Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bibou reopens with Calmels in the kitchen

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 10:44 PM
Bibou has returned after a six-week reboot. Chef Pierre Calmels is back cooking, now four nights a week, at the cozy French BYOB at 1009 S. Eighth St. in South Philadelphia that he founded in 2009 with his wife, Charlotte. Here is the back story: In late November 2013, the couple opened Le Cheri... Read more

Pine Street Pizza closes after 32 years

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 5:55 PM
The 32-year run of Pine Street Pizza at 12th and Pine Streets in Washington Square West has come to a close. Staffers on Tuesday are in the process of shutting it down, citing the end of the lease. Prodromos "Paul" Boukidis founded the shop in 1983. He and his daughter Effie went on to open the popular... Read more

Chef chat: Clark Gilbert moves out, Scott Aaron moves in

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 4:01 PM
Follow the bouncing chefs... Clark Gilbert - who joined Isabella, the Mediterranean bar/restaurant in Conshohocken less than three months ago - has left on what owner Tom Richter called "very good terms." Gilbert has landed in Ambler as a partner in a new project by Kim Strengari and Marianne Gere... Read more

New food and look coming to Porch at 30th St.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 1:59 PM
The University City District will switch things up in coming weeks at the Porch at 30th Street Station, the popular weekday lunchtime destination outside the transit hub. Part of Porch 2.0 is aesthetic: It will be landscaped and lit, with operation every day for lunch and four evenings a week. The... Read more

Imli: South Indian cuisine in Queen Village

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 1:01 PM
You might get a thorough tongue-twisting while trying out Dhanapalan Perumalsamy Sankaralingam's name. Relax. He goes simply by Paul Samy, and he plans to bring the tastes of South India to Queen Village later this month. (Opening hinges on a city inspection.) Imli Indian Kitchen, a BYOB, will take... Read more

Franklin Fountain, Federal Donuts joining Delaware waterfront lineup this summer

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 5:55 AM
Three of the city's hottest sweet shops will join the action this season at Spruce Street Harbor Park and RiverRink Summerfest, the new roller-skating venue, both on the Delaware waterfront along Penn's Landing. Season opening is May 22. The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. added Old City's Franklin... Read more

Philly shut out at James Beard Awards

Monday, May 4, 2015, 10:48 PM
Fourth time was not the charm at the James Beard Foundation awards. Philadelphians again were denied medals at the annual ceremony, generally regarded as the Oscars of the culinary world. Monday night, gathering for the first time in Chicago, the foundation honored Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen... Read more

Mercadito is still on track in Rittenhouse

Monday, May 4, 2015, 10:31 PM
Work on Mercadito - the high-style Mexican restaurant that has been on the books here since fall 2013 - is indeed proceeding on the ground floor of the new high-rise at 2116 Chestnut St. A rep for owner Alfredo Sandoval says it is now due to open in "late summer." She blamed unspecified construction... Read more

Ti Penso, a BYOB, coming to South St.

Monday, May 4, 2015, 3:49 PM
Another vacancy is filled in South Street West: What was the long-running Roberto Cafe at 2108 South St. is being fashioned into Ti Penso, also a casual BYOB. There's a "T" behind the "Ti" - chef-owner Teresa "T" De Luca, who is aiming at an early June opening for her solo debut, whose atmosphere... Read more

Tir na nOg sets up in Cherry Hill

Monday, May 4, 2015, 2:56 PM
Tir na nOg has hit the suburbs. The Irish pub - with a location at the Phoenix (1600 Arch St.) in Center City, a sibling operation at Con Muphy's (17th and the Parkway) as well as two Tir na nOgs in Manhattan and one in Baltimore's Inner Harbor - has opened in Short Hills Town Center in Cherry Hill... Read more
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