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Archive: August, 2011

Chickie's & Pete's is tops in ESPN poll

Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 11:14 PM
If Pete Ciarrocchi is strutting a little bit more, that's because Chickie's & Pete's, his crab house-slash-sports-bar chain, was named the best sports bar in North America in an ESPN Mobile poll. So proud, he issued a press release: "To see the top name in sports, ESPN, and their viewers agree... Read more

Contest: Guess the kitchen

Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 6:00 AM
You've seen restaurant dining rooms by the score. But could you ID their kitchens? With Center City District Restaurant Week on the way -- actually weeks, Sept. 12-16 and Sept. 18-23 -- here’s a quiz from us at We're going into the back of the house for this one. Review all... Read more

Tashan in training

Monday, August 29, 2011, 11:07 AM
If all goes to plan, the first big restaurant opening of the season will be Tashan, the spiffy modern Indian small-plater from Tiffin's Munish Narula, at 777 S. Broad St. The paper came off the windows at Broad and Catharine Streets last week, and architect/designer Winka Dubbeldam's posh stylings... Read more

Wildwoods to host a restaurant week

Thursday, August 25, 2011, 2:13 PM
Not even waiting till Labor Day, the Wildwoods are hosting a restaurant week from Sunday, Aug. 28 through Sept. 2. Twenty-plus restaurants are participating with four-course, $30 dinners. List and details are here. Center City District's Restaurant Week starts Sept. 12. Read more

Old City's next restaurant

Thursday, August 25, 2011, 12:33 PM
Busy corners do wonders for a neighborhood, and a dark corner at Front and Market Streets in Old City this fall will have a restaurant. Partner Aaron Kavulich, a Scranton native who lived in Pittsburgh and operated restaurants there, won the backing of the Old City Civic Association, which right... Read more

Barcade drawing near

Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 4:36 PM
What do you get when you mix 34 arcade games and 25 beers on draft? It's Barcade, a lively bar coming to a former electrical-supply warehouse on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown in mid-September. Partners Paul Kermizian and Pete Langway, who have Barcades in Brooklyn and Jersey City, say they'd been... Read more

A hot chef coming to Rittenhouse

Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 3:27 PM
Chef Gregory Vernick traveled the world for former boss Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and now the Cherry Hill native is coming home to open his own restaurant. The project, in a brownstone that he and his wife, Julie, bought at 2031 Walnut St., came up Tuesday night before the Center City Residents'... Read more

Capogiro to Manayunk

Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 3:19 PM
Main Street Market in Manayunk plans to set up an 18-flavor stand serving Capogiro gelato as part of a planned expansion. The expansion's timing will be affected by an Aug. 30 court hearing, says market co-owner Richard Rivera. The building owner is trying to evict Saxbys Coffee from the corner of... Read more

How about another Krispy Kreme and Gino's?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 11:39 PM
Street Road in Bensalem is fast-food haven, and two more brands are setting up there. Fresh off its opening Tuesday at Cuthbert Boulevard and Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, Krispy Kreme is gearing up for its next debut in November at 1729 Street Rd. That's "B" on the map below. Franchisee Brian Zaslow... Read more

Chef vacancy at Talula's Garden

Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 2:36 PM
Talula's Garden, the Stephen Starr-Aimee Olexy joint in Washington Square, is looking for an executive chef. Matt Moon, who signed on earlier this month after the sudden departure of Michael Santoro, has left, Starr confirms. Foobooz speculated on the departure this morning. Moon had spent much time... Read more
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