors are swirling amongst the foodie community that an employee of famed chef Steven Starr toured the space, so hopefully we won’t be lacking a major Family Weekend eatery for too long.
We get it: if you’re going to trudge through the same campus coffee shops and eateries day in and day out, you want the most bang for your buck. To help you with that goal, we’ve rounded up all the punchcards in our area to help make you a more efficient eater, drinker and nosher. Have any that we’ve missed? Do share!
Auntie Annies: Buy six pretzels, pretzel sticks or pretzel dogs and get the seventh free!
Insider tip: Use one of the many coupons they hand out around campus to make those six pretzels cost more like five or four.
Café Prima (in Harrison College House): Purchase nine cafe drinks or DVD rentals, get the 10th free.
Insider tip: Be sure to remember to punch for DVD rentals; they’re cheaper than drinks!
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You’ve got just three nights left to take advantage of the price-fixed deals throughout West Philly, so get on it! If the many tantalizing menus are too much to choose from, perhaps these experiences from fellow Penn students will help you decide where to spend the rest of the week.
Tap House: “For $25, it was quite a deal. Since they have a largely new menu, there are some really good choices, and it was great to try a couple new things in one sitting. If you’re having trouble deciding, the gnocchi was excellent and I would definitely recommend it.” -Sam
What he ate: Petit Crab Cakes, Potato Gnocchi, Strawberry Short Cheesecake ($25)
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Salad and frozen yogurt spot Sweetgreen has officially opened for business. After a week of soft-open salad giveaways, the Radian-located, plywood encased space offers a lighter alternative to the other spots on that stretch of Walnut – when a burrito or burger feels like too much, it’ll be nice to have another option within spitting distance (that isn’t Philly Diner). If you didn’t make it over for the soft-open giveaway, swing by any time – their regular hours (not listed on their website yet) are now in effect.
In a stunning turn of events many are calling the “end of an era,” the beloved La Terrasse has closed for good today. Although the sign says “renovations,” sources in the know say the bar/restaurant is done.
We don’t know anything about new ownership or uses for the space (if you do, hit us up!), because we’re too busy drinking away our sorrows about the fact that we can’t drink away our sorrows at LT’s. Feel free to share your favorite memories of the place.
Womp. No more Ben and Jerry’s for a while. Can’t wait to see what a “Euphoric Look” is, and if it’s applicable when not high.