2013 preview, many of this year’s first openings are of the cafe or quick-serve type, and this week we welcome three newcomers in those categories.
Philly coffee truck pioneer Drew Crockett has successfully opened the doors to the brick-and-mortar location of HubBub Coffee at 3 Logan Square, just south of the Ben Franklin Parkway. Rough-hewn wood from an old barn and exposed light fixtures contrast with a clean, modern counter. A state-of-the-art La Marzocco espresso machine and other equipment will turn beans from local roasters ReAnimator and Portland’s Stumptown into coffee drinks of all kinds. Local baked goods will be available as well, and the cafe is open weekdays from 6:30 AM-5 PM. West Philly fans, fear not, the HubBub Coffee Truck will be back on the streets as of January 22.
KeVen Parker, proprietor of South Street’s Ms. Tootsie’s, has taken over the former Delilah’s stand at Reading Terminal Market, and will open as soon as Wednesday. Keven Parker Soul Food Cafe will serve Southern favorites like fried catfish, chicken and waffles, collard greens and sweet potato pie. The Insider has the full menu here.
Also set to launch at Reading Terminal Market this week is Valley Shepherd Creamery. There are already plenty of cheese vendors at the market, but this will bring something new - an actual cheese-making room. “It will be Willy Wonka-ish in cheese form,” RTM manager Paul Steinke boasted to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan last year. Proprietor Eran Wajswol plans to start with four kinds of cheese made with raw milk from his New Jersey dairy farm, and will also run a grilled cheese counter offering custom-made sandwiches and kettle-cooked chips.