Monday, February 8, 2016

Woodrow's: South St. gets a sandwich shop

Friday, January 15, 2016, 3:13 PM
Saturday, Jan. 16 is the rollout of Woodrow's Sandwich Shop, the dream project of well-seasoned chef Kevin Kramer, who has taken the storefront last occupied by Hot Diggity at 630 South St. (It's also 2½ blocks from Jim's Steaks and Ishkabibble's.) Kramer started in the biz washing dishes at... Read more

Jane G's opening Chinese restaurant in University City

Friday, January 15, 2016, 2:18 PM
Jackson Fu and his mother, Jane Guo, of Center City's snazzy, upscale Jane G's, are headed to University City for their second Chinese restaurant. They are about to start work on a still-unnamed restaurant at 3939 Chestnut St., the second Hub building. It will occupy the site that was Thai Singh House... Read more

GrubHub starts its own delivery fleet in Philadelphia

Friday, January 15, 2016, 1:55 PM
The food-delivery service GrubHub, which had been acting as a middleman between customers and restaurants since its founding more than a dozen years ago, has started using its own contract couriers in Philadelphia - as do local competitors Caviar and Postmates (which delivers nonfood items as well)... Read more

Venture Inn, a landmark in gayborhood, to close

Friday, January 15, 2016, 12:20 AM
Sunday, Jan. 17 will be last call at the Venture Inn, one of Center City's oldest gay-friendly bar/restaurants. The restaurant, tucked on narrow Camac Street just off Spruce, traces its rainbowed history to the early 1970s. Owners Bob and Linda Berkowitz are selling the business, including the liquor... Read more

SpOt Burgers opens in Brewerytown

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 2:52 PM
The life of a permanent food trucker may sound more carefree than the lot of a restaurateur. No huge rents or utilities. Work at your own pace. Then comes January, followed by July. Joining the migration of mobile vendors seeking walls and a roof is Josh Kim, whose ketchup-red-and-mustard-yellow... Read more

Bok School building looking for a cafe operator

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 1:51 PM
The former Edward W. Bok Technical High School building in South Philadelphia, site of a popular pop-up restaurant last summer called Le Bok Fin, is filling its renovated first floor with nonprofit groups, small businesses, artists, and small-scale manufacturers, most from the immediate area. The... Read more

Shake Shack now sells a chicken sandwich

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 7:00 AM
Shake Shack, which built its fortune on burgers, has added a chicken sandwich to its menu, effective Jan. 14. The Chick’n Shack ($6.29) is billed as a crispy all-natural, antibiotic-free, cage-free chicken breast - marinated in buttermilk and presented with lettuce, pickles, and buttermilk herb... Read more

Ex-Four Seasons chef to open in Mount Airy

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 3:44 PM
Miss the food from the Fountain at the Four Seasons? David Jansen, who was the landmark's chef de cuisine when he left at the end of 2010 after more than two decades to devote more time to his three kids, is opening a restaurant in Mount Airy Jansen, opening this spring, will take the stone building... Read more

Lolies Ale House replaces McFadden's

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 1:55 PM
The bar/nightclub business can be a rough-and-tumble game, but Leah Titus - a 23-year-old recent grad of Rutgers University - can handle it, says her father, Matt. Leah Titus has several years of experience as a bartender at the Cherry Hill restaurant Zinburgers. And she was a psych major. She is... Read more

Tavern on Pine: 'Rescue' bar surfaces in Huntingdon Valley

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 4:12 PM
The crew from Plush in Glenside - which Jon Taffer of Spike's Bar Rescue renamed "Osteria Calabria" during a flop of a makeover in 2014 - has found a new home in Huntingdon Valley. Wednesday, Jan. 13 is the scheduled soft opening of Tavern on Pine, taking a former warehouse at 2840 Pine Rd. (267-277-4180)... Read more
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