Sunday, November 23, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:35 PM

Now open: The Radnor branch of the Pietro's pizza empire.

Pietro’s Pizzeria & Birreria (236 N. Radnor-Chester Road, 484-367-7072) joins locations in Center City and on South Street, as it sets up next to Honeygrow and Hubbub Coffee.

Pietro's partners Pete and Nick Pashalis, along with Pete’s brother-in-law, John Lois, also own the Estia Greek Taverna at the opposite end of the strip center across from the Radnor High football stadium.

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:07 PM
An industree event in Washington, D.C. (via industree)

Industree, a restaurant-industry networking group founded last year in D.C., is setting up in Philadelphia.

The launch event - the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 24 at Distrito in University City - will be a panel discussion called The Heart of the House.

Lily Cope of the Rittenhouse demo kitchen COOK wiill moderate as Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Abe Fisher, Federal Doughnuts), Chris Kearse (Will), Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo, Lolita, Jamonera, Little Nonna’s), Ben Puchowitz (Cheu Noodle Bar) and Joe Cicala (Le Virtu, Brigantessa) weigh in to give war stories. The event will start at 2:30 p.m. with food and networking, and will segue into the program, followed by a Q&A.

POSTED: Sunday, November 16, 2014, 11:43 PM
The Fisherman during breakfast Saturday, Nov. 15. (via Facebook)

Some proud folks from Phoenixville have taken to Facebook to keep a restaurant afloat.

Back over the summer, blogger Beth Lennon - who writes about retro topics on Retro Roadmap with Mod Betty - noticed that her hometown favorite, The Fisherman off Route 23, had closed.

It's not a cheap pun to call The Fisherman a throw-back. It's hard to get more retro than this family owned spot that opened in 1960 and served breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tasty food, fair prices, spotlessly clean.

POSTED: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9:53 PM
Cafe Nola, 414 S. Second St. (MICHAEL KLEIN /

The future in Society Hill is cloudy for Cafe Nola - a name that has been part of the Philadelphia restaurant scene since 1981.

Earlier this month, management of the Creole/Italian restaurant on Second Street across from Headhouse Square lost a protracted battle against its landlord over unpaid rent, according to Common Pleas Court records. Judge Bradley Moss found in favor of the landlord for $45,234 and awarded the premises to the landlord. He also ordered that $28,218 held in an escrow account be forwarded to the landlord.

Nola remains open and its lawyer, Raheem S. Watson, said he expects it to remain so through the holidays and for the foreseeable future.

POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 4:12 PM
Rendering of new Hai Street Kitchen by Olaya Studio.

Judging by the lunchtime lines, one of this year's great hits in fast-casual food in the city has been Hai Street Kitchen, whose corporate master - Genji - bills it as a Japanese burrito shop.

They're on a roll, all right.

Another location is on the way early next year: 125 S. 40th St. in University City.

POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 3:42 PM

Step off the elevator onto the third floor of the SouthStar Lofts at Broad and South Streets during most workdays and you may be greeted by cooking aromas and, to add a touch more cheese, the strains of Lionel Richie.

Behind the door of one apartment is the office-slash-test kitchen for Kevin Sbraga's forthcoming restaurant, Juniper Commons.

When Juniper Commons opens on SouthStar's ground floor - and the target is mid-December - Greg Garbacz, the chef de cuisine, and Francis Hagan, the sous chef, will have a full kitchen, including a custom 5-foot hearth for spit-cooking of chicken, hogs, lamb and fish.

POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 2:22 AM
Samantha Orskog, chef at Friday Saturday Sunday. (WEAVER LILLEY)

Friday Saturday Sunday in Rittenhouse - what Rick Nichols calls "Center City's longest dinner" - has been a study in consistency over its 41 years in business:

The cream of mushroom soup, the upstairs Tank Bar, the laid-back vibe.

And the man in the kitchen.

POSTED: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 4:17 PM

Instacart - the grocery-delivery service that promises your goods within an hour - has been on a tear recently with its partnerships.

Want booze? The service has LCB approval to send bottles your way. A few things from the supermarket? Depending on your zip code in the Philly area, Instacart will drop off foodstuffs from assorted stores, including Acme, SuperFresh and Green Aisle Grocery.

In its latest move, which started this week, it is using its shoppers to deliver from 32 participating merchants in Reading Terminal Market.

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