Food News: New Restaurant – Tavern on Arch (formerly Logan Goat ), Trader Joes and New Chef

Happy Friday. In the ever evolving Philadelphia, lots of new things are happening. Here’s what I can tell you….

 Last Sunday I saw the crazy line of cars outside of Trader Joes and thought (& Instagramed) thankfully the pain will be over by next October 2015 when they open another

Trader Joe’s at 12th and Chestnut in the new Brickstone Realty project, which is in the process of tearing down most of the abandoned, or underused buildings on Chestnut between 12th and 13th. The building on the right was saved for historic purposes, and the new buildings will be built in a similar style to maintain the continuity of the community. (GroJLart’s website has great history on the buildings on Chestnut St.)

 When I posted it last week someone on twitter said the Trader Joe’s project was dead, and they were going to put a Bed, Bath & Beyond in the space. I checked with a few people and they tell me the Trader Joe’s project is still on, and that there is a possibility that an adjoining space would contain a Bed, Bath & Beyond. Plus the Trader Joe’s at 22nd and Market would remain.
(Update: Naked Philly wrote about the Trader Joe’s coming to the 12th and Chestnut Street location 10/11/13 so my rumors must be good rumors.)

 On my way home last night I spotted the doors opened at Matt and
Colleen Swartz
‘ former Logan Goat. I thought maybe someone was carting
away all the nice picnic tables that were still outside. No, it’s a new
restaurant called Tavern on Arch. I was excited because I didn’t want
another long dormant eatery on that cursed corner. So go in and get some
grub. (20th and Arch)
New chefs at Ocean Prime – Sous Chef Kaitlin Lamont and Executive Chef Mitch Brumels 

 Ocean Prime’s new GM Lydia Turner, here with Riley Cooper. Check out for last night Brent Celek’s Celebrity Waiter event benefiting Celek’s Foundation “Take Flight”.

Have a great weekend!!