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Archive: April, 2010

Starr's Chris Painter getting his own restaurant

Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 1:41 PM
Stephen Starr is partnering with his culinary director, Chris Painter, for a food-driven restaurant at Third and Bainbridge Streets in Queen Village, previously Ansill and Judy's Cafe. The name: Il Pittore. (Go to your translator.) Painter says it will be Italian "from Tuscany north," with... Read more

Le Viet: Styling in South Philly

Monday, April 5, 2010, 10:18 PM
Le Viet -- one of the city's more polished Vietnamese resto-lounges -- has opened at 1019 S. 11th St. (215-463-1570), just north of the CVS at Washington Avenue. Owner Bruce Cao and family are doing home-style cooking. Selected specials: sauteed baby clams in a house sauce, served with sesame rice... Read more

Mamma Maria breaks with tradition

Monday, April 5, 2010, 9:38 PM
First Le Bec-Fin drops the fixed-price mandate and now Mamma Maria?! After 18 years offering belt-stretching, fixed-price meals, "Mamma Maria" di Marco is allowing a la carte dining Mondays through Thursdays at her restaurant at 1637 E. Passyunk Ave. (215-463-8410). The dishes on the menu... Read more

Philly Mag food shake-up

Monday, April 5, 2010, 3:14 PM
No one ever told Larry Platt that editing Philadelphia Magazine would be easy... Joy Manning left the food critic's job with the May issue to take the editor's job at, and Ashley Primis gave notice last week that she was leaving to become special projects director for Starr Restaurant... Read more

Restaurant notes

Monday, April 5, 2010, 2:41 PM
Philly fans of genuine Mexican grub used to trek out to the New Garden Shopping Center in Kennett Square to sit among farm workers at Taqueria Moroleon. Well, Taqueria Moroleon has relocated to a larger space in Avondale -- even farther from the city, yes, but there's a liquor license now. See site... Read more

Bobby Flay rolls into town

Monday, April 5, 2010, 12:47 PM
Bobby Flay is in Philly to usher in the fifth location of Bobby's Burger Palace, his casual operation providing a counterpoise to his high-end spots such as Bobby Flay Steak in the Borgata in Atlantic City and assorted Mesa Grills. BBP opens at noon Tuesday (4/6) at 3925 Walnut St.on the ground floor... Read more

'Always Sunny' bar moves a step closer

Monday, April 5, 2010, 8:08 AM
Sunday night (4/4) was last call at Skinner's, 226 Market St. in Old City, and that means that Mac's Tavern -- backed by a group of St. Joe's Prep grads including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney -- is another step closer. Tuesday (4/6) is the planned sale date of the liquor... Read more

Tweed coming to 12th Street

Monday, April 5, 2010, 7:50 AM
Its facade now shrouded in plywood, the long-planned restaurant project at 114 S. 12th St. is due to open in mid to late May. And it has a new name -- Tweed -- and a tweaked concept. When I told you about it last November, its working name was Cafe Maurice and the idea had a French twist. But now... Read more

Joe Pa sings for his supper

Sunday, April 4, 2010, 12:38 PM
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno sang with his supper Thursday at the High Note Cafe @ Franco & Luigi's, at 13th and Tasker Streets in South Philly. Chef-owner Franco Borda, who routinely strolls the dining room to serenade patrons, got Joe Pa on his feet for a duet of "O Solo Mio." Paterno... Read more

Little Fish to close

Friday, April 2, 2010, 4:48 PM
Saturday will be the last night at Little Fish at Sixth and Catharine Streets, one of the city's seafood secrets. Mike Stollenwerk, the BYOB's chef-owner, has been having trouble with the condition of the building, which has been an issue since last fall. (See previous.) "We want to keep our... Read more
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