Monday, November 30, 2015

Dock Street Brewing goes back to the bottle

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 11:24 PM
Dock Street Brewing Co. will celebrate its 30th anniversary by packaging and bottling its Rye IPA, the company's first bottled beer destined for beer shops in more than a decade. The Rye IPA happens to be Dock Street's best-selling beer and was the first beer out of the tanks in 2007 when Dock Street... Read more

Pizza and tacos? Sí, in Logan Square

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 10:51 PM
Last spring, Justino Jimenez left his kitchen job with Marc Vetri at Vetri and Amis to chase his dream of owning his own restaurant. And he did it - opening Los Jimenez Mexican Cocin at Sixth Street and Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia. Solid little spot in a former deli with a few tables, a flat-top... Read more

Derek's in Manayunk is closed

Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:41 PM
Derek's - at nearly 24 years old one of Manayunk's longest-running restaurants - was shut down late Wednesday by the city Revenue Department over what a notice posted on its door called "serious tax violations." The restaurant - which opened as Sonoma in 1992 and boasted one of the city's earliest... Read more

Tredici Enoteca: Zavino's snazzy sister

Friday, November 27, 2015, 10:11 AM
"Zavino's sophisticated sister" is how Greg Dodge bills his Tredici Enoteca, opening Monday, Nov. 30 on the southwest corner of 13th and Sansom Streets in Midtown Village. The wine bar was developed, Dodge says, as a waiting room for the original Zavino, his pizza/wine bar across the street, now four... Read more

Why Snockey's will close after 103 years

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 2:38 PM
The beginning of the end, says Ken Snock, was 2008. The restaurant business was smarting from a recession. Snockey’s, his family’s landmark, no-frills oyster house, was 96 years old. His parents and grandparents had weathered two world wars, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. Surely... Read more

Meet Martha, coming soon to Kensington

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 7:29 AM
If Charlie was a sinner - to invoke the name of a Philadelphia bar - then Martha is a hipster. East Kensington is just a few weeks from getting a cool neighborhood bar that’s been taking shape over the last year and a half at York and Martha Streets, just off Frankford Avenue. Martha (2113... Read more

Real-time (almost) restaurant inspection reports

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 4:08 PM
If a restaurant gets a poor health inspection, wouldn't you want to know about it right away? That's what's Sam Wood thought. The Philadelphia Health Department had been keeping its reports a secret for 30 days, and Sam's recent article got a lot of traction around the country. (The city's... Read more

New Habana: Cuban BYOB opens in Narberth

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 10:59 AM
Narberth has a new Cuban/Latin BYOB, as New Habana has opened in the ever-changing restaurant space that previously housed Carmine's Creole Cafe Act II. (Chef/owner John Mims said he closed to prep for a new New Orleans-style restaurant on North Broad Street.) Four friends are behind New Habana, whose... Read more

Victory opens brewpub in Parkesburg

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 10:33 AM
Old buddies Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet just opened their third Victory Brewing Co. brewpub in Chester County, joining other locations in Downingtown (1996) and Kennett Square (early 2015). The cleverly named Victory at Parkesburg (3127 Lower Valley Road in Parkesburg) is a big 'un - with seating... Read more

Girard on Girard: Breakfast in, dinner out

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 1:11 AM
Fishtown brasserie Girard on Girard (300 E. Girard Ave.) is moving its hours as it approaches its first anniversary. Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the restaurant will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday to Friday and at 9 a.m. weekends to serve to-go coffee, breakfast sandwiches, house-made pastries, and a $5 weekday... Read more
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