Sunday, February 14, 2016

Le Castagne in Rittenhouse has closed

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12:01 AM
Le Castagne, one of the posher Italian options in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, closed "indefinitely" last weekend after 14½ years, according to its voicemail. The liquor license is being sold, and the future occupant of 1920 Chestnut St. is rumored to be an Indian restaurant. The shutdown... Read more

MilkBoy on the move with 2 new locations

Monday, February 8, 2016, 11:03 AM
MilkBoy, the music venue/bar/restaurant at 11th and Chestnut Streets, is adding not one but two new spots. It's also added a new executive chef: Chris Beyer, formerly of Tinto, Village Whiskey, and JG Domestic. The first new venue, due to open in April, will be a somewhat smaller offshoot at Fourth... Read more

Snap Kitchen: Going big with healthy food to go

Friday, February 5, 2016, 12:58 PM
Go big or go home. Snap Kitchen, an Austin, Texas-based company specializing in prepared foods aimed at health-conscious customers, will open seven shops in the Philadelphia area this year, starting with two on Saturday, Feb. 6 - at 243 Market St. in Old City and at 1901 Callowhill St., next to Buena... Read more

Saté Kampar brings Malaysian fare to East Passyunk

Friday, February 5, 2016, 12:30 AM
East Passyunk's impressive mixture of culinary styles is getting a dose of Malaysia. Feb. 10 is opening day of Saté Kampar (1837 E. Passyunk Ave.), a BYOB from Angelina Branca and her husband, John. Ange Branca, a strategist for large corporations such as Deloitte, Fujitsu, and IBM, named... Read more

Sbraga taps an old hand as chef at Sbraga

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 1:09 PM
Michael Rouleau, who started at Sbraga as a line cook at its 2011 opening, is now the Broad Street restaurant's chef de cuisine. The Connecticut-bred Rouleau had left Kevin Sbraga's employ for six months starting in late 2013 (around the opening of The Fat Ham), working at Art Cavaliere's In Riva... Read more

24: Jose Garces' next restaurant is coming to 2401 Walnut

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 2:19 AM
Few restaurateurs take as much time to open as Jose Garces and his crew. The Olde Bar and Volver took months, as details painstakingly were worked out. His next Philadelphia project is at least two years in the making. It was February 2014 when Garces let on that he was developing a cafe for the... Read more

Kosher food at the Wells Fargo Center

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 4:29 PM
Stadiums and arenas around the country offer kosher food for fans who observe. Aramark, with Kosher Concessions LLC, is setting up a stand at the Wells Fargo Center behind Section 120/121, next to the Flyers Fan Experience, for all arena events starting Feb. 8. It will be closed Friday nights, during... Read more

The revival of Southwark in Queen Village

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 4:04 PM
Chef Chris D'Ambro and fiancee Marina de Oliveira are starting a new chapter at Southwark, the tavern at Fourth and Bainbridge Streets in Queen Village. Official debut is Wednesday, Feb. 10. Southwark, named after the neighborhood, opened in fall 2004 under Kip and chef Sheri Waide, turning the corner... Read more

Can chef Matt Levin beat Bobby Flay?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 12:00 AM
It takes a certain level of confidence to go on the Food Network series Beat Bobby Flay to cook against the New York-bred celeb Iron Chef. Chef Matt Levin named one of his Philly restaurants Adsum - Latin for "I am here." Levin, executive chef for Brûlée Catering at the National Constitution... Read more

Armenian style: apricotstone in Northern Liberties

Monday, February 1, 2016, 11:14 PM
Northern Liberties can add Armenian cuisine to its restaurant roster. Syrian-born Fimy Ishkhanian - who ran the now-shuttered Fimy's Kitchen locations in Narberth and Bala Cynwyd before moving to Toronto, where she ran a catering operation - has returned to the area in a low-key, lower-case way with... Read more
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