Monday, July 6, 2015

Chinatown closings: Wawa, Simply Shabu

Monday, June 8, 2015, 10:04 AM
Two Chinatown businesses buttoned up over the weekend. The long-time Wawa store at 11th and Arch Street fell victim to what a note on the door said were "circumstances beyond our control." Spokeswoman Lori Bruce said the company hopes to find a new location in the area, whose convenience-store quotient... Read more

Susanna Foo in Radnor to close after 9 years

Friday, June 5, 2015, 1:27 AM
Explaining that "when one door closes, another door opens," Susanna Foo says June 14 will be the finale of her namesake restaurant in Radnor, which opened in 2006. Foo and her son Gabriel have decided to focus completely on SuGa, the upmarket Chinese restaurant they are building at 1720 Sansom St... Read more

Today: Free doughnuts and other baked goods

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 12:40 PM
Friday, June 5 is National Donut Day, and Philadelphia-area carb-providers will be celebrating. They're free, one per customer, at Krispy Kreme's local locations at 114 N DuPont Highway, New Castle Del.; Manoa Shopping Center on West Chester Pike in Havertown; 1170 Haddon Ave. (Cuthbert Blvd. and... Read more

Greek on fleek: P'unk Burger and Bitar's create a burger

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 10:38 AM
P’unk Burger on East Passyunk, which just served its 10,000th burger, has two new partnerships. Marlo and Jason Dilks, who also have SLiCE pizza, have called upon their neighbor Amin Bitar of the Middle Eastern destination Bitar's for the BFGB/ Big Fat Greek Burger ($11.95), an organic lamb... Read more

The best prison food you've ever/never tasted

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 6:03 PM
The old movies refer to unruly inmates' being fed a diet of bread and water as punishment. Nowadays, they're served something called nutraloaf. Nutraloaf recipes vary among the states. Usually having the consistency of a dry muffin, the dish contains elements of the basic food groups - most notably... Read more

Diner en Blanc is gearing up

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 4:09 PM
The wait list is now open for this summer's Diner en Blanc, the pop-up picnic that celebrates public space and dinner as an art form. The actual date will be announced on Tuesday, June 9, at a free party from 5 to 7 p.m. under the cover of the Headhouse Square Shambles at Second and Lombard Streets... Read more

Brick and Mortar: Industrial American bar in Loft District

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 2:57 PM
Ever so slowly, the Loft District north of Vine Street is coming up. The forthcoming Rail Park - which will turn the old Reading Viaduct at Callowhill Street near 12th into a green oasis - is part of the improvements. Also new to the stretch of town is Brick and Mortar (315 N. 12th St., 215-923-1596)... Read more

Dos Tacos: Humble tortilla goes to Rittenhouse

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 12:02 PM
You can't keep the humble taco down. Especially when chefs get to it. Sylva Senat, the Brooklyn-born Haitian who had been running a restaurant in Virginia after landing here with Tashan, is now in the taco game with Dos Tacos. His partners are Ryan Dorsey and Marc Mattera of Recess. It's officially... Read more

Chef Ezra Duker leaving Mainland Inn

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 11:18 AM
The Mainland Inn in Harleysville is losing the services of chef Ezra Duker after Saturday, June 6. Seeking a chance to travel, Duker gave his notice. He had been with the inn for a year and a half - more than half of the time getting the kitchen set up. The landmark in central Montgomery County had... Read more

La Colombe to perk soon on Independence Mall

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 10:04 AM
July 1 is the opening of La Colombe's fourth Philadelphia coffee destination, as it sets up in part of the lobby of the Dow Building at Sixth and Market Streets, aka the former Rohm & Haas headquarters. The building, across from Independence Mall, has seen its profile increase under its ownership... Read more
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