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Archive: January, 2010

POSTED: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 10:35 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

Cast your eyes to West Chester, where Dave Magrogan of the Kildare's/Doc Magrogan empire and business partner John Caulfield are converting the former Coyote Crossing location at 102 E. Market St. into a California-style Mexican cantina called Más. Opening is set for Feb. 18.

Unlike Coyote Crossing, which tried to stress its Mexican ownership while slinging cocktails, Más is unapologetically a theme joint.

Magrogan, speaking for the first time about the project, described it as "Chicano Mexican" and would resemble Pink Taco in Las Vegas and El Vez in Center City.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 5:02 PM

What with an impending presidential speech and the shelving of the game show Our Little Genius, Fox programmers are in a tizzy.

The season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares -- featuring Gordon Ramsay's makeover of Fishtown's Hot Potato Cafe -- had been booked for Jan. 29 but last week was moved to Jan. 26.

Now comes word it's back to Jan. 29 at 9 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 3:39 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

Paesano's South Philly branch -- at the corner of Ninth and Christian Streets in the Italian Market, where Butcher's Cafe was -- has set a tentative opening date:

Thursday, Jan. 28.

Or Friday, Jan. 29.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 2:34 PM
Jim Burke

Jim Burke, who with his wife, Kristina, owns James in South Philly, will be in Hyde Park, N.Y., on the weekend of Feb. 5-6 to compete for a spot on the U.S. Bocuse d'Or team, which will compete next year in the world biennial culinary championship.

Burke will be one of 12 competitors, and is the only local. At his side will be Culinary Institute of America student Simon Solis-Cohen of South Philly, who has been commuting from CIA's Hyde Park campus to work with Burke on salmon and lamb recipes.

Kevin Sbraga, formerly culinary director for Jose Garces and now chef at Rat's in Hamilton Township, N.J., repped the U.S. in 2008.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 1:17 PM

CBS3 has announced that anchor Susan Barnett and her husband, Greg Persichetti, a dermatologist and surgeon, are expecting their second child this summer.

She's 37. Their son, Blase, is 3.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 1:14 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Marc Vetri

A week after opening his third restaurant, Amìs, chef-restaurateur Marc Vetri is expanding his brand again.

He's licensing sandwich recipes from Osteria to 1st & fresh Catering, which is banking on the notion that business meetings require Osteria's mortadella smoked mozzarella; chicken Milanese; roast pork; "Bolito Misto" brisket; eggplant parm; and Sicilian tuna. (Platter prices range from $115.99 to feed eight to 10, up to $335.99 to feed 25 to 30.)

Vetri told me that all the varieties have been on Osteria's lunch menu. "We went over there [to 1st & fresh] and showed them how to make them, using our recipes, our bread recipe. We ordered stuff [to be delivered to Osteria] and they were just like ours."

POSTED: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 2:38 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

Another Vietnamese restaurant at 11th and Washington in South Philly? you ask.

There's Nam Phuong, Pho Hoa, Pho 75....

Here's first word on Le Viet, coming in February to 1019 S. 11th St., a storefront on 11th Street behind the CVS on the northeast corner.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 1:43 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Eleven bars and restaurants on both sides of the Schuylkill (as in Conshohocken and West Conshohocken) will give up to 20 percent of proceeds to the American Red Cross tomorrow (Wed, Jan. 20) between 7 and 10 p.m.

Participating are:

  • Baggataway Tavern, 31 N. Front St., West Conshohocken
  • Great American Pub, 123 Fayette St., Conshohocken
  • Guppys Good Times, 2 Maple St., Conshohocken
  • The Old Mansion House,  641 Old Elm, Conshohocken
  • Totaros Restaurant & Bar, 729 E. Hector St., Conshohocken
  • The StoneRose, 822 Fayette St., Conshohocken
  • Pepperoncinis, 72 Poplar St., Conshohocken
  • Coyote Crossing, 800 Spring Mill, Conshohocken
  • Spamps, 16 E. 1st St., Conshohocken
  • Gypsy Saloon, 128 Ford St., West Conshohocken (where bartender Kevin Huntsman will donate half his tips, as well)
  • M Bar, 140 Moreland Ave., West Conshohocken
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