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Craig LaBan Reviews
Restaurant notes: NYC chef taking Frederick's in Queen Village
Wed, Jun 2, 2010, 2:36 PM
This one's far off and way under the radar, but I'll throw it out there: South Philly-bred chef Joey Campanaro -- who owns the little owl...
Opening: Bar Stella
Thu, May 6, 2010, 1:06 PM
Stephen Starr's Pizzeria Stella (Second and Lombard Streets) is getting a bar next door, in the former pilates studio on the Second Street...
Photo and menu time: El Rey
Mon, Apr 19, 2010, 10:07 AM
Sunday (4/25) is the opening date for El Rey, Stephen Starr's casual Mexican diner at 2013 Chestnut St. Construction is just about finished...
Starr's Chris Painter getting his own restaurant
Tue, Apr 6, 2010, 1:41 PM
Stephen Starr is partnering with his culinary director, Chris Painter, for a food-driven restaurant at Third and Bainbridge Streets in Queen...
First peek: El Rey
Fri, Apr 2, 2010, 2:45 PM
El Rey -- Stephen Starr's Mexican diner on the site of an old Greek diner at 2013 Chestnut St. -- is still on target for its April 25* opening...
Starr's next restaurant: El Rey
Fri, Mar 19, 2010, 11:15 AM
Stephen Starr's Mexican restaurant at 2013 Chestnut St. (see previous here) now has a name: El Rey. And a concept: Home-style cuisine from...
Pizzeria Stella to expand
Fri, Feb 19, 2010, 2:00 PM
Confirming details from last October: Pending city approval, Stephen Starr's Pizzeria Stella at Second and Lombard Streets will indeed expand...
Restaurant opening updates
Fri, Feb 5, 2010, 2:21 PM
A few updates on restaurant projects hither and yon. Barbuzzo, the Mediterranean bar from Lolita/Bindi's Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney...
A few restaurant notes
Fri, Jan 22, 2010, 2:54 PM
A "brewpub" coming to Liberty Place's food court? Not so. Insiders say that the only alcohol-based tenant negotiating a lease is...
Starr plans pizzeria next to Parc
Sun, Jan 10, 2010, 11:49 AM
Tucked into Inquirer critic Craig LaBan's three-bell review of Pizzeria Stella today was this note: "[Stephen] Starr has ... a New York-style...
Restaurant openings update
Fri, Jan 8, 2010, 11:42 AM
Here's a selected assortment of restaurant openings. (Wild card here is Stephen Starr, who seems to have some things, plural, up his sleeve...
Michael Klein has written about Philadelphia’s restaurant scene since 1993 in his Inquirer column, “Table Talk,” and on his Philly.com blog, “The Insider.”
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