As the semester begins, many new restaurants have recently opened or will join the University City food scene this year.
Located next to campus on Walnut Street, Franklin's Table has welcomed three new eateries. Two additional restaurants recently opened in University City, and several more plan to open by the end of 2023. Five Guys and the three Franklin's Table restaurants are new additions to the portfolio operated by Penn's Facilities and Real Estate Services, which operates as the landlord of several stores on and around campus.
Sixteen new food and drink vendors will open at a new food hall coming to University City this fall. The vendors are yet to be announced. The food hall will be located in the Schuylkill Yards neighborhood, across from the 30th Street Amtrak station. This development is a partnership undertaken by Urbanspace and Brandywine Realty Trust.
Two Locals Brewing Company is one of the new restaurants that is expected to come to University City this year. The company is aiming for a summer 2023 opening at uCity Square, a mixed-use development at 37th and Market streets. The brewery will be the first Black-owned of its kind in Philadelphia.
Maison Sweet, an Asian-French fusion bakery, opened at 2930 Chestnut St. in January. The bakery specializes in desserts and also serves coffee, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Five Guys, the first University City location of the national burger chain, also opened this month, marking the arrival of a highly anticipated restaurant. Five Guys is located at 3714 Spruce St., next to the Quad.
Franklin's Table, located at 34th and Walnut streets, has welcomed three new tenants since December. High Street Hoagies celebrated its grand opening in University City on Jan. 19, offering food such as sandwiches and salads.
Franklin’s Table also recently welcomed Delco Steaks, which specializes in cheesesteaks, burgers, and hot dogs. Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea, which will host a soft opening from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, offers unique boba drinks made with raw ingredients and fresh fruits.
Specializing in South Indian cuisine, Amma’s opened its second Philadelphia location in University City at 103 S. 39th St. in September.