Friday, October 9, 2015

Spread Bagelry opening in University City

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 3:28 PM
Montreal-style Spread Bagelry - which has been a hit in Rittenhouse since its March 2013 opening - is on the rise. Owner Larry Rosenblum has inked a lease for a second location, where it will fill the vacancy left by Pizza Rustica at 36th and Chestnut Streets in University City. Jacob Cooper of MSC... Read more

Choose the logo for Fishtown Social

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 10:20 AM
Vanessa Wong has the concept nailed down for her forthcoming wine bar called Fishtown Social (1525 Frankford Ave., up the street from La Colombe), What she needs is a logo. She enlisted the services of Andrew Shearer and Russell Edling of Narrator Design, who came up with two finalists. In a novel... Read more

The collab spirit: Turning wine grapes into beer

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 2:16 AM
As the warm September sun burnished the gently rolling hills of Karamoor Farm in Fort Washington, a group of workers shuffled among the rows of plump merlot grapes in the vineyard, sharp shears in hand. The purple bunches filled bright yellow tubs. A tractor pulling a flatbed picked up the tubs to... Read more

Hai Street planning an offshoot, Wok Street

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 3:31 PM
Hai Street Kitchen - the high-flying sushi-burrito concept from the parent company of Genji (and no relation to High Street on Market) - hopes to open a spinoff, about three blocks from its Rittenhouse location. The Center City Residents' Association on Tuesday Sept. 29 will hear plans for Wok Street... Read more

Cedars in Queen Village reopens after a renovation

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 11:46 AM
After nearly 30 years on Second Street below South in Queen Village, Cedars owner Ghassan Sawan said the restaurant needed a change. Cedars, one of the city's oldest Lebanese restaurants, has reopened after a summer-long, top-to-bottom renovation. The overall layout is similar but it's been decluttered... Read more

Hey, kids! Cantina's goat burrito makes a best-of list

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 10:36 AM
Best-burrito lists have a way of bypassing Philadelphia. The 215 is not exactly a Mexican hotbed, on a national level. But wait. The Daily Meal's third annual list of the 35 Best Burritos in America includes the goat burrito from Cantina Los Caballitos on East Passyunk Avenue. "A flour tortilla is... Read more

Eateries that did well during pope visit

Monday, September 28, 2015, 2:46 PM
Restaurateurs all around Center City are venting about nonexistent business during the papal events. We now hear from Larry Rosenblum of Spread Bagelry, on 20th Street just north of Spruce, who apparently turned his lemon into lemonade. (Can't think of a similar analogy in the bagel world.) Rosenblum... Read more

What's chef Jason Cichonski doing at Xfinity Live?

Monday, September 28, 2015, 11:58 AM
The operators of Xfinity Live, planning an expansion earlier this year, wanted something new to complement its collection of bars. Spectrum Grill, the chophouse at the entertainment center at the South Philadelphia sports complex, was on the way out. But what to do there? Glenn Sutch, who oversees... Read more

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill closes

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 10:57 PM
Heirloom's 3½-year run at the top of Chestnut Hill has come to a close. The quaint regional American BYOB shut down Sept. 20. Per a note on its website, the decision was "not easily made, as Heirloom has been the little special place of our company." The company owns the nearby Paris Bistro... Read more

Food options on the Parkway for the masses

Friday, September 25, 2015, 1:09 PM
Visitors to the World Meeting of Families events on the Ben Franklin Parkway on Saturday and Sunday will have extensive food options. Given the security zone, event vendor Aramark will have a captive audience for much of the two days. Here is the menu, which will be served at various stands. Not... Read more
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Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here.

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