Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Moving up at South Street Souvlaki

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 4:19 PM
Tom Vasiliades has refashioned the private dining space above his venerable South Street Souvlaki (507-09 South St.) into a cozy lounge and dining room open Thursday through Sunday for dinner. Vasiliades' Greek specialties stay downstairs. At Upstairs at Souvlaki, chef Jorge Reyes is executing a simple... Read more

Heritage in Northern Liberties: Jazz and green

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:16 AM
Heritage - a nifty, rustic combination of bar, restaurant and jazz/funk venue and arguably the boldest restaurant project ever in Northern Liberties - is soft-opening mode, pending an April 1 official opening. Over the course of more than a year and a half, Jason Evenchik and Terry Leach (Time, Bar... Read more

Two chefs are at the helm of helm

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 4:00 PM
Chefs Kevin D'Egidio and Michael Griffiths are looking at a Thursday, March 26 debut for helm, their locally focused American BYO. It's their debut at the helm of a restaurant, hence the name. The spare yet comfy/casual digs - lots of wood, a turntable and plenty of rock and roll vinyl, a bookcase... Read more

The Dairy Cafe moo-ves in to Bala Cynwyd

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12:18 PM
Philanthropist David Magerman's Main Line kosher empire has expanded with the recent opening of The Dairy Cafe (321 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd, 610-808-9045). You might consider the Dairy Cafe a counterpoint to C+R Kitchen (the former Citron + Rose), the fleishig... Read more

James Beard nominations for Vetri, Starr, Cicala, Landau, Vernick, Bois and LaBan

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 11:30 AM
Some older names and one newcomer are part of this year's field of nominees for the James Beard Foundation's awards. The awards are regarded as the Oscars of the food world, with categories spanning restaurants, cookbooks and journalism. This represents a winnowing of the list of semifinalists released... Read more

Chef had died of heart disease

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 9:47 AM
The death of Scott McLeod, the chef at Alma de Cuba, was attributed to heart disease, according to the city medical examiner's office, which cited "natural causes." Frantic co-workers found McLeod, 41, unresponsive in a locked restroom at the posh Latin restaurant near Rittenhouse Square during dinner... Read more

Chef dies during dinner

Monday, March 23, 2015, 4:32 PM
Alma de Cuba chef Scott McLeod was pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday night after he was found unresponsive in a restroom at the popular Rittenhouse Square restaurant during dinner service, sources said. Owner Stephen Starr said he did not know the cause of death. Alma de Cuba closed Monday out... Read more

SouthGate, a Korean-influenced pub, replacing Tangier

Monday, March 23, 2015, 4:02 PM
SouthGate, a Korean-inspired gastropub, is targeting a mid-May opening on the northwest corner of 18th and Lombard Streets, the former longtime home of the watering hole Tangier. Peter Hwang and family, who own Center City's Oh So Good, are behind the project. Hwang says he has hired the well-seasoned... Read more

Wawa to open at Broad and Walnut Streets

Monday, March 23, 2015, 3:00 AM
Homegrown convenience grocer Wawa plans to announce that it will open a store at the former Robinson's Luggage store at the southeast corner of Broad and Walnut Streets. A Wawa rep told me Sunday that the site is under contract, and that the company is working to obtain approvals in time for an April... Read more

Johnny Manana's opening in Center City

Monday, March 23, 2015, 12:15 AM
Johnny Manana's - Tim Bonnie's East Falls cantina - is on an expansion streak. By Cinco de Mayo, expect a second location to open at 1080 N. Delaware Ave., across from SugarHouse Casino. It's next to Dottie's Dinette. Then in the summer, says investor Jeff Larsen of private-equity firm Larsen MacColl... Read more
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