Thursday, October 8, 2015

Third Pour House opens in Montco with 40 beers on tap

Monday, September 21, 2015, 11:22 PM
The Pour House - the beer-bar chainlet from the South Jersey-based group that owns P.J. Whelihan's, Treno, and The Chophouse - has landed in Airport Square on Route 309 in North Wales, taking over the spot occupied by Romano's Macaroni Grill. And at this - the third Pour House location after Westmont... Read more

Feeding the masses: Papal food promotions

Monday, September 21, 2015, 2:48 PM
If there's a news event, trend, meme, special occasion, those restaurants and bars will figure out a way to glom on. With Pope Francis coming to town, here's how they're getting involved. Angel Wings: Scott Schroeder, owner of the soon-to-open Hungry Pigeon in Queen Village, will be at Sidecar Bar... Read more

Milkhouse: More grilled cheese in Rittenhouse

Monday, September 21, 2015, 11:26 AM
It's almost too gouda to be true: Rittenhouse's grilled-cheese options are expanding. Barely 10 days after Reading Terminal Market's MeltKraft opened a branch at 46 S. 17th St., across from the Westin Hotel, here comes another one - two blocks away. Milkhouse - whose menu includes panini-pressed... Read more

Papaya Vietnamese: A son's dream in Montco

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8:53 PM
If the notes of praise filling my inbox are any indication, the cute little BYOB with the unwieldy name Papaya Vietnamese Contemporary Tapas is all the rage in the Montgomeryville area. Over the summer, it replaced the Melt Down grilled cheese shop in a tiny strip center tucked behind Buckman's Ski... Read more

Paula Deen to headline food show at Valley Forge Casino

Friday, September 18, 2015, 2:32 PM
Out of the frying pan and back into the limelight, TV food queen Paula Deen will headline the Philadelphia Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits, to be held Oct. 16-18 at Valley Forge Casino Resort. Deen, dropped by Food Network in 2013 after making headlines for racially charged comments and thrust... Read more

Meritage in Rittenhouse to close

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 4:31 PM
Meritage, an ambitious American bistro that has held down the corner of 20th
and Lombard Streets for about nine years, will close after business
 Saturday, Sept. 19.
 In an email, owners Michele DiPietro and Irene Landy called Meritage "a very
 special place where we made many friends, had lots of... Read more

Feastival: Win a houseful of celeb chefs and other valuable prizes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 12:56 PM
Feastival - the lavish, annual benefit for Fringe Arts - attracts a who's who of the Philadelphia food community, who will set up stations the evening of Sept. 17 at the Fringe Arts HQ at Columbus Boulevard at the foot of Vine Street. Among the restaurants sampling wares at this, the sixth Feastival... Read more

Coeur opens in Bella Vista

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 11:16 AM
The crew behind Memphis Taproom, Local 44, Strangelove's and the forthcoming Clarkville is now out with Coeur, intended as an unstuffy local bar for Bella Vista. It takes over for The Mildred, at 824 S. Eighth St. - pretty much in the heart of the neighborhood (hence, coeur is "heart" in French). Chef... Read more

Jose Andres to open veggie restaurant at Penn

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 11:19 PM
Is every chef entering the fast-casual game? José Andrés - the Spanish-born chef behind such trendsetting spots as minibar, Zaytinya, and Jaleo (and the guy credited with spreading the small-plates concept to American menus) - has inked a deal to locate a branch of his vegetable-focused... Read more

Nearly 1,400 bottles of seized wine may go down the drain

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 1:20 PM
A Chester County judge has cleared the way for the destruction of 1,352 bottles of collector-grade wine that had been seized from a Malvern man after he was accused of selling wine over the Internet. The bottles have been at the core of a legal tug-of-war that dates back to January 2014, when the... Read more
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