Saturday, August 1, 2015

Same Same: Vietnamese street food in Northern Liberties

Monday, January 12, 2015, 10:48 PM
Bucks County-raised Chad Kubanoff, having dropped out of the Culinary Institute of America, knocked on the doors of Daniel (in New York) and Alinea (in Chicago) to get his real-world experience in classical and modern cooking. But it was an episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations that really... Read more

'Cake Boss' opening Carlo's Bakery in Rittenhouse

Monday, January 12, 2015, 11:44 AM
About a year ago, I reported that a branch of Carlo's Bakery - popularized by the TLC series Cake Boss - was coming to the corner of 21st and Walnut Streets, near Rittenhouse Square. But there was no official word from the camp of owner Buddy Valastro. Until last week, when Buddy called to confirm... Read more

Franky Bradley's: 'American medieval' in Center City

Monday, January 12, 2015, 2:19 AM
With his Northern Liberties bar/restaurants N. 3rd and Silk City humming along two years ago, Mark Bee was looking to expand into Center City. Bee considered the defunct Key West nightclub on the back-street Center City corner of Juniper and Chancellor Streets. But in the summer of 2013, a larger... Read more

CineMug: Movie rentals with a side of coffee

Friday, January 9, 2015, 3:46 PM
Dan Creskoff knows what you may be thinking: Cable and Netflix have killed the video store. But that's a pity. Video stores, for the two decades or so they were around, were gathering places for cinephiles, especially TLA Video. Creskoff managed two of those stores. "People would hang out at TLA... Read more

Noord adding a bistro in Italian Market

Friday, January 9, 2015, 12:34 PM
With the second anniversary of their hit East Passyunk BYOB Noord on the way, Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan are planning a second restaurant in South Philadelphia. This new restaurant will include a bar as it takes over 943 S. Ninth St. in the Italian Market. The glass storefront and the distinctive... Read more

Society Hill Society is closed

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 4:20 PM
Society Hill Society, the ambitious bar-restaurant that replaced the easygoing Artful Dodger at Second and Pine Streets, is closed, and it might be permanent. The yearling, which opened in April, last served over the weekend. Suppliers told me that owner Mary Beth Gallo has asked them to pick up their... Read more

Memphis Taproom crew taking over The Mildred

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 3:11 PM
The crew from Memphis Taproom, Local 44, Strangelove's and the soon-to-open Clarkville have released info on their next project: Coeur will take over the short-lived Mildred at 824 S. Eighth St,. in Bella Vista. Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly promise "a classic, back-to-basics menu... Read more

The Olde Bar: Garces revamps Bookbinder's

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 11:04 PM
Old Original Bookbinder's, a Philadelphia institution for decades, is being revived at the hands of Jose Garces and crew. On Friday, Jan. 9, the former bar reopens as The Olde Bar (125 Walnut St., 215-253-3777), a reinterpretation of an oyster saloon. And it's pretty much as you remember it, though... Read more

Schulson opening Double Knot: Coffee and Japanese

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 1:15 PM
Michael Schulson is expanding his holdings on 13th Street south of Sansom Street. In December 2009, he opened Sampan, a modern Asian small-plater, at 124 S. 13th St.; he followed that up the following spring with Graffiti Bar in the back alley. Now he is going next door with an ambitious, two-level... Read more

Free parking on Thursdays during Center City District Restaurant Week

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 10:35 AM
Celebrity Cruises is removing one annoyance from the Center City restaurant experience: The parking charge. On Thursdays during the January edition of Center City District Restaurant Week (Jan. 22 and Jan. 29), the cruise line will pick up the parking tab at four Parkway garages that serve many of... Read more
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