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POSTED: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 11:54 PM
Cheesesteak from Pudge's. (DALLYN PAVEY)

Conshohocken's 401 Diner (Fourth and Fayette) is changing hands again.

As of July 1, the occupant of about a year - an American/Indian hybrid called 401 Nirvana - will close.

July 7 is the scheduled opening of a second location of Blue Bell cheesesteak specialist Pudge’s.

POSTED: Friday, June 20, 2014, 4:06 PM
Geno's Steaks at Ninth Street and Passyunk Avenue. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)

As part of a national "Golden State of Mind" promotion, PacSun will give away cheesesteaks at Geno's (Ninth Street and Passyunk Avenue) from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 21.

Similar pop-up events will be offered in 20 U.S. cities by the California clothier.

Follow at #GSOMday.

POSTED: Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:53 PM
Bobby Fisher (left) and Tony Luke Jr. at Molly Mallory's in Reading Terminal Market on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Stephanie Aaronson/Philly.com)

Frankenstein's monster, if you recall your English lit, was something extraordinary assembled from various parts.

That is the guiding principle behind Frankenfood, a Spike TV series premiering at 10 p.m. Sunday, June 22. The food competition series visits various cities - 10 for the first season - and asks home cooks to create tasty dishes by assembling disparate ingredients. Fusion, if you will. More ambitious than peanut butter and chocolate, though.

Tony Luke Jr., the Philly actor, musician and sandwich baron, is along with New York chef Josh Capon - a three-time winner of Rachael Ray's Burger Bash - to sample their creations, along with a guest judge from each city.

POSTED: Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:02 AM
Spike Mendelsohn submits to grilling by Philly.com's Michael Klein at Good Stuff Eatery.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 4:10 PM
Cristian Mora (left) and chef Brian Oliveira across the street from what will be Girard (Photo: David Palumbo)

When you go to a restaurant where you're served by a waiter, you're expected to leave a tip.

But the no-tipping movement - which seems to be gaining some traction in the U.S. - is coming to Philadelphia.

Cristian Mora and chef Brian Oliveira - who plan to open Girard, a French BYO brasserie/bruncherie, in Fishtown - say they will pay their workers about $11 an hour, provide health insurance and offer sick days and profit sharing as part of the compensation. 

POSTED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 2:57 PM
Future Bonchon Chicken, 1020 Cherry St. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

A new late-night destination is on the way to a Chinatown side street:

It's a branch of the Korean fried chicken franchise BonChon, and it's being built on the ground floor of a new apartment building at 1020 Cherry St. That is across the street from Simply Shabu, the hot-pot specialist.

BonChon will have a liquor license and is pegged for a September opening.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 2:18 PM
Anne Coll, left, has rejoined Susanna Foo in Radnor. (Staff photographs)

You've heard of suburbanites moving back to the city?

Asian cuisine doyenne Susanna Foo - working out of Radnor since 2009, when she sold her flagship restaurant on Walnut Street - is prepping to return to Center City.

Foo is lining up a Rittenhouse-area location - which she would not disclose today - but more immediately has reclaimed the culinary services of chef Anne Coll, who was Foo's executive chef for six years. Coll recently left Meritage after five years.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 1:07 AM
Stella Rossa, 10th and Walnut Streets.

To think, some restaurants are actually charging for food.

Three promos are being offered Wednesday, June 18:

The Stella Rossa Ristorante at 10th and Walnut Streets will hand out free slices of wood-fired, brick-oven margherita pizza from noon to 3 p.m. The eatery is launching a pick-up and delivery program as well as pizza-by-the-slice service.

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