The Insider Archive: August, 2011

Closings, hither and yon

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Things are great in restaurant land, right? We seem to be in the middle of a restaurant boomlet. But if you ask the owners of longtime restaurants... Read more

Uh-oh ... no more custard

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Last fall, our friend Rick Nichols waxed eloquent about Jake's, a brand new Wisconsin-style frozen-custard shop in Paoli that also sold bratwurst... Read more

A Thai bonanza

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Tom Jamavan, formerly part of the triumvirate at Trio in Fairmount, is behind a Thai BYO now being hammered out at 306 S. 16th St., in the... Read more

Jose Garces battles a chicken!

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Chef Jose Garces probably has seven dozen ways to cook chicken. On Aug. 23 (9 a.m. to noon), the Iron Chef gets to compete against one: Chica... Read more

Talula's Garden makes a top-10 list

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Talula's Garden, the new Aimee Olexy-Stephen Starr collab on Washington Square, comes in at No. 6 on Bon Appetit's list of the best new U.S... Read more

Stephen Starr has had enough of Philly

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Looks like 21 is Stephen Starr’s lucky number. Right now, Starr owns 19 restaurants in Philadelphia, if you include the seasonal Square... Read more

Philly caterer does 'Chopped'

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Christopher Thames of Roxborough's Distinctive Fare Catering turns up Tuesday, Aug. 16 on the Food Network show Chopped (10 p.m.). Ep is... Read more

Starr strikes again in Rittenhouse

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Another Stephen Starr restaurant is on the way: an upscale, modern-Italian dinner spot called Il Pittore, and it will occupy 2025 Sansom St... Read more