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Three new restaurants are set to open in University City: Asad’s Hot Chicken, Amina Ocean Restaurant, and Masala Kitchen. Credit: Abhiram Juvvadi

Three new restaurants recently announced plans to enter the University City food scene within the coming months — and one announced an upcoming relocation.

Asad’s Hot Chicken — which has hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of views on TikTok — will be opening a new location at 40th and Market streets. Asad's Hot Chicken already has several locations in the Philadelphia area — with locations at 7300 Roosevelt Boulevard, 2327 Cottman Ave., and 2568 Knights Rd.

Asad's Hot Chicken specializes in halal chicken sandwiches, smoothies, fries, coleslaw, sliders, tenders, and loaded fries. In response to a request for comment, restaurant administrator Nicolle Moscol told The Daily Pennsylvanian to "stay tuned" with respect to the location's opening date and that the restaurant plans on providing a combo meal free to customers on its opening day.

Amina Ocean Restaurant will also be joining the University food scene by opening a location at 41st and Market streets. Amina will be a "Southern seafood" restaurant with nearly 100 seats and a 20-seat raw bar at the center. 

Amina currently operates a Southern restaurant at Front and Chestnut streets. The new University City location will become the anchor retail tenant at 3.0 University Place, a commercial lab and office building operated by University Place Associates, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Masala Kitchen will also be opening a University City location near 34th and Sansom streets in spring 2024. Masala Kitchen — which already operates locations in Midtown Village and Rittenhouse Square — will serve their signature Kati rolls, platters, and fast-casual Indian cuisine.

Federal Donuts and Chicken also recently announced that they will be relocating their University City location — also found near 34th and Sansom streets. Federal Donuts plans on relocating to a larger University City location with accessibility to Penn and Drexel students, according to NBC10 Philadelphia.