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Archive: July, 2012

POSTED: Friday, July 27, 2012, 10:36 AM
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Saturday is the 2012 Vendy Awards, coming to the lot at 39th and Market Streets. If you can't go, you're still in luck.

The winners of the 2011 and 2012 Philadelphia Vendy Awards will roll into Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.  for the first ever Winners’ Oval Event.

The Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the Street Vendor Project will sponsor this pay-as-you-go picnic.

POSTED: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 4:24 PM
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Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico of Hawthornes in Bella Vista will spring the lock on their new bar, The Cambridge, on Aug. 1. It's at 1508 South St., in the former Tritone.

Fetfatzes describes the join as "a corner bar in the middle of the block." Interior is full of reclaimed items.

Bar will have 24 draft beers, 20 in bottles (all sours), 12 or so wines, 8 cocktails, 30 six-packs to go. Beers will be available in pints, half-pints, and 11-ounce pours. Free snacks will be served during the 4-to-6 p.m. happy hours.

POSTED: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 3:44 PM
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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 Jack Chen, who owns Sakura Mandarin at 11th and Race Streets in Chinatown, and first-time restaurateur Ben Wang. Post-postmodern design includes a white, underlit bar, a changing-light wall in the dining room, and a wooden arch that serves as a transition between bar and dining room.

Menu highlights include dandan noodles and dumplings in chili oil from the Szechuan side, and - here they go with fusion - a spicy tuna gyoza appetizer, featuring fried wontons encasing a spicy tuna mixture serves atop guacamole.

POSTED: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 11:56 AM
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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 triple bypass surgery July 10.

POSTED: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 11:47 AM
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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

POSTED: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 10:33 AM
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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.

POSTED: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 10:19 AM
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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 Passyunk Avenue side) of the Singing Fountain at 11th and Tasker.

Valet service will be offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 till midnight.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 12:48 PM
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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 serving visibly intoxicated persons last month; the case originated in April 2011.

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