Sunday, November 23, 2014
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POSTED: Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:37 AM

Don't go to Suburban Station's newest shop if you're looking for a huge menu.

Milkhouse (where Moe's was next to "Track 1, Section A," 267-606-6757) sells panini-pressed grilled cheese sandwiches, soup, breakfast sandwiches, fries, milkshakes and La Colombe drip coffee.

Tommy Guest (Philly Pretzel Factory), Brendan Smith (Smiths in Rittenhouse) and Shannon Heil (back in restaurants after a break) were kicking around potential quick-serve food ideas, and quickly discounted burgers because, as Smith said, "everyone's doing them. But we wanted to stick to comfort food."

POSTED: Friday, November 21, 2014, 12:42 AM
Olivier DeSaintmartin at Roti.

To update the crop of projected restaurant openings over the next eight weeks or so:

Mere hours old is The Crazy Sofa, a sushi/small plater, next to the Regal theater in Newtown Square (the former Roux 3).

Any day now, Collingswood will see the debut of Local Market and Cafe (714 Haddon Ave.), which will sell foods to go or eat-in and will have a coffee bar, deli, butcher, bakery and grocery sections.

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:33 PM

Four owners from four Latin lands are running Latin Flavor, a cafeteria-style restaurant opening Friday, Nov. 21 at 627 South St. (267-519-2027), a storefront whose previous occupants include Baklava Cafe and Gaja Gaja.

Aramis Ramirez is from Cuba, his wife, Francis Carrion, is Dominican, Maribel Martinez is from Puerto Rico, and her husband, Jose, is Salvadoran. (The men met working out at an LA Fitness in Cherry Hill. Ramirez owns Palmas del Mar, a restaurant in Willingboro.)

Latin Flavor is set up with a hot table with items such as pepper chicken, tripe, roast pork, fried pork, pigs' feet, oxtail, and Cuban-style wings. They're sold with sides as platters for $9 to $12. Sandwiches ($7 to $8) include a Cuban.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 11:05 PM
Colin Mason, chef at Sola. (DALLYN PAVEY)

Colin Mason, whose resume includes Fork, Nectar, Susanna Foo, and Kanella, has landed as executive chef at Sola, Brian Engler's BYOB in Bryn Mawr. 

He credits his appreciation for food to his time at a boarding school in Hershey, where he and his classmates worked the fields and grew their own produce for the campus.

Among his main courses are Ricotta Gnudi (hen of the woods mushrooms, squash, brown butter, pecorino, $22); Crispy Wild Striped Bass (roasted cauliflower, fregola sarda, tomato fennel sauce, $28); Pistachio-Crusted Alaskan Halibut (roasted Brussels sprouts, sunchoke puree, $34), and Roasted Duck Breast (warm grain salad, apple, cucumber, cumin-carrot puree, $34).

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 4:52 PM

The term "no-tip restaurant" - which is what people are attaching to Girard Brasserie in Fishtown - is a bit of a misnomer, say owners Brian Oliveira and Cristian Mora.

"It isn’t that we are banning tipping," says Mora, a welll-traveled Miami native who met Oliveira, a chef, last year while both worked at Parc on Rittenhouse Square.

"We’re not putting it on the guest to pay our staff’s salary. We are paying their salary. If [customers] go above and beyond and want to leave a true gratuity, which is the meaning of the word, by all means."

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:01 PM
Du Jour Market in Haverford opened in 2000.
Du Jour, the cafe that opened in 2000 in Haverford Square, will close after brunch Sunday, Nov. 30 and will be renovated as a White Dog Cafe.

Plan is to reopen in late February, said a spokeswoman for owner Marty Grims, who said the lease on Du Jour was up.

Grims' holdings include the Moshulu on Penn's Landing. The Du Jour at Commerce Square (2001 Market St.) is under separate ownership and is unaffected by this move.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 4:44 PM
Jim Miller, a server at the Fountain since it opened in July 1983, examines glasses as fellow servers prepare the dining room of the Fountain Restaurant. ( David M Warren / Staff Photographer, file )

Big day for the Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel.

On the same day it won yet another accolade from Zagat Survey, word came down that the city's most-decorated restaurant would stop dinner after Dec. 27, pending the hotel's closing sometime next year as it moves into the forthcoming Comcast Innovation and Technology Center.

William DiStefano, who rose from apprentice to head chef over 25 years, said the management team had decided to finish out its operation "with dignity. We want to give the Fountain its own designated departure time."

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 11:38 PM
AmazonFresh has launched in Philadelphia. (via Amazon)

With no fanfare, Amazon has entered the food-delivery arena in Philadelphia with the debut Monday night of its AmazonFresh service in Center City.

AmazonFresh delivers the usual supermarket grocery, perishable and pantry items plus products from specialty shops and restaurants in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

In addition, said AmazonFresh vice president Tom Weiland, orders can include the familiar Amazon complement of toys, electronics, and household goods - about 500,000 items, all told.

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