Thursday, May 28, 2015

'Bizarre Foods' pays a Philly visit

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 11:19 AM
Andrew Zimmern and a camera crew have been in Philadelphia since the weekend, shooting episodes for the next season of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, launching this summer. I have to hand it to Zimmern. Unlike most TV shows, he is not revisiting the same, tired list of locations in his quest... Read more

Pastry chef Monica Glass returns, lands with Sbraga

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 11:11 AM
Saying she had gone as far as she could go at a restaurant group in Boston, pastry chef Monica Glass has returned to Philadelphia after two years. The West Chester-raised Glass is now executive pastry chef at Sbraga, which means she's adding her desserts to Kevin Sbraga's menus at Sbraga as well as... Read more

Adam Leonti leaving Vetri

Monday, May 11, 2015, 4:31 PM
Adam Leonti, chef de cuisine at the flagship Vetri Ristorante in Center City for four years, has given notice. Leonti, a native of Portland, Maine, is bound for what Marc Vetri called an "amazing opportunity" in Brooklyn at a forthcoming hotel restaurant. He leaves the first week in June. (I await... Read more

Smith & Wollensky confirms closing date

Monday, May 11, 2015, 4:13 PM
Smith & Wollensky's last day at the Rittenhouse Hotel (210 W. Rittenhouse Square) will be May 23, the steakhouse's management confirmed. It opened in 2000, succeeding the similarly white-tablecloth Nicholas Nickolas. Since closing had been scheduled for midsummer, a May date suggests that a new... Read more

Darling's Diner has shut down

Monday, May 11, 2015, 1:32 PM
Darling's Diner seems done. Once with three locations (including Rittenhouse and Logan Square), the 24/7 flagship location at the Piazza at Schmidt's (1033 Germantown Ave.) shut down the morning of Monday, May 11. The diner, which opened in 2009, was being cleared out midday. Signs on the doors said... Read more

Kanella to close May 31 pending move

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 9:21 PM
Chef Konstantinos Pitsillades says May 31 will be the last day of service at Kanella, his Greek Cypriot BYOB at 10th and Spruce Streets, as he's moving to larger quarters - with a liquor license - in Queen Village. Pitsillades is building out the longtime Frederick's at 757 S. Front St., which most... Read more

Elmi to expand Laurel on East Passyunk

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 11:27 AM
Laurel - Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi's plush, snug BYOB on East Passyunk Avenue - is among the toughest tables in town. Opportunity has knocked for Elmi, and it's right next door. He has agreements in place to expand 1615 E. Passyunk Ave., which for a very brief spell was a coffeeshop called Dante... Read more

Landmark bar Downey's is for sale

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:21 AM
Not one but two Philadelphia-area bars seen on the Spike TV show Bar Rescue are in play. Osteria Calabria in Glenside - shown last September in a Jon Taffer renovation that its owners never entirely bought into - has closed as the building was sold. It is planning to resurface in Huntingdon Valley... Read more

Old City's Tin Angel and Serrano are up for sale

Friday, May 8, 2015, 1:40 PM
Donal McCoy has listed 20 S. Second St. in Old City - which for more than two decades has been the home of Serrano restaurant and its upstairs club, the Tin Angel. With two new business opportunities that he wants to pursue, McCoy says it's time for him for move on, nearly 10 years after he bought... Read more

Taco Angeleno: Tacos from a cart in West Philly

Friday, May 8, 2015, 12:42 PM
Vanessa Jerolmack, a Los Angeles transplant, is now in season 2 of Taco Angeleno, a taco cart set up in a onetime abandoned lot near the West Philadelphia house she shares with her husband, Doug, and their 18-month-old twin girls. Open Thursday to Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. through October, Taco Angeleno... Read more
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