Sunday, November 29, 2015

Looking up: The Logan will offer a bar with a view

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 12:06 AM
One customary perk of city life is sorely lacking in Philadelphia: public dining/bar spaces with great views from up high. There's R2L on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place, Nineteen (XIX) on the 19th floor of the Bellevue, and SkyBrunch on the 50th floor at the Top of the Tower. Though only on the... Read more

Good Stuff Eatery closes in Philly

Monday, November 9, 2015, 1:04 PM
The local burger war has a casualty, as Good Stuff Eatery - which opened in June 2014 at 108 S. 18th St., near Rittenhouse Square - has closed. Awaiting official comment from its corporate office, I hear that the two-level setup just was too much of a turn-off and that the Washington, D.C.-based brand... Read more

Four tasty new options at Penn

Monday, November 9, 2015, 12:46 PM
There's a flurry of casual dining on the way to the University of Pennsylvania campus. To wrap 'em up: Saxbys is reopening its coffee location at 40th and Locust Streets on Monday, Nov. 9. In short, the company bought up this franchise-owned location, blew it up, redesigned it, and put it together... Read more

Early look: Tio Flores at 16th and South

Monday, November 9, 2015, 12:07 PM
Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico expect to open the doors of their third restaurant - Tio Flores, at 16th and South Streets - on Nov. 18. Here's an early look inside at the 50-seat Mexican cantina, which occupies a new space that had been earmarked for New York's Calexico before that project... Read more

Tamarindo's resurfaces in Flourtown

Monday, November 9, 2015, 1:14 AM
Just an early alert that Tamarindo's, which over the summer vacated its longtime Broad Axe/Blue Bell home, has reopened nearby. The Mexican BYOB's new spot is a former construction company's offices at 726 Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown (215-619-2390), just north of Scoogi's. Decor at the sunny yellow... Read more

Ting Wong closes, to reopen under original owner

Friday, November 6, 2015, 2:24 PM
Ting Wong - for years one of Chinatown's best humble Hong Kong-style duck-house bargains - has closed, but workers say that it will reopen soon under a new name. The original owner will assume management of the spot, at 138 N. 10th St. Workers - citing language differences and not a desire to duck... Read more

No kitten: Two Philly's cat cafes are planned

Friday, November 6, 2015, 12:15 PM
Looks like cat cafes - social hubs where humans can gather while adoptable, free-range kitties frolic - are becoming a thing here. With entrepreneur Kristin Eissler looking at a January opening for Kawaii Cat Cafe at 759 S. Fourth St. in Queen Village, cat-rescue volunteer Kathy Jordan is preparing... Read more

StreetSide: Vietnamese street food on Girard Ave.

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 12:17 PM
There are modest restaurants, for sure, but rarely are there modest restaurateurs - those too shy to talk up their business. It took a few minutes of wheedling and pleading just to get the name of the owner of StreetSide, a low-key Vietnamese BYOB that opened over the summer in a converted rowhouse... Read more

Garces out as Blatstein shuffles deck at Playground in Atlantic City

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 1:24 AM
Developer Bart Blatstein is changing the business model of The Playground, his retail-entertainment center at the Playground, the former Pier Shops at Caesars in Atlantic City. Rather than run it himself, he will assume the role of landlord, just as he did at the Piazza at Schmidt's in Northern Liberties... Read more

Suppa branching out with Samwich in Bella Vista

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 12:50 AM
Angelo Polito and Georgeann Leaming, who opened the sweet bruncherie Suppa in Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties nearly two years ago, are branching out to the edge of Bella Vista with a new spot. Samwich, playing off the name of the sandwich section of their menu, will occupy the former Square... Read more
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Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here.

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