Vegan Commissary | Steve Laurence’s Vegan Commissary is bringing elevated vegan fare to what was once strictly a meatballs-and-red-sauce zone. Now serving weekend brunch and dinner on four nights, chef Leigh Needham’s menu is a seasonally inspired international assortment of vegetable fare from local producers. The East Passyunk BYO’s opening menu kicks off with edamame hummus and butternut squash gnudi. Tue., noon-8 p.m.; Thu., noon-9 p.m.; Fri., 5-10 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1703 S. 11th St., 215--964-3232, vegancommissary.com.
Torero Tapas Bar | Miguel Marti Rossello, a Mallorca native and former chef at Mixto, has opened a tapas bar in the Italian Market. Located on the same stretch as market stalwart Villa di Roma, Torero Tapas Bar is serving traditional snacking fare. But the most authentic items on the menu have to be the 2-ounce pours of beer (zuritos) and wine (chikitos). Daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; 940 S. Ninth St.
This year is gearing up to be a huge one for restaurant openings. Here’s a just a handful of those to watch.
+ Two new spots from Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook are coming to the 1600 block of Sansom Street: Dizengoff, a hummus-centric lunch place, and Abe Fisher, highlighting Jewish foods from around the world.
+ Jose Garces has two on the books for 2014, the long-awaited Volver in the Kimmel Center and new plans for the Second Street Bookbinder’s building.
+ Looking forward, there’s Aldine, the exciting Rittenhouse solo project coming from George and Jennifer Sabatino, and The Brig, Marc Vetri’s foray into the Navy Yard.
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