Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gold Standard Cafe in a state of flux

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 11:01 PM
The Gold Standard Cafe at 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia will live on, if owners Roger Harman and Vince Whittacre have their way. The Cedar Park cafe is now on the market, a move that Whittacre attributes to poor health. He says he expects a prospective buyer to run it under... Read more

Point Breeze pop-up beer garden is open this weekend

Friday, July 24, 2015, 8:21 PM
The Point Breeze pop-up beer garden (1622 Point Breeze Ave.) - subject of a pitched battle between its owner, John Longacre, and the city Department of Licenses and Inspections - will be allowed to open this weekend, July 25-26. It had been closed for a week after L&I filed an appeal of Common... Read more

Vecchia Pizzeria in Wayne to reopen after explosion

Friday, July 24, 2015, 11:26 AM
Frank Nattle is aiming to reopen the Wayne branch of Vecchia Pizzeria at noontime Monday, July 27. The Neapolitan specialist has been closed for more than three months after a PECO transformer beneath the building on North Wayne Avenue exploded, sending glass flying as the facade crumbled. No one... Read more

Taco cart Nora's adds a home on South St.

Friday, July 24, 2015, 10:13 AM
Dare you to find a harder-working couple than Luis Lorenzo and Nora Portugal, who own Nora's. They started with a taco cart at 38th and Spruce Streets on the University of Pennsylvania campus, adding a second one recently nearby. And earlier this month, they not only opened a restaurant - a nothing-fancy... Read more

Malaysian sate coming to East Passyunk

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 11:11 AM
"Sate" or "satay"? "Sate," insists Angelina Branca, a native of Malaysia who, with her husband, John, is planning to open a BYO restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue specializing in the skewered-meat dish. They're about to start work on Sate Kampar - after her hometown - at 1837 E. Passyunk Ave. The... Read more

Hop Sing Laundromat is one of the best bars in the world*

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 12:17 PM
* So says Conde Nast Traveler, which lists the Chinatown destination on its hot list of 30 establishments. Hop Sing, which opened in 2012 on the site of a former Indonesian restaurant at 1029 Race St., is an original, all right. It manages to maintain an air of mystery in this know-everything world... Read more

Ansill cooking French again, at The Good King Tavern

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 11:08 PM
Few shuttered bistros of late hold as many memories as Pif, and to some extent Ansill - both led by chef David Ansill. (Pif, a French BYOB, is now Bibou near the Italian Market, while the more broadly Euro-influenced Ansill is now Ela in Queen Village.) After Ansill closed in 2009, the chef went off... Read more

Argentinian steak house coming to Society Hill

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 10:25 PM
Miriam Porto, who with partners owns two Latin restaurants in New York, is part of the team opening Argento Argentinian Steak House, which will fill the longtime Artful Dodger space at Second and Pine Streets, across from the Head House Square shambles in Society Hill. (It was Society Hill Society... Read more

Lehigh Valley soda company A-Treat to be revived

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 3:39 PM
Lehigh Valley folks who grew up with the soda brand A-Treat lost a bit of their past in January, when the Allentown-based company closed after nearly 97 years. A rumored sale that raised hopes fell through in the interim. But today, real estate developer/turkey farmer David Jaindl announced that... Read more

West Chester gets a ramen shop

Monday, July 20, 2015, 3:46 PM
Ramen in West Chester - which for decades simply meant the cheap packets heated up in the college dorms - has an legit outlet at Nagasaki, which two weeks ago replaced Spice at 113 W. Market St. (484-887-8661). Nagasaki, a Japanese BYOB set up in a contemporary dining room, also serves a line of sushi... Read more
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