Health-Focused Fuel's Center City Eatery Undergoing Major Renovations

A Center City, health-focused restaurant founded by a South Philadelphia native is undergoing major renovations that includes the ability to use "over-flow space" for additional, exclusive events.

Rocco Cima opened the first outpost of a restaurant concept called Fuel back in 2009 on East Passyunk Avenue. It's since expanded to three additional locations in Midtown Village, University City and Ardmore.

Fuel is pegged as the first café in the United States to offer a full menu with dishes under 500 calories.

Cima — an alumnus of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in West Philadelphia — is amid renovating the 1,700-square-foot dining room at 1225 Walnut St. in Midtown Village to turn it into what he calls "Fuel 2.0."

The Midtown Village location was the second Fuel outpost to open.

Everything is being stripped down to the basics and will be rebuilt with both cosmetic and some structural changes.

Cima’s hope is it will also be even more inviting for new residents, larger groups, private parties and extended experiences.

The restaurant, after the renovation, will have seating for 72 guests at two-and four-top tables and a community table.

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