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Archive: June, 2011

Restaurant notes: Shola surfaces

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 4:55 PM
"Where's Shola?" has been a popular parlor game in the last month or so, since chef Shola Olunloyo and developer Bart Blatstein parted ways seemingly just days before the opening of Speck, a high-concept restaurant at the Piazza at Schmidt's. Olunloyo has been keeping a low profile. (Not that he ever... Read more

Restaurant notes: John Brandt-Lee preps Downingtown digs

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 12:42 PM
John Brandt-Lee, chef-owner of Avalon in West Chester (see Craig LaBan's review), is about three or four weeks from opening Avalon Pasta Bistro in Downingtown. In this video, shot by Robert Brandon Bailey, Brandt-Lee talks about his new restaurant, and how it will differ from the West Chester location... Read more

Restaurant notes: Ed Battaglia talks about Ralic's Steakhouse

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 12:25 PM
South Jersey culinary instructor and chef Ed Battaglia is gearing up for the June 18 premiere of Ralic's Steakhouse (26 S. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield). He describes the dinnertime BYOB's menu as "modernized classics." Sample dishes include double-cut rack of lamb with red grapes, fennel, cous cous and... Read more

Restaurant notes: Circles gets a sit-downer

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 12:11 PM
Circles Contemporary Asian in South Philly, which has been doing a tidy takeout and delivery business from 1516 Tasker St., has added a seating area across the alley (Hicks Street), in a storefront at 1514 Tasker. It's technically delivery, as Alex Boonphaya's staff runs your food to you in the dining... Read more

Restaurant notes: Perrier's bread bakery opens

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 4:52 PM
Georges Perrier is now in the bread-baking business. Art of Bread, a cafe, takeout, and commercial bakery serving his own restaurants and others', bowed at 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 8 at 920 Montgomery Ave. in Narberth. The first customer out the door, Mike Ferguson of Ardmore, got a croissant and medium... Read more

Morimoto carves!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 3:59 PM
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has some drawing power. Meaning: attracting an audience and pulling a knife on an unsuspecting tuna. Which he did Tuesday, June 7 at Morimoto, the Center City restaurant he owns with Stephen Starr. He did a cooking demo in the middle of the dining room, in a $300-a-head... Read more

Restaurant notes: What's a Llama Tooth?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 2:21 PM
Tonight (Wednesday, June 8) marks the soft opening of Llama Tooth, a light-spirited New American bistro at 1033 Spring Garden St. (267-639-4582), where Thoreau was most recently. Realtor Joe Galster has installed kids John (a veteran bar manager) and Alison (who's had front of the house experience)... Read more

Um. Quality costs too much?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 11:36 AM
Add this to the conversation about the shift toward farm-to-table/organic/local sourcing at restaurants. I just heard from Frank McCourt at McCourt's Farm to Table, a fairly new BYOB in Hatboro. "We decided to change most of the menu and lower our prices significantly," he says. "We've also lost 'organic... Read more

Restaurant notes: Apollinare in new hands; Perrier's bakery opening

Monday, June 6, 2011, 2:32 PM
Yet another change of hands at the Piazza at Schmidt's in Northern Liberties: Apollinare has bailed after a year, in favor of a new concept run by Brian Nagele, founder and president of the online entertainment publication More info to come. Georges Perrier will open The Art of... Read more

Burger Brawl champs

Sunday, June 5, 2011, 8:59 AM
Seventeen Philly restaurants went at it -- mano a mano, spatula a spatula -- in the schoolyard of Queen Village's Meredith Elementary on Saturday, June 4. When the charcoal smoke of the first Burger Brawl had cleared, there were winners in three categories: - London Grill and chef Michael McNally... Read more
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