It’s okay to admit it; you’ve missed going out to eat more than almost anything else over these past few months. When the coronavirus shut down everyday life back in March, restaurants were hit especially hard, with some being forced to shift operations or even close down. With indoor dining still out of reach for Philadelphians, summer 2020 has seen an abundance of outdoor, hybrid, and pop-up restaurants across the city!
Without the need to lease space and build a full kitchen, pop up restaurants and eating establishments have sprung up across Philly, showcasing many different flavors and styles from around the world. Even when indoor dining is finally permitted again, many diners will still opt to sit outside; it’s why the city has been handing out plans and permits for outdoor seating like candy. Car-free blocks and pedestrian avenues with outdoor dining and recreation spread throughout are finally becoming a reality in the city of brotherly love, and we’re here for it!
This week, we’re putting a spotlight on four pop-up restaurants and beer gardens in Philadelphia that we’re dying to try. Dive in with us!
Char Kol Korean Barbecue- 1525 Sansom St
Many of us have handled (or attempted to handle) home projects and personal improvements of a variety of types since we’ve been stuck inside, but we’re willing to bet you haven’t tried making your own Korean Barbecue dinner. If you’ve been needing to scratch that itch, Char Kol is the spot for you. Guests cook their own food on personal tabletop grills, making for an engaging and immersive experience for date night, drinks, or just getting together with friends. All outdoor seating is compliant with social distancing regulations.
The Land on Callowhill- 1823 Callowhill St
The area right behind the Free Library used to be a deserted field of parking and administration straddling the line between Center City and the northern section of the city. Not anymore!
The latter half of the 2010s saw extensive investment and revitalization in the Callowhill/Spring Garden neighborhood, and with it, new places to drink and dine. With open space and its geographic proximity to so many different neighborhoods, it’s no wonder that The Land on Callowhill has become a popular spot to unwind and relax. Dog friendly with socially distanced tables and everything from burgers to nachos courtesy of the Happy Hour Dive Cart. Entry is free, but donations towards helping Philadelphia’s homeless are encouraged.
Spring Arts Beer Garden- 1006 Buttonwood St
Yet another new favorite in the area just north of Center City, this beer garden is a collaborative effort of Love City, Triple Bottom, and Roy Pitz, seeking to create a safe outdoor gathering spot for drinkers and denizens of our great city. At Spring Arts Beer Garden, customers can enjoy a relaxing evening of enjoying brews from different vendors and relaxing under the shadow of Center City Philly.