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Where to drink (fairly) cheaply on Sunday

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 11:07 AM
Lee Porter is a man about town, a comedy writer/producer, and a beer writer. He also likes to eat and drink cheaply. And apparently, he is not afraid of tedium. Which leads to his hobby of drink-list curation. Porter's Citizens Bank Park Brew Locator - in which he pinpoints where to find that Goose... Read more

Finnigan's Wake sale is off

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:05 AM
An agreement of sale for Finnigan's Wake is null and void, says one of the partners, and the future of the now-shuttered Northern Liberties bar is still unclear. Without going into specifics, Mike Driscoll said he and his partners and the potential buyer could not go to settlement last week. The... Read more

Inside V Street in Rittenhouse

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 3:06 PM
Perhaps as soon as Saturday, Oct. 18, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby will open V Street, the couple's vegan bar off Rittenhouse Square (126 S. 19th St.), next to Zama. Where their Washington West vegan restaurant Vedge is more of a dinner destination, they envision V Street as more of a drop-in - a stop... Read more

Shake Shack getting a mural from Mural Arts

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 10:50 AM
Shake Shack's first Philly location selected the Mural Arts Program as its charity partner when it opened two-plus years ago. As part of the arrangement, 5 percent of the sale price of the Center City Pretzel frozen custard concrete goes to Mural Arts. Now the relationship has moved beyond quiet... Read more

Mount Holly's High Street Grill is closing

Monday, October 13, 2014, 1:53 PM
High Street Grill in Mount Holly, which marked its 10th anniversary in August, will shut down after business Tuesday, Oct. 14. Owners John and Nancy McDevitt, who relocated to California two years ago, took to Facebook to say that it was impractical to run the bar-restaurant by long distance: "We... Read more

South Philly restaurant to honor Frida Kahlo

Monday, October 13, 2014, 11:58 AM
Raul Castro, who co-owns the Washington Avenue Mexican restaurant Plaza Garabaldi, is a fan of the artist Frida Kahlo. So much so, that he has selected Frida as the name of his second restaurant, which should open sometime next year at 1000 Wolf St., the corner of 10th and Wolf Streets that formerly... Read more

Someone's in the kitchen at Reading Terminal Market

Monday, October 13, 2014, 12:59 AM
Reading Terminal Market is full of fresh food and the merchants who sell it. Now, they will get a way to show it all off. Sarah Morrison, who founded All About Events in 2006, landed the market's in-house catering contract earlier this year. More recently, All About Events was also chosen to run... Read more

Dig into Little Spoon Cafe

Monday, October 13, 2014, 12:30 AM
Broad and South Streets is an area on the way up. On the northeast corner, Kevin Sbraga is opening Juniper Commons this fall at the new SouthStar, with Big Gay Ice Cream planned for late fall next door and the relocated Sansom Kabob House due to arrive down the block. Two blocks away, at the southwest... Read more

'SNL' jokes about Girard, the no-tipping restaurant

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3:49 PM
The idea of a restaurant that asks its customers not to tip has made Saturday Night Live. It's Girard, the brasserie coming to Fishtown this fall. It was referenced - though not by name - Oct. 11 by Michael Che on "Weekend Update." Though delivered by Che, a comedian who is African American, the... Read more

Clarkville: Another beer bar from Maida and Hartranft

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 3:31 PM
Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly are continuing their expansionist ways. The three, who own Memphis Taproom, Local 44, and Strangelove's, are fixing to take over the newly shuttered Best House Pizza at 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue and install a beer bar called Clarkville. It's... Read more
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