Construction begins on new restaurant at Philadelphia Zoo

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Courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo recently broke ground on a restaurant development project dubbed Earth & Elm.

The 20,000-square-foot, two-story LEED dining facility will feature 650 seats, a rooftop deck, green roof infrastructure, a glass-enclosed pavilion and multiple dining concepts.

Situated in the middle of the zoo next to the historic Treehouse, Earth & Elm will overlook a beautiful tree canopy and Bird Lake and feature a tall glass-enclosed dining pavilion, and outdoor wraparound terrace and a rooftop deck. The project is designed by Daroff Design Inc. + DDI Architects.

“Other design elements include polished concrete floors, glass and blackened steel complemented by warm-toned woods and a floating ceiling with pendant light fixtures. An overhanging green roof shades the outdoor terrace while providing a green surrounding for the upper roof deck,” according to a statement released by the Philadelphia Zoo.

Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2019.

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