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Juniper Commons closes after less than 6 months

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 12:11 AM
Juniper Commons - chef Kevin Sbraga's homage to the 1980s on the corner of Broad and South Streets - shut down after less than six months. Its last night was Saturday, May 30. In reporting the impending closing, Foobooz quoted a statement attributed to Sbraga's organization that described a "very... Read more

Rosa Blanca closing to become a cafe

Friday, May 29, 2015, 4:24 PM
Jose Garces and his crew will shut down Rosa Blanca, his year-and-a-half old Cuban diner at 707 Chestnut St., after dinner Sunday, May 31. The plan is to retool the place, bringing it back this fall as a Cuban cafe. His rep could not be more specific. Rosa Blanca will be available for private events... Read more

Margaret Kuo's Peking in Granite Run Mall closes

Friday, May 29, 2015, 11:12 AM
Imagine owning a restaurant for 41 years. In a mall. Margaret Kuo's Peking - which gave many Delaware Countians their first taste of true Mandarin and Sichuan cuisine when it opened in Granite Run Mall in 1974 - has closed. This was to be expected, as the mall near Media will be demolished and redeveloped... Read more

1,000 free cupcakes at reopening of Gallery bakery

Friday, May 29, 2015, 10:13 AM
At least one family-owned small business wasn't torn asunder by the renovation of the Gallery in Center City. Tiffany's Bakery, which has been on the Ninth Street side of the food court since the mall opened in the late 1970s, is relocating to the entrance of Jefferson Station, near 10th Street. It... Read more

Study: Philly is short on burger shops

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 10:50 AM
Wait. Philadelphia, whose citizenry is nationally chided for its love of fat and carbs, is actually underserved by burger shops? So says Trulia, the residential real-estate site. To mark National Hamburger Day, Trulia data guy Ralph McLaughlin crunched the number of households in the top 100 metro... Read more

Bourdain: 'Best' Philly cheesesteak not from Philly?

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 9:35 AM
Anthony Bourdain's wintertime trip through New Jersey for his CNN show Parts Unknown premieres Sunday, May 31 at 9 p.m. In this preview clip (below), Bourdain opines that the best cheesesteak in the Philadelphia area "might well come" from New Jersey. It's from Donkey's Place in Camden, founded seven... Read more

2 pop-up beer gardens have popped up

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 6:44 PM
The two Pennsylvania Horticultural Society pop-up beer gardens are good to go. Friday, May 29 at 5 p.m. is the soft-opening of the new pop-up in the once-vacant lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets in South Philadelphia, across from Pat's King of Steaks. This one, run by Stephen Simons and David Frank... Read more

Rotisserie at the Porch: New food option at 30th Street Station

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 5:59 PM
The Porch at 30th Street Station, the popular food-truck destination outside the transit hub, now has one permanent food outlet as well as a landscaped area around it. The Rotisserie at the Porch - overseen by the University City District and run by chef-restaurateur Michael Schulson (Sampan, Graffiti... Read more

Le Castagne closing in July for a quick redo

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:03 PM
After 14 years at 1920 Chestnut St., the swish Le Castagne is shutting down after dinner in early July to remodel. (Or to re-Boot itself, as one might describe the invigoration of an Italian restaurant.) The timing makes sense, given the summertime slowdown and the hubbub going on a few doors away... Read more

Studio Movie Grill to open in Upper Darby

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 11:19 AM
Upper Darby is getting a Studio Movie Grill, part of the Dallas-based dine-in movie theater chain, this summer. Movie theaters with bars and waiter service are a thing now. Movie Tavern, which operates one in Providence Town Center near Collegeville, is opening a branch this summer in Flourtown and... Read more
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