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Archive: November, 2010

Restaurant notes: SquareBurger to stay open in December; do a little ketchup

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 4:52 PM
- SquareBurger, the Stephen Starr-run food stand in Franklin Square, will remain open in December on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as evenings during the week between Christmas and New Year's. Menu additions: grilled cheese on brioche with a bag of chips ($2.75), chicken noodle soup ($3), tomato... Read more

Paesano's vs. Flay: A throwdown!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 3:06 PM
Peter McAndrews, the sandwich maestro behind Paesano's and Modo Mio, just wrapped a two-day shoot against chef Bobby Flay for a Food Network Throwdown. The contest was over "beef brisket grinders"; see Rick Nichols' ode to the "Paesano" sandwich here. Cameras taped Monday at the... Read more

Restaurant notes: Updates, and how about a meatball slider?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 12:57 PM
A few updates on restaurant openings: - If all goes right with a city inspection Wednesday, Leila Cafe will be open that afternoon in its new spot at 1356 South St. It moved from 13th and Pine Streets. Same Lebanese-accented menu. King Tut, the replacement at 13th and Pine Streets, is at least... Read more

Restaurant notes: Agiato, at last

Monday, November 29, 2010, 9:51 AM
Back on July 30, 2009, chefs Joe Scarpone and Matt Levin, plus developers Richard Rivera and Robert Nydick, led me on a hard-hat tour of a few spaces on Main Street in Manayunk that they were developing: a paninoteca/wine bar for Scarpone called Agiato (pressed sandwiches, farmhouse feel, long communal... Read more

Restaurant notes: Two newcomers in the burbs

Thursday, November 25, 2010, 8:21 AM
- Hummus, a Middle Eastern serving the Penn community from 3931 Walnut St., opens a Main Line branch on Friday (11/26). It's at 18 Greenfield Ave. in Ardmore. On its Facebook page, the casual eatery promises free falafel and shawarma sandwiches on Black Friday. It's open lunchtime through dinner... Read more

Bonaduce and Railsback get married

Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 3:43 PM
WYSP morning man Danny Bonaduce and his long-suffering fiancee, Amy Railsback, got married Monday in Hawaii, she told me from Maui. It was a private ceremony of just the two of them, plus the Rev. Roland Nono, at the Four Seasons. It's the third marriage for Bonaduce, 51, who had a starter marriage... Read more

Restaurant notes: Passyunk doings

Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 2:41 PM
- Cast your eyes to Passyunk Avenue near Broad, where the casual Mondial Cafe is taking shape at 1941 E. Passyunk Ave. The roomy storefront, nestled between the two Juniper Streets, initially was to be the Bottle Shop, which settled a block away. Owner Ervis Elezaj says his menu will include dishes... Read more

Restaurant notes: A food-booze hookup

Monday, November 22, 2010, 2:35 PM
One spot is known for food, the other for cocktails. When they work together, well, who knows what could happen. Mike Welsh, managing partner at The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. on 18th Street near Sansom, is teaming up with Mitch Prensky of Supper on South Street and his Global Dish catering... Read more

Leigh Richards released from WXTU

Sunday, November 21, 2010, 8:29 PM
Leigh Richards, midday personality at country WXTU (92.5), marked her 25th anniversary at the station on Nov. 9. And on Thursday (11/18), she was sent packing. She's gone from the website. I'll update when and if she and/or station officials return my requests for comment. Read more

Restaurant notes: Bourbon-and-blues on South Street; a new Pizzicato

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 4:02 PM
- The liquor-control committee of the South Street-Headhouse District seems impressed with a proposal from Parc bartender George Reilly for The Twisted Tail, which he wants to set up in the former Kildare's on Second Street near South. Reilly calls the concept a "bourbon 'n' blues bar, paired... Read more
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