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POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 3:06 PM

Perhaps as soon as Saturday, Oct. 18, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby will open V Street, the couple's vegan bar off Rittenhouse Square (126 S. 19th St.), next to Zama.

Where their Washington West vegan restaurant Vedge is more of a dinner destination, they envision V Street as more of a drop-in - a stop during a night out. No reservations. You're on your own.

The narrow space, a former salon, is set up with an eight-seat bar in front, followed by a 20-seat dining room with white-painted brick walls and bare-topped tables. Two high-tops and six seats at a counter in the open kitchen should be the "fun" spot. You can chat up sous chef Jeremy Scullin and try to place his accent. (He's from New Zealand. You know, Kiwis are vegan.)

POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 10:50 AM

Shake Shack's first Philly location selected the Mural Arts Program as its charity partner when it opened two-plus years ago.

As part of the arrangement, 5 percent of the sale price of the Center City Pretzel frozen custard concrete goes to Mural Arts.

Now the relationship has moved beyond quiet fundraising efforts.

POSTED: Monday, October 13, 2014, 1:53 PM
High Street Grill in Mount Holly. (via Facebook)

High Street Grill in Mount Holly, which marked its 10th anniversary in August, will shut down after business Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Owners John and Nancy McDevitt, who relocated to California two years ago, took to Facebook to say that it was impractical to run the bar-restaurant by long distance:

"We leave with mixed emotions and heavy hearts. It was here that we built long lasting friendships, shared many wonderful events with so many people, and built a livelihood, together, as a team."

POSTED: Monday, October 13, 2014, 11:58 AM
Frida Kahlo, a self-portrait.

Raul Castro, who co-owns the Washington Avenue Mexican restaurant Plaza Garabaldi, is a fan of the artist Frida Kahlo.

So much so, that he has selected Frida as the name of his second restaurant, which should open sometime next year at 1000 Wolf St., the corner of 10th and Wolf Streets that formerly was Gavone's and Priori's

The liquor application was posted last week.

POSTED: Monday, October 13, 2014, 12:59 AM
Sarah Morrison and Reading Terminal Market manager Paul Steinke in City Kitchen. (MICHAEL KLEIN /

Reading Terminal Market is full of fresh food and the merchants who sell it.

Now, they will get a way to show it all off.

Sarah Morrison, who founded All About Events in 2006, landed the market's in-house catering contract earlier this year. More recently, All About Events was also chosen to run the market's demonstration kitchen.

POSTED: Monday, October 13, 2014, 12:30 AM

Broad and South Streets is an area on the way up.

On the northeast corner, Kevin Sbraga is opening Juniper Commons this fall at the new SouthStar, with Big Gay Ice Cream planned for late fall next door and the relocated Sansom Kabob House due to arrive down the block.

Two blocks away, at the southwest corner of 16th and South, Calexico, a New York-based California-style Mexican, is slllloowwwly coming together for a projected mid-November opening. A few doors down, at 1612-16 South, is Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill, also due to open in mid-November.

Now open: Little Spoon Cafe (1500 South St., 267-587-6559), a sweet little fast-casual at the southwest corner of 15th and South Street, formerly the Baja Room.
POSTED: Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3:49 PM
Michael Che reading the "no-tip" story on "Saturday Night Live."

The idea of a restaurant that asks its customers not to tip has made Saturday Night Live.

It's Girard, the brasserie coming to Fishtown this fall.

It was referenced - though not by name - Oct. 11 by Michael Che on "Weekend Update."

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2014, 2:56 PM
Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft. (Sarah J. Glover / Staff Photographer)

Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft are continuing their expansionist ways.

The couple, who own Memphis Taproom, Local 44, and Strangelove's, are fixing to take over the newly shuttered Best House Pizza at 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue and install a beer bar called Clarkville.

The West Philly Local notes a Twitter account and website with that name.

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