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Archive: January, 2011

Restaurant notes: Opa's on (almost); more for NoLibs

Monday, January 24, 2011, 11:39 AM
Here's a detail shot of Opa, the Greek restaurant-lounge coming together at 1311 Sansom St., the same block as Time, Bar, and Zavino. (This baby has been in the works for more than a year.) Owners George and Vasiliki Tsiouris start staff training today, with an eye toward opening in the next two weeks... Read more

Restaurant notes: The Farm and Fisherman

Monday, January 24, 2011, 6:30 AM
Josh Lawler and Colleen Kelly met more than a decade ago at Drexel University's Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts and Food Science. After cooking in New York (and with 13-month-old twin boys in tow), they've come home to open their first restaurant together. The Farm and Fisherman, a 30-seat... Read more

Restaurant notes: Stollenwerk's next project

Thursday, January 20, 2011, 3:56 PM
A change of the guard is underway at A La Maison, the French BYO in Ardmore. Chef/owner Darlene Moseng is expanding to Seattle to develop a new restaurant and corporate catering business at the new Amazon Corporate Center. She'll keep her title, and chef de cuisine Sean McMonagle will remain in the... Read more

Restaurant notes: The Dan-TEA-lion; free dessert

Thursday, January 20, 2011, 10:11 AM
Old City's Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant (120 Market St.) opens for lunch starting Thursday (1/20). It's offering a free Tastykake bread pudding dessert with any sandwich or entree on Thursday or Friday. Lunch hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and dinner service will... Read more

Restaurant notes: Sikora to chef at AKA Rittenhouse Square

Thursday, January 20, 2011, 6:00 AM
That casual yet sophisticated bistro going into the AKA Rittenhouse Square on 18th Street this spring now has a chef. He's Bryan Sikora, formerly one-half of the team behind Django and Talula's Table. He'll run an open kitchen serving from breakfast through late night to accommodate not only the... Read more

A rump Wing Bowl?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 2:48 PM
Some of the top competitive eaters in the world, including WIP Wing Bowl alumni Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas, will gather on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in Dallas for what's billed as the Wingstop World Wing-Eating Championship. Seeing as this event will be three days before the 19th annual Wing Bowl in Philly... Read more

Restaurant notes: New in Chestnut Hill

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 1:40 PM
Dining in Chestnut Hill ebbs and flows. To recap some recent developments: Solaris Grille, Cuba, and Bocelli folded up their tents all within the month. But things are looking up. Chip Roman and Jason Cichonski are developing a bistro for Cuba's space at 8609 Germantown. Bocelli, an Italian BYOB... Read more

Nobody better mug John DeBella

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 11:14 AM
WMGK morning host John DeBella promises to walk around Independence Hall from 6 to 7 p.m. today (1/19) with cash hanging out of his pockets. He wants to counter talk-show host Glenn Beck's claims on Tuesday that the area is "the killing streets." DeBella is confident that he won't encounter any... Read more

Restaurant notes: Freshii is up, diner is down

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 10:51 AM
Wednesday (1/19) is the opening day of Philly's first Freshii, a quick-serve chain with a health-focused bent. It's on the ground floor of the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, across from City Hall at 1414 Penn Square, and has several tables. The store's opening-day specials include a free meal for... Read more

Restaurant notes: Sale in Old City

Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 12:40 PM
There's been a changing of the guard at the side-by-side Old City restau-lounges Dolce and Paradigm (239-241 Chestnut St.). For now, they're operating as they were, but buyer Rob LaScala, who runs LaScala at Seventh and Chestnut Streets, says he will simply change the menu at Dolce and -- by the summer... Read more
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