Thursday, July 2, 2015

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 11th and Morris... 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

Verdad in Bryn Mawr to close for makeover

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 1:11 AM
Summertime means makeovers. Le Castagne in Rittenhouse is planning to shut down sometime next week for a reboot that will take about a month. And after six years in Bryn Mawr, the Euro/Latin Verdad (818 W. Lancaster Ave.) will close after dinner Sunday, July 5 for a refresh due to be completed Friday... Read more

Remembering food critic Ed Hitzel

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 11:32 AM
Ed Hitzel, 64, known for tough but fair restaurant reviews as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of the Jersey shore restaurant and food scene, died Monday, June 29. Mr. Hitzel, who lived in Mays Landing, was stricken during dinner with friends at the Maplewood in Hammonton, whose spaghetti he frequently... Read more

Spreadable bacon? They're high on the hog

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 1:34 AM
Of the 2,600 specialty-food companies from around the world displaying their wares at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City - and the Javits Center in Manhattan has miles of aisles packed with the latest in chocolate, oils, vinegars, teas, coffees, and the like - there is only one company selling... Read more

Opa duo plans to open a restaurant on 8th Street

Monday, June 29, 2015, 3:03 PM
George and Vasiliki Tsiouris - owners of Opa and Drury Beer Garden - apparently have a deal pending to take over Coco's, the long-running Jeweler's Row bar at 112 S. Eighth St., if an orange liquor placard is accurate. George Tsiouris declined to address his plans. Here's a great backgrounder on... Read more

Massive beer garden coming to Mellon Bank Center

Monday, June 29, 2015, 1:51 PM
Office workers in the Logan Square area booed the news that a beer garden would not be set up - as previously announced - outside 3 Logan Square this summer. Those frowns can turn upside down: Wednesday, July 1 at 4 p.m. will mark the opening of Uptown Beer Garden, a lushly landscaped seasonal space... Read more
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Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here.

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