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Archive: August, 2012

Karma gets a would-be scammer at an Old City bar

Monday, August 27, 2012, 9:50 AM
You restaurateurs (and law-abiding citizens) will appreciate this story from Old City: A patron at Bierstube - Mike Naessens' bar at 206 Market St. - kept ducking out to catch smokes. In between, he bought drinks for people around him and ran up a $90 tab eating and drinking. Naessens says the bartender... Read more

'Top Chef' contestant Jennifer Zavala lands at Farmers' Cabinet

Friday, August 24, 2012, 1:16 PM
Chef Jennifer Zavala has joined the kitchen crew at Grainery Restaurant Group (aka The Farmers' Cabinet). Other than saying she will collaborate with executive chef Chris Allen, company reps declined to outline her duties. Zavala, who appeared on Season 6 of Bravo's Top Chef (forever known as Jen... Read more

Reading Terminal Market's 'Mr. G' passes

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 10:55 PM
Charles Giunta Sr., father of two longtime Reading Terminal Market merchants and a fixture known as Mr. G., died unexpectedly Wednesday night at age 87. Mr. Giunta, a longtime meat cutter, was the father of Martin, of Martin's Quality Meats & Sausages, and Charles Jr. of Giunta's Prime Shop. He... Read more

Diner en Blanc: A pop-up dinner for 1,300

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 10:27 PM
Thirteen hundred spirited folks showed up at Logan Circle Thursday night for Philadelphia's first outing of Dîner en Blanc, which you might regard as a combination flash mob and pop-up picnic, intended to provide a midsummer night's communal experience. Everyone wears white and totes his/her... Read more

Opening soon: Tietra (um, not Titra)

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 12:33 PM
For the better part of the year, as Victor Fellus and John Frankowski plotted out their Italian-Mediterranean bistro in the Aria at 15th and Locust Streets, the name was hanging out there. Titra or Tietra? Signs called it "Tietra," while Fellus insisted that was a typo - that the place was named... Read more

Update: Saint James aims for fall opening in Ardmore

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 11:58 AM
Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500 Degrees) and chef Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) are gearing up for their year-in-the-making bistro in Ardmore's Suburban Square, The Saint James (30 Parking Plaza, 610-649-6200). The guys, shooting for late September, say they're offering a solution to those Main Liners... Read more

Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth at Caribou Cafe

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 12:06 PM
Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth shot a few scenes for the thriller Paranoia on Tuesday at Caribou Cafe, 1126 Walnut St., as well as at the Beasley Building across the street. The movie stars Hemsworth as a guy who messes up in his corporate job and is forced by his boss (played by Gary Oldman) to... Read more

Restaurant notes: Seafood on South St., Vetri makes Bon Appetit

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 3:49 PM
Let's catch up with a few odds and ends: David Ralic of Ralic's Steakhouse in Haddonfield is planning to cross the Ben to open a seafood concept at 117-119 South St., the former Mallorca and short-lived Black Angus. The name and menu are TBA. Marc Vetri's recipe for Slow-Roasted Glazed Pork Shoulder... Read more

Free waffles on Friday

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 3:08 PM
The Bonte shops (922 Walnut St. and 130 S. 17th St.) will give away mini-sugar waffles from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Read more

Elixr's move is set for next week

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 2:07 PM
Life may be relaxed right now at Elixr Coffee (207 S. 15th St.) as the barista pulls the shots. But there's a furious hammering and sawing underway for Elixr's new location, a block away on Sydenham Street (that side street off of Walnut between 15th and 16th, behind the Chipotle that was Susanna... Read more
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