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POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014, 1:50 PM
Honeygrow in Radnor.

Justin Rosenberg and David Robkin will open their third Honeygrow location on Sunday, June 15, at 230 Radnor-Chester Rd. in Radnor, where it will join a new HubBub Coffee and future locations of Pietro's Coal-Fired Pizza and Estia Taverna.

Meanwhile, the fast-casual restaurant - whose stir-fries, salads and smoothies are ordered on the niftiest touch-screen system around - has picked up a $5 million investment led by Miller Investment Management. (Original investor Brook Lenfest participated in this round of funding.)

Honeygrow will use the money to expand, step up technology and develop its management team. 

POSTED: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 10:35 AM
Avance, 1523 Walnut St. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)

Bad luck for chef Justin Bogle, who opened Avance in December with several partners at the storied former address of Le Bec-Fin.

His landlord at the time was chef Georges Perrier. But Perrier lost ownership of the building in a sheriff's sale, as Philadelphia Magazine's Victor Fiorillo reported yesterday. (In sum: The building at 1523 Walnut St. was sold to settle a judgment against Perrier, who had failed to repay a loan made to finance the now-closed Table 31.)

But business is business: Avance's brand-new landlord, WA Financial Partners L.P., filed suit Tuesday in Common Pleas Court seeking to evict the restaurant, which is open for business.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 11:31 AM
Krispy Kreme. (Michael Klein)

Krispy Kreme is opening a shop in New Castle, Del., at 6 a.m. July 1.

It's at 114 N. DuPont Highway, directly in front of the New Castle Farmers Market, and includes a 24-hour drive-thru, outdoor seating and wi-fi. (I'm telling you about it now because - well, with I-495 shut down, you might want to leave now to get there.)

They'll award one free dozen original glazed doughnuts every week for a year to the first customer in line, and a free dozen doughnuts every month for a year to the next 99 customers in line.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 11:01 AM
Chef Marc Vetri, in a particularly ebullient moment. (MICHAEL KLEIN /

Auctioneer Billy Harris likes to go the extra mile while selling items for the live auction at the annual Great Chefs Event, the big-ticket benefit for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation for Children.

Last night, for the ninth annual benefit at Urban Outfitters HQ, Harris was running up the bidding for a dinner in Vetri's new private dining room, with Bobby Flay as the special guest.

Harris suggested that the meal would be served by Vetri Family chefs and event emcee Marc Summers while wearing tutus.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:12 AM
Big Gay Ice Cream's Doug Quint (left) and Bryan Petroff mugging at 2014 Great Chef's Event, where they offered samples. (MICHAEL KLEIN /

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop - which started five years ago as a New York City truck and quickly became a Thing - is preparing to set up its soft-serve goodness in Philadelphia.

Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff disclosed at Tuesday's 2014 Great Chefs Event - a fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation - that they have secured a spot in the new SouthStar development coming to the northeast corner of Broad and South Streets.

Kevin Sbraga already is on board to create a restaurant on the corner. Big Gay will be on the South Street side.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:29 PM
Jennifer Choplin is now at Dock Street.

Didn't take long for Jennifer Choplin to land on her feet after parting company with South Philadelphia's Tap Room on 19th.

She starts Wednesday as chef at Dock Street Brewing Co. in West Philadelphia. Introduced by a mutual friend, both Choplin and co-owner Rosemarie Certo say it's a good fit.

'She is exactly what we were looking for," Certo said. Dock Street is a brew pub that happens to make great pizzas. Certo bristles at any "gastropub" label - feeling that lumps Dock Street with chains.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 11:31 AM
Spamps, 16 E. 1st Ave., Conshohocken.

After nearly eight years, Mike Spampinato says Sunday, June 15 will be last call at Spamps, his Conshohocken bar-restaurant.

A note on Spamps' Facebook encourages customers to come by Sunday "to drink us dry and say goodbye."

Spampinato, a seasoned restaurateur before he opened Spamps (16 E. First Ave.), cited the economy and competition. "So many restauarants opened after I did. The market is saturated." He mentioned not only restaurants around the corner on Fayette Street, but the revival of Plymouth Meeting Mall and its chain restaurants, Redstone Grill, California Pizza Kitchen and P.F. Chang's.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:05 AM


Michael Klein: Good afternoon and welcome to the restaurant chat.

I'm Mike Klein, the food guy here at, sitting (not literally) in Craig LaBan's usual 2 p.m. Tuesday spot. He's out for some family and work stuff.

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