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Archive: February, 2012

The economics of a free Krispy Kreme doughnut

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 3:20 PM
Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts for Fasnacht Day (or Mardi Gras). Anyone thinking, "Oh, poor Krispy Kreme. They're really taking a bath today," is mistaken. Though he declined to disclose specific numbers, Krispy Kreme franchisee Brian Zaslow said sales at his four area shops would be... Read more

General Lafayette Inn is back on the market

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2:58 PM
The General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill is back on the market. Sovereign Bank, which acquired the property in a foreclosure, is asking $1.35 million. The inn, on Germantown Pike just north of Chestnut Hill, was last operating as a brewpub. It closed in September 2010. Kevin Barmann of Keller... Read more

Pie shop for South Street

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2:20 PM
The stretch of South Street west from Broad Street sure is seeing life.* Former Philly ad exec Holly Ricciardi is behind Magpie Artisan Pie Bakery & Boutique, a vintage/modern 20-seater (plus 8 at the counter) due to open at 1622 South St. in June. Magpie's opening list includes sweet pies (such... Read more

Semifinalists announced for James Beard Awards

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 1:00 PM
The James Beard Foundation has released its so-called long list - the semifinalists for this year's awards. The list of finalists will be released March 19, and the awards themselves will be handed out May 7. (See PDF for complete list.) Of Philadelphia note Best New Restaurant (with LaBan links):... Read more

More locations

Monday, February 20, 2012, 1:01 PM
A third West Ave Grille is on the way: Redwood Shopping Center on Route 232 in Southampton, the former City Kitchen. Opening is due in mid-March. And Chickie’s & Pete’s keeps rolling up more locations. Next up will be the former J.B. Dawson’s in Drexel Hill's Pilgrim Gardens... Read more

The Saint James facing a delay

Monday, February 20, 2012, 11:54 AM
Restaurateurs hoping to open in the city are almost guaranteed a challenge to their liquor licenses. Neighborhood associations want assurances that these bars won't become nuisances, or that they won't otherwise detract from the quality of life. Oppositions to liquor licenses in most suburban towns... Read more

Check out Alla Spina

Sunday, February 19, 2012, 7:55 PM
One of the more exciting restaurant projects I've followed from inception to opening is Alla Spina, the Italian gastropub from Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud, and Jeff Benjamin. It's on Mount Vernon Street west of Broad, just a half-block from Osteria and next door to Stephen Starr's Route 6 and Joe Volpe's... Read more

Brick American Eatery to debut

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 9:43 PM
Restaurateur Jolly Weldon (Jolly's Dueling Piano Bar, Mammoni, et al) is behind Brick American Eatery, at 1708 Lombard St. (267-639-9440), whose "sneak peek" debut is penciled in for Friday, Feb. 17. This spot was last Fish (and for many years was Astral Plane) before its recent move to the corner... Read more

Piazza's Speck, er, Raw to become a beer bar?

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 5:01 PM
What to do with that grand white elephant at the Piazza at Schmidt's that was first known as Speck (never opened) and then as Raw at the Piazza (briefly opened)? Raw's Tony Rim confirms that he is trying to line up a deal that will partner him with the crew from Old City's Red Zone. The plan is a... Read more

Noir to replace Sticks & Stones

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 4:50 PM
Marcos Decotiis, who's been working at La Stanza at 20th and Oregon (he was seen in the restaurant's appearance on the Food Network's Restaurant Impossible last summer), is taking over at 1909 E. Passyunk Ave. That space was Sticks & Stones before landlord Anthony Criniti locked out S&S's... Read more
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