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'Bar Rescue' switches up Glenside bar

Monday, September 15, 2014, 5:00 AM
Jon Taffer and his Bar Rescue crew last night unveiled for the Spike TV cameras their handiwork on another makeover. What was Plush Nightspot on Keswick Avenue in Glenside is now Osteria Calabria, an Italian-theme bar/cafe. It will open to the public on Sept. 19. A week ago, the Bar Rescue-rs were... Read more

Gordon Ramsay to open restaurant in Atlantic City

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 5:00 PM
Atlantic City has not had a lot of positive news lately. Let's view the information that chef Gordon Ramsay will open a restaurant at Caesars in Atlantic City as a positive. Ramsay, the cantankerous host of TV's Hell's Kitchen and formerly Kitchen Nightmares, is taking over the space soon to be vacated... Read more

Cool deli off the Parkway

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 1:14 PM
Spring Garden Deli Restaurant, which sat in the Parkway House at the corner of 22nd and Spring Garden Streets for decades, closed a couple years ago. Opening soon in that space will be Parkway Corner Deli, whose beer list supposedly will be enviable. It also will serve panini, burgers and the like... Read more

Cochon's Giuffi opening pizzeria in Bella Vista

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:21 AM
Gene Giuffi grew up in Brooklyn in a family of pizzamakers. So when he thought of a new concept for his former Blue Belly BBQ shop at Sixth and Catharine Streets in Bella Vista, that's where his mind went. Expect Square Pie, opening in October, to sell squares of Sicilian pizza, as well as pastas... Read more

Vesper Club coming back as a supper club

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:20 AM
The Vesper Club, one of Philly's old-guard private dining clubs, has been down and out for nearly two years now. In late 2012, it sold its landmark building on Sydenham Street - the narrow block between Walnut and Locust and 15th and 16th Streets - and briefly took up residence with the Raquet Club... Read more

'Hell's Kitchen' has a Philly accent this season

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 11:45 PM
Season 13 of Fox's Hell's Kitchen launches at 8 p.m. Sept. 10, and four women from Eastern Pennsylvania will be among the 18 chefs competing under the watchful scowl of Gordon Ramsay. They're a diverse bunch: self-taught and schooled, seasoned and rookie. One - Jennifer Salhoff - will host a viewing... Read more

Tuk Tuk Real: Thai meets Mexican on South St.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 3:46 PM
There's a big collision of Thai and Mexican flavors coming to South Street. Tuk Tuk Real at 429 South St. (which was the groundbreaking Chinese restaurant Tang's years ago) is the joint project of Alex Boonphaya, who owns Circles in South Philly and Northern Liberties, and his sous chef, Silvestre... Read more

Chabaa Thai moving down the street in Manayunk

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 10:38 AM
Moon Krapugthong, who said last month that she would relocate her long-running Chabaa Thai BYOB in Manayunk, won't be going far. She's taking over the double-wide storefront at 4343-45 Main St., the corner of Main and Grape Streets that formerly housed Saxbys Coffee and Main Street Market. The corner... Read more

La Colombe: Making it big

Monday, September 8, 2014, 11:23 PM
La Colombe Torrefaction - the homegrown coffee giant - is on the verge of a major expansion. You probably know about the enormous cafe at 1335 Frankford Ave. in Fishtown that will open any day now. No announcement - rather, the doors will simply be unlocked. The idea is to feed only the neighborhood... Read more

Bar name of the week: Lewinsky's on Clinton

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 7:36 PM
What do you get when you combine a bawdy sense of humor, a love of presidential history, a long memory and an empty pub space on Clinton Street? In Delaware City, Del., you get Lewinsky's on Clinton. The bar-slash-double entendre - an homage to America's most famous White House intern - opened over... Read more
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Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, 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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