Thursday, July 31, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:00 PM
Hikaru in Manayunk is closed; Marlene Mangia Bene sets an Aug. 9 shutdown. (Inquirer file photo (right))

Hikaru's Manayunk location closed this week after 21 years.

Takashi "Stash" Yoshida, who also owns the building that housed the Japanese restaurant at 4348 Main St., said business was off.

He is seeking a new tenant; the space on two levels has a liquor license.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 11:29 AM
Tiffin Bistro at 11th and Federal is being reflagged as a Tiffin. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

After a quiet period, Munish Narula is making moves with his Tiffin empire of casual Indian restaurants.

First off,  the South Philadelphia Tiffin Bistro has become a regular Tiffin - keeping its liquor license but changing the menu to reflect the locations on Girard Avenue, and in Bryn Mawr, Wynnewood, Mount Airy and Elkins Park.

He's also opening three locations in New Jersey:

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:28 PM
The Farmers' Cabinet, at 1111-13 Walnut St. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

One major chapter in the saga of The Farmers' Cabinet played out Tuesday afternoon in Municipal Court.

Good Fortunes LLC, which owns the space once occupied by the bar at 1111-13 Walnut St., won a default judgment of $1,334,572.72. Bar owners Matt and Colleen Swartz did not show up for the hearing.

Most landlord-tenant disputes are for a couple thousand dollars.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 10:32 AM
Brandon Medley of Sewell competing on "Chopped." (FOOD NETWORK)

Following Food Network's Chopped Teen Tournament this summer?

So far, Philadelphia-area culinary whiz kids have been coming out on top in the four-person cooking competitions.

Jason Khayin, 14, of Holland, Bucks County, won the premiere episode July 15, and Dante Foggy, 17, of Burlington Township, won his round on July 22. Winners from each of four episodes will head to the finale on Aug. 12, where the winner gets $25,000 and a culinary school scholarship.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:51 PM

Shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, you may hear the shattering of plates if you're in Radnor Township.

It's only the opening of Estia Greek Taverna (222 N. Radnor Chester Rd., Wayne, 484-581-7124), a 200-seat offshoot of Center City's Greek destination, Estia, and the twin of an Estia Taverna that opened in March in Marlton.

The Radnor location - across from Radnor High's ballfields in a development that includes HubBub Coffee and Honeygrow (and down the road a Pietro's Coal-Oven Pizzeria) - has a wrap-around patio for outdoor dining surrounded by flowers and greenery, as well as white-washed stone arches, repurposed wood plank floors and table tops and full bar.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 4:04 PM
Sylva Senat (inset) will be chef of a restaurant coming to the former Letto Deli on 13th Street.

If I had a dime for every restaurateur who expressed serious interest in the shuttered Letto Deli at 13th and Chancellor Streets in Center City...

Stephen Starr, Jose Garces, Umami Burger...

OK. That's 30 cents.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:35 PM
Wahlburgers on Wheels. (A&E)

By the end of the year, Wahlburgers - the up-and-coming Boston-area burger bar fronted by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg and the subject of an A&E reality series - should be up and running in Center City Philly.

But first, you can taste the wares.

On Thursday, July 31, Wahlburgers' food truck will be set up on the Atlantic City beach in front of Boardwalk Hall during the Blake Shelton/Lady Antebellum concert, handing out free food.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
Frankie's pizza will be a Sunday staple at Reading Terminal Market. (via Facebook)

Northeastern Pennsylvanians weaned on deli-style "pitz" are getting a taste of home.

Frankie's Boxed Tavern Pizza of Hazleton will set up shop at Reading Terminal Market's center court on Sundays, beginning Aug. 3.

Like other pitz from coal country, it is thick-sliced rectangles with heavy toppings.


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