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DIG To Open at SHOP PENN Retail District in University City

Marilyn Johnson

Dig, a multi-city, multi-format restaurant group with a core focus on vegetable-forward cooking will open a new fast-casual restaurant located at the University of Pennsylvania in early 2022. The new University City location, a 2,700 square foot space spanning two floors at 140 S. 36th Street, will be Dig’s second in Philadelphia, in addition to their Center City spot.

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Dig at University CityUPenn Facilities and Real Estate Services

Founded in 2011, Dig features a vegetable-forward menu of mindfully sourced food, prepared fresh and cooked by real chefs that the company trains. They work one-on-one with local farmers to develop rotating menus of seasonal offerings. Some of Dig’s seasonal offerings include Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Cashew Kale Caesar, and Cauliflower with Garlic and Parmesan, along with sustainably sourced protein options such as Wild Alaskan Salmon and Herb Roasted Chicken.

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Kale Caesar Bowl at DigUPenn Facilities and Real Estate Services

Dig is strongly dedicated to sustainability, service, and social responsibility. At the end of each day, Dig’s restaurants also donate unsold food to organizations like St. John’s Methodist as a way to get food where it is most needed in its communities.

“Penn is committed to bringing a vibrant mix of shopping, dining, and services to the neighborhood and is always looking to refresh with new popular concepts around campus,” said Ed Datz, Penn’s Executive Director of Real Estate. “Dig possesses a strong commitment to sourcing food from local organic farms and has built a great deal of buzz everywhere they have opened a new location. We are thrilled that they have picked Penn and University City as their next venture.”

Respect the ingredients and the growers are words they work by, while they nurture the communities that support their existence. They are changing the food game and investing in the future. We are excited to welcome the second location of this mission-driven restaurant group later this year in our district.

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: phillygrub@gmail.com. Travel tips: phillygrubtrips@gmail.com.

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Marilyn Johnson is a Philadelphia area-based food and travel writer focusing on food & drink in the Mid-Atlantic region. Email phillygrub@gmail.com for Philly area news; phillygrubtrips@gmail.com for travel tips and opportunities.

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