Monday, May 4, 2015

Southwark changing hands this summer

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 7:36 PM
Southwark, at the leading edge of Philly's cocktail revival and local-ingredient movement from its opening in 2004, will change hands this summer. Kip and Sheri Waide have an agreement of sale with chef Chris D'Ambro and front-of-the-house Marina De Oliveira for the tavern at Fourth and Bainbridge... Read more

Why, yes - a French fry truck

Friday, May 1, 2015, 4:44 PM
Lou Cerone, who owns the Uncle Oogie's shops in South Philly and Sea Isle City, has gone the spud route: A French fry truck. Philly Fry will stop Saturday, May 2 at the Phoenixville Food Truck Festival, followed by the afterparty for the Broad Street Run on Sunday, May 3 at Xfinity Live. (Perfect:... Read more

Big Gay Ice Cream opens Philly shop

Friday, May 1, 2015, 12:36 AM
Barely six years ago, Doug Quint was a concert bassoonist and his partner Bryan Petroff was in corporate human resources. On a dare, they rehabbed an ice cream truck. As a joke, they called it Big Gay Ice Cream until they could figure out a real name. But it stuck, the public clamored, unicorns and... Read more

El Camino Real to open in Manayunk

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 4:40 PM
Lots of movement at El Camino Real, Owen Kamihira's Tex-Mex in Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties. One, he is expanding the joint, adding a small bar, more seating, and blessedly more restrooms by taking over the space next door that previously housed a sex-toy boutique. (Perhaps Kamihira will add... Read more

New chef at Opa, and he's really cooking Greek

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 12:24 PM
For the first time in four years, brother-and-sister co-owners George and Vasiliki Tsiouris have retained the services of a Greek American chef for their Center City taverna Opa (1311 Sansom St.) and its Drury Beer Garden in the back. For his new menu, Bobby Saritsoglou is turning out house-made pita... Read more

Assorted restaurant expansions

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 11:24 AM
A few odds and ends: Old City's Victoria Freehouse (10 S. Front St.) has gone upstairs to open Front Street Dive, which is refreshing in that most barkeeps don't like to brand their taprooms - no matter how dive-y - as such. But this is. It's open Thursday to Saturday from 9 p.m., dispensing American... Read more

Three pop-up beer gardens this year from PHS

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 9:44 AM
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Pop-Up Garden has been annual warm-weather hit - what with the transformation of a vacant lot into an urban oasis, complete with beer and great food. Why not do three of them this year? PHS plans to set up in new spots in East Passyunk and Logan Square and... Read more

Morimoto guest-chefs at the White House

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:32 PM
TV's Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto - who owns Japanese restaurants in Philadelphia and New York City with Stephen Starr - was guest-chef at the White House April 28 for a state dinner honoring Japan's President Shinzo Abe and first lady Akie Abe. The Hiroshima-born Morimoto, who turns 60 next month... Read more

Mercer Cafe opening at Navy Yard with Tacconelli's Pizza

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 3:53 PM
If the buzz from Navy Yard workers is any indication, there will be lines Wednesday, May 6 at the opening of the Mercer Cafe at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk Avenue, next to DiNic's. It's a partnership between the Port RIchmond corner luncheonette and Tacconelli's Pizza - so facilitated by the fact that... Read more

Morgan's Pier, with Nick Elmi at the stove, opens

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 3:21 PM
Morgan’s Pier, the seasonal beer garden beside the Ben Franklin Bridge, opens Thursday, April 30 with the chef's services of Nicholas Elmi this summer. Elmi, winner of Top Chef's season 11 and chef/owner of the shoebox-size East Passyunk Avenue restaurant Laurel, has crafted a menu (here) for... Read more
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Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here.

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