Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Luna Cafe: Going local in Old City

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 3:46 PM
For her restaurant-ownership debut, Drexel MBA Sarah Levine has realized a longtime dream by setting up a quaint 30-seat BYO bistro in the heart of Old City. Luna Cafe (317 Market St., 215-309-3140), opening Friday, Feb. 20, ascribes to the eco-friendly, fresh-and-local mantra where possible. "I want... Read more

The Monkey & the Elephant: Coffeeshop with a mission

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 1:51 PM
Lisa Miccolis was sitting in a coffeeshop in Australia during her many travels. "I had a muffin and an ice tea and I said to myself, 'What am I going to do with my life?'" She thought about the sense of community she had seen while working as a barista at such Philadelphia shops as Hausbrandt, MilkBoy... Read more

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken on the way via Memphis

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 2:31 PM
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken - the staple that grew out of a roadside shack in Mason, Tenn. - is on a franchising spree that will take it to Philadelphia this year. I wish I had more information for you than that, but company officials dropped the word on their Facebook page with no elaboration... Read more

James Beard semifinalists: Abe Fisher, Townsend, Vetri, Fork

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 12:35 PM
The James Beard Foundation has released its list of semifinalists for its 2015 James Beard Awards. This is the "long list," from which the actual list of nominees will be created. The nominees will be named March 24; on the same date, the Beard will announce other nominees, as well as the nominations... Read more

Melting Pot to close this summer

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 5:00 AM
The Melting Pot's Center City location will bow out of its 10-year home at 1219 Filbert St., the parent company has confirmed. It's business as usual now for the fondue specialist. No closing date has been announced, but it is believed to be this summer, per a real estate flyer from MSC Retail making... Read more

Passero's opening coffee shop at The Franklin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 11:30 AM
Passero's Coffee Roasters - one of the city's oldest specialty-coffee bars - has inked a lease for the ground-floor coffee-shop space at the Franklin (834 Chestnut St., the former Ben Franklin House). Jeff Lincoln says he hopes to open by the second week in March after a bit of remodeling. The space... Read more

Triangle Tavern poised for a comeback

Monday, February 16, 2015, 11:37 AM
More than six years after it closed down, South Philadelphia's landmark Triangle Tavern - which since 1933 has held down the corner of 10th and Reed Streets where it meets Passyunk Avenue - is poised to reopen in five or six weeks. Stephen Simons and David Frank - the guys behind Royal Tavern, Khyber... Read more

Prime Rib shut down by burst pipe

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 3:57 PM
The timing of Valentine's Day on a Saturday managed to fill reservation books. Prime Rib, the steakhouse at the Radisson Blu Warwick (17th and Locust Streets), won't be serving on what is among the busiest night of the year, though. An old pipe burst in the hotel above the restaurant, forcing a shutdown... Read more

Now open: Bonchon Chicken

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 3:23 PM
Three entrepreneurs were talking about food and the conversation veered into the topic of Korean fried chicken, that twice-fried-but-not-greasy street food. This sent them on a bird-hunting trip to New York, which has a respectable contingent of chicken shops. (Philly has a few - Cafe Soho in West... Read more

Philly restaurant workers: The pay is so-so

Friday, February 13, 2015, 4:59 PM
It should be little surprise that restaurant work is stressful and demanding, with relatively low pay. Especially if you're a cook. PayScale Inc., which analyzes compensation in assorted industries, has just released results of a two-year study on restaurant workers' earnings in more than a dozen... Read more
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Michael Klein, the editor/producer of philly.com/Food, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here.

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