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Archive: July, 2011

Chain dish

Saturday, July 30, 2011, 9:04 AM
The development at Willow Grove Park mall -- on the third level where Strawbridge's was -- will include Bravo Cucina Italiana, a white-tablecloth restaurant with an open kitchen and a decor designed to evoke Roman ruins. There's one open now in Lehigh Valley Mall. The Ohio-based chain also owns Brio... Read more

Gladwyne Lunch closes, to change hands

Friday, July 29, 2011, 4:38 PM
Widely regarded as the Cheers of the Main Line, the Gladwyne Village Lunch closed Friday, July 29. Owners Bill and Laura Faust are selling the luncheonette, which they've run for 18 years -- five-plus years in their current location at 951 Youngsford Rd. They plan to retire. The new owner, whom... Read more

Opening: The Twisted Tail

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 3:19 PM
Erstwhile Parc bartender George Reilly had been promising a July opening for his South Street-area, Southern-style blues and juke joint, The Twisted Tail, and by gum, he's doing it. Friday, July 29 at 4 p.m., he'll open the doors at 509 S. Second St. and you'll see how he's gutted the former Kildare's... Read more

Shake Shack going for its zoning

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 12:03 PM
That Philly Shake Shack project that I told you about last month, aimed for the corner of 20th and Sansom Streets, is very real -- and still very far away (second half of 2012). It's moving forward. Danny Meyer and crew are headed to the city's Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday, Aug. 3 as they seek... Read more

Want to be a chef on Rittenhouse Square?

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 11:15 AM
Restaurant Associates, opening a new dining concept at the Art Alliance at 18th and Rittenhouse, is now hunting for a chef to run the joint. Executive chef Ed Brown, who oversees RA's culinary programming, tells me that he's taking resumes and that he wants to hire someone working locally. "It's... Read more

Pizza Olympics winner hasn't even opened here yet

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 10:49 AM
It took a full week, but the winners of the third annual Pizza Olympics have been announced. Overall favorite, Nomad, will be opening a shop this fall at 611 S. Seventh St., the spot vacated recently by Horizons. For now, you have to travel to Hopewell, N.J. Read more

Goodbye, Catelli; hello, Osteria Duo

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 10:28 AM
The owners of Catelli, which closed over the weekend in Voorhees' Main Street complex, are planning to resurface four miles away this fall with a less fancy restaurant in the Voorhees Town Center (the former Echelon Mall). It will be called Osteria Duo, also under Catelli chef Lou Imbesi. Principal... Read more

An early taste of Tashan

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 2:49 PM
Just about every day, Munish Narula stops into his flagship Girard Avenue location of Tiffin, his Indian empire, to see what his two chefs are up to. Sylva Senat and Sanjay Shende are going back and forth at Tiffin's stove, engaged in a collegial give and take, refining the menu for Tashan, the upscale... Read more

Yet another restaurant for the Art Alliance

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 1:57 PM
The Philadelphia Art Alliance is finally putting to better use its restaurant, whose garden makes it the loveliest spot on Rittenhouse Square. Catering giant Restaurant Associates just dropped the info that its in-house chef Ed Brown will be remaking what is now known as Gardenia -- you ever hear... Read more

Benny Lai of Vietnam opening a fish house

Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 4:59 PM
Benny Lai, head of the family run Vietnam in Chinatown and its offshoot, Vietnam Cafe, in West Philly, is looking toward a fall opening of Grillfish Cafe, an Asian seafooder at 814 S. 47th St. (It's the old Vietnam Cafe space before Vietnam Cafe took over the Abbraccio space next door.) He's going... Read more
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