Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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POSTED: Saturday, August 9, 2014, 12:43 PM
Jake's Sandwich Board, post renovation.

Gary Dorfman and Sean Stein's renovation of their Jake's Sandwich Board (122 S. 12th St., 215-922-0102) went even more smoothly than anticipated.

The four-year-old joint closed after business Sunday, Aug. 3, and work wrapped in the wee smalls of Saturday, Aug. 9. They're reopened

The new look - from Eimer Design, which just did the new Good Stuff Eatery and The Fat Ham - will include vintage Philly photos on the walls and requisite old-fashioned lighting.

POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:27 PM
Chabaa Thai, 4371 Main St. (via Facebook)

The lease of Chabaa Thai - which has occupied 4371 Main St. since 2004 - ends in September.

But owner Moon Krapugthong - who prefers not to call the inevitable shutdown an actual "closing" - has her eye on another location.

Meanwhile, it is business as usual at Chabaa Thai.

POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014, 2:26 AM
Jack Roe behind the bar at Tangier on July 30, 2014. (MICHAEL KLEIN /

Out with the old, in with the new.

It's called progress.

Jack Roe knows all that.

POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 4:33 PM

Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga - with two restaurants and one more on the way in Philadelphia - is heading to Jacksonville, Fla., for his fourth.


"These guys [developers] were in Philadelphia and we got a chance to talk," Sbraga told me.

POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:25 PM
Patrons seated at the bi-level bar at Resurrection Ale House. ( David M Warren / Staff Photographer )

As Resurrection Ale House's fifth anniversary draws near, Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft are planning to sell the bar at 2425 Grays Ferry Ave.

The buyers - who I hear are a bar manager and a bartender - are keeping a low profile, as they are employed elsewhere. There's nothing yet mentioned in public records.

The couple are "making space in our lives for something new," Maida told me. (I'm betting on another bar, not another baby.)

POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 2:33 PM

Leziz Cafe, the Turkish favorite, has completed its three-block move from Passyunk Avenue to much larger quarters at 216-218 South St.

The move was quick, as the restaurant was evicted July 14 from its home of five years.

Leziz has retained the modern design flourishes and open floor plan from the double storefont's previous tenant, Mixed Plate, while adding Turkish art and decorations.

POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:00 PM
Hikaru in Manayunk is closed; Marlene Mangia Bene sets an Aug. 9 shutdown. (Inquirer file photo (right))

Hikaru's Manayunk location closed this week after 21 years.

Takashi "Stash" Yoshida, who also owns the building that housed the Japanese restaurant at 4348 Main St., said business was off.

He is seeking a new tenant; the space on two levels has a liquor license.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 11:29 AM
Tiffin Bistro at 11th and Federal is being reflagged as a Tiffin. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

After a quiet period, Munish Narula is making moves with his Tiffin empire of casual Indian restaurants.

First off,  the South Philadelphia Tiffin Bistro has become a regular Tiffin - keeping its liquor license but changing the menu to reflect the locations on Girard Avenue, and in Bryn Mawr, Wynnewood, Mount Airy and Elkins Park.

He's also opening three locations in New Jersey:

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