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POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:23 AM

Restaurateurs like to do things their way, and that is fine.

If it works, it works. Giuseppe Pulizzi, for example, only offers pepperoni on pizza slices at South Street's Lorenzo & Sons on Tuesdays. Joe is "quirky." You might be annoyed. His accountant is happy. He is happy.

Lê, the proprietor of Chinatown's Hop Sing Laundromat, won't let prospective patrons wearing sneakers into his bar.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:58 PM

Mexican has really gone to the mall.

You have Distrito at Moorestown Mall, Uncle Julio's at Plymouth Meeting Mall, and now Cantina Laredo in King of Prussia.

Cantina Laredo, an upmarket modern-Mexican chain out of Dallas, opened Tuesday, Sept. 23 in the Court at King of Prussia next to California Pizza Kitchen (690 W. DeKalb Pike, 610-992-5701).

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:09 PM
Valley Shepherd Creamery's counter at Reading Terminal Market. DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer

Valley Shepherd Creamery, the vaunted North Jersey creamery, is fixing to open a second Philadelphia location of Meltkraft, its grilled-cheese shop.

Eran Wajswol, Valley Shepherd's owner, has a deal at 46 S. 17th St., a storefront between the Vitamin Shoppe and Jimmy John's across from Liberty Place. The location was a check-cashing agency.

Wajswol is meeting tonight with the Center City Residents' Association before going before the zoning hearing board. (Doubtless, he'll be grilled.)

POSTED: Monday, September 22, 2014, 9:59 AM

Today (9/22) is the Philadelphia debut of the brick-and-mortar location of Robeks, the L.A.-rooted, made-to-order smoothie/fresh juice company.

It's at 1035 Chestnut St., just off the corner of 11th and Chestnut Streets, next to a Taco Bell (for dietary balance).

Regional director Kimberly Berger expects to open 37 of these units around the region.

POSTED: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 4:32 PM
College buddies Fred Elmalek and Fabrice Goutte opened So Crepe on South Street on April 1, 2013. (Hillary Petrozziello / Staff Photographer)

Apparently, one egg is not un oeuf.

A year and a half after opening So Crepe at 1506 South St., Frederic Elmalek and Fabrice Goutte are preparing to open their second creperie.

They've inked a lease at 4357 Main St. in Manayunk, which was Agiato for a spell and then BLT for about five minutes earlier this year.

POSTED: Friday, September 19, 2014, 12:49 PM
Behind the kitchen counter at Volver in the Kimmel Center are (from left) chef de cuisine Natalie Maronski, chef Jose Garces, and designer Marguerite Rodgers. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

Going on six months, Volvér - the big-ticket Jose Garces experience at the Kimmel Center - is dispensing with its ticketing policy as it offers lower-priced options.

In sum: You don't have to pay north of $325 a head (with wine) anymore, you may book dinner on OpenTable, and Vetri regains the title as the most expensive restaurant in Philadelphia.

Through his rep, Garces told me that guests had told management that "it was a cumbersome and confusing process."

POSTED: Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:01 AM

Steve Rodriguez, a designer on a mission to elevate the classic Philly sandwich shop, soft-opens his baby - First Street Steaks (1204 N. Front St., 215-839-9868) - midday on Friday, Sept. 19.

He'll open for lunch and dinner at first.

Next week (9/22) come the regular hours and breakfast: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 1:53 PM
Finnigan's Wake at Third and Spring Garden Streets. (LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ / Staff Photographer)

Something is up at Finnigan's Wake, the sprawling Irish pub that for 17 years has been a gateway to Northern Liberties at Third and Spring Garden Streets.

It's been open only infrequently on recent weekends and for private parties and is being prepped for a sale, according to people close to the restaurant.

It had been listed for $3.9 million.

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