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Archive: April, 2012

Opening near for Green Eggs Cafe #3

Monday, April 9, 2012, 4:17 PM
A most impressive two years for Steve Slaughter and crew at Green Eggs Cafe, the bruncherie. - Opened on Dickinson Street in South Philly. - Opened on North Second Street in Northern Liberties. - Expanded South Philly. - Opened Stateside, a two-bell gastropub on East Passyunk ... Read more

Chef Salvatore pulling out of Blue Bell

Monday, April 9, 2012, 11:01 AM
Since the days of Marabella's, restaurants occupying the building at Skippack and Penllyn-Blue Bell Pike in Blue Bell - across from the Blue Bell Inn - have failed to gain traction: The Blue Horse limped along, followed by Domenico's seemingly for five minutes. Now, Chef Salvatore is on its way out... Read more

Tony Clark is Serafina's new chef

Sunday, April 8, 2012, 5:22 PM
The restaurant business is full of twists and turns. Here's another: Tony Clark starts Monday, April 9 as chef at Serafina, the popular but critically panned Italian restaurant at 18th and Sansom Streets. Clark recently parted company with his previous employer, Belvedere Restaurant Group (operator... Read more

Restaurant notes: Center City construction updates

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 11:06 AM
Around Rittenhouse Square: Nicole Marquis is crossing her fingers for a late-April rollout of HipCityVeg, the vegan fast-fooder she has planned for 127 S. 18th St., in the spot that was Pad Thai Shack. (Previous post.) I'd expect an opening by early May for Brodo, the soup-salad-sandwich specialist... Read more

Jose Garces will put on a private show for you

Friday, April 6, 2012, 9:37 PM
You've read here and here how Jose Garces is taking over the catering operation at the Kimmel Center (Broad and Spruce Streets), and will open a restaurant where the venue's gift shop was. Buttonholed at his new Amada location on the eve of its opening in the Revel resort in Atlantic City, he insisted... Read more

IndeBlue to Washington Square West

Friday, April 6, 2012, 5:34 AM
It's been a heady three years for Rakesh Ramola, a former chef at Tiffin, and his wife, Heather. They opened IndeBlue, an Indian BYOB, in a small corner store in Collingswood, and moved across the street last year after they outgrew the space. (The old spot is now Joey Baldino's Zeppoli.) Now, I... Read more

Pantry Raid? More like a panty raid

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 12:34 PM
The Saint James restaurant project in Suburban Square in Ardmore is about to ramp up. The liquor license - subject of a protest - has been approved. The Victoria's Secret store - which will be the site of the restaurant - closed last weekend. Owners Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500 Degrees) and chef Michael... Read more

The new New Market

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 3:45 PM
There have been craft fairs held over the years at the Head House Square's shambles, but nothing is similar to what Bob Logue is planning this spring and summer for the landmark along Second Street between Pine and Lombard Streets. Logue, an owner of Bodhi Coffee and Federal Donuts, has leased the... Read more

Two Philly pizzerias make Food & Wine's tops

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 3:17 PM
Another day, another national best-of-food list with local implications. I mention Food & Wine's list of the top 25 pizza places in the United States. F&W editors cite the Lombarda pie from Osteria (640 N. Broad St.) and the tomato pie from Tacconelli's (2604 E. Somerset St., Port Richmond)... Read more

Pagano's in Commerce Square adding a bar

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 5:28 PM
Matt Pagano's dream is about to unfold: A 19-seat bar inside his Pagano's Market in Two Commerce Square (on Market Street between 20th and 21st Streets), as well as portable bars that will operate in Commerce Square's courtyard weather permitting. DAS Architects, which designed Pagano's four years... Read more
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