A mainstay chef makes a comeback in the city, wine bars pop up, and North Broad welcomes new restaurants.

Spot Burgers has graduated from its popular food truck to a brick-and- mortar restaurant in Brewerytown.

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The restaurateurs who brought us Bufad and Kensington Quarters (among other eateries) have joined forces with the chef previously of Pub & Kitchen and Fitler Dining Room to create Buckminster’s, a bistro-style restaurant with a spirited perk: wine on tap in addition to draught beer. Expect a laid-back vibe and small plates with international flair. 1200 S. 21st St., 267-928-3440

Restaurant Ambra
Right next to Southwark, their other newly acquired restaurant in Queen Village, Chris D’Ambro and Marina De Oliveira are opening Restaurant Ambra, a small wine bar with 24 seats and Italian-style cuisine. 705 S. Fourth St.

Restaurant Neuf
We first heard of Joncarl Lachman when he opened his Nordic-focused BYOB, Noord. With his new venture, Neuf, he is switching gears and creating a menu rich with flavors from Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia. Located in the Italian Market, Neuf serves exotic eats like kushari and beef stew, along with specialty cocktails. 943 S. Ninth St., 215-309-5847

The locally famous square-pizza place sets up shop on North Broad in the former home of Alessandros Pizza. Diners will find their favorites from the other Santucci’s locations, including The Works, with extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Bonus: They also deliver. 655 N. Broad St., 267-639-6014

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Spot Burgers
If you’ve spent time in West Philadelphia recently, you may have noticed the bright-yellow Spot Burgers food truck. Now the folks behind the popular truck, which offers burgers, cheesesteaks, and pork sandwiches, are debuting a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Brewerytown. The opening will mark the end of the truck, but the beginning of a new favorite: the Philly Jawn, with Sloppy Joe meat, rib-eye cheesesteak meat, onions, fries, and Cheez Whiz, all on a potato roll. 2821 W. Girard Ave., 484-620-6901

Veteran restaurant owner Susanna Foo first made a name for herself in Philadelphia with her eponymous Asian fusion dining room at 15th and Walnut Streets. Now, following a long stint in Radnor, Foo returns to Center City, this time partnered with her son, Gabriel, at their jointly named SuGa, where the focus is on traditional Chinese cuisine. 1720 Sansom St.

Get a taste of Bourbon Street without leaving Philadelphia at the new bar and Creole restaurant Tremè, from John Mims. New Orleans flavors define the menu, with shrimp and grits and po’boys at the forefront; there’s also a late-night menu of small plates. A full 75-seat bar and lounge and live music add to the Southern flavor. 667 N. Broad St.


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By Jessica Green  | Food & Drink