Thursday, December 25, 2014

POSTED: Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 1:47 AM
Di Bruno's store on Ninth Street near Sansom. (MICHAEL KLEIN /

Di Bruno Bros. is exploring the idea of offering craft beer for sale at its newest store, in The Franklin on Ninth Street at Sansom.

The retailer, which is keeping most details under wraps for now, is talking to the Washington Square West Civic Association about an idea to obtain a liquor license. The plan would include growler-filling.

The city zoning board would rule on the application. Businesses typically get the blessing of neighborhood groups before going before the zoning board.

POSTED: Monday, December 22, 2014, 10:04 PM
A dining room at the Fountain at the Four Seasons.

For 31 years, The Fountain at the Four Seasons has been the go-to restaurant for special occasions.

With dinner service ending on Dec. 27 as the hotel begins counting down to its closing next June, we cast about for readers' memories to supplement our tribute to the staff.

Here they are - funny, touching, indelible.

POSTED: Monday, December 22, 2014, 4:31 PM
The front of the Four Seasons Hotel, off of Logan Square. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)

The long goodbye of the Four Seasons Hotel begins Dec. 27, when the Fountain marks its last night of dinner service - effectively, the end of the city's most-honored restaurant.

Breakfast and lunch will continue to be served in the dining room till June 6, the day that the Four Seasons shuts down in anticipation of its move to the top of the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center in 2017.

After a renovation, a new hotel operator will take over the landmark granite building on Logan Circle in 2016.

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:10 PM
Snockey's, 1020 S. Second St. (via Trend/MLS)

Everything has a price.

For 1.35 million clams, you can own Snockey's, the century-old Queen Village oyster and crab house.

The business and its building on Second Street just above Washington Avenue are being marketed; a large ad appeared in the Philadelphia Weekly. You can also see the listing online.

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:19 AM
Jim Miller, a server at the Fountain since it opened in July 1983, examines glasses as fellow servers prepare the dining room of the Fountain Restaurant. ( David M Warren / Staff Photographer, file )

The Fountain at the Four Seasons Hotel on Logan Circle will serve its last meals on Dec. 27 as the hotel begins a six-month wind-down to its closing next summer. (The hotel will have a new restaurant when it relocates to the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, due to open in 2017. The new hotel operator on Logan Circle will also have a restaurant within, but it won't be the Fountain.)

I'm collecting your stories of memorable meals.

Share by emailing me here.

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 11:59 AM
A case at Local Collingswood. (via Facebook)

Perhaps a business school case study can be done about the fate that befell Local Collingswood, an ambitious market/cafe that folded after three weeks at 714 Haddon Ave. in the bosky borough.

In a note posted on Facebook, management wrote: "With great sadness we want to announce our closing. We envisioned this very market for several years and built it precisely to that vision. But while we attracted some great followers, our sales were not reflective of even our most conservative projections, and therefore had to make this very tough decision. We want to thank all of our customers (our good friends who came out and the new friends we met) for the goodwill and excitement they shared with us during our brief tenure. And we want to especially thank our staff, who helped us deliver great food to a great community."

Public reaction has ranged from sad to incredulous - as in, why owners gave up so soon on a business that was three YEARS in the planning.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 11:15 PM
Liberty Hall Pizza in Lambertville, awaiting finishing touches.

Liberty Hall Pizza, a wood-fired Neapolitan pizzeria, goes live at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 in the Canal Studios Complex at 243 N. Union St. in Lambertville, N.J.

Chris Bryan, whose resume includes Nomad Pizza, and business partner Danny Popkin of Modern Recycled Spaces, have a Valoriani oven at the 50-seat BYOB.

Industrial space includes exposed steel beams, brick walls, polished concrete floor, gas lanterns, and an oversize factory door.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 4:31 PM

Among the quirks of the Chinatown bar Hop Sing Laundromat - aside from the militant no-camera policy - is the strictly enforced no-sneakers policy.

The owner, Le, is straitlaced that way and turns away people every night.

But he has a sense of humor.

About this blog
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. Reach Michael at

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