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POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 9:00 AM

High Street on Market - the casual next-door offshoot of Old City's Fork (at 308 Market St.) - has been named the No. 2 new restaurant in the United States by Bon Appétit magazine.

The magazine sent Andrew Knowlton on cross-country eating trips. His list of 50 top restaurants was culled to a "hot 10."  Serpico - Peter Serpico's edgy American on South Street - was part of that short list.

No. 1 on Bon Appetit's list is Rose's Luxury in Washington, D.C.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:00 AM

Nick Foles, yeah-yeah-yeah.

The Eagles' defense, uh-huh.

Mark Sanchez, whatever.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 5:00 AM

For its next production, FringeArts is getting ready to raise the curtain on La Peg, a brasserie, in its headquarters at Columbus Boulevard and Race Street, across from Race Street Pier.

La Peg (140 N. Columbus Blvd., 215-375-7744) has set the opening date as Aug. 25 - six years to the day that executive chef/operator Peter Woolsey opened his first restaurant, Bistrot La Minette in Queen Village. (Both times, he and his wife, Peg - yes, "La Peg" - had newborns to care for at the time, as well.)

La Peg's opening also will be 10 days before the start of the 18th Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:59 PM

Eight years into the Pub on Passyunk East, Dennis Hewlett has ventured into Northern Liberties for his second bar-restaurant, due to open Aug. 22.

Bardot (447 Poplar St., 267-639-4761) is a world - a continent - away from the P.O.P.E.

Think blues/jazz/R&B/soul laying down in the background vs. a soundtrack of rock and roll.

POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014, 9:58 AM
Chef Andy Wagner (left) and Marcus Versace are the prospective owners of Resurrection Ale House.

Andrew Wagner, a chef, and Marcus Versace, a bartender, have stepped forward as the prospective new owners of Resurrection Ale House.

The deal, which I reported on July 31, is pending approval by the Liquor Control Board.

As Resurrection's fifth anniversary neared, current owners Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft said they were "making space in our lives for something new." The couple also owns Memphis Taproom, Strangelove's, and Local 44.

POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 11:39 PM

Tommy Up and Sarah Brown of PYT and Emmanuelle have launched the Yachtsman (1444 Frankford Ave., 267-251-3234), a retro tiki bar in Fishtown.

Chris Thomas and Greg Charnock, who designed Pizza Brain, have enlisted artists including Pedro Ospina (who fashioned a Moai-like head out of the plastic bed of a truck) and Nick Bader. They based the place's look on a fictional yachtsman.

"It's a tiki interpretation of Pee-wee's Playhouse," Thomas said. The bar is made of thatched grass and reclaimed wood. 

POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 11:04 PM

Nick Sanfratello has done a little of this and a little of that. He was an early adopter of vegan cuisine with World Cafe on Fourth Street near South a quarter-century ago.

His next stops were in what we now know as Southwest Center City, where he operated clubs/bars Café Limbo and the Bongo Room.

More recently, he opened Nick's Vegan Cafe in a Strawberry Mansion building he bought in 2006, across from Fairmount Park and next to the John Coltrane House.

POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 3:00 AM
Kim and George Mickel at By George! in Reading Terminal Market. (Michael Klein /

Reading Terminal Market is getting a burger stand, which will fill the prime space on Center Court formerly occupied by Tokyo Sushi Bar, across from The Original Turkey.

Tokyo - the market's sole Japanese-theme tenant - left at the end of May after its lease was not renewed due to what market general manager Paul Steinke called several factors, including quality control and customer complaints.

The burger stand, whose name has not been set*, will be run by George and Kim Mickel, who for 24 years have owned the Italian stand By George! on the Filbert Street side near Iovine's produce. More recently, they opened Mezze, the popular Mediterranean stand

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