Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cheers? The price of a liquor license is soaring

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 2:12 PM
A side-effect of the ongoing restaurant boom in Philadelphia: The price of a liquor license is skyrocketing. Licenses that two years ago sold for $85,000 are now priced at nearly $120,000, according to lawyers who specialize in the transactions. Compare that to 2002, when they sold for $35,000. Many... Read more

How to build a winning burger

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:06 PM
How do you make a burger that is over-the-top delicious, one that would not only wow your family but a panel of judges? It's a question faced by backyard grillers who want to amp up their game beyond the familiar combo of ground beef, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. Every year, local chefs... Read more

Audabon, the Chinatown macaron shop, to close

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 12:55 PM
Audrey Chang is calling it a day at Audabon Bakeshop, the sweet little Chinatown storefront she opened last year as an outlet for puddings, ice cream sandwiches, and artsy, colorful French macarons in flavors such as black sesame fluffer nutter and bananas Foster. Her last day at 145 N. 11th St. will... Read more

Own a piece of Susanna Foo

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 11:32 AM
Susanna Foo's Radnor location closed Sunday, June 14, and now Foo and her son Gabe are selling off the artwork, tableware and furniture. How about a gong? A statue? Vase? Dishes? None of the stuff will be coming downtown this fall when they open SuGa at 1720 Sansom St. The items can be seen at the... Read more

Chef Ansill is also cooking at the Good King Tavern

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 10:48 PM
Fans of the now-closed Pif recall wistfully how David Ansill could cook French with the best of them. Nowadays, Ansill runs the show at Bar Ferdinand, the sultry Spaniard on Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties. Ansill has just added another kitchen, and in the process, he is crossing the Pyrenees... Read more

DanDan, a spinoff of Han Dynasty, to open soon in Rittenhouse

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 10:41 PM
Kevin and Catherina Huang, who previously operated Han Dynasty’s University City location, are a couple of weeks from opening DanDan, a chic, bilevel Chinese bistro. Though Cat Huang is Han Chiang's sister and dan dan noodles are one of Han Dynasty's specialties, the restaurants are unaffiliated... Read more

Southern jazz restaurant coming to North Broad

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 10:22 AM
The space that housed Route 6 at Broad and Mount Vernon Streets has new tenants. They're brothers Robert and Benjamin Bynum, and they will be installing a rustic, Southern restaurant with a jazz room at 600 N. Broad St. Its name has not been determined. "This will be our return to Broad Street,"... Read more

Magrogan planning oyster house at the Jersey shore

Monday, June 15, 2015, 11:30 PM
For his fifth Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House, Dave Magrogan is going to the Jersey shore, specifically to the former landmark site of Busch's Seafood at 8600 Landis Ave. in the Townsends Inlet section of Sea Isle City. He is aiming at a February 2016 opening, coinciding with the Sea Isle City Polar... Read more

Old City's Luna Cafe scales back hours

Monday, June 15, 2015, 10:48 PM
Luna Cafe, which opened in February at 317 Market St. in Old City, has gone to earlier hours as owner Sarah Levine has rethought the notion of dinner service. The BYOB is now open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Read more

No third PHS pop-up beer garden this year

Monday, June 15, 2015, 10:33 PM
Back in late April, you may recall, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society announced three pop-up beer gardens in the city this season. But though the pop-ups at 1438 South St. and at Ninth and Wharton Streets are now open, a rep for PHS confirmed last week that the third was off the drawing board... 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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