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Archive: January, 2010

Eagles take over Union Trust

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 1:18 PM
Union Trust, the steakhouse at 717 Chestnut St., is closed for lunch today because the Eagles have booked it for their annual postseason luncheon to honor sponsors. The team got Stewart Bradley, Brent Celek, Omar Gaither, and Sheldon Brown (who never misses a game) to come out. Read more

The 'other' Restaurant Weeks

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 12:35 PM
The Center City District gathers 100-plus restaurants twice a year for Center City District Restaurant Week, this year running through Friday and again from Jan. 24 to 29. Deal includes $35 for a three-course dinner or $20 for a three-course lunch, and are intended to represent a value over the regular... Read more

Mario Batali hits the town

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 12:31 PM
Mario Batali was in town with his wife and kids over the weekend, as my tipsters have been Babbo-ling. Not surprisingly, his restaurant destinations fit squarely into his business model. Saturday, the chef/restaurateur/media personality visited Amìs, Marc Vetri's Roman trattoria. Sunday, he... Read more

Poof... there goes Holy Smoke

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 10:26 AM
Though the website says otherwise, Keith Taylor tells me that he is out of Holy Smoke, 473 Leverington Ave. in Roxborough. Last spring, the BBQ specialist set up shop in the former neighborhood bar, Farley's. Taylor says his now-former partner is "in love with the Pabst Blue Ribbon crowd and... Read more

Chef shakeup: Devil's Den lands R2L's Urena

Monday, January 18, 2010, 5:31 PM
Updated post: On the eve of the opening of Daniel Stern's R2L in Two Liberty Place comes word that Alex Ureña is out as chef de cuisine. He's landed at Devil’s Den, a gastropub at 11th and Ellsworth Streets, and he's figuring out a new menu. Meanwhile, DD chef Allen Dann gave two weeks'... Read more

Starr to donate a cut of day's sales to Haiti relief

Monday, January 18, 2010, 4:17 PM
Starr Restaurants will donate 10 percent of gross sales from all meals purchased on Monday, January 25 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF). Philadelphia's restaurants are Alma de Cuba; Buddakan; the Continental; Continental Mid-town; El Vez; Jones; Morimoto; Pod; Butcher & Singer; Barclay Prime;... Read more

Beer fans: Zot to get new life

Monday, January 18, 2010, 3:49 PM
To those who mourned the loss of Zot in Society Hill, there's hope and hops. Bruce Nichols of Museum Catering, a founder of Philly Beer Week, is taking over the place (122 Lombard St.) with a beer-focused restaurant/bar called The Headhouse. (Pun! It's off Head House Square.) He's looking at early... Read more

Gayle restaurant space is rented

Monday, January 18, 2010, 1:27 PM
Argentina-born chef Lucas Manteca, who has a wide culinary resume from Costa Rica to the Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel in Cape May and his own places (Sea Salt and Quahog's Seafood Shack in Stone Harbor), is coming to Philly with a BYOB. He's going into 617 S. Third St., the spot in Queen Village... Read more

Something new, at Maru Global

Monday, January 18, 2010, 9:21 AM
The first week of February* will mark the public opening of Maru Global (255 S. 10th St., 267-273-0567), a casual quick-serve in a storefront between Locust and Spruce, whose menu is focused on takoyaki, the puffy, bite-size, fried crepe balls, topped with sweet sauce. The Japanese street food is... Read more

Spectrum goes out with a bang

Sunday, January 17, 2010, 10:28 AM
The Spectrum's last show was Pearl Jam on Oct. 31. Right? Not quite. Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider staged one last blow-out Saturday night with a spectacular cocktail party that filled the floor of the doomed arena. Ice sculptures, some bearing raw bars laden with jumbo shrimp, crab claws... Read more
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