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POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 4:52 PM

The term "no-tip restaurant" - which is what people are attaching to Girard Brasserie in Fishtown - is a bit of a misnomer, say owners Brian Oliveira and Cristian Mora.

"It isn’t that we are banning tipping," says Mora, a welll-traveled Miami native who met Oliveira, a chef, last year while both worked at Parc on Rittenhouse Square.

"We’re not putting it on the guest to pay our staff’s salary. We are paying their salary. If [customers] go above and beyond and want to leave a true gratuity, which is the meaning of the word, by all means."

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:01 PM
Du Jour Market in Haverford opened in 2000.
Du Jour, the cafe that opened in 2000 in Haverford Square, will close after brunch Sunday, Nov. 30 and will be renovated as a White Dog Cafe.

Plan is to reopen in late February, said a spokeswoman for owner Marty Grims, who said the lease on Du Jour was up.

Grims' holdings include the Moshulu on Penn's Landing. The Du Jour at Commerce Square (2001 Market St.) is under separate ownership and is unaffected by this move.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 4:44 PM
Jim Miller, a server at the Fountain since it opened in July 1983, examines glasses as fellow servers prepare the dining room of the Fountain Restaurant. ( David M Warren / Staff Photographer, file )

Big day for the Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel.

On the same day it won yet another accolade from Zagat Survey, word came down that the city's most-decorated restaurant would stop dinner after Dec. 27, pending the hotel's closing sometime next year as it moves into the forthcoming Comcast Innovation and Technology Center.

William DiStefano, who rose from apprentice to head chef over 25 years, said the management team had decided to finish out its operation "with dignity. We want to give the Fountain its own designated departure time."

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 11:38 PM
AmazonFresh has launched in Philadelphia. (via Amazon)

With no fanfare, Amazon has entered the food-delivery arena in Philadelphia with the debut Monday night of its AmazonFresh service in Center City.

AmazonFresh delivers the usual supermarket grocery, perishable and pantry items plus products from specialty shops and restaurants in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

In addition, said AmazonFresh vice president Tom Weiland, orders can include the familiar Amazon complement of toys, electronics, and household goods - about 500,000 items, all told.

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.

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