The Insider Archive: February, 2012

Check out Alla Spina

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One of the more exciting restaurant projects I've followed from inception to opening is Alla Spina, the Italian gastropub from Marc Vetri,... Read more

Brick American Eatery to debut

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Restaurateur Jolly Weldon (Jolly's Dueling Piano Bar, Mammoni, et al) is behind Brick American Eatery, at 1708 Lombard St. (267-639-9440),... Read more

Piazza's Speck, er, Raw to become a beer bar?

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What to do with that grand white elephant at the Piazza at Schmidt's that was first known as Speck (never opened) and then as Raw at the Piazza... Read more

Noir to replace Sticks & Stones

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Marcos Decotiis, who's been working at La Stanza at 20th and Oregon (he was seen in the restaurant's appearance on the Food Network's Restaurant... Read more

Shutdowns

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Chinatown's Ramen Boy, which opened last week at 204 N. Ninth St., has been closed by a gas-main issue. Check back here; I'll update the reopening... Read more

Mica makes GQ's top 10 new restaurant list

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Big kudos to Chip Roman, whose yearling Mica in Chestnut Hill appears at #8 in GQ magazine's list of the 10 best new restaurants in America... Read more

Spiga coming to 13th and Locust

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One of the bigger secrets is the Italian restaurant under construction at 1305 Locust St. by the team at Le Castagne. (The deal was signed... Read more

Branch locations

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Bonte, the wafflerie, has opened a third Philly location. It's at 1910 Liacouras Walk on Temple's campus. Manager Kayur Popat owns Saxby's... Read more