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Archive: March, 2012

'Roundeye Noodle Bar' renamed

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 5:50 PM
Last month's outcry from Asian activists has led entrepreneurs Shawn Darragh and Matyson chef Ben Puchowitz to drop the name "Roundeye Noodle Bar" from their business plan. They're now scouting a location for Cheu Noodle Bar. "Meaning behind Cheu: Very simple," they said in an e-mail blast. "Chewy... Read more

Tweed getting a new tenant

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 10:33 AM
Tweed, a bistro in the old TPDS space at 114 S. 12th St., went belly-up in June 2011. Ugly situation. Shut down cold. Furnishings ripped out. Building owner Howard Taylor says he has a new tenant, Brian Harrington, part of the group that owns City Tap House, Public House, Mission Grill, and Field... Read more

Win a piece of Jose Garces

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 4:38 PM
Here’s your chance to get Jose Garces in your kitchen. Well, not the Iron Chef himself, but a piece of his very memorable and public culinary success story. Garces is donating the serving tray that was originally crafted for his restaurant Chifa by artist John Luttmann - the one he used to serve... Read more

A boutique hotel for Chestnut Street?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 3:36 PM
This one is way, way under the radar: The Pomerantz building, which juts to the sky on the otherwise low-slung 1500 block of Chestnut Street, is being positioned as a boutique hotel with a bi-level restaurant on the top floors. Corporate records connected to a liquor license recently posted on the... Read more

Shake Shack installs a green wall

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 11:08 AM
Construction sites usually are drab affairs. Not the Shake Shack coming to the corner of 20th and Sansom Street this summer. The New York-based burger joint enlisted Mario Gentile and Philly's Shift_Design to design and build a living garden to make the plywood less like ... like plywood. A corner... Read more

Where will Oprah get her mac and cheese?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 10:41 AM
The Delilah's locations in Reading Terminal Market and 30th Street Station are closed, and it's not entirely clear why - other than it appears to be related to the soul fooder's bankruptcy filings in New Jersey. The Reading Terminal stand, on the prime aisle facing 12th Street since 1985, was the... Read more

Sommelier leaves town; Farmers' Cabinet taking over Blue Bear

Monday, March 19, 2012, 10:12 PM
Melissa Monosoff, one of the region's most honored wine experts, has relocated to that great wine region: Dallas, Texas. Working out of Savona in Gulph Mills, Monosoff won her master-sommelier credentials two years ago - becoming at the time the 15th female master sommelier in the world. "I got a great... Read more

Vernick coming to Rittenhouse

Monday, March 19, 2012, 5:20 PM
Philly is getting yet another pedigreed chef. Gregory Vernick, who spent most of his career in the Jean-Georges Vongerichten orbit, follows such recent imports as Joshua Lawler of The Farm & Fisherman (ex-Blue Hill at Stone Barns), Walter Abrams of Le Bec-Fin (ex-French Laundry), Andrew Wood of... Read more

On the James Beard short list

Monday, March 19, 2012, 3:23 PM
The James Beard Foundation went to Las Vegas to announce this year's finalists for James Beard Awards. And Philly was a big loser. Despite semifinalists in assorted categories (see here), only two will move on the finals of what is called the Oscars of the culinary world. Awards will be doled out... Read more

Rx reopening as Rimedio

Monday, March 19, 2012, 1:09 PM
Rx at 45th and Spruce Streets in West Philly, which closed over the winter in a still-unexplained management shakeup, is coming back. Soft opening will be Friday (3/23). Saturday (3/24) will be the first brunch service, followed by dinner. Keeping to the former use of the property as a pharmacy... Read more
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