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Archive: November, 2012

Want to buy a famous restaurant?

Sunday, November 25, 2012, 9:30 AM
Gilmore's restaurant racked up the awards in its 11 years on Gay Street in West Chester. Since chef-owner Peter Gilmore elected to shut the BYOB's doors last July, it's been empty. But you can buy the joint, clean it up, and be a restaurateur. The listing, by Linda Theuer of Prudential Fox &... Read more

Chef Sam Jacobson bowing out of Sycamore in Lansdowne

Saturday, November 24, 2012, 11:15 PM
Sam Jacobson, who'd won great notices as chef at Lansdowne's Sycamore BYOB, says he's leaving in about 10 days. Jacobson started at Sycamore nearly four years ago, taking over from opening chef Meg Votta, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2009. He also was chef at NoBL, the nearby BYOB that recently... Read more

Weekend must-tries: New Italian; beer!; tasty leftovers

Friday, November 23, 2012, 11:28 AM
Italian restaurants seem to be the Big (Old) New Thing. I told you about the brand-new Eatalia in Fishtown the other day. Cast your eyes to Lumberton/Mount Holly, where the Lamberti folks will open a new casual concept, Italyani, on Friday, Nov. 23. Italyani - a dinner house replacing Lamberti's Milano... Read more

Must-visit gastropubs in Philly area

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 2:34 PM is out with a list of the 10 gastropubs in the Philly area deemed "must visits." This round-up of "drink-happy eateries" was produced by's Danya Henninger and was culled from the 2013 Zagat Survey, which I edited based on surveyors' comments. No. 5 - for example - was Pub &... Read more

Eatalia: New Italian BYOB

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 12:46 PM
Frank Crocetto spent six years working at Old City's Trattoria del Ghiottone, followed by eight years managing its then-sister restaurant, Il Cantuccio in Northern Liberties. Crocetto moves out on his own this week with Eatalia, a simple Southern Italian BYOB at 2723 E. Cumberland St. in Fishtown... Read more

My, oh my: A latte that tastes like pie

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 10:27 PM
As if the pies aren't rich enough at Magpie Artisan Pie Bakery & Boutique (1622 South St.), Holly Ricciardi has introduced a line of lattes whose syrups are made in-house, as well as hot chocolate with house-made vanilla bean marshmallows. A latte reminiscent of her Buttery Caramel Apple pie includes... Read more

Thanksgiving dinner on a waffle

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 12:17 PM
High concept: Put Thanksgiving dinner on a waffle. Vernana Beuria (or "V," as everyone calls her) is doing just that at Chhaya Café (1823 E. Passyunk Ave.), her South Philly cafe. The entree ($12) includes sausage and sage stuffing, topped with turkey, cranberry sauce, and gravy. V is serving... Read more

'Upscale' Taco Bell is planned

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 9:51 AM
Wondering about the zoning notice at 1035 Chestnut St.? Plan is for it to become not just an ordinary Taco Bell, but an "upscale" Taco Bell, run by Danny Patel, who owns several Dunkin Donuts franchise shops. Zoning hearing is set for Dec. 5. Read more

Shake Shack heading to London

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 9:40 AM
Danny Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group announced today that Shake Shack will open a location in London’s Covent Garden in mid-2013. The modern-day "roadside stand," which opened its Philly outpost at 20th and Sansom Streets over the summer, sells burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard... Read more

Le Virtu planning an enoteca

Monday, November 19, 2012, 3:14 PM
This is way early, but the crew from South Philly Italian gem Le Virtu is planning another location. Concept is enoteca, with wines by the glass, local craft beers, and small-plate Southern Italian fare. Chef Joe Cicala recently traveled to Italy, and will capitalize on his findings. Location is... Read more
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