Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sbraga is sued over Juniper Commons

Monday, August 24, 2015, 1:16 PM
Top Chef Kevin Sbraga is being sued by the company that installed the kitchen equipment for Juniper Commons, his ill-starred restaurant at Broad and South Streets, which closed in May after less than six months. Clark Food Service Equipment, of Lancaster, filed a complaint Friday in Philadelphia Common... Read more

Cafe Nola returning, in spirit, to South Street

Monday, August 24, 2015, 9:08 AM
Cafe Nola, which enjoyed a 15-year run on South Street until 1996 before a series of moves throughout the neighborhood, is being revived in its original location, at least in spirit. Original owner Bill Curry is converting Redwood, his bar at 328 South St. and next door to his Copabanana, into Hurricane... Read more

Saxbys Coffee opens in Washington Square West

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 11:29 PM
Saxbys Coffee has opened its 30th cafe nationwide, taking the southwest corner of 11th and Locust Streets in Washington Square West, replacing a hair salon and dog school in a rather caffeinated part of town. It's the Philly-based chain's second city location to open this year, and has 45 seats. Next... Read more

Center City's Melting Pot moving to N.J.

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:55 PM
The Melting Pot location at 1219 Filbert St., across from the Convention Center Marriott, will close in the next month, as it has found a new home in South Jersey. The corporate office of the fondue franchise confirmed last February that it was location-shopping. Its new home will be 584 Route 38... Read more

'Gay Pizza' reopening as Pizzeria Cappelli

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 4:15 PM
"Gay Pizza" is coming back, straight away. The shuttered late-night slice destination 13th Street Gourmet Pizza (209 S. 13th St.) - known in the Gayborhood as "Homo Hut" and "Gay Pizza" - is being revived. Mike and Andrew Cappelli of Cappelli Brothers Cigar Co. next door said they did not want to... Read more

Zac's Hamburgers joins lineup at Lincoln Financial Field

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 6:00 AM
Aramark released the list of new food options for the Eagles season at Lincoln Financial Field on Wednesday, Aug. 19. The big news is the arrival of Zac's Hamburgers, which has four locations in Delaware County. Its stand, next to Section 125, will sell double burgers, the "Zac Pack" (four single... Read more

Dunkin' Donuts expanding to Chinatown corner

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 2:32 PM
The former Wawa location at 11th and Arch Streets in Chinatown has a new tenant. It'll be Dunkin' Donuts, said Jason Winig of Winig Properties, who brokered the deal. It is expected to open this fall. Which should delight few people, given that there's a Dunk two blocks away on Market Street and... Read more

Bon Appetit's best new restaurant? Not in Philly

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10:42 AM
Philly newcomers Townsend and Dizengoff made Bon Appetit magazine's list of 50 nominees for the best new restaurant in America a few weeks ago. Alas, though the high-end French restaurant on East Passyunk and the Rittenhouse hummus shop represent opposite ends of the dining spectrum, the magazine... Read more

Menu beef: There's only one John's Roast Pork

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10:07 AM
John Bucci of John's Roast Pork seems relieved over a quick resolution to his beef with an alleged pork purloiner. One of his customers, visiting the MaGerk's Pub & Grill location in Bel Air, Md., noticed a "John's Roast Pork Sandwich" on the menu. The description (screen-grabbed below) called... Read more

What do Pennsylvanians drink most?

Monday, August 17, 2015, 4:24 PM
Pennsylvanians really like their Jack Daniel's, as well as Fireball, Captain Morgan, and Grey Goose. Those brands ranked in the top five sellers, according to data from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The top-selling hootch in 2014-15 was the 750ml bottle of Jack Daniel's Black Label, a $22... Read more
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