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Archive: March, 2011

Restaurant notes: AKA gets

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 3:55 PM
The restaurant going into the AKA Rittenhouse Square, on 18th Street north of Walnut, has an overseer (David Fields) and a chef (Bryan Sikora). And now it has a name, one that at least will provide an alphabetical advantage. It's known as -- pronounced "ay kitchen." Projected opening is... Read more

Restaurant notes: Speck in limbo

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 2:29 PM
Speck, in the Piazza at Schmidt's in Northern Liberties, cost nearly a million bucks to build. And it might very well open someday. But will Shola Olunloyo be chef-owner of the restaurant? Not if what I'm hearing -- and what Foobooz is contending -- is true. After an operating agreement was not... Read more

Phillies roll out salads and panini

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 11:30 AM
Panini, salads, frozen yogurt, and, yes, Tastykakes will be on the menu this season at Citizens Bank Park. Concessionaire Aramark this morning announced some additions. More healthful: A Philly Fresh stand, behind Section 139, will feature a Hall of Fame Salad (mixed greens, red grapes, pistachios... Read more

Restaurant notes: A brewpub starts with ABC

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 10:35 AM
Central Pennsylvania's Appalachian Brewing Company is shooting for end of April or early May to open its first suburban Philly brewpub, which it is setting up in the former Hemingway's in Collegeville Station (Main Street and West Third Avenue in Collegeville). ABC's Artie Tafoya tells me that the... Read more

Want to be ?uestlove's personal chef?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 4:50 PM
Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, drummer for the Roots and bandleader on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, is expanding his personal brand, as his manager says. Part of that expansion involves an undisclosed food project in Philly, his hometown. He needs a chef. He's issued a call for professional and amateur... Read more

Restaurant notes: Dueling pianos; the 1601 story

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 3:05 PM
Jolly Weldon has indeed packed up the keyboards from Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar from 2006 Chestnut St. and on Friday, March 25 will open in a larger space in the Academy House (1420 Locust St.). See background here. It will be open for lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch; the dueling-piano shows... Read more

James Beard short list for 2011: It's short, all right

Monday, March 21, 2011, 3:29 PM
Michael Solomonov of Society Hill's Zahav and the Center City temple of Italian dining Vetri have made the James Beard Foundation's list of nominations for culinary awards. Solomonov, also chef at Xochitl and Percy Street, is the running for best chef in the mid-Atlantic region. (How only one Philly... Read more

Restaurant notes: Old City blues

Monday, March 21, 2011, 10:43 AM
Kevin Meeker is one of the oldtimers in Old City. Twenty-eight years ago, he and his wife, Janet, opened Philadelphia Fish & Company, which in 2009 they reconfigured as Q BBQ & Tequila as they took on a partner, Tom Stewart. But although the lease is due to expire in August, Meeker told me... Read more

Restaurant notes: New in NoLibs; free food for industry 'insiders'

Friday, March 18, 2011, 11:41 AM
The spot in Northern Liberties off the corner of Second Street and Fairmount Avenue that was Kong and previously Sovalo (702 N. Second St.) is getting new life as a gastropub called The Blind Pig. More info forthcoming. Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar (137 S. Seventh St., inside the Curtis Center)... Read more

Restaurant notes: Two debuts on St. Pat's Day

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 2:00 PM
No time like the present, right? Two pubs have picked March 17 -- one of the busiest drinkin' days of the year -- for their rollouts. In the works for nearly 15 months, 1518 Bar & Grill is serving a moderate-priced Greek-influenced pub menu (lunch and dinner daily) and 10 beers on tap beneath... Read more
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