Monday, July 6, 2015

Garces test kitchen in Center City is moving forward

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 9:44 AM
The Garces Group got a thumbs-up Tuesday night from the Center City Residents' Association for its planned test kitchen/restaurant, which will occupy the Walnut Street side of Garces' headquarters at 24th and Walnut Streets, at the foot of the Walnut Street Bridge. A Garces rep says the company in... Read more

Tuk Tuk Real closing, becoming Circles Thai

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 11:37 PM
Sunday, June 28 will be last night of Tuk Tuk Real, the "Thai taqueria" mashing up the Thai cooking of chef Alex Boonphaya and the Mexican cooking of his sous chef, Silvestre Rincón-Tellez, at 429 South St. The location will reopen by late July as the third location of Circles Thai. From 6:30... Read more

Now open: b. good in Wynnewood

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 4:08 PM
Thursday, June 25 is opening day on the Main Line for the healthy fast casual restaurant b. good. For her second Philadelphia-area location, Deb Lutz of Bryn Mawr has taken the former Qdoba shop in Wynnewood Square Shopping Center on Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood. The area's first b.good, in Marlton... Read more

Beast & Ale closed for renovation

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 3:42 PM
Brown paper covers the windows of Beast & Ale, the bar/restaurant at 4161 Main St. in Manayunk, and its website is down. A rep says it's closed for renovation. She did not specify the nature of the renovation, the fate of one of Philadelphia's most extensive collections of mounted taxidermy, or... Read more

Don Quixote Tapas & Things: Spanish bites off South St.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 10:10 AM
Entrepreneur Vanessa Flacco is about three weeks from opening Don Quixote Tapas & Things, a Mediterranean BYOB, at 526 S. Fourth St. in Queen Village. The space has been a number of restaurants since the 2008 shutdown of its best-known occupant, Django. It was last Delicias. Flacco says the atmosphere... Read more

Psst. Chef Walter Staib is alive and well

Monday, June 22, 2015, 7:10 PM
Today's news of the death of former White House chef Walter Scheib has not gone unnoticed in Philadelphia. Not because he cooked for the Clintons and Bush 43 but because his name sounds similar to that of chef Walter Staib, the very visible operator of City Tavern in Old City and host of A Taste of... Read more

Friday Saturday Sunday being sold after 42 years

Monday, June 22, 2015, 4:16 PM
Friday Saturday Sunday - the lone survivor of Philadelphia's restaurant renaissance of the early '70s - will be sold this summer, as 40-year owner Weaver Lilley has found a buyer willing to keep the name and overarching romantic setting of the two-story Rittenhouse bar-restaurant. Chad Williams,... Read more

Rapidough Pizza moving to West Chester

Monday, June 22, 2015, 11:08 AM
Rapidough Pizza Pies has closed its shop in Collegeville's Providence Town Center after a year in favor of a storefront in downtown West Chester. Brothers Tom and Nick Farrell, who specialize in pizza, calzones and salads, are moving closer to their original restaurants (Tom's owns the Classic Diners... Read more

30-plus restaurants opening this summer

Monday, June 22, 2015, 2:23 AM
As 2015 ticks toward the midpoint and spring yields to summer, here is a rundown of assorted restaurant projects expected to open in the next three months or so. "Or so" is the operative phrase; restaurants' gestation periods are wildly hard to predict. The summer will see two Chinese destinations... Read more

Barbacoa South Philly getting off the street

Friday, June 19, 2015, 11:41 PM
For the last year and a half, the husband-wife team Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez have run a weekend-only food cart outside of their South Philadelphia home. Their specialty is barbacoa, specifically the lamb and pancito tacos of Martinez's native Mexico, which The Inquirer's Craig LaBan listed... Read more
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