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Archive: January, 2011

Restaurant notes: Restaurant weeks

Thursday, January 6, 2011, 11:29 AM
Just as you're about to give up on your New Year's resolutions, here come the restaurant weeks. - The semiannual Center City Restaurant Week (rather, Weeks) run by the Center City District and Rittenhouse Row is up for Jan. 16-21 and Jan. 23-28. The hook: Three-course meals for $35 in 125 restaurants... Read more

Restaurant notes: Chef chat

Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 3:54 PM
- Opa, the modern Greek restaurant-lounge coming to 1311 Sansom St. later this month, has signed Andrew Brown as its chef. Brown's resume includes Django (under Bryan Sikora and Aimee Olexy) and the White Dog Cafe. - Lynn Rinaldi, chef-owner of Paradiso on East Passyunk, has created low-carb... Read more

Restaurant notes: Fork & Barrel opening a spot in Center City

Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 12:50 PM
Joe Pesce has vacated 1113 Walnut St., and its new occupant will be the team behind East Falls' newcomer hit Fork & Barrel, which just won two bells from Craig LaBan. Partner Matt Scheller told me that the new restaurant, so far unnamed, will have touches of Fork & Barrel (as well as sibling... Read more

Restaurant notes: Cantina Feliz ready to open

Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 11:09 AM
The finishing touches are being applied to Cantina Feliz, a spiffy Mexican at 424 S. Bethlehem Pike in Fort Washington, which previously was Alison two. (Before that, it was Marita's Cantina, a spot quite a few notches down on the food chain.) Business partners Tim Spinner (former chef at Jose Garces'... Read more

Free manis today

Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 10:24 AM
Electric company Spark Energy is up to another giveaway. It's footing the bill for free manicures today (Wednesday) between noon and 2 p.m. at: La Beaute Nails Rosemont Square 1149 W. Lancaster Avenue Upper Level 15 Rosemont, Pa. and at Blooming Nails & Spa 156 E. Lancaster Ave. Wayne, Pa... Read more

Elton John coming to Wells Fargo

Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 5:20 PM
Baby needs a new pair of shoes. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday for a March 25 show by new father Elton John and his band at the Wells Fargo Center. Today's announcement bills it as a “Greatest Hits Live” concert. It will also be his 64th birthday. Tickets are $149, $89, and $29... Read more

Why is Matt Crespi a 'Worst Cook'?

Sunday, January 2, 2011, 4:22 PM
Jan, 2 marks the premiere of Season 2 of the Food Network reality series Worst Cooks in America (9 p.m.). Matt Crespi, 25, who grew up in Ambler, attended Germantown Academy and Penn, is one of the contestants. He juggled taping with his doctoral studies in public policy and management at Carnegie... Read more

Restaurant notes: A free lunch; a Collingswood swap

Sunday, January 2, 2011, 10:35 AM
- The new year marks the expiration of Peco Energy's rate caps, creating all sorts of new competition. Spark Energy will appeal to customers' hearts and stomachs. The company will buy lunch for everyone who stops in at Ashy’s Burger & Fries (82 E. Lancaster Ave. in Paoli) on Monday (1/3)... Read more

Restaurant notes: Shakeup in Chestnut Hill

Saturday, January 1, 2011, 11:06 AM
Chip Roman of the Conshohocken BYOB Blackfish is preparing a growth spurt, hiring Lacroix alum Jason Cichonski. Their first project will be a New American restaurant, with a liquor license, at 8609 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Roman does not have a name yet, but says the concept will be similar... Read more
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