Walnut Street’s Restaurant Row might be dead, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Not that we expect a revival: The delicate dumplings in Susanna Foo’s brownstone will be replaced by Chipotle’s burrito bowls. And while rumors swirled that Brasserie Perrier would, at least, become an Apple Store, that honor went to a location a few storefronts away.
But it’s good news for Sansom Street, long considered an alley by developers. Square 1682 has opened in the new Hotel Palomar, and then there’s the slickly repackaged Oyster House.
But if you were to give a title to Philadelphia’s new Restaurant Row, it has to be the 13th Street corridor south of Chestnut. With veterans like Lolita, El Vez and Vintage now being joined by Zavino, Sampan and Amis, potentially getting a brats and beers spot from Jose Garces would almost be an embarrassment of riches.
– Arthur Etchells is a local food blogger. Read more at www.foobooz.com.
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