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Archive: September, 2011

Manayunk Brewery dry again

Friday, September 16, 2011, 7:37 PM
Closed since August 28, Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant reopened Sept. 15 after flooding caused by Hurricanes Irene and Lee. This was painful for owner Mike Rose. After flooding caused by Irene, restaurant owners replaced all electrical services, carpeting, appliances in the kitchen and created... Read more

Hot Mexican in Fairmount

Friday, September 16, 2011, 12:35 PM
Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal, whose Cantina Feliz is the toast of Fort Washington, have signed on for 2321 Fairmount Ave., taking over the lovely Art Museum-area rowhouse space that was Illuminare. Chef Spinner and front-of-the-houser Sirhal, longtime friends and alums of Jose Garces' Distrito, hope... Read more

Joe Scarpone to Queen Village

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 1:50 PM
Three years ago, Joe Scarpone reluctantly closed Sovalo, arguably the swankiest restaurant in Northern Liberties. Sovalo may have been a three-beller, but the neighborhood just wasn't filling the seats. Scarpone next headed to Manayunk to set up Agiato; he left shortly after its opening after a falling... Read more

A deli is down, a restaurant reopens

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 3:37 PM
Dettera, the swank spot in downtown Ambler, is to return at dinnertime Thursday, about a week after floods left four feet of water in the basement. The Famous Deli in Holland, Bucks County, unrelated to the others, seems to have gone el foldo, judging by the dark interior and the cut-off phone and... Read more

Two new Manayunk projects

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 3:13 PM
Rich Rivera and Rob Nydick, who own Agiato and the Main Street Market on Main Street in Manayunk, are on the move with two projects. One should be open by Halloween, as Rivera tells me: Dos Vatos Tacos (basically, "two guys"), occupying that eensy space at 4369 Main St. that formerly housed Little... Read more

Cook issues October schedule; liquor app in Fishtown

Monday, September 12, 2011, 2:04 PM
Cook, the demo/collaborative kitchen that opened last week at 20th and Rittenhouse, has issued its October schedule, studded with appearances by local culinary lights such as Pierre Calmels of Bibou (teaching French cooking), Patrick Feury of Nectar (pickling), and Moon Krapugthong of Chabaa Thai Bistro... Read more

Paramour in the wings at the Wayne Hotel

Friday, September 9, 2011, 3:49 PM
On the Main Line, the grand Wayne Hotel (139 E. Lancaster Ave.) -- fresh from a two-year renovation -- is building out what developer S.W. Bajus Ltd. intends as a sophisticated, multipurpose American restaurant called Paramour. It's the former longtime home of the buttoned-down Taquet. Opening date... Read more

Collingswood is gonna be smokin'

Thursday, September 8, 2011, 5:17 PM
The white-tablecloth Prime 505 steakhouse in Collingswood has closed, and I hear that a much more accessible restaurant is on the way for the spot at 505 Haddon Ave., the freestanding building that also formerly housed a Curves. Little Louie's BBQ is being steered by Gerald Dougherty, a well-seasoned... Read more

Feastival, part deux

Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 9:20 PM
It's not easy being an arts group in a soft economy. That was the guiding motivation behind last year's inaugural Feastival event, an evening to boost the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe. More than the tens of thousands of dollars raised, organizers got credibility. In a calendar... Read more

'Restaurant Impossible' goes to Bucks

Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 11:56 AM
In the latest installment of Restaurant Impossible, fixer-upper chef Robert Irvine heads to Pipersville, Bucks County, and Mamma D's. (I keep hearing "Momma Dietz" from the Dietz & Watson radio commercials every time I say that.) The Food Network description bills Mamma D's as "a place that is... Read more
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