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POSTED: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 10:20 PM

You can get same-day delivery of groceries, but not a fifth of Scotch or several bottles of wine (in Pennsylvania, at least).

Instacart, the new-to-Philadelphia grocery-delivery service, wants to do just that.

I noticed that Instacart just filed with the state Liquor Control Board for a transporter-for-hire license.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 2:24 PM
In the kitchen-slash-dining room at Volver are (from left) chef de cuisine Natalie Maronski, chef Jose Garces and designer Marguerite Rodgers. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

You buy tickets for a show at the Kimmel Center, right?

Now you'll have to buy tickets for dinner at Volver, the Jose Garces restaurant coming to the ground floor in April.

It is the first move of its kind in Philly - a rare strategy that virtually eliminates the no-show. (L.A.'s Trois Mec, a 26-seater, is among those doing it quite successfully.)

POSTED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 2:05 PM

A year and a half after buying Bucks County's landmark Doylestown Inn (18 W. State St.), partners are preparing to open a 150-seat American bistro on the ground floor called The Hattery Stove & Still.

Todd and Samantha McCarty, Donna and Ronald C. Isgate, and Jody Quigley retained Ed Doherty of One Degree Hospitality, the restaurant consultant who opened and ran such downtown projects as Capital Grille, The Waterworks, and Union Trust Steakhouse, to find a chef and set up the operation. It was last known as The Inn on State Street.

They target April for the opening.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 10:58 AM
BurgerFi burger. The chain will compete at Burger Brawl. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

Restaurateur Rob Wasserman has 41 restaurants committed to make burgers to serve at this year's Burger Brawl, the fundraiser-slash-burger competition.

He wants 50 of them to show up to feed the throng. Burger Brawl, set for the afternoon of June 8 at Xfinity Live, is a benefit for Philadelphia public schools.

The list so far is like a who's-who of Philly burgerdom, and shops are coming in from all over.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 12:40 AM

Every once in awhile, a mobile app comes along that is so slick, yet so simple.

Check out NoWait.

It's designed to allow you to game the wait times at casual restaurants that don't take reservations.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 3:26 PM

Imagine people eating and getting their drink on, just steps from Independence Hall.

It happened in the 18th century, and it will happen again this summer.

Chef/restaurateur Michael Schulson has secured a deal with the owners of One South Independence Mall West - the landmark Rohm & Haas building and now the home of Dow Chemical at Sixth and Market Streets - to create an outdoor beer garden across from the Liberty Bell.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 11:36 AM
The main dining room, Le Bec Fin, June 12, 2012. ( MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer )

Last year, when workers were dismantling Le Bec Fin before its conversion to Avance, I reported that the twin grand crystal chandeliers were headed to a private buyer.

The buyer must have decided that they do not go with the carpets.

S&S Auction of Repaupo, N.J., will sell them, along with sconces and Trumeau mirror, on March 9.

POSTED: Monday, February 24, 2014, 3:06 PM
Jeff Benjamin (left) with Marc Vetri on the front steps of Vetri , 1312 Spuce St. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)

"You know," Marc Vetri was musing today. "We've never been able to seat an 8-top at Vetri before."

That soon will change at Vetri's flagship restaurant at 1312 Spruce St., the 30-seat jewel box that sits atop many critics' lists of best Italian restaurant.

Vetri is expanding.

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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. Reach Michael at mklein@philly.com.

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