Monday, February 8, 2016

Maya.J: Global small-plates come to Manayunk

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 12:22 AM
The cozy Maya.J, opening Wednesday, Feb. 3 in Manayunk at 4371 Main St. (267-297-8961), is a homecoming for chef Craig Wilson, who worked on the Main Street strip years ago before heading to New York. Partnered with high school chum Eric Weinstein, a psychologist, Wilson executes a locally sourced... Read more

Saige Cafe plans 6 locations in town

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 11:29 AM
Saige Cafe, an upstart with locations in Toms River, N.J., and at Temple University, has ambitious plans for Center City this year. Owner Ehsan Wahdat says the first Saige location with a liquor license is being targeted for a June or early summer opening in the new apartment building at 2116 Chestnut... Read more

Report: PYT in New York has closed

Monday, January 25, 2016, 11:38 PM
The East Village blog EV Grieve reports the apparent demise, after three months, of the New York City outpost of PYT, the burger bar that got its start at the Piazza at Schmidt's before it closed last fall. The blog notes that a for-rent sign hangs in the window at 334 Bowery. The shutdown also covers... Read more

The Foodery to open branch in Phoenixville

Monday, January 25, 2016, 3:20 PM
The Foodery - the beer emporium with locations in Washington Square West, Northern Liberties, and Roxborough - is planning a location in Phoenixville. Jack Lee says he's taking a former dollar store at 325 Bridge St., up the street from Vecchia Pizza, with a spacious (7,000-square-foot) store. He... Read more

Baking, spice, wine: Drexel books a chef conference

Monday, January 25, 2016, 9:56 AM
Drexel University's 2016 Philly Chef Conference, which showcases the latest food and beverage ideas, is set for March 6 and 7. The first day, open to the general public, will feature educational lectures on such topics as food waste, hunger, the history of the cocktail, and kitchen science. The... Read more

Snow restaurant baby: Meet James Styer

Monday, January 25, 2016, 9:16 AM
Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki Styer of East Passyunk's Fond and Belle Cakery surely knew that a January due date could mean a snow baby. Saturday evening - at the height of the blizzard - they rushed to the hospital from their South Philadelphia home. False alarm. They went home. Monday morning... Read more

Out of ruins, a new Primo Hoagies shop in Old City

Saturday, January 23, 2016, 3:13 PM
Way back in November 2013, Pat McGovern and Dan Shoemaker went before Old City neighbors to explain their plans to convert a souvenir shop at 304 Market St. into a Primo Hoagies shop. They got a thumbs-up, and they got a yea during a hearing in January 2014 before the city zoning hearing board. The... Read more

Beer growlers, delivered in Phila.

Friday, January 22, 2016, 2:11 PM
In late 2014, restaurateur Chris Fetfatzes asked the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board how his restaurants could legally deliver beer to customers' doors. The LCB's chief counsel issued an opinion, and what followed was a run in the state on "transporter-for-hire" licenses, allowing businesses to... Read more

Honeygrow to host pop-up dinners

Friday, January 22, 2016, 1:29 PM
Progress has caught up to Honeygrow, the stir-fry/salad quick-serve specialist that in less than four years has gone from one location to six (with more on the way). It needs to revamp the first location, in Center City at 110 S. 16th St, just above Sansom, so it will close for five or six weeks,... Read more

Snow won't stop The Wild Burrito's opening

Friday, January 22, 2016, 10:23 AM
It's good strategy to make nice with your new neighbors. Joe Carpenter knows that a few flakes of snow are expected to fall Saturday, Jan. 23, but he'll open his Wild Burrito shop anyway at 2015 E. Moyamensing Ave. (215-336-9453) in the Pennsport section. He'll start slowly, handing out comp hot chocolate... Read more
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