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Archive: May, 2012

The return of Philippe Chin

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 4:52 PM
Once upon a time in Philadelphia back in the 1990s, Philippe Chin was the man. The Harley-driving, Paris-born chef - a publicist/girlfriend on his arm - owned a boutique spot called Chanterelles, serving uppity French/Chinese fusion, at 1312 Spruce St. (He sold the salon to a kid from Abington named... Read more

Nifty Fifty's owners accused of skimming millions in cash

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 10:27 AM
Five owners of the popular Nifty Fifty's throwback-theme restaurant chain were accused today of beating the IRS out of millions of dollars, which the feds claim was stashed in safes. The feds also allege that this was business as usual from the founding of Nifty Fifty's in 1986. The chain now has... Read more

Rock Lobster giving way to Morgan's Pier

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 8:02 PM
Morgan's Pier will be the name of the seasonal restaurant/beer garden that is planned for a May 25 opening at the former Rock Lobster, the landmark club at 221 N. Columbus Blvd. (It was known as Octo in its last incarnation.) Four Corners Management's Avram Hornik says he's in talks with a name-brand... Read more

Paula Deen joining A.C Food & Wine Festival

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 3:55 PM
Paula Deen will be a part of this year's Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, July 26–29. She joins the line-up which includes Andrew Zimmern, Tyler Florence (host of Tyler's Ultimate), Robert Irvine, Nadia Giosia (a.k.a Nadia G), host of Bitchin' Kitchen, Anne Burrell... Read more

Two locals on Fox's 'Hell's Kitchen'

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 2:55 PM
They're clammed up now at the instruction of Fox, but two locals are among the 18 competitors submitting themselves to the tender ministrations of chef Gordon Ramsay on Season 10 of Hell's Kitchen. Premiere will be June 4. They're competing for a head chef position working under executive chef Kevin... Read more

Barbuzzo chef to Popolino

Monday, May 14, 2012, 7:46 PM
Popolino - Peter McAndrews' peasant Italian BYO at Fifth Street and Fairmount Avenue - has a new chef, Christopher Davis, previously a chef de cuisine at Barbuzzo. McAndrews told me that three months in, the restaurant kitchen simply wasn't where it needed to be. Enter Davis, who worked for McAndrews... Read more

Free pizza* on Tuesday

Monday, May 14, 2012, 4:29 PM
Marino’s of Mullica Hill, a "farm-to-pizza" shop in Mullica Hill Commons Shopping Center (157 Bridgeton Pike), will mark its first anniversary Tuesday, May 15 by giving out comp slices of asparagus, bacon & truffle oil white pizza all day. Owner Anthony Marino gave away asparagus white slices... Read more

Get your meatball on

Monday, May 14, 2012, 3:49 PM
Cameras from Travel Channel's Food Paradise series will be in town Thursday to Saturday to gather footage. Marabella Meatball Co. and three other establishments will be filmed. Marabella's (1211 Walnut St.) is going all out from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, inviting the public to eat meatballs during the... Read more

Tiffin Etc. shuts down

Monday, May 14, 2012, 12:56 PM
Tiffin Etc., which opened in July 2009 as an Indian quick-serve-slash-pizza parlor next to Tiffin's flagship location on Girard Avenue, has closed. Owner Munish Narula tells me that Etc. will be relocated to a new, yet-unnamed spot in University City. Its space at 712 W. Girard will give way to an... Read more

Palm Tree Gourmet coming to Rittenhouse

Sunday, May 13, 2012, 7:49 PM
The commercial property on the southeast corner of 20th and Pine Streets has been empty since a kiddie bookstore moved out some time ago. Years ago, it housed Opera Cafe. Word was trickling out over the winter that Filter Coffee would take it over. Now, based on both the awnings that went up over... Read more
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