Wednesday, April 1, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 11:34 AM

Everybody is getting into the pizza game these days.

Spread Bagelry, the Montreal-style bagel shop near Rittenhouse Square, had all the ingredients - including a wood-burning brick oven and a tested dough recipe - for a riff on the time-honored pizza bagel.

Rather than use a round shape, owner Larry Rosenblum opted for a sheet-style pie, much like the bread bakery tomato pie joints like Sarcone's and Gaeta's.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:32 AM
Joe's Steaks, a work in progress, at Frankford and Girard Avenues.

Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop - the sandwichery formerly known as Chink's Steaks - has set April 1 as the opening date of its second location.

For nearly a year now, it's been setting up in the former New Acropolis diner, on the corner of Girard and Frankford Avenues, near Johnny Brenda's, Sancho Pistola's, Frankford Hall and Fette Sau.

Owner Joe Groh will keep late hours at the new shop, which will accommodate 50 to 60 people for tableside seating and will have a grill in the front window and an expanded pickle and pepper bar.

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2015, 7:52 PM
Smith & Wollensky, at the Rittenhouse Hotel. (TIM REARDON /

Updated 3/9/15:

Smith & Wollensky, the swank chain steakhouse in the Rittenhouse Hotel (210 W. Rittenhouse Square), will end its 15-year run this summer, and its prime space is up for grabs.

The restaurant's last night of service will be July 18, according to staff members who were briefed on the matter and asked not to be identified.

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2015, 7:35 PM
The Eagles' Brent Celek at his bar, Prime Stache, 110 Chestnut St. (MICHAEL KLEIN /

You've heard of Night Market - in which the Food Trust gathers food trucks in a particular neighborhood for an evening of cheap eats and drinks plus socialization.

The Eagles and the Food Trust are hosting a variation called Flight Market - that's "Flight" as in, "Fly, Eagles, fly" (get it?) - at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.

The outdoor, family-friendly festival will gather 50-plus trucks for pay-as-you-go feasting and music, activities for kids, a flea market, field tours, and appearances by Swoop and unspecified Eagles at the HeadHouse Plaza and parking lot K.

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2015, 3:40 PM
Harvest at Moorestown Mall.

Dave Magrogan will open the fifth location of Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - at Moorestown Mall - on March 16.

This location will be a biggie: 7,200 square feet, with 220 seats in its dining room, 50 seats in the bar, a 50-seat private dining room, plus 30 seats on an outside patio and at two chef’s tables.

Besides Harvest, Magrogan owns the brands Kildare's, Red Star Craft House, Barra Rossa, Doc Magrogan's, and Harvest.

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2015, 3:07 PM
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015, try the official limited-edition milkshake offered by Potbelly Sandwich shop at 17th and Market Streets in Philadelphia on March 9, 2015. ( Colin Kerrigan /

Potbelly, the sandwich shop, is putting the whirled in the World Meeting of Families.

Schoolchildren from St. Peter the Apostle School on Monday joined papal emissary Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia at the Center City location in choosing the flavor for a limited-edition shake.

Fifty cents from each $3.90 sale will go to planning efforts for the September meeting and for Pope Francis’ visit.

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2015, 10:57 AM
Dining room at Chops at the Comcast Center. (MICHAEL KLEIN /

So much for the "fall" edition of Center City District Restaurant Week.

The popular promotion, one of the rites of September, is moving to early August this year.

It's now on the calendar for Aug. 2-7 and Aug. 9-14.

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2015, 10:37 AM
Restaurateur Ellen Yin and Chef Eli Kulp of Fork and High Street on Market say there’s more expansion in their future - a new restaurant and bakery. (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)

Not even three years since he arrived in Philly from New York City, chef Eli Kulp has been made a partner at Old City's Fork and High Street on Market.

Kulp has been a partner at High Street Hospitality Group, which oversees restaurant operations at and bar at AKA Rittenhouse Square.

Roberto Sello also is a partner at Fork and High Street.

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