|The Tokio Global team|
Follow Market Street out to the Delaware River and head a block or two north to come to the spot that will host a brand-new outdoor beer garden as soon as this summer. Fresh off their success at new Spring Garden music venue Union Transfer, Avram Hornik and his partners will turn the short-lived Octo Waterfront Grill (formerly Rock Lobster) into a seasonal “backyard” for Center City, according to Philly.com. Expect plenty of regional drafts and bottles, summery food choices and a ton of bicycle parking for this May-October riverfront venture.
Back on the city side of Columbus Boulevard, Philly’s only takoyaki restaurant has found new footing in Headhouse Square, this time with a beer list. Husband and wife partners Ryo and Nicole Igarashi were forced out of the petite 10th Street location that housed Maru Global for two years, thanks to a fire due to faulty building wiring. The pair looked to friend (and Ryo’s former boss) “Philadelphia’s Sushi Queen” Madame Saito, who provided them with a new storefront at 124 Lombard, as well as access to her liquor license (she runs HeadHouse Beer Cafe next door).
“Takoyaki is Japanese snack food; it’s really meant to be eaten with a cold beer,” Ryo tells us, and the newly dubbed Tokio Global will serve a good selection of Asian brew options. Thanks to a larger kitchen, the menu has also expanded beyond the round, fried dough balls to include yakitori (skewers), rice bowls, ramen and more. Nicole plans to keep the kitchen open as late as 3:30 AM, she tells us. A new spot to score good food after the bars close? We’ll take it (124 Lombard St.; 215-922-2515).