Miss Rachel’s Pantry will be open 8 AM-3 PM, Monday-Saturday, and serve walk-in customers pastries, coffee, ice cream, smoothies and assorted savory snacks. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests can reserve a spot at the dozen-seat farmhouse table in Miss Rachel’s Dining Room, where a $45 prix fixe tasting menu of homestyle veg-friendly fare will be served at 7 PM each weekend night (1732 W. Passyunk Ave.; 215-798-0053).
On June 6, the Pennsport renaissance (sparked by hotspot Federal Donuts) continues with the opening of The Industry, a neighborhooder from the team behind Center City’s Good Dog Bar. The ostensible theme is the restaurant industry itself, expressed in a menu from Pat Szoke (previously at The Farm and Fisherman and Vetri) that is stocked with chef-centric faves. Dinner (served nightly from 4 PM-2 AM) brings an offal-heavy set of apps - think fried pork testa (head cheese) nuggets, pig ear veggie wraps and buffalo sweetbreads; small plates like bone marrow and filet tartare; and a few larger options like Kentucky fried guinea hen ($5-$21). A dozen taps pour craft brews, along with a wine and cocktail program from bar manager Bob Achilles (most recently at Loco Pez). Brunch is served weekends from 11 AM-4 PM, and everyone who shows a resto paystub will receive a discount on their check (1401-1403 E. Moyamensing Ave.; 215-271-9500).
On Thursday, June 7, it’s back to the healthy side, when the former Pita Pit space at 1601 Sansom opens as the first in what is slated to become a series of fast-casual spots known as Honeygrow. Entrepreneur Justin Rosenberg enlisted David Robkin to help bankroll and Shola Olunloyo to help design the menu, which consists of $8-$10 stir-fry and salad bowls, either in premade combos or as make-your-own options. A point-of-sale kiosk ordering system will remember each customer that comes into the 35-seat space, retrofitted by DAS Architects with a sleek, mod feel they compare to Momofuku. Honeygrow also serves $4-$6 gourmet milkshakes, for those who might want to pop in for a bite, and as we previously mentioned, will launch with a promotion that pays your parking fine or transit costs when you come for a visit (1601 Sansom St.; 215-545-5555).