Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Will Philly become a no-tip restaurant town?

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 10:19 AM
Restaurateurs seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach in response to this week's news that influential restaurateur Danny Meyer plans to eliminate tipping at his 13 New York restaurants. In other words, don't remove your tip-calculator app just yet. In a statement to guests, Meyer said he wanted... Read more

North Star Bar to close, become a bar-restaurant

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 9:51 AM
The North Star Bar - the Fairmount live-music landmark - will shut down after 34 years, effective Saturday, Oct. 17. It will be converted to a bar-restaurant whose new name has not been determined. A sale is pending, according to a filing with the state Liquor Control Board. The website says the... Read more

Toast pops up with dinner 3 nights a week

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 11:58 PM
The Center City cafe Toast (1201 Spruce St.) is expanding from the breakfast/lunch/brunch world into an all-day cafe. Starting Oct. 15, it's offering a health-focused, vegan-friendly, globally inspired dinner menu from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Chef Samantha Carrie Johnson, who sources her... Read more

Sweetgreen opens in Rittenhouse on Friday

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 12:24 PM
Sweetgreen's fourth location in the region will join the Rittenhouse scene Friday, Oct. 16, and it's a signature piece. The D.C.-rooted salad specialist gutted a dollar store at 1821 Chestnut St., next to Boyds' parking lot, and transformed it by way of polished concrete and double-height ceilings... Read more

Philly Cupcake sets its last day on Chestnut St.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 1:38 AM
Philly Cupcake, battered by three huge construction projects within a block, has announced that its last day at 12th and Chestnut Streets will be Saturday, Oct. 17. (Oh, how cruel: Sunday, Oct. 18 is National Cupcake Day.) Philly Cupcake owners Johnny Columbo and Michael Lewis recently told the Philadelphia... Read more

Sansom Kabob House resurfaces on South Street

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 1:24 AM
The sign above the restaurant's facade reads, "Sansom," yet the green Streets Department proclaims, "South." To clarify: Sansom Kabob House, which last fall left its home of 13 years at 1526 Sansom St., has at last resurfaced at the corner of 13th and South Streets, keeping its name, its phone number... Read more

There's a Hungry Bear in Fairmount Park

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 11:56 PM
Hungry Bear Cafe has traded its home of 2½ years, wedged inside the old Fort Washington train station, for spacious quarters in Fairmount Park. Chef Derek Cantwell and crew opened last weekend inside the Ohio House, at 4700 States Drive in Fairmount Park (215-877-3055). It's the handsome Victorian... Read more

Spuntino: Wood-fired pizza in Northern Liberties

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 2:34 PM
The Carolllo family has been in the pizza business for four generations now, since Vito Carollo and his son Ambrogio were bakers in Carini, Sicily. When Ambrogio's son Aldo immigrated to the United States, he at first tried construction work but then opened pizzerias, including Aldo's in Holland,... Read more

Wishing Well in Bella Vista shuts down

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 9:28 AM
The luck has run out for the Wishing Well at Ninth and Catharine Streets in Bella Vista, which had been facing eviction since January, according to filings in Municipal Court. In February, the owner of the building at 767 S. Ninth St., Bilton Ltd., was awarded a default judgment of $29,378.39 in back... Read more

A La Mousse: Luxe desserts in Chinatown

Monday, October 12, 2015, 11:46 AM
The Chinatown dessert scene traditionally is oversweetened, whether it's the artificially flavored and colored baked goods or the cloyingly sugary bubble tea. This was a problem for Anna Chen, who owns Sakura Mandarin at 11th and Race Streets and Spice 28 at 13th and Chestnut Streets with her husband... Read more
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Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here.

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