New Whole Foods Market in Philadelphia Debuts Four Local Eateries



Shopping at Whole Foods Market is already an experience in and of itself. From the fresh seafood to the wide selection of international cheeses, there are plenty of aspects that keep customers coming back to this beloved natural food chain.

Beginning Oct. 14, shoppers in Philadelphia will have a few extra incentives to make their weekly trip to Whole Foods — the four local eateries that will anchor the new Whole Foods Market’s Center City location. 

The Philadelphia food scene is among the most robust and vibrant in the country,” Jesse Morgans, Whole Foods’ prepared foods coordinator for the mid-Atlantic region, said in a press release. “To make this store reflect the local community’s passion, we knew we had to bring some of the city’s exceptional culinary talent inside Whole Foods Market.”

Inside the store’s 140-seat “dining hall,” four Philadelphia chef restaurateurs will serve up diverse menus of globally and locally inspired flavors on luncheonette-style counters equipped with bar stools:

CHeU Noodle Bar: Chef Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh (also behind Bing Bing Dim Sum) will offer Asian-inspired bowls and small plates, as well as special seasonal selections.

Dizengoff: Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook (also known for Zahav and Abe Fisher) will serve a variety of hummus with seasonal toppings and homemade pita at this Israeli-style hummusiy. 

Severino Cucina Rustica: Locally known chef, Marc BrownGold, will offer classic Italian-American sandwiches, pastas, salads and sweets.   

Wiz Kid: The first location chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby (of Vedge and V Street), will serve a selection of vegan sandwiches, salads and fries.

The hall will also feature theatre-style kitchens preparing classic Whole Foods Market offerings — from pizza to sushi to organic salads — as well as two full pubs (with nearly 40 different beers available), a mobile cocktail cart, a gourmet coffee bar and a juice bar. Read more