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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine to close on December 22

For about six years, Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine has called Bella Vista its home. The French-inspired Mexican restaurant from owners Adán and Barb Cohan-Saavedra has been in business for even longer, totaling about 17 years.

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Due to a number of reasons, Paloma will be closing for good at 763 S. 8th St. on December 22.

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What's Happening in:  West Passyunk 

Brewery ARS sets sights on December 17 opening

In just under two weeks, Brewery ARS will be opening its doors on West Passyunk Avenue.

When we first told you about the brewery a year ago, they had been aiming for a May opening in their location at 1927 W. Passyunk Ave. Permits and construction took longer and now Brewery ARS will be opening on Saturday, December 17. Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  Whitman 

Former Cooley’s Bar in Whitman to reopen as Otis & Pickle’s Speakeasy

The owner of the Spring Garden-based bar The Institute is planning a new concept for Whitman.

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Interior photo from owner Collazo on Facebook.

Owner Charlie Collazo is in the process of renovating the former Cooley’s Bar location at 3rd and Porter. This new bar, called Otis & Pickle’s Speakeasy, is expected to open in January of 2017.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Mi Lah Vegetarian to open Queen Village restaurant this Thursday

The Ambler-based restaurant called Mi Lah Vegetarian is making its way back to Philadelphia. The vegan restaurant is set to open in Hostaria da Elio’s former location, serving dim sum and small plates.

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Mi Lah Vegetarian is set to open at 615 S. 3rd St. on Thursday, December 1.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe calls it quits on Washington Avenue

On Friday, November 25, Kermit’s Bake Shoppe posted a short and not-so-sweet message on Facebook about the Washington Avenue business closing.

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The “love child of a bakery and a pizzeria” that transformed the location at 2204 Washington Ave. has permanently closed after three years in business.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Lou Boquila receives two bells for ‘rediscover[ing] his roots and redefin[ing] himself dish by dish’ at Perla

In August Perla opened its doors across from the Singing Fountain, bringing some added diversity in dining options to East Passyunk Avenue. Now that the restaurant has been open for a few months, Craig Laban stopped in to review Perla, giving it two bells.


Owner and chef Lou Boquila received praise from Craig Laban for a number of elements of the restaurant, but ultimately Laban thinks that, “Boquila may well need to dive deeper into tradition and master those flavors first, before he can truly move forward.” The restaurant is an ode to Boquila’s late-mother and combines versions of dishes she used to prepare with more modern elements.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Village Taverna Greek restaurant replaces Imli Indian Kitchen in Queen Village

A new restaurant serving “Greek authentic food with Grandmas touch” has opened in the former location of Imli Indian Kitchen.

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Interior photo from Village Taverna on Facebook.

Village Taverna is now open at 769 E. Passyunk Ave., serving Greek dishes for under $20.

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