Saturday, February 6, 2016

Archive: July, 2012

Spice 28 is open at 13th and Chestnut

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 3:44 PM
You get Asian fusion from one chef, and Szechuan from another chef at Spice 28, which soft-opened last week at 1228 Chestnut St. (215-928-8880) It's just off the corner of 13th and Chestnut, basically on the doorstep of the 13th Street restaurant row. Liquor license is about a month out. Owners are... Read more

Have a heart: 943 is returning

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 11:56 AM
Pascual "Pat" Cancelliere, chef/owner of the Italian/Argentinean BYOB 943 in the Italian Market, says he felt muscular pain while lifting one of his kids. He visited his doc, who gently suggested that he needed heart surgery - and fast. Cancelliere - and yes, guys, he is 44 years old - underwent... Read more

Five (not) bizarre questions for Andrew Zimmern

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 11:47 AM
Andrew Zimmern appears at the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival: THURSDAY JULY 26: 8-11pm Pool Side Launch Party at Harrah’s Resort FRIDAY JULY 27: 8-9 p.m., book signing at Circus Maximus Theater SATURDAY JULY 28: 10 a.m.-noon Bizarre Brunch with Andrew Zimmern at Atlantic... Read more

New Old City steakhouse already for sale

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 10:33 AM
Six months after it opened, the steakhouse Reserve at 123 Chestnut St. is being marketed. A solicitation is making the rounds, offering the swank spot, which occupies 9,325 square feet of space in the Corn Exchange, for $499,000 including the liquor license. Reserve is still in business. Reserve... Read more

Valet parking coming to East Passyunk

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 10:19 AM
The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corp. is dealing with the explosion of restaurants on East Passyunk. Right after Labor Day, two valet slips will be set up. One will be on the 1600 block of East Passyunk (more or less from El Zarape to Mr. Martino's); the second will be on the western side (the... Read more

Mad River in Old City shuts down

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 12:48 PM
Mad River, which opened eight years ago in the old Middle East restaurant on Chestnut Street near Second in Old City and developed all the charm of a frat party, is dark. A note from management on its website steers clientele to its Manayunk location. State records show it paid a $1,000 fine for... Read more

A beer garden for Chestnut Street; cupcake shop in Wash West

Monday, July 23, 2012, 2:47 PM
Teddy Sourias, who owns Finn McCool's and Prime Lounge at 12th and Sansom Streets, is working on a beer garden - name not set - at 1318-20 Chestnut St., the former Mitchell & Ness store. He has an architect and designer lined up, and goes before the Washington Square West Civic Association to discuss... Read more

Zahav wants to expand

Friday, July 20, 2012, 6:55 PM
Zahav - the Israeii destination restaurant in Society Hill Towers - needs more room. (Well, of course. It needs to house that fourth bell.) There's a hearing set for Aug. 1 for its bid to add space to the east, which was a recording studio when Zahav opened in 2008. Co-owners Steve Cook said he... Read more

First look at Blue Belly BBQ

Friday, July 20, 2012, 11:10 AM
Since popping onto the scene five years ago with Cochon BYOB at Passyunk and Catharine in Bella Vista, Gene Giuffi has been one of the city's leading proponents of the carnivorous life. He's about to get a new, smaller outlet a couple of hundred feet west. In the minuscule store at Sixth and Catharine... Read more

Make way for Cheesecake Factory ... maybe?

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 3:23 PM
It's about to get mighty quiet on the east side of the 200 block of South 15th Street. Then it's going to get mighty noisy, what with the bulldozers and cranes and such. A new four-story building is planned for the southeast corner of 15th and Walnut Streets, and the current tenants are dropping... Read more
About this blog
Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here.

Michael Klein Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter