Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House is set to open near the University of Pennsylvania

Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House is set to open near the University of Pennsylvania campus on Friday.

It will be the fourth location for the restaurant chain. It is owned by West Chester, Pa.-based Dave Magrogan Group, which includes the seven-restaurant Kildare’s Irish Pub chain and Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar.

Doc Magrogan’s (3432 Sansom St.) is designed to look like a Boston oyster house from the early 1900s. It will feature seafood, an array of oysters, a wine selection and beer. Menu items will include Doc’s Salmon served over sweet potato-and-crabmeat hash, Thai chili-glazed tuna and a “fresh catch” section.

It will join a stretch of Sansom Street that includes White Dog Cafe, New Deck Cafe, Baby Blues BBQ and, a block away, Starr Restaurant’s Pod.

“Doc Magrogan Oyster House is different from the current offerings and provides a great complement to nearby restaurants,” said Ed Datz, executive director of real estate at Penn’s facilities-and-real estate services department.

Doc Magrogan’s, which will serve lunch and dinner, has other locations in West Chester, Pa.; Dover, Del.; and Moosic, Pa., in the Poconos.

It takes over a space that was for years La Terrace, a French restaurant that spun off chefs and operators who went on to open the White Dog Cafe, Farmicia in Old City and past places like Carolina’s.

Not far away, Magrogan will open Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar in a former Marathon Grill site, at the corner of 40th and Walnut. A fall opening is planned. It will be the second location for Harvest, which has its flagship site in Glen Mills, Pa.

Source: Peter Van Allen

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