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Archive: October, 2011

Bollywood star steps out at Tashan

Monday, October 24, 2011, 12:57 PM
Now this is how to launch brunch. Anupam Kher, star of about 400 Bollywood films, is in town to appear with Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper in the David O. Russell flick in production, The Silver Linings Playbook. Kher stopped for brunch, unannounced, at the new Avenue of the Arts restaurant Tashan... Read more

A peek at Il Pittore

Monday, October 24, 2011, 9:57 AM
Many years (and a few locations) in the making, Il Pittore is set to debut Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 2025 Sansom St. in Rittenhouse Square (215-391-4900; This upscale Italian pairs Stephen Starr with one of his longtime righthand men, chef Chris Painter. The two worked together on... Read more

Branches on the way

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 11:06 PM
Restaurant chains are in expansion mode Pete Ciarrocchi says his next Chickie's & Pete's location will open Friday, Oct. 21 in Warrington. Another branch, in Audubon, Montgomery County, is about 10 days off, he said. Tony Luke's has added an outlet at the Crossings at Twin Oaks in Sicklerville;... Read more

Sweet feet: An edible shoe

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 10:43 PM
Philly Cupcake/Philly Chocolate, the twin boutiques in Center City, are now creating edible, lifesize shoes. The first of the series, part of the Candyland Collection and named "Candy Garden," is a replica of a Christian Louboutin, and will make its debut Sunday, Oct. 23 at a fundraiser for the kid... Read more

L'Oca is 86ed

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 9:35 PM
Things did not look too promising for L'Oca, the Northern Italian BYOB across from Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount, in July after chef/owner Luca Garutti, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and driving under the influence, according to the court record. The restaurant was closed... Read more

Prize-winning braciole

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 9:34 PM
Every year on the eve of the Philadelphia TASTE Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits at the Valley Forge Convention Center,, the Inquirer and the Daily News issue a call to home chefs to submit family favorite recipes. From this year's stack of hundreds, three people were asked to cook their... Read more

Think PHL's restaurant week will take off?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 3:20 AM
There are restaurant weeks offering deals downtown, on the Main Line, and in South Jersey. And now, through Oct. 29, a restaurant week at Philadelphia International Airport. The catch is that it's available only to ticketed airline passengers, but the three-course $25 deals will still represent a... Read more

Philly Diner at auction: Everything's to go

Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 12:52 PM
After 10 years, the Penn campus mainstay Philly Diner at 39th and Walnut Streets closed Sunday at the end of its lease, as the Daily Pennsylvanian reports. If the diner holds memories, or if you're thinking of furnishing a restaurant of your own, note that the diner's innards are being offered for... Read more

Korean BBQ in a Chinatown landmark

Monday, October 17, 2011, 10:46 AM
Big news in Chinatown: A Korean barbecue is setting up, further broadening the options. It's Sammy Chon's K-Town BBQ, which packs 'em in at the Cherry Hill flagship in Sawmill Village, and it's taking over the landmark HK Golden Phoenix at 911 Race St. The liquor app went up late Friday; the marble-clad... Read more

Two buddies get into the coffee game

Sunday, October 16, 2011, 10:46 PM
Pub & Kitchen/The Diving Horse chef Jonathan Adams has something else on his plate. He and childhood friend Damien Pileggi are getting into the coffee game with Rival Bros Coffee, a small-batch, custom coffee roaster. The company will peddle its whole beans online from the Rival Bros e-store... Read more
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