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Archive: August, 2011

Chinatown doings

Thursday, August 11, 2011, 12:13 PM
For all the Center City hubbub, Chinatown is a peaceful place. Turnover is comparatively low, and life goes on. But witness some activity, and none of it is uniquely Chinese: - H.K. Golden Phoenix at 911 Race St., which had been doing banquets and dim sum since 1996, is closed. - Hop... Read more

Cook gets cooking

Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 8:46 PM
When Audrey Taichman wants something, she gets it. Taichman, owner of Audrey Claire and Twenty Manning on the same block of 20th Street near Rittenhouse Square, wanted the restaurant community to come together last September to help the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe. And she... Read more

When will South Jersey get its Krispy Kreme?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 7:09 AM
Circle "Aug. 23" -- glaze it, even -- on your calendar. That's the date set for the opening of the region's third Krispy Kreme shop, in the former KFC at Haddon Avenue and Cuthbert Boulevard on Collingswood's border with Haddon Township, according to franchisee Brian Zaslow. Opening days generate... Read more

Zeppoli: South Philly to Sicily to Collingswood

Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 4:42 PM
Thursday, Aug. 11 is the debut of Zeppoli, a homespun Sicilian BYOB in Collingswood from chef Joey Baldino. Baldino, 33, has a who's-who of experience (notably Marc Vetri, but also Georges Perrier, Michael Solomonov, and Jose Garces), a French Culinary Institute education, and South Philly roots (11th... Read more

New chef at Talula's Garden

Monday, August 8, 2011, 5:39 PM
Aimee Olexy has tapped Matt Moon as the new executive chef at Talula's Garden, her partnership with Stephen Starr on Washington Square. He starts Tuesday, replacing Michael Santoro, who parted company with StarrLexy last week. New menu will start in a few weeks. Moon has worked in Olexy's orbit since... Read more

Bobby Flay opening in Cherry Hill Mall

Monday, August 8, 2011, 1:13 PM
Bobby Flay is opening a second Bobby's Burger Palace in the Philly area. He's signed on for Cherry Hill Mall, where the casual concept will join the region's first Grande Lux Cafe, which is Cheesecake Factory's higher-end brand. (Think Venetian carnival.) He opened a BBP at Penn (3925 Walnut St.)... Read more

Next Night Market ...

Friday, August 5, 2011, 4:46 PM
Fresh off its latest successful Night Market in Mount Airy, the Food Trust confirmed to me that the next event will be in Chinatown (10th and Race Streets), on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 7 to 11 p.m. More details will be spilled in coming weeks through Read more

Drink Philly does a fundraiser

Friday, August 5, 2011, 10:11 AM
Drink Philly, a featured friend of, is celebrating the anniversary of its monthly First Friday party and art show with a fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at its headquarters on 239 Chestnut St., in Old City. The event will include... Read more

Broad Street Diner revival

Thursday, August 4, 2011, 5:40 PM
There will be new life for the Broad Street Diner at Broad and Ellsworth Streets. Once considered for a Stephen Starr concept (scuttled by environmental concerns), it's sat vacant for years. Now, Michael Petrogiannis, who owns the Melrose, the Mayfair, Tiffany's, the Country Club, and Warminster... Read more

Indian dining to Huntingdon Valley

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 1:52 PM
Good news for that restaurant-starved slice of Eastern Montgomery County known as Huntingdon Valley: Rahul Bhatia and crew from Saffron Indian Kitchen, a white-tablecloth duo in Bala Cynwyd and Ambler, are taking over the Victorian building at 2501 Huntingdon Pike that previously housed Beige &... Read more
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