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POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:55 PM

Dribbling out information one drop at a time, the organizers of Philadelphia's Diner en Blanc today released the date of the 2014 edition of the uppity pop-up picnic.

It will be the evening Thursday, Aug. 21 at a location that will be disclosed only moments before the event.

The organizers also said there will be at least 3,400 seats this time. Last year, 2,550 DEB attendees - all dressed in white, per tradition - toted tables, chairs and food to the JFK Boulevard Bridge over the Schuylkill.

POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 11:42 AM
Sugarhouse's Sugar Rush doughnut. (Philly.com)

National Doughnut Day - created in 1938 to honor the Doughnut Lassies who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I - will be marked Friday, June 6.

Krispy Kreme will give away glazed doughnuts, as it does frequently. The local franchisees have collaborated with SugarHouse Casino on a doughnut they're calling the Sugar Rush. It's filled with strawberry jelly and covered in red sugar, with a vanilla and chocolate drizzle on top. Jack's Cafe at SugarHouse will hand out free ones from 1 to 2 p.m. June 6. (At 4 p.m., the casino will give away a dozen doughnuts for a year to a "hot seat" slot machine player - a promotion that its publicist calls "the treat of a lifetime.") Next week, the Sugar Rush doughnuts will be sold at Jack's as well as at the local Krispy Kreme shops in Havertown, Bensalem, Northeast Philadelphia and Collingswood. A word of warning: The red sugar will dye your fingers after two bites. 

Also worth noting: Dunkin’ Donuts locations will give away a doughnut with the purchase of any beverage, and Tastykake is running a contest on its Facebook page; comment on a Doughnut Day post and at 9 p.m. June 6, Tastykake will randomly select 100 winners to receive free doughnuts.

POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:32 AM
Jennifer Carroll on Bravo's "Life After Top Chef."

Bravo has inked Jennifer Carroll, the 10 Arts alum, for yet another Top Chef spinoff.

This time, Carroll will compete on Top Chef Duels, a new series premiering Aug. 6.

The show will pit former 18 cheftestants from Top Chef and Top Chef Masters in one-on-one competitions lasting three rounds.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 10:32 AM
Branzino, 261 S. 17th St.

Fox29 reports that Branzino Italian Ristorante - one of the better bargains on 17th Street in Rittenhouse - was raided midday Tuesday by agents wearing the latest in IRS-labeled apparel. 

The cops were shown on Fox29 video as they brought out boxes believed to be business records.

No criminal or civil charges apparently have been filed, according to federal court records.


POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 10:09 AM
The Mildred.

Updated:

The Mildred - the lovely, chef-driven seasonal American on Eighth Street in Bella Vista - has closed, per a statement Wednesday by a publicist, who described the parting as amicable

Chef Michael Santoro has been otherwise engaged recently as chef at Charlie was a sinner., the new vegan bar in Washington Square West. Michael Dorris is a caterer. Both men met as culinary students at Johnson & Wales.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 1:12 AM
Lemon Hill in Fairmount. (JASON VARNEY)

Lemon Hill, the Fairmount tavern that for a while straddled the line between neighborhood corner pub and destination restaurant, closed abruptly, stunning staff.

On Sunday, Lemon Hill's Facebook page said it would be closed Monday and Tuesday for "training" and Wednesday for a "private event," and promised to reopen on Thursday.

But I hear that even general manager Aaron Siak had not been told at the time that the place was done. Staffers are hunting for jobs at one of the leanest times of the year for city restaurant workers.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 11:32 AM
William Douglas Steakhouse, on one side of the McCormick & Schmick's in Cherry Hill. (Inquirer file photo)

It's now dark at the McCormick & Schmick’s seafood restaurant and its adjacent William Douglas Steakhouse at the Marketplace in Cherry Hill, which closed the other day.

The duopoly - pairing the nationally known seafooder with a pricier, one-off steakhouse - opened six years ago. They shared a kitchen and one of those hugely expensive Cherry Hill Township liquor licenses.

Landry Inc. bought the Portland, Ore.-based McCormick & Schmick's two years ago.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 11:03 AM
Cinema Suites seating in an (AMC)

June 13 marks the reopening of the AMC Painter's Crossing outside of West Chester after three months.

Such news of a popcorn palace ordinarily would not be on my radar. But this nine-screen AMC has been retooled as a "dine-in" theater. Food (burgers, platters) and drinks are delivered to the seats before and even during the show.

Get set for more of these.

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