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Archive: February, 2012


Thursday, February 16, 2012, 4:40 PM
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 when owner Nelson Tam gives the word. In a seemingly more precarious situation, we have b.b. go, a Korean rice cafe at 18th and Ludlow Streets in Center... Read more

Mica makes GQ's top 10 new restaurant list

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 11:25 PM
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. The March issue is on newsstands now. Link is here. Critic Alan Richman is not too keen on the atmosphere and goes so far as to say, "The wine list isn’t... Read more

Spiga coming to 13th and Locust

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 4:21 PM
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 last summer.) At least I can now tell you the name: Spiga. Brian Wilson will slide over from Le Castagne to be chef. Opening date does not seem to be far off... Read more

Branch locations

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 3:39 PM
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 coffee locations here, and happens to be developing an Indian restaurant called Jalsa at 246 Market St. (Means "fun" and should be open within a month, he says... Read more

La Terrasse to become Doc Magrogan's

Friday, February 10, 2012, 12:58 PM
La Terrasse, the Penn campus dining destination that's been dark for a year, is finally getting new life. But not as LaT's. Dave Magrogan, the chiropractor-turned-motivational speaker/restaurateur, has signed a lease with the university to turn the property at 3432 Sansom St. into a branch of Doc... Read more

Ramen Boy: Noodling now

Friday, February 10, 2012, 12:40 PM
The noodle soups are steaming and the gyoza are sizzling at Ramen Boy (204 N. Ninth St., 267-687-1355), now in its soft-opening phase on the Chinatown block that's home to Sang Kee. It's owned by the team from Yakitori Boy, the karaoke bar a few blocks away. The decor - heavy on the wood, down to... Read more

21 bottles of Dom on the wall

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 4:45 PM
As the Chinatown bar Hop Sing Laundromat draws to its opening date (which could be Feb. 29, or, for that matter, Feb. 30), its bar is being stocked. Twenty-one bottles of Dom Perignon champagne - a quantity usually not seen outside of a rap video or NBA party - line a metal shelf. At $145 a bottle... Read more

Cork in Westmont closing; new concept on way

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 11:03 AM
The seven-year run of Cork in Westmont will come to a close after Valentine's Day. Kevin Meeker is redoing it as Keg & Kitchen, with a concept emphasis on the word "craft" - in food, wine/spirits, and decor. Opening is pegged for early March. Starting Feb. 15, craftsman David Dowling, who has... Read more

Garces to the Kimmel Center

Monday, February 6, 2012, 5:18 PM
Jose Garces is in line to take over the catering operation at the Kimmel Center, I hear, and those spoils also will include operating a small restaurant on the Spruce Street side of the performing-arts venue. (Garces had told The Inquirer's Craig LaBan recently that he was going to open a small restaurant... Read more

Brauhaus Schmitz opening stand at Reading Terminal

Saturday, February 4, 2012, 11:36 AM
Wursthaus Schmitz, a German-themed stand from husband and wife Doug Hager and Kelly Schmitz of the South Street beer hall Brauhaus Schmitz, is due to open around Memorial Day at Reading Terminal Market. The stand, facing Center Court in the former Spice Terminal location, will offer a mix of hot foods... Read more
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