Saturday, September 5, 2015

Tashan to close

Friday, September 4, 2015, 5:12 PM
The end has come after four years for Tashan, the upmarket Indian-inspired bar-restaurant at 777 S. Broad St. The last day will be Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day. Owner Munish Narula called it "a great ride. We won all kinds of awards." But ultimately, it boils down to finances. Just like his idol Danny... Read more

Honeygrow to join King of Prussia Town Center project

Friday, September 4, 2015, 1:56 PM
Honeygrow, the fast-growing, homegrown quick-serve specialist, has signed on for a corner space at the massive King of Prussia Town Center, now under construction next to the Wegmans. Honeygrow will join a few out-of-town brands, including Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, Fogo de Chao (the Brazilian... Read more

Temperance House in Newtown reopens

Friday, September 4, 2015, 1:28 PM
The Temperance House in Newtown Borough, Bucks County, closed for nearly two years, is back under new ownership. Melissa Corea, a business coach, and Kevin and Debbie Tate are now behind the landmark at 5 S. State St. (215-944-8050). It also has 11 guest rooms, one of which may be haunted. Chef Arturo... Read more

New chef at Taproom on 19th

Friday, September 4, 2015, 11:31 AM
South Philadelphia's Taproom on 19th (2400 S. 19th St.) has signed on Chris Speero as executive chef, starting this week. He replaces Christina DeSilva. Speero's upscale stoner-food menu - that's what the Taproom is known for - will come online this fall. His specialty will be housemade pappardelle... Read more

Attorney general objects to hospital's idea to sell wine

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 10:10 AM
Nearly 1,400 bottles of wine could go down the drain after all. The Attorney's General Office objects to an idea by Chester County Hospital to sell a collection of wines that had been seized from a couple's collection. Chester County Court Judge Edward Griffith on Thursday heard arguments about the... Read more

Philadium Tavern reopens

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 1:06 AM
Five months after it was shut down over back taxes, the Philadium Tavern at 1631 Packer Ave. near the sports complex in South Philadelphia is coming back. Reopening is set for the evening of Thursday, Sept. 3. It will be pretty much the same, say staffers, who put the downtime to good use, cleaning... Read more

Chef Alex Capasso is said to be working on a plea deal

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 1:38 PM
An attorney for chef Alex Capasso, arrested on federal child-porn charges in late July, is working out a plea deal, according to documents in federal court. Capasso, 41, remains held in a Washington, D.C., prison pending a preliminary hearing on Sept. 24, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office... Read more

High-end steakhouse to open at SugarHouse

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 11:00 AM
Expect a slew of frog imagery and puns in the next few months in connection with the first steakhouse to open in Philadelphia in a few years. Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, a brand of the Chicago-based Gibsons Restaurant Group, will open a branch inside SugarHouse Casino on Delaware Avenue... Read more

Food trucks and beer, together at a cancer walk

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 9:59 AM
Two big firsts will be marked Sept. 13 at the City of Hope’s Women’s Cancer Walk. One is a food truck and beer-pairing competition - six trucks whose dishes will be paired with beer. Can't remember ever seeing one of those. The other is an early chance to taste the wares of The Daily... Read more

OpenTable: Philly has 5 top 'foodie' restaurants

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 10:49 PM
OpenTable, the reservation site, is out with its 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America list, and Philadelphia has five of them. It should be noted that four are BYOBs, a surprising fact given the current emphasis on cocktail culture. Bibou: Pierre and Charlotte Calmels' recently renovated South... 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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