Friday, November 27, 2015

Alma Mater: Beer garden in Mount Airy

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 12:03 PM
The former North by Northwest in Mount Airy has become Alma Mater (7165 Germantown Ave., 215-432-6092), whose interior is chock full of collegiate and prep school memorabilia. Grand opening is Oct. 20. The bar-restaurant has room to spare. Chief feature here is the beer garden, with games and picnic... Read more

Roberts Block: Glenside eyesore becomes a stylish bistro

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 10:54 AM
The grand Roberts Block building on the outbound side of the Glenside train station, vacant for at least two decades, is popping now since last week's opening of a bar-restaurant cleverly called Roberts Block (2 Roberts Ave., 215-690-4445). Jack and Beth Conroy of Conroy Catering (based at Knowlton... Read more

SpOt Burgers starts work on Brewerytown location

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 12:30 AM
Josh Kim has permits and drawings in hand, and he says that about five weeks' construction is about to commence on the storefront version of SpOt Burgers, as it matures from award-winning street cart to a fixed location at 2821 W. Girard Ave. in Brewerytown. Kim is bullish on this emerging slice of... Read more

Buckminster's, the neo-bistro in Point Breeze, is shaping up

Monday, October 19, 2015, 3:41 PM
Michael Pasquarello's camp has released more details about Buckminster’s, the “neo-bistro” that is shaping up for an opening "later this fall" at 21st and Federal Streets in Point Breeze. It will take the space long occupied by a shot-and-beer called Burg's Lounge. First off, know... Read more

Pub coming to the Academy House

Monday, October 19, 2015, 1:36 PM
The restaurant/bar space on the mezzanine of the Academy House (1420 Locust St.) is getting a pub, though details remain hush-hush pending an opening in the next couple of weeks. Its name will be Tap & Kitchen, continuing the long list of banal & hackneyed bar names with ampersands. John... Read more

Chef Serpico representing USA at Milan Expo

Monday, October 19, 2015, 11:08 AM
The World's Fair now underway in Milan, Italy, will have some high points before it wraps up at the end of the month. A team of bakers turned out the world's longest baguette on Sunday, and the record for the world's longest pizza was set in June. Though Guinness won't be around this week, the food... Read more

Catch Federal Donuts on 'The View' with Whoopi Goldberg

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 8:23 PM
Whoopi Goldberg hosted the Chicken Coupe in Central Park on Oct. 15 as part of New York City Wine and Food Festival. The party celebrating fried chicken was also a fundraiser for the Food Bank for New York City and the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America . When the smoke cleared... Read more

La Casa de tu Madre opening in Bella Vista

Friday, October 16, 2015, 3:31 PM
The name means "Your mother's house," but the Day of the Dead decor at the new La Casa de tu Madre presumes that Mom honors the dearly departured with sugar skulls. Jason Evenchik and his crew are wrapping up a rapid but dramatic renovation of what was Growlers in Bella Vista into this Mexican themer... Read more

Coffee House Too Cafe expands into Northern Liberties

Friday, October 16, 2015, 11:55 AM
Coffee House Too Cafe, which grew from a simple coffee/takeout at York and Belgrade Streets in Fishtown in 2011 into a sit-down restaurant and coffee bar, has opened its second location. It's at the northwest corner of Fifth Street and Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties (267-930-7935). It's taken... Read more

Catch 'Bizarre Foods' in the Philly area

Friday, October 16, 2015, 2:50 AM
The results of Andrew Zimmern's May visit to the Philadelphia area reach the little screen Tuesday, Oct. 20 as the Travel Channel marks the 200th episode of Bizarre Foods (8 p.m.). Over the course of nearly a week, Zimmern and crew visited Rieker's, the German butcher shop in Fox Chase; Zitner's candies... Read more
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