Penn to Welcome Dizengoff to Franklin’s Table Food Hall

Media Relations Contact:  
Jennifer Rizzi, Communications Director 
Penn Facilities & Real Estate Services  
215.573.6107, rizzi@upenn.edu 


Dani Mulholland 
CookNSolo 
dani@cooknsolo.com 


Dizengoff, Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook’s hit hummusiya serving freshly-made hummus and pita with daily changing toppings, will open a new location in Franklin’s Table Food Hall at 34th and Walnut Streets anticipated this Fall, announced Penn’s Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services.  Named for one of Tel Aviv’s most iconic streets, the restaurant is modeled after the hummus stalls found around every corner in Israel.  This will be the third location of Dizengoff, which joins its sister restaurant Goldie, a vegan falafel shop, in Franklin’s Table Food Hall.   


“We’re thrilled to finally bring our hummus to West Philadelphia,” said Steve Cook, co-owner of CookNSolo. “Goldie has loved being a part of Franklin’s Table and ultimately, falafel, hummus and pita belong together.” 


Founded in 2014, Dizengoff serves ultra-silky hummus topped with rotating seasonal garnishes that change daily, like hot, spiced lamb with pine nuts or avocado with harissa.  In addition, fresh, hearth-baked pita, chopped salad, and pickles accompany the hummus meal, offered with lemonana, Israeli-style mint lemonade. 

“We curate the mix of shopping and dining options at Penn to be a destination experience,” explains Ed Datz, Penn’s Executive Director of Real Estate. “With Dizengoff opening at the food hall, there will be a taste of Israeli culture right here in West Philadelphia.”   


Franklin’s Table opened in March of 2018 with a premier lineup of food and beverage offerings from critically acclaimed chefs and local best-in-class operators.  Dizengoff joins the popular food hall purveyors of DK Sushi, High Street Provisions, KQ Burger, Pitruco Pizza, as well as Goldie.  This unique mix of local eateries under one roof in the heart of the University’s campus is delivering a quality and cultural feast that has something for everyone who comes to the table for a taste.    


Dizengoff is part of the nationally beloved, trailblazing Philadelphia hospitality group CookNSolo, co-owned by Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook. Together, they have been awarded a combined eight James Beard Awards.  Zahav, their pioneering Israeli restaurant, put the food of Israel on-the-map, and in 2019 became the first Israeli and first Philadelphia restaurant to win the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Restaurant” award.  Dizengoff is the third CookNSolo restaurant to join the Penn retail portfolio along with Goldie in Franklin’s Table and Federal Donuts on the 3400 block of Sansom Street. 


Learn more about the delicious offerings available at Dizengoff by visiting dizengoffhummus.com .


MSC Retail represented the University of Pennsylvania in the transaction. 


About SHOP PENN Retail District 
Penn’s retail district offers an inspired, contemporary shopping and dining experience, open to all. Spanning ten city blocks from 30th to 40th Streets and across Spruce, Walnut, and Chestnut Streets, the district features more than 75 curated shopping and dining outlets immersed in the region’s most beautiful and historic university campus. The diverse collection of retail offerings—including national brands and independent shops—provides the highest quality options at every price point for the Penn community, surrounding neighborhoods, and beyond. Visit the SHOP PENN website for a full listing of retailers.     


About Dizengoff 
Named for one of Tel Aviv’s most iconic streets, Dizengoff first landed stateside in Philadelphia in the summer of 2014, modeled on the hummus stalls (hummusiyas) found around every corner of Israel.  And just like in Israel, Dizengoff serves freshly-made hummus topped with rotating seasonal garnishes like hot-spiced lamb with pine nuts, or avocado with harissa – accompanied by fresh, hearth-baked pita, chopped salad, and Israeli pickles.  Lemonana, Israeli-style frozen mint lemonade, and at the Center City flagship, local craft beer and draft wine wash down a vibrant and healthful meal that is a staple of every slice of Israeli society. In 2016, Dizengoff opened a second location inside Whole Foods Market Fairmount and projected late Fall 2019, will open a third inside Franklin’s Table Food Hall in West Philadelphia.  There's no cheaper ticket to Israel than a trip to Dizengoff! 

 

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