One Shot getting a new shot

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When One Shot Coffee moves from Liberties Walk to a much larger building nearby in Northern Liberties, owner Melissa Baruno will get help in... Read more

Meatballs from Marabella

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Tired of burger shops? How about meatballs. Marabella Meatball Company, a mostly quick-serve operation, is planned for 1211 Walnut St., next... Read more

Restaurant notes: Whelihans expanding; what's up at Doc's

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- PJ Whelihans is going into the former Primavera Pizza Kitchen in Downingtown, aiming at a late fall opening. This will be the 13th restaurant... Read more

What's coming: Biba, Tria's "fun little cousin"

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Jon Myerow is saying "the end of August" for the opening of Biba in the Left Bank in University City (3131 Walnut St., 215-222-2422)... Read more

Restaurant notes: July heats up with openings

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Nothing like a few restaurant openings to make life in July a bit more interesting. Days old, and opening for lunch Monday (7/12), is the... Read more

Restaurant notes: Sushi in Fairmount; bistro in Montco; fish 'n' chips in Haddonfield

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In this post, I'm going to think small, with regard to new restaurants. - Dasiwa is under construction in the old corner store at 26th... Read more

Raw video: A peek at Adsum

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Chef Matt Levin and entrepreneur Kar Vivekananthan just took the paper off the windows of their bistro, Adsum (700 S. Fifth St., 267-888-7002)... Read more

Honey's Sit 'N Eat branching out

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Honey's Sit 'N Eat, the most popular breakfast/brunch spot in Northern Liberties (and darn good for dinner), just signed for a second location... Read more

Restaurant notes: 500° to return Tuesday; Jet Wine Bar on the way

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- 500°, the burger joint at 1504 Sansom St. shuttered by fire on June 4, will return Tuesday (delayed a day), says owner Rob Wasserman... Read more

First look: Olive on 3rd

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Sunday will mark the soft opening of Olive on 3rd, Christine Fischer's cozy BYOB in the former Ava at Third and Gaskill Streets -- between... Read more

¡Ole! for Wayne

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Downtown Wayne is getting two restaurant projects with Latin elements. One, on the books for months and wending its way through approvals... Read more

Tweed: Twill open Thursday

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If you recall spots such as Odeon, Bistro Bix, TPDS, and Les Bons Temps, you’re familiar with their building’s two-story storefront... Read more

Restaurant notes: NYC chef taking Frederick's in Queen Village

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This one's far off and way under the radar, but I'll throw it out there: South Philly-bred chef Joey Campanaro -- who owns the little owl... Read more

What's Jose Garces doing at the Cira Centre?

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That Jose Garces is an All-American guy, for sure. The Ecuador-rooted, Chicago-bred chef-owner of Amada, Tinto, Distrito, and Chifa has been... Read more

Now (sort of) open: Mac's Tavern

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Mac's Tavern -- aka the bar at 226 Market St. in Old City owned by a bunch of St. Joseph's Prep alumni including Rob McElhenney and wife Kaitlin... Read more

Mike Stollenwerk of fish coming to Fishtown

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Leave it to Mike Stollenwerk of fish (and formerly Little Fish) to put the fish back in Fishtown. He has signed a lease at a former art gallery... Read more

Gatehouse Cafe coming to East Falls

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Entrepreneurs Gina Bostic and Adrienne Williams have set Tuesday (6/1) as the grand opening of the Gatehouse Cafe (3300 Henry Ave., 267-297-8234)... Read more

Diving Horse opening next week

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Tuesday, June 1* marks the grand opening of The Diving Horse (2109 Dune Dr., Avalon, N.J., 609-368-5000), the Shore BYO outpost of The Pub... Read more

Now open: West Side Gravy

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Alex Capasso has branched out from his Blackbird Dining Establishment to open the ultra-casual West Side Gravy a mile away in Collingswood's... Read more

Restaurant notes

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- Want to open a restaurant on the Avenue of the Arts? The now-empty Chew Man Chu space in the Symphony House at Broad and Pine Streets... Read more

Watching your calories

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Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, opening Sunday 5/23 in Glen Eagle Square in Glen Mills, is the latest project down the pike from Dave... Read more

New Tria spot has a name

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Here's more on the wine bar coming to 3131 Walnut St. from the Tria team, which I told you about a few months ago. Biba, up for August, will... Read more

Now open: Muntin

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Just goes to show you that when one pan-Asian restaurant closes (e.g. Chew Man Chu), there's another on the way. Doors opened Monday on Muntin... Read more

Free pork sandwiches

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Jake's Sandwich Board opens Monday (5/10) at 122 S. 12th St., near Sansom. (See previous.) They'll give away free pork sandwiches from 11... Read more

Opening: Bar Stella

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Stephen Starr's Pizzeria Stella (Second and Lombard Streets) is getting a bar next door, in the former pilates studio on the Second Street... Read more

(Finally) opening: City Tap House

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After 14 months in the making, what's a few more days? Monday (5/10) is the public opening of City Tap House on the Radian Balcony (3925 Walnut... Read more

Kraftwork in Fishtown: Pub or art gallery?

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My vote for the most stunning new restaurant is not the kitschy fun that is El Rey, or the drama that is R2L, or the sexiness that permeates... Read more

Munk & Nunn: The transformation of Manayunk's Zesty

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Tom Konidaris says he was sitting at the bar of his longtime Manayunk spot Zesty's, bemoaning the state of business with a customer/adviser... Read more

Restaurant notes

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More than 200 area restaurants will donate a cut of their dinner proceeds Thursday 4/29 for Dining Out for Life, a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS... Read more

To this politically connected lawyer, what's the wurst that can happen?

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When last heard from, longtime lawyer Michael Untermeyer was running for Philadelphia district attorney. Now, he's getting into a different... Read more

And where is your restaurant?

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Two Center City restaurants are going for the obvious in the naming department. City Grange, the restaurant inside the Westin in Liberty Place... Read more

On a roll in Wash West

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Gary Dorfman is moving Jake’s Philadelphia Cheesesteaks from the Liberty Place food court into a new storefront at 122 S. 12th St. (next... Read more

City Tap House sets May 10 opening

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May 10 is the target opening of City Tap House on the Radian's balcony (3925 Walnut St. University City, 215-662-0105), more than 14 months... Read more

Photo and menu time: El Rey

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Sunday (4/25) is the opening date for El Rey, Stephen Starr's casual Mexican diner at 2013 Chestnut St. Construction is just about finished... Read more

New Asian eatery coming to Center City One

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Muntin, serving a Chinese, Japanese, and Thai menu, is being readied for a May opening at 1326 Spruce St., the ground floor of Center City... Read more

Restaurant notes

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Tiffin's Wynnewood location (50 E. Wynnewood Rd.) will start serving Monday (4/19). Sunday (4/18) will be last call at Sly Fox's location... Read more

Steakhouse for Queen Village

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What Philly needs is a homey steakhouse alternative to the big Center City joints. A place with an Art Deco look that appears to have come... Read more

Shola to the Piazza

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Shola Olunloyo, who's been delighting foodies with ambitious private meals under the name StudioKitchen (after stops at Bleu and Blue Angel)... Read more

Le Viet: Styling in South Philly

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Le Viet -- one of the city's more polished Vietnamese resto-lounges -- has opened at 1019 S. 11th St. (215-463-1570), just north of the CVS... Read more

Restaurant notes

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Philly fans of genuine Mexican grub used to trek out to the New Garden Shopping Center in Kennett Square to sit among farm workers at Taqueria... Read more

Bobby Flay rolls into town

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Bobby Flay is in Philly to usher in the fifth location of Bobby's Burger Palace, his casual operation providing a counterpoise to his high-end... Read more

Tweed coming to 12th Street

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Its facade now shrouded in plywood, the long-planned restaurant project at 114 S. 12th St. is due to open in mid to late May. And it has a... Read more

First peek: El Rey

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El Rey -- Stephen Starr's Mexican diner on the site of an old Greek diner at 2013 Chestnut St. -- is still on target for its April 25* opening... Read more

Matt Levin's restaurant: The details

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Friends, Romans, and countrymen... Lend me your Latin dictionary. Adsum -- Latin for "I am here" (pronounce it "ad-SOOM")... Read more

Pub & Kitchen adding a Shore spot

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The team from Center City's Pub & Kitchen -- Jonathan Adams*, Dan Clark, and Ed Hackett -- will branch out to the Shore this summer season... Read more

Snow White going to sleep

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The Snow White, which started at the corner of Second and Market Streets in Old City before World War II, will have its last call after service... Read more

Restaurant notes: Food sold at cost?

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Ninety-nine cent burgers? Peel-and-eat shrimp for 29 cents? Heightened competition from the Garden State Park development has led Bruce Waugh... Read more

Now open: Sprig & Vine

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Ross Olchvary, former sous chef and chef de cuisine at Horizons, has ventured into New Hope with Sprig & Vine, a stylish, all-vegan BYOB... Read more

Stumptown Coffee time at Bodhi

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Bodhi Coffee is looking at an early April opening at 410 S. Second St., next to Xochitl on Head House Square. And here is the story: Bobby... Read more

N.Y.'s Serafina opening a branch in Philly

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The luxury high-rise 10 Rittenhouse is getting a bigtime New York restaurant operator. It's Serafina, which as I reported last fall, had been... Read more

Starr's next restaurant: El Rey

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Stephen Starr's Mexican restaurant at 2013 Chestnut St. (see previous here) now has a name: El Rey. And a concept: Home-style cuisine from... Read more

New Indian BYO coming to Wash West

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The restaurants go, the restaurants come: Shinju Sushi left 930 Locust St. for larger, liquor-licensed digs at 719 Walnut St., where it's... Read more

Restaurant notes

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The New York wine bar Vintage Irving's plan to open its first Philly location on the second level of the Shops at Liberty Place is "temporarily... Read more

Restaurant notes

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Good news: Franco's Osteria is targeting a weekend opening at the Presidential, 3900 City Ave., as owner Franco Faggio awaits his liquor license... Read more

Liquid nitrogen ice cream?!

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You're going to hear much in the coming weeks about Apollinare, the Umbrian restaurant that's in a soft-opening phase in the Piazza at Schmidts... Read more

Burgers on the grill

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The Rouge-owned burger shop 500° - on the 1500 block of Sansom Street next to Roy's - is shooting for a March 17 roll-out. As I reported... Read more

Pizzeria Stella to expand

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Confirming details from last October: Pending city approval, Stephen Starr's Pizzeria Stella at Second and Lombard Streets will indeed expand... Read more

The lowdown on Ro-Zu

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If you've passed the corner of Seventh and Bainbridge Streets, you've spotted the tiny Japanese restaurant across from the Bean Exchange. Ro-Zu... Read more

Delicatessen to open Sunday

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Michael Spector has lined up an opening this Sunday for his deli restaurant known as Delicatessen, replacing Kibitz in the City at 703 Chestnut... Read more

Restaurant notes

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Catching up on a few restaurant plans. Included here are some projects that are new on the radar screen. And -- for the heck of it -- I took... Read more

Fishtown's Ekta to open on Main Line

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Ekta, the Indian BYOB storefront on Girard Avenue in Fishtown, will open a second location at 1003 Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr, which until... Read more

Garces at Garces Trading Company

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Tuesday morning marks the opening of Garces Trading Company, Jose Garces' sixth project in four years and four months. Well, it's the seventh... Read more

A bite of Delicatessen

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Matzo balls are due to start rolling again late next week at 703 Chestnut St., which was Kibitz in the City until it closed in November. Newcomer... Read more

Restaurant opening updates

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A few updates on restaurant projects hither and yon. Barbuzzo, the Mediterranean bar from Lolita/Bindi's Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney... Read more

That 'Always Sunny' bar is moving forward

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The Fx comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is built around life at a Philly bar, and now a real bar to be part-owned by the show's creator/star... Read more

Mugshots to brew in Brewerytown

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Mugshots CoffeeHouse, which Jill Fink and Angela Vendetti founded across from Eastern State Penitentiary in 2004 (and opened in Manayunk in... Read more

There's no Tria coming to University City, but...

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Jon Myerow, who's been scouting more locations for his wine-cheese-beer concept Tria, is about to pull the trigger -- but his third location... Read more

Italy comes to the Piazza

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The ink is barely dry on this one: Vino, an American-run Italian bar, didn't work out in the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties. Developer... Read more

Restaurant notes

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Fellini Cafe in Paoli is closed, and records in bankruptcy court show it filed for Chapter 7 protection. Basically, it means that if the court... Read more

Carluccio's opens in South Philly

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Carluccio's opened last Saturday night in the former Shank's & Evelyn's space at 932 S. 10th St. (215-574-5000), a couple of months behind... Read more

Grand finale for Doc Watson's

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Barry Sandrow says the sale of his Doc Watson's across from Jefferson Hospital is due on Thursday, Feb. 4, so it appears that the grand finale... Read more

A first peek at the new Chops

After a week of tests, Alex Plotkin has opened the Washington Square branch of his Chops steakhouse. Price point is lower than the original... Read more

A few restaurant notes

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A "brewpub" coming to Liberty Place's food court? Not so. Insiders say that the only alcohol-based tenant negotiating a lease is... Read more

Indian food returning to 1600 block of Sansom

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Here's first word on an Indian restaurant operator who's planning locations on the Temple University campus and at 1628 Sansom St., which was... Read more

Yippee-ai-yo: Black Angus coming to South Street

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The east end of South Street is about to get a taste of the Old West. Black Angus, positioning itself as a modest-priced steakhouse-cum-jazz... Read more

Think 'El Vez' in West Chester

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Cast your eyes to West Chester, where Dave Magrogan of the Kildare's/Doc Magrogan empire and business partner John Caulfield are converting... Read more

Paesano's in the Italian Market getting close

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Paesano's South Philly branch -- at the corner of Ninth and Christian Streets in the Italian Market, where Butcher's Cafe was -- has set a... Read more

Le Viet coming to South Philly

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Another Vietnamese restaurant at 11th and Washington in South Philly? you ask. There's Nam Phuong, Pho Hoa, Pho 75.... Here's first word... Read more

Beer fans: Zot to get new life

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To those who mourned the loss of Zot in Society Hill, there's hope and hops. Bruce Nichols of Museum Catering, a founder of Philly Beer Week... Read more

Gayle restaurant space is rented

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Argentina-born chef Lucas Manteca, who has a wide culinary resume from Costa Rica to the Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel in Cape May and... Read more

Something new, at Maru Global

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The first week of February* will mark the public opening of Maru Global (255 S. 10th St., 267-273-0567), a casual quick-serve in a storefront... Read more

NYC wine bar eyes Liberty Place

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Vintage Irving, a wine bar in Union Square in New York, is Philly-bound, and is close to signing a lease at the Shops at Liberty Place. Reps... Read more

And still more newcomers

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The former Sal's and Frangelica on 12th St. (200 S. 12th St., at Chancellor Street -- see below) will become a sports bar. But, as co-owner... Read more

Starr plans pizzeria next to Parc

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Tucked into Inquirer critic Craig LaBan's three-bell review of Pizzeria Stella today was this note: "[Stephen] Starr has ... a New York-style... Read more

Restaurant openings update

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Here's a selected assortment of restaurant openings. (Wild card here is Stephen Starr, who seems to have some things, plural, up his sleeve... Read more

Gee Whiz, Bobby Flay!

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Chef Bobby Flay took to Twitter this morning to announce the rollout of one of his Bobby's Burger Palace locations: in the Radian at 3925 Walnut... Read more

An old hand opening on Sansom Street

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Agapios "Willy" Bouikidis, a restaurant veteran, will take over 1518 Sansom St. For 25 years, the storefront was Black Cat Cigar... Read more

Legal landing at PHL

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Three years after setting up in the Court at King of Prussia, Legal Sea Foods is fixing to open a second area location this spring, at Philadelphia... Read more

Bobby Flay opening Burger Palace here

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A long-rumored Bobby's Burger Palace location is a go at the Radian, 3925 Walnut St., Flay's publicist confirmed today. "Iron Chef"... Read more

First look: Marc Vetri's Amìs

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Marc Vetri is rocking-and-rolling at 13th and Waverly Streets as workers put the final touches on his Roman trattoria, Amìs. Vetri... Read more

Falafel with a green side

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The Subway chain compares its nutrition facts against those of the fast-food giants. Enter the Falafel Factory, a takeout due to open in mid-January... Read more

Greece is the word

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Washington Square West is in line for not one but two new Greek-theme restaurants, effectively doubling the Center City neighborhood's Hellenic... Read more

MilkBoy planning Center City venue

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MilkBoy, the coffeehouse/music venue that started in Ardmore and expanded to Bryn Mawr, will go before a committee of the Washington Square... Read more

New Shank's: On the waterfront

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Shank's, which moved out of its oldtime South Philly luncheonette and opened a sandwichery over the summer on 15th Street near Sansom, is preparing... Read more

Luxury hotel delayed

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Want to bunk or eat at the new Le Meridien hotel at 1421 Arch St., across from the Municipal Services Building and around the corner from the... Read more

Zavino's menu

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Zavino, the spiffy pizza-wine bar coming to the corner of 13th and Sansom, has delayed its opening to Dec. 30. Meanwhile, peruse chef-owner... Read more

Veggie land!

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Two restaurants do not a trend make, but here are two vegetarian offerings on the way. Ross Olchvary, who was sous chef and chef de cuisine... Read more

First look at Zama

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Some restaurant designers play with light to achieve a look. Some use color. Jun Aizaki of Crème Design Collective went with maple... Read more

Burgers below Bellevue

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Burgers, burgers everywhere, and Jeff Jolles and his son Michael, who own Bain’s Deli, are getting into the game with Burger Maestro... Read more

Zama time!

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Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka is several weeks from opening Zama, his first Japanese restaurant, just north of Rittenhouse Square, where... Read more

Yama moving to Blue Bell

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Sushikazu -- which won all kinds of praise among Blue Bell's sushi cognescenti -- closed recently. But a popular Horsham sushi-ist is moving... Read more