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Matyson is closed after nearly 12 years

Monday, July 6, 2015, 3:39 PM
Matyson - the much-honored BYOB on 19th Street off Rittenhouse Square - has closed, its former chef, Ben Puchowitz, confirmed. Puchowitz said the restaurant's owner - his father, Butch - was "ready to retire. He's sad and relieved at the same time." Matyson's last night of service was Friday, July... Read more

Scratch Biscuits opening with a freebie

Monday, July 6, 2015, 11:14 AM
Mitch Prensky - the caterer and owner of Supper, the bistro on South Street - has been selling Southern-style biscuit sandwiches at farmer's markets, street festivals, and pop-ups. Prensky has a physical location for Scratch Biscuits, a counter service operation serving biscuit sandwiches, puddings... Read more

Antonio's Deli picks up where Chickie's leaves off

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 10:09 PM
Chickie's Italian Deli's claim to fame was its veggie hoagie, a luscious layering of baked eggplant, sauteed broccoli rabe, house-roasted peppers and sharp Provolone cheese inside a Sarcone's roll. When the shop in Bella Vista closed in April after two decades - the casualty of divorce - the sandwich... Read more

Stargazy: Chef Sam Jacobson's British bakery on East Passyunk

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 3:52 PM
What this town needs, London-raised chef Sam Jacobson has been saying for years, is a pie and mash shop. And in about a month, we'll get that humble taste of England at Stargazy, Jacobson's bake shop. He's taking 1838 E. Passyunk Ave., the storefront that until recently was Ms. Goody Cupcake. Jacobson... Read more

Quite possibly, the best burger recipe out there

Saturday, July 4, 2015, 12:55 PM
I know the best way to make a burger! No, I do! My way! No, mine! And so goes the debate. The Washingtonian's Todd Kliman weighs in to this meaty national obsession by presenting a 15-step method derived by way of a conversation with an unidentified contest-winning cook he dubs The Burger Guru... Read more

Water Works goes to private dining

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 1:04 PM
After nearly nine years, the Water Works restaurant - one of the city's more atmospheric fine-dining experiences, with ornate chandeliers and stunning views of the Schuylkill from its perch at the foot of the Art Museum - has stopped serving a la carte meals altogether. It's open for private dining... Read more

South Philly Barbacoa goes under roof

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 10:35 AM
After declaring their independence from life working on a food cart, Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller are planning a soft opening of their brick-and-mortar shop, South Philly Barbacoa, this weekend. They have secured 1703 S. 11th St., the revolving-door restaurant space off the corner of 11th and... Read more

Green Aisle's Erace brothers get a Food Network show

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 9:30 AM
South Philly brothers Adam and Andrew Erace will put themselves and their burgeoning chain of upmarket shops, Green Aisle Grocery, in the national spotlight this summer. In its August programming notes, Food Network mentioned a new series called Great American Food Finds, premiering Monday, Aug. 3... Read more

Square One Coffee opening on JFK Blvd.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 11:40 AM
All that activity in Logan Square - what with apartments popping up and the second Comcast tower on the way - requires caffeine, as MSC Retail's Brittany Goldberg and Micah Kagan were figuring. But does the neighborhood need another Dunkin' Donuts? And so Square One Coffee, the small-batch coffee... Read more

Volver takes a summer vacation

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 11:05 AM
Summertime in the city, by and large, is a tough season for fine dining. And so, effective July 1, Volver - the Jose Garces restaurant and bar in the Kimmel Center - will be on holiday, more or less reflecting the Kimmel's performance season. Both the dining room and Bar Volver are now closed. On... Read more
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