Monday, July 28, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 7:59 PM
The Farmers' Cabinet at 1111-13 Walnut St. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

Just after one of bar owner Matt Swartz's landlords locked him out of two bars he was operating, the landlord of his third bar filed suit in Municipal Court to kick him out.

Main Line restaurateur Michael Wei, whose holdings include Yang Ming in Bryn Mawr, seeks more than $1 million in back rent, future rent and unpaid bills surrounding the Farmers' Cabinet, 1111-13 Walnut St.

Wei's company, Lucky Fortunes LLC, bought the building last year.

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:16 PM

Pizza destination Tacconelli's opens Thursday, July 17 after a move from its longtime digs across from Moorestown Mall. It closed in February after exhausting its appeals to its landlord following the expiration of its lease.

It is now in larger quarters in downtown Maple Shade at 27 W. Main St.

Setup is still a combination of tables and booths. Menu is still focused on pizza (now there are two Woodstone ovens), though Vince Tacconelli has added four salads and four pastas (including housemade gnocchi, cavatelli and ravioli).

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 10:51 AM

The folks from the hit Chinatown BYOB Xi'an Sizzling Woks have opened a second spot, taking over a building at 120 Chestnut St,., next to Buffalo Billiards and across from Han Dynasty.

Xi'an Cuisine & Bar - in soft-opening mode through Sept. 1 - has a lot going on with its three floors, all served by an elevator just inside.

Ground floor is a bar, stocked with a few wines, a few bottled beers and the makings of cocktails. You can eat at the bar or at high-tops.

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 3:00 AM
The four flavors competing for a spot on grocers' shelves and $1 million.

Frito-Lay, the potato chip company, is crowd-sourcing a new flavor of Lay's, and a Deptford nurse is one of four finalists.

Meneko Spigner McBeth says she recalled her Japanese grandmother as she conjured up Lay’s Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger Potato Chips.

On Monday, July 28, she will be joined by Lay’s in Deptford Mall to celebrate her potato chip. The event will be open to the public.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 4:21 PM

Turns out, Food Network's Chopped Teen Tournament is teeming with Philly area high schoolers.

The five-part series features 16 culinary whiz kids who are given ingredients and are asked to make magic, just as pro chefs do ordinarily on the show.

Winners from each episode will head to the finale on Aug. 12, where the winner gets $25,000 and a culinary school scholarship.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 3:29 PM
Wajih Abed and Fergus Carey at Fergie's new beer garden, 1214 Sansom St. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

Everybody is getting into the pop-up beer garden act, Fergus Carey was saying to himself recently.

Fortunately he and business partner Wajih Abed have an empty lot next door to their Fergie's Pub at 1214 Sansom St.

Starting Wednesday, July 16, they'll have a tent, picnic tables, light strings, and 4 drafts (Sixpoint Apollo Wheat, Sierra Summerfest, Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale and Angry Orchard Cider, all $6).

POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 2:03 PM
Dining room at Avance, 1523 Walnut St., Philadelphia. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

Avance - Justin Bogle's upmarket American on Walnut Street - seems to have dodged a bullet.

Its landlord's demand for eviction is on hold, per a filing yesterday in Common Pleas Court.

Avance's initial landlord was chef Georges Perrier, who operated Le Bec-Fin there for three decades. But Perrier lost 1523 Walnut St. in a sheriff's sale.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 11:22 PM
The future Tuk Tuk Real at 429 South St. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)
What is a Thai taqueria?

We're about to find out.

Thai chef Alex Boonphaya, who owns Circles Contemporary Asian Cuisine, is partnering with his Mexican-born sous chef, Silvestre Rincon, on a place called Tuk Tuk Real, which they describe as a taqueria merging Thai and Mexican influences and ingredients.

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