Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Gnocchi returning to Queen Village

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 5:08 PM
Gnocchi - Sandro Frusone's homespun Italian BYOB just steps from Fifth and South Streets - is coming back, a year and a half after the space was rented to another restaurateur. That trattoria, Spitalieri's, closed recently. This will be Frusone's second comeback to the spot at 613 E. Passyunk Ave... Read more

Chef Kulp injured his spinal cord in Amtrak crash

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 4:37 PM
A representative for chef Eli Kulp says he suffered a severe spinal cord injury during the May 12 Amtrak train derailment. The injuries to Kulp, 37, are described as significant and will require many months of rehabilitation, but he has already shown early signs of recovery, his rep, Clare Pelino... Read more

Pizzeria Vetri sets opening date for Rittenhouse

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12:21 PM
The Vetri crew has set an opening date of June 2 for the Pizzeria Vetri location at 1615 Chancellor St. Partner Jeff Michaud says it will be open seven days for lunch and dinner and will maintain somewhat later hours on weekends. The location is tucked away on a side street just off Rittenhouse Square... Read more

'Hell's Kitchen' winner to get chef's job at Gordon Ramsay's pub at Caesars

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 11:30 AM
Could Fox's Hell's Kitchen have more Philadelphia-area references? Gordon Ramsay's series always seems to have a local chef in the cast, and the current season - number 14 - had two. Milly Medley - who works at Triple Play Bar & Grill (1643 W. Hunting Park Ave.) and is about to open Food for... Read more

Philly food to represent on 'The Chew'

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 10:51 AM
Action News' Alicia Vitarelli will be on ABC's The Chew today with segments on three Philly food people. Jose Garces will represent his Distrito restaurants with a demo of his mother's recipe for ceviche de camarones. Joe Cicala of Le Virtu and Brigantessa will make pasta alla mugnaia, his signature... Read more

Beer garden to set up at Tall Ships Festival

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 5:00 AM
Is everyone hosting a pop-up beer garden this summer? DrinkPhilly has won the nod to produce a patio beer garden with the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn's Landing to accompany the four-day Tall Ships Festival. Tall Ships Tavern, as it's billed, will operate June 25 to June 28 on the Philly side... Read more

A literal pizza boom in Wayne

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 3:27 PM
Wayne may be one of the most pizza-ed of the Philadelphia suburbs. At the moment though, the commercial area is down two parlors. Vecchia, the Neapolitan pizza specialist that opened last October at 134 N. Wayne Ave., in the former newspaper building next to Great American Pub, has been closed since... Read more

Bar Hygge: New brewpub from Earth Bread + Brewery

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 11:44 AM
The brewpub boom is spreading to the city. While upstart Crime & Punishment in Brewerytown wends its way through a nightmarish spool of red tape, know that Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver of Mount Airy's Earth Bread + Brewery are part of a deal for a brewpub in the new 1720 Fairmount, a mixed-use... Read more

Center City Sips returning

Monday, May 18, 2015, 11:12 AM
"Ginger" is the secret word this summer as Center City District Sips returns for its warm-weather series of Wednesday happy hours It runs June 3 through Sept. 2 with 80-plus bars and restaurants offering $4 wines, $3 beers, half-price appetizers, and $5 cocktails that feature this year's promotion partner... Read more

Robeks opening juice and smoothie shop in Suburban Square

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 10:06 PM
Monday, May 18 is the launch date of the first Philly suburban location of Robeks, the fruit juice and smoothie specialist. It's in Suburban Square in Ardmore, filling the space last occupied by Crumbs Bake Shop. Local franchisee Kimberly Berger also has a truck that stops at such city locations... Read more
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