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Filipino restaurant planned for building across from Singing Fountain

It looks like Fond and Grace and Pat’s will be getting a new neighbor in 2016.

That one in the middle there

Photo of the storefront from 2013.

Adding to the array of food options on East Passyunk Avenue, Perla, a new Filipino BYOB, will be opening in the long-vacant building at 1535 S. 11th St.

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“My mom, Perla, passed away four years ago, and she was the one in the family who cooked Filipino food. So I named the restaurant after her.” said Boquila. “I don’t have any of the recipes, so I’m cooking from the memories I have of her food.”

Perla will be a 30 seat (at most) BYOB, and will be located adjacent to Fond, looking out onto East Passyunk’s Singing Fountain. Given the size of the restaurant, Boquila’s plan is to go with the tasting menu-only approach we’ve seen from Laurel and Bibou.

Make sure to sign up for the Pelago newsletter at the bottom of this page for first access to any Pelago dinners that might pop-up before the restaurant’s opening. Check out the gallery too (photography by Pelago partner and Philly food photographer, Neal Santos), to see what you’re in for at Perla. And for the unfamiliar, check out Drew Lazor’s little diddy he wrote for Serious Eats about the fusion-y history of Filipino cuisine.

In 2013, we told you about some plans for this location, including for the relocation of Karina’s, the Italian-Spanish BYOB that was once in Brigantessa’s current location. You can read more about the old plans for the location here.

Perla is aiming to open in March of 2016.

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3 Responses to Filipino restaurant planned for building across from Singing Fountain

  1. Joey DeVeetz September 29, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    Is PARC going to get involved in this project and support them in making the façade more inviting for a restaurant space along with new window treatments and planter boxes, etc.,?

  2. Lou_1000X September 29, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

    That is not a current photo. The place has already been fixed up.

    • Albert Stumm September 29, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

      Yes, very true. Sorry, we wanted to get it out quickly and haven’t had time to swing by for a fresh picture.

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