Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Real-time (almost) restaurant inspection reports

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 4:08 PM
If a restaurant gets a poor health inspection, wouldn't you want to know about it right away? That's what's Sam Wood thought. The Philadelphia Health Department had been keeping its reports a secret for 30 days, and Sam's recent article got a lot of traction around the country. (The city's... Read more

New Habana: Cuban BYOB opens in Narberth

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 10:59 AM
Narberth has a new Cuban/Latin BYOB, as New Habana has opened in the ever-changing restaurant space that previously housed Carmine's Creole Cafe Act II. (Chef/owner John Mims said he closed to prep for a new New Orleans-style restaurant on North Broad Street.) Four friends are behind New Habana, whose... Read more

Victory opens brewpub in Parkesburg

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 10:33 AM
Old buddies Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet just opened their third Victory Brewing Co. brewpub in Chester County, joining other locations in Downingtown (1996) and Kennett Square (early 2015). The cleverly named Victory at Parkesburg (3127 Lower Valley Road in Parkesburg) is a big 'un - with seating... Read more

Girard on Girard: Breakfast in, dinner out

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 1:11 AM
Fishtown brasserie Girard on Girard (300 E. Girard Ave.) is moving its hours as it approaches its first anniversary. Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the restaurant will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday to Friday and at 9 a.m. weekends to serve to-go coffee, breakfast sandwiches, house-made pastries, and a $5 weekday... Read more

26 North: Mike Stollenwerk opens BYOB in Old City

Friday, November 20, 2015, 2:52 PM
Mike Stollenwerk - one of Philly's most visible seafood chefs before stepping out of the scene nearly two years ago - is back. Stollenwerk is in soft-opening mode for 26 North BYOB, which takes a spot at 26 N. Third St. (267-239-5900). Official opening will be Monday, Nov. 23. With the revived Bistro... Read more

G'day to the Aussie coffee shop Bluestone Lane

Friday, November 20, 2015, 11:41 AM
Saturday, Nov. 21 is Day 1 of Bluestone Lane Coffee, a New York-based, Australian-inspired cafe, which takes over the coffee bar at the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, 17th and Locust Streets. It's the first non-212/718 location for Nick Stone, a Melbourne-born, New York financial worker, who missed the... Read more

Chinatown's Ting Wong reopens, gets all fancy

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 11:51 PM
Ting Wong, the Hong Kong-style duck house in Chinatown that closed earlier this month for a renovation and what was billed as the return of the old owners, has reopened. And if you remember the humble Ting Wong, a part of the 10th Street scene since 1999, you're in for a slight shock. The ducks are... Read more

A second helping for Bistro 7 in Old City

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 11:32 AM
For two solid years, Bistro 7 chef/owner Michael O'Halloran muddled through a nightmare next door in Old City: a big fence, a sidewalk closure, frequent utility outages, flowing water, and (to top it off) a building collapse. Many restaurateurs would simply have packed up. But O'Halloran - who has... Read more

Gordon Ramsay makes midnight snacks in Old City

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 11:03 AM
Gordon Ramsay led a rollicking cooking demo early Wednesday at High Street on Market as he, Hell's Kitchen Season 10 winner Christina Wilson, and three young MasterChef Junior winners prepared snacks in front of a camera crew and a gaggle of onlookers. Midnight snacks. Literally at midnight. ABC's... Read more

Garage opening a second location in Fishtown

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 10:19 AM
One of the biggest recent South Philadelphia bar success stories is Garage, a hang across from Pat's and Geno's that is little more than a spiffed-up auto garage with a huge beer inventory. The idea works, and partners Jason Evenchik (Time, Bar, Vintage, Heritage, La Casa de Tu Madre), and his partners... Read more
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