Philadelphia Zoo Restaurant

Philadelphia Zoo Restaurant – Earth & Elm

The Philadelphia Zoo is constructing a new restaurant as part of an effort to enhance their dining options and provide innovative ways for visitors to experience this prominent tourist attraction. Earth & Elm restaurant, a 20,000 square foot, two-floor dining facility, will include seating for 650 guests, a rooftop deck, and a glass-enclosed pavilion. It will be constructed next to the Philadelphia Zoo Treehouse, where diners will have a beautiful view of the tree canopy and the Zoo’s Bird Lake.

Back of house and serving areas will include an open server area featuring deli, pizza, and grille stations, a preparatory kitchen, and typical cold, dry, and waste storage areas. The program intends for a glass feature elevator to access the roof top beer garden, as well as a material lift or freight elevator in the loading area. Mechanical spaces are located on the 2nd floor above the prep kitchen/storage/loading areas. The program includes multiple occupant type toilet rooms as well as several single occupant toilet rooms and staff offices.


Arora Engineers, Inc. (Arora) has been retained to provide the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire alarm/fire suppression, and special systems design and construction administration services for the new restaurant at the Philadelphia Zoo.

The scope of work will be divided into nine phases:

  • Programming and Design Concept
  • Schematic Design
  • Design Development
  • Construction Documents
  • LEED Documentation
  • Energy Model Study
  • Bidding Phase
  • Construction Administration
  • Project Management

Images courtesy of Daroff Design + DDI Architects

  • Philadelphia Zoo Restaurant
  • Philadelphia Zoo Restaurant
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Zoological Society of Philadelphia


Philadelphia, PA

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