Saturday, February 13, 2016

Geiger's Bakery in Mayfair to close

Friday, February 12, 2016, 3:05 PM
Northeast Philadelphia is losing another bakery to time. Geiger's Bakery, known particularly for its German butter cake, has announced that it will close Monday, Feb. 15 after 38 years. Owner Bernhart Geiger is retiring, said a counterwoman who declined to give her name. The bakery's Facebook page... Read more

Zavino group expanding to Main Line and D.C.

Friday, February 12, 2016, 12:06 AM
Greg Dodge and crew are headed to the Main Line this summer for a third location of Zavino, their casual Italian pizza/wine bar. They also are setting up a restaurant in Washington, D.C., that will resemble their more recent Washington Square West opening, the more refined Tredici. Dodge said work... Read more

'Chainsaw' joins Wm. Mulherin's Sons project in Fishtown

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 11:52 AM
Chef John "Chainsaw" Taus - whose resume over the last dozen years includes Tangerine, Buddakan, Angelina, Morimoto, Washington Square, and Pod, as well as at Bliss, James, Zahav, Snackbar, the Diving Horse, Pub and Kitchen, and Il Pittore - has landed in Fishtown. Taus will be chef at Wm. Mulherin's... Read more

Earl's is returning to Peddler's Village

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 12:13 AM
Peddler's Village in Lahaska, Bucks County, is looking at April for a new restaurant in the space on Street Road off Route 202 that over the last decade has been Earl’s Prime (a steakhouse) and until its closing a year ago, Earl's Bucks County. Earl's New American is billed as polished and casual... Read more

Old Mill Inn in Hatboro to reopen

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 12:20 PM
The Old Mill Inn, which has stood at Horsham and York Roads in Hatboro for nearly 300 years, is being restored and is scheduled to reopen in April as Louie's Old Mill, a neighborhood Italian BYOB with a rustic menu. The "Louie" is Louie Zweifach, a Brooklyn native who operated the Meatball Room in... Read more

The revival of Southwark in Queen Village

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 4:04 PM
Chef Chris D'Ambro and fiancee Marina de Oliveira are starting a new chapter at Southwark, the tavern at Fourth and Bainbridge Streets in Queen Village. Official debut is Wednesday, Feb. 10. Southwark, named after the neighborhood, opened in fall 2004 under Kip and chef Sheri Waide, turning the corner... Read more

Loco Pez opening taco bar in Southwest Center City

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 3:39 PM
Joe Beckham and partners are headed to Southwest Center City, and the new project will be a second location of their Fishtown L.A.-style taco bar Loco Pez. They signed an agreement at the former Robert's Twi-Lite Lounge at 20th and Bainbridge Streets last summer, as noted then on Foobooz. The concept... Read more

City wants to get into the mobile bar business

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 3:27 PM
Encouraged by the success of pop-up beer gardens during the last couple of years, the city of Philadelphia wants to get into the act. But rather than block out a fixed location or two - as the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has done - the city is going mobile. And instead of limiting the refreshment... Read more

Free pizza day at new Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 11:44 AM
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, one of the recent crop of one-price-for-all-the-toppings pizzeria chains, will open its first Pennsylvania location, near Temple University, on Thursday, Feb. 11. To mark the grand opening at 1100 W. Montgomery Ave., Blaze will offer free pizzas on Friday, Feb. 12 from... Read more

BYOB hit Helm opening a second location

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 10:27 AM
Helm - the runaway hit at Fifth and Thompson Streets in Kensington - is fixing a second location, in South Philadelphia. Chefs Kevin D’Egidio and Michael Griffiths are taking over the recently shuttered 1st Ward Sandwich at Front and Morris Streets in the shadow of I-95 in Pennsport with the... Read more
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