Friday, October 9, 2015

Rumor mill: High-end Italian coming to Rittenhouse Hotel

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:45 PM
If chatter within the Rittenhouse Hotel and real estate circles is accurate, Scarpetta - a three-star New York Times-rated, celeb-favored Italian based in the Meatpacking District - will set up next spring within the hotel's vacant Smith & Wollensky space. A rep for Scarpetta declined to comment... Read more

Lil' Pop Shop coming to Rittenhouse

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 1:17 PM
Lil' Pop Shop, the ice-pop specialist in West Philadelphia, is fixing to add a second location, taking a spot just off the northeast corner of 20th and Locust Streets. As it's next door to Yogorino, this might become the coldest corner in the city. Owner Jeanne Chang says this location will serve... Read more

So Philly Jesus walks into a bar with the pope ...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 10:50 AM
Gaby Gock, manager at McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Center City, tweeted to Philly Jesus, asking him to visit McGillin’s to take a selfie with her and the pope. Last week, her prayers were answered. Philly Jesus (aka Michael Grant) stopped at McGillin’s and took lots of photos with... Read more

The Continental at 20: Memories

Monday, September 7, 2015, 8:16 AM
Sept. 7, 1995, marked the opening of The Continental, the diner-turned-martini bar that transformed not only Old City but the Center City dining scene. It formed the basis of Stephen Starr's Starr Restaurant Organization, whose 31 restaurants in five states employ more than 3,400 people and generate... Read more

Say cheese: MeltKraft's Center City shop opens

Saturday, September 5, 2015, 12:12 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 8* is the grand opening of Valley Shepherd Creamery's second Philadelphia MeltKraft shop. The grilled-cheese specialist, a hit at Reading Terminal Market since its debut in January 2013, is set up at 46 S. 17th St. in a storefront across from the Westin Philadelphia hotel and just above... Read more

Tashan to close

Friday, September 4, 2015, 5:12 PM
The end has come after four years for Tashan, the upmarket Indian-inspired bar-restaurant at 777 S. Broad St. The last day was Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day. Owner Munish Narula called it "a great ride. We won all kinds of awards." But ultimately, it boils down to finances. Just like his idol Danny... Read more

Honeygrow to join King of Prussia Town Center project

Friday, September 4, 2015, 1:56 PM
Honeygrow, the fast-growing, homegrown quick-serve specialist, has signed on for a corner space at the massive King of Prussia Town Center, now under construction next to the Wegmans. Honeygrow will join a few out-of-town brands, including Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, Fogo de Chao (the Brazilian... Read more

Temperance House in Newtown reopens

Friday, September 4, 2015, 1:28 PM
The Temperance House in Newtown Borough, Bucks County, closed for nearly two years, is back under new ownership. Melissa Corea, a business coach, and Kevin and Debbie Tate are now behind the landmark at 5 S. State St. (215-944-8050). It also has 11 guest rooms, one of which may be haunted. Chef Arturo... Read more

New chef at Taproom on 19th

Friday, September 4, 2015, 11:31 AM
South Philadelphia's Taproom on 19th (2400 S. 19th St.) has signed on Chris Speero as executive chef, starting this week. He replaces Christina DeSilva. Speero's upscale stoner-food menu - that's what the Taproom is known for - will come online this fall. His specialty will be housemade pappardelle... Read more

Attorney general objects to hospital's idea to sell wine

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 10:10 AM
Nearly 1,400 bottles of wine could go down the drain after all. The Attorney's General Office objects to an idea by Chester County Hospital to sell a collection of wines that had been seized from a couple's collection. Chester County Court Judge Edward Griffith on Thursday heard arguments about the... Read more
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