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Archive: September, 2012

Last call at Rum Bar

Monday, September 24, 2012, 1:47 PM
Adam Kanter took to Facebook to announce the closing of Rum Bar, his spirited Caribbean themer at 2005 Walnut St., after 5½ years. Last call will be Saturday, Sept. 29. "We were able to achieve a rare balance," he wrote. "Our concept was built to be 'Everything to some people' and what we... Read more

Christopher Lee confirms his return to Philly

Friday, September 21, 2012, 5:48 PM
Christopher Lee - who won four bells awhile back at the Starr-owned Striped Bass - is returning to Philly. Of course he's going to East Passyunk, the hottest strip in town. Lee and team will join Joe Massara at Salt & Pepper at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., which is currently operating. Right now, Lee... Read more

Main Line Restaurant Week is back for fifths

Friday, September 21, 2012, 2:27 PM
Entrepreneur Sarah Lockard was plugging away at her online lifestyle magazine in early 2010, "pounding the pavement" looking for sales opportunities when she began considering the restaurants in her backyard. "The big cities had already done it," she said. "But I saw that wealthy... Read more

Chef chat: David Katz to N.J.; Eric Paraskevas to new project

Friday, September 21, 2012, 1:38 PM
David Katz - consulting chef at Morgan's Pier and late of Center City's Meme - will be doing the I-295 shuttle as he has landed at the forthcoming Tavro 13 - the former Old Swedes Inn in Swedesboro. Katz will consult with Terence Feury at the opening in mid-October and will develop the wine list to... Read more

How many bells for the new Le Bec Fin?

Friday, September 21, 2012, 9:37 AM
Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan returns to Le Bec Fin to see life under new owners Nicolas Fanucci and chef Walter Abrams. Review runs Sunday, Sept. 23 in the Arts & Entertainment section. Earlier this year, LaBan dropped LBF - under outgoing owner Georges Perrier - from four bells to two... Read more

Old City's Triumph Brewing listed for sale

Friday, September 21, 2012, 9:25 AM
Triumph Brewing Co., the brewpub operating at 117 Chestnut St. for six years, is listed for sale with InnSite Hospitality Properties. According to a flyer making the rounds, it's a turn-key operation including a 13,000-square-foot facility, al assets, liquor license, and brewing equipment. The listing... Read more

Spaghetti pop-up in Haddon Heights

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 10:51 AM
Deck the halls with meatballs. The Haddon Heights Neighbors Night Out Committee is billing Sunday's alfresco spaghetti and meatball dinner as the world's largest - "or at least Haddon Heights' largest." Organizers will serve on a blocked-off Station Avenue between White Horse Pike and Atlantic... Read more

Vesper Club building is up for sale

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 10:24 AM
It's not easy being a proper, old-guard dining club in the unbuttoned 2000s. The Vesper Club, founded in 1941 and run over the years by the Tyrell and later the Harron families, earlier this year sold its landmark building on Sydenham Street (the alley between 15th and 16th) between Walnut and Locust... Read more

Pub & Kitchen's Clark has eyes on the Meme space

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 10:06 AM
One popular parlor game - at least among the nerds who play guessing games about vacant restaurants and their fates - is "Who will take over 2201 Spruce St.?" That spot, once home of Melagrano, was Meme until late July, when chef David Katz opted out. The closing sent a bunch of folks rushing to... Read more

It's restaurant week season

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 10:55 AM
Restaurant week season is upon us. Through Sept. 22: New Jersey Restaurant Week. See site for participating restaurants. Through Sept. 23: Conshohocken's More Than the Curve amasses a dozen or so restaurants for $30 and $35 prix-fixes. Monday, Sept. 24-Sunday, Sept. 30: Around Main Line's restaurant... Read more
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