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POSTED: Friday, March 28, 2014, 11:01 AM
Pasquale Digiulio, owner of Dante, 1615 E. Passyunk Ave. (MICHAEL KLEIN /

Contractor Pasquale Digiulio Jr. says the restaurant-rich East Passyunk Ave. strip needs more daytime options. (More than Plenty, Black n Brew, B2, Green Eggs, Stogie's, Chhaya...)

He is about two weeks from opening Dante, a tastefully appointed breakfast/bruncherie, at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave. in the former Metro Men shop. It's right next to Capogiro and the forthcoming Townsend.

Digiulio has installed a coffee bar for seating - with a mural of the Amalfi Coast on the wall behind. There will have high-tops along the French doors as well as a few tables in the back.

POSTED: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:26 PM
Matt Levin. RON TARVER / Staff Photographer

For years, Pineville Tavern in Bucks County has been a find - a decent restaurant in an 18th-century inn, in a restaurant desert south of New Hope near Newtown.

The Abruzzese family, which has owned Pineville for a quarter-century, just brought in as a consultant Matt Levin - now with Brulee Catering after downtown turns with the former Square Peg, his own Adsum, and the chef's spot at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse.

Levin is working with chef Drew Abruzzese, who worked for Levin more than a dozen years ago at Moonlight in New Hope.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 4:07 PM
Matthew Daggett is the new executive chef at Serrano in Old City.

Executive chef Gina Rodriguez bowed out of Old City fave Serrano a couple of weeks ago for sunny Pasadena.

Her successor is Matthew Daggett, most recently chef de cuisine at Devil's Den.

He and owner Donal McCoy and new bar manager Shawn Gormley (co-owner of the former Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant) are working not only on a new menu for Serrano (20 S. Second St.) but on a revamp of the menu for Tin Angel upstairs.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:44 PM
Jeremy McMillan, incoming executive chef of Talula's Garden and Talula's Daily. (via

Change is coming to the kitchens at Talula's Garden and its offshoot Talula's Daily on Washington Square.

Jeremy McMillan - most recently chef at Bedford Post in Upstate New York - begins April 14 after an immersion at Talula's Table in Kennet Square and a tour of the farms that owner Aimee Olexy works with. He will replace Sean McPaul, who will relocate to New York. He has been commuting because his girlfriend is a ballerina.

Olexy says that at Bedford Post, McMillan embraced cooking vegetables, pure eating, healthy cooking, menu seasonality and such. She says he impressed her with "light, delicate, healthy pastas, vegetarian dishes, and pure, simple roasted fish and meats."

POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:27 PM
Future Wn/Wn, aka Win/Win, in the former Siam Lotus at 935 Spring Garden St.

Ever so gradually, the so-called Eraserhood neighborhood straddling Spring Garden Street east of Broad is gaining respectability.

You have Bufad, Cafe Lift and Prohibition Taproom on 13th Street, The Institute at 12th and Green, the Trestle Inn at 11th and Callowhill, the bustling Union Transfer where Spaghetti Warehouse was on Spring Garden, Llama Tooth across the way, the quaint Venezuelan BYOB Sazon at 10th and Spring Garden, and the new combo coffee shop/library/tattoo parlor (!) Vice at 1035 Spring Garden.

Now on the way is W/N W/N, a combo coffeeshop by day and bar by night, and it will occupy the long-vacant Siam Lotus space at 931 Spring Garden St. Target date is June 1, but the lease was just signed.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 3:38 PM

Syndicated salad specialist Sweetgreen adds its third regional location, near 10th and Walnut Streets, on Wednesday, March 26 and puts forth an intriguing idea:

You pay what you want.

Before you decide that you'll drop a buck in the basket so you can "get one over on the corporate man," consider this:

POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:08 AM

Add wine and booze to the long list of things you can get delivered to your home in Pennsylvania within an hour or two.

Effective today, Instacart, a new-to-Philadelphia grocery-delivery service, will buy your bottles from a state store and run them to your door in short order.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board offers home delivery of some products, but it takes three to five days. 

POSTED: Monday, March 24, 2014, 2:37 PM

The crew from Old City's Fork and its sizzling sibling, High Street on Market, is now set up at and, in the AKA Rittenhouse Square at 18th and Walnut Streets.

It's an unusual partnership. David Fields, who created, has yielded much of the day-to-day operation to his longtime friend, Fork founder Ellen Yin, and executive chef Eli Kulp. Fields, meanwhile, is concentrating on other AKA properties, and veteran manager Michael Dombkoski is running's dining room.

Yin and Kulp - now operating High Street Hospitality Group - hope to set up similar partnerships with other restaurants.

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