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Archive: May, 2012

Bar soft-openings

Friday, May 25, 2012, 12:46 PM
Noir, the '40s/'50s-theme gastropub from Marcos Decotiis (formerly of La Stanza), is aiming for a June 4 soft-opening at 1909 E. Passyunk Ave., dovetailing with Philadelphia Beer Week. Next door, at 1911 E. Passyunk, chef Chris Kearse is about two months from opening Will, a BYO. Hop Sing Laundromat... Read more

Federal Donuts in Center City: The French (Fry) Quarter

Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 1:28 PM
The second Federal Donuts shop is pegged for a former video store at 1632 Sansom St. As tipped on the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog, owners Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook attended the Center City Residents Association's zoning committee meeting last night to pitch the idea. Given that there's a... Read more

Media: Land of a thousand restaurants

Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 5:55 AM
Can you name a town in the Philly suburbs with more restaurants per square mile than Media? Dining destinations such as Doylestown, Cherry Hill, Ardmore and even West Chester don't come close to the Delaware County seat. Three newcomers have joined the borough's mix in the last two months: Diego’s... Read more

Sharpen the knives: Benihana is sold

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 1:34 PM
Now that it's gotten out of the Philadelphia news business, private equity fund Angelo, Gordon & Co. has bought Benihana, the Japanese steakhouse chain. There are locations in Pennsauken and Plymouth Meeting. Benihana announced that it will go private in a $296 million deal. Flashing knifes,... Read more

Remembering 'Morning Glory's' Sam Mickey

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 1:20 PM
Samantha “Sam” Mickey, who made brunch cool again in 1997 when she opened Morning Glory Diner at 10th and Fitzwater Streets, died May 12 after a long battle with brain cancer. She was 44 and leaves behind three kids, ages 12, 10 and 7. Jenny Greer, who's been running the diner since Sam... Read more

Iron Hill to open brewpub in Voorhees

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 1:00 PM
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has inked a lease for its 10th location and the second in South Jersey as it is taking a spot at Voorhees Town Center (nee Echelon Mall). Opening is targeted for this winter. Its 9th location, Chestnut Hill, seems to be going great guns. In a statement, Iron... Read more

Erin go home: Phillly bars shed 'Celtic' themes

Monday, May 21, 2012, 4:36 PM
The Sixers are getting love from five traditionally Irish eateries, which are giving up their Celtic spirit today. The Plough & the Stars in Old City is going by The Plough & the Sixers Fado: Traditional Irish Fare in Center City > Fado: Traditional Sixers Fans McGillin's Olde Ale House... Read more

'Top Chef: The Tour' is coming to Philly

Monday, May 21, 2012, 10:57 AM
Bravo is sending its customized “Top Chef” 18-wheeler around the country, and it will stop at JFK Plaza on May 30 with chefs Jennifer Carroll of Philly facing her Season 6 rival Eli Kirshstein of Atlanta in a series of cooking battles in front of a panel of judges and audience members. Shows... Read more

Fish coming back

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 5:49 PM
Updated (Sunday morning) Fish, at 13th and Locust Streets, should not only be back in business this week, it will be expanding. Fish was closed over the weekend after what Stollenwerk described Saturday to Eater Philadelphia and to me as a dispute with his investors. But his investor, lawyer Evan... Read more

University City notes: Garces plugs, Han Dynasty opens

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 9:08 AM
Dan Dan noodles for University City: Han Chiang has soft-opened his fifth location of the Sichuan palace Han Dynasty, taking over the former Midatlantic in the University City Science Center at 3711 Market St. (215-222-3711). Chiang changed little in the woodsy-meets-industrial space, but gutted the... Read more
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