Thursday, October 30, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1:25 PM
Bar area at Peppercorn, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

The restaurant in Eagle Village Shoppes in Wayne that was Le Mas Perrier, Le Mas, georges' and most recently Peppercorn will be empty after business Sunday, Nov. 2.

Staff was told of the closing on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The closing was noted Wednesday by AroundMainLine.com on social media.

Restaurateur Marty Grims, whose holdings include the Moshulu, two White Dog Cafes and the Du Jour market/cafes (plus the Plantation, Daddy O and The Inlet at the shore), told me that he would take over the location once the liquor license is transferred.

POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 11:32 AM
The main bar at Boxers, 1330 Walnut St. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

Just as the fall chill swept in comes the debut of Boxers, a gay sports bar whose shirtless staff wears boxers as a uniform.

Boxers, which has several locations in New York, replaces the former Ritz Camera store at 1330 Walnut St. - on the edge of the Gayborhood between Nuts to You and Millennium Art Gallery.

It's bilevel, with the main bar on the first floor and a smaller bar - and tables - upstairs. Servers wear shirts upstairs around food.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 2:51 PM

Monday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. is the target opening of City Tap House Logan Square - Brian Harrington and Gary Cardi's revamp of their Public House in Two Logan Square into a branch of their University City pub.

It will run dinner only for the first week, and then pick up lunch and brunch.

Morrissey Design's redo is extensive. Most obviously, they carved out two semiprivate areas in the corners to serve large parties.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 12:01 PM
PYT in Northern Liberties. (photo via Facebook)

Sidewalk, a social analytics company, has released an infographic with data that shows the most influential bars in five cities: NYC, LA, CHI, PHL, and HOU. The data is compiled by analyzing social media activity that bars receive from fans/followers when bars share content.

Owner Mo Yehia tells me that his folks compared the activity across Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, and Foursquare of every bar in five major U.S. cities, taking into account how often fans interacted with the social content that bars posted.

Sidewalk then gave each bar a numeric score from 1-100 based on the total number of social interactions it received relative to other bars in that city to determine the five most talked about watering holes.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11:49 PM

There's some serious artisan work happening on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown right now, what with the rum, breads and coffee at the new La Colombe Torrefaction flagship.

Head across the street, where restaurateur Michael Pasquarello and butcher Bryan Mayer are opening Kensington Quarters (1310 Frankford Ave., 267-314-5086).

It's a bar/restaurant with a butcher counter and classroom built in. Stop in for a drink at the 15-seat soapstone-topped bar while ordering a roast from the butcher shop just a step away. 

POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11:25 PM
Aaron Sanchez, featured on "Chopped," hosts "Taco Trip" for Cooking Channel. (Food Network)

This one is being kept under the radar, but a few Philly taquerias will be put into the national spotlight his winter.

Chef Aarón Sánchez - whom you may know from Food Network's Chopped and Fox's Aaron Loves NY - is in town, shooting a Cooking Channel show called Taco Trip.

From what I can piece together, Sánchez's destinations include a mix of Anglo- and Mexican-run establishments, such as La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount, Sancho Pistola's in Fishtown/Northern Liberties, Tuk Tuk Real on South Street, and Union Taco, whose shops are in North Philly and Manayunk.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 2:24 PM
Jose Garces working the room at the Garces Family Foundation gala, Oct. 3, 2013. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

The Garces Family Foundation, which works to give the immigrant community access to health care and education, has its annual gala on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Kimmel Center.

Of course, there will be food. Lavish displays of food.

In a quickie Twitter contest, I'm giving away passes for two people to attend a buffet staged by some of the biggest names in the local food scene.

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:09 PM

Your restaurant or bar has fallen on hard times. You feel compelled to put your sagging fortunes into the hands of an expert with a reality show.

The expert moves in, does poignant interviews with owners and staff, seizes upon the problems, performs renovations and reopens the place to fanfare.

And sometimes the bar owners turn around and say "yeccch."

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Michael Klein, the editor/producer of philly.com/Food, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here. Reach Michael at mklein@philly.com.

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