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POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 11:57 PM
Chefs/owners Angelo Polito and Georgeann Leaming at Suppa, 1040 N. American St. (MICHAEL KLEIN /

Philly represents on the April 22 episode of Food Network's Chopped (10 p.m.) when chef Georgeann Leaming - half of the team from Suppa on Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties - will compete.

Of course, no results are being divulged and the only description is this bit of vagueness from Food Network:

"In the first basket, the fryer gets pretty crowded as the chefs race to make crispy chicken wings, and the chefs are challenged to make African peri peri rub work in their dishes. Then in the entree round, a difficult cut of meat and a salty sandwich spread challenge the remaining chefs. A surprising final ingredient in the dessert round will be the final test to determine the Chopped Champion."

POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 3:15 PM

The operators of the Loews Philadelphia went far beyond the mere idea of swapping out restaurants as part of a renovation of the hotel at 12th and Market Streets.

Designers cut a front entrance to Market Street and created a new lobby lounge out of part of the former SoleFood restaurant.

This handsome new space has a large-screen TV and a bar that backs into the new restaurant, Bank & Bourbon (1200 Market St., 215-231-7300), which opens officially on Wednesday, April 9.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 11:41 AM

We all love the new restaurants, the hot chefs, the glitz and the flash. But there's something to be said for longevity, for those who tough it out in the trenches of the restaurant business for years. In "Dine-Hards," a new series, I chat with those veterans.

Dmitri Chimes

"This thing right here - I have only one explanation why we've been here so long," says Dmitri Chimes, sweeping a big hand from the counter to the minuscule dining room of Dmitri's at Third and Catharine Streets on a recent afternoon.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:44 AM
Village Whiskey, 20th and Sansom Streets. (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)

It may serve what many think is the top burger in the city, but Village Whiskey has no plans for a drive-thru - despite a cab's hitting the facade overnight.

On Facebook, the Garces Group said the restaurant at 20th and Sansom Streets would open on time at 11 a.m.

The damage, per Facebook.

POSTED: Monday, April 7, 2014, 2:51 PM

Two restaurants are gunning for openings on Monday, April 14:

Chip Roman (Blackfish, Mica, Ela, Tradestone Cafe/Confections) is opening The Treemont in the former Tietra space at 231 S. 15th St. (just above Locust Street, in the Aria building). He and partner Victor Fellus moved the staircase from the south wall to the north wall of the restaurant, which afforded more seating. They also brightened the second floor. Roman describes the food - executed by chef de cuisine Rob Sidor - as reminiscent of the seafood-centric, modern American style of Blackfish and Mica but "price-conscious." He hopes to appeal to the neighbohood

Jill Weber and Evan Malone (Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516) are putting finishing touches on Cafe Ynez, a Mexican spot inside Malone's NextFab Studio at 2025 Washington Ave. It will serve breakfast/brunch, lunch and dinner and will specialize in Mexican coffees and rotisserie chicken. It will be BYOB.

POSTED: Monday, April 7, 2014, 10:48 AM
The now-gone restaurants: The Steps, Hotel Tremont, Liberties, Totaro's, The Astral Plane, East Philly Cafe. (MICHAEL KLEIN /

While cleaning out the apartment of my late Aunt Fran and Uncle Joe, we found hundreds of restaurant matchbooks - a testament not only to their love of world travel but to Fran's overarching disdain of cooking.

The matchbooks, collected from the '60s to the '00s, offer a snapshot of restaurants' fleeting lives. They also represent a significant fire hazard.

Remember these Philly spots? Know what occupies these bricks now? Add your thoughts to the comments, and I'll post a follow-up with further explanation.

POSTED: Monday, April 7, 2014, 2:24 AM

You can gut, rebuild and reopen a landmark pub so quietly that no one really knows what's going on till a week before opening.

Hats off to Reed Barrow and his associates, who are finishing the work on the former Artful Dodger at Second and Pine Streets in Society Hill.

They're calling it Society Hill Society, and they want to maintain the historic neighborhood's chill corner tavern tradition. Grand opening is set for Saturday, April 12.

POSTED: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 3:21 PM

Dallas-born Penn grad Audrey Chang was in private equity two years ago when, pretty much as an experiment, she started baking macarons and selling them at Suburban Station.

The novelty caught on quickly. Macarons - those round, sweet, spongey filled sandwiches - are French. Chang's are packed with Asian flavors.

Her business turned into a mail-order enterprise that morphed into a wholesale line, in which she'd supply local coffeeshops.

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