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Archive: January, 2012

Mugshots moving its Fairmount flagship

Friday, January 6, 2012, 4:30 PM
Mugshots, my coffee fave in Fairmount, is pulling out of its flagship location at 2100 Fairmount Ave. after nearly eight years over a dispute with the landlord, says owner Angela Vendetti. Finale will be the end of March. But: Mugshots will resurface a block and a half away, in a new building under... Read more

Fish opening Monday

Friday, January 6, 2012, 3:41 PM
Updated post Mike Stollenwerk previewed the new location of Fish (13th and Locust Streets) on New Year's Eve with a fixed-price ($35-a-head) party that started at 9 p.m. with heavy passed and butlered hors d'oeuvres, oysters shucked to order, and charcuterie. Cash bar Fish opens officially on Monday... Read more

Zento on the move

Thursday, January 5, 2012, 10:35 PM
Zento - the sushi-ist just off the corner of Second and Chestnut Streets in Old City - is moving into the lounge known as Grey Social three doors east. An eagle-eyed tipster noticed Zento's sign now attached to Grey's building at 132 Chestnut, though Zento is still operating at 138 Chestnut. A Zento... Read more

Speaking of Shola...

Thursday, January 5, 2012, 1:12 PM
When last heard from, chef Shola Olunloyo was consulting on the opening menu of Birra, the pizza-bar on East Passyunk Avenue, after plans for his Northern Liberties restaurant, Speck, imploded. He's scored a new consultancy: working with Justin Rosenberg, who is developing a fast-casual concept at... Read more

Grill Fish: Vietnam's expansion in West Philly

Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 11:19 PM
Benny Lai of Vietnam is looking to a Jan. 14 opening of Grill Fish Cafe, a snug Vietnamese seafooder (with full bar) next to his Vietnam Cafe at 47th Street and Warrington Avenue in West Philly. The menu for Grill Fish Cafe (814 S. 47th St.) is not final beyond appetizers ($7-$10) that include grilled... Read more

Raw at the Piazza is '50% closed'

Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 2:55 PM
Tony Rim, who only recently opened a branch of Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge in the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties, tells me that the spot is "50 percent" closed. By that, he explains, the Raw sushi concept is indeed done. (Critic Craig LaBan did not have much good to say about it in his recent... Read more

Circles to Northern Liberties

Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 2:35 PM
Circles, the South Philly BYOB that many cognoscenti deem the best Thai restaurant in the city, is coming to Northern Liberties. Owner Alex Boonphaya tells me the location of the satellite will be 812 N. Second St., a former pizza shop. He's hoping to open in March or April. Here's Craig LaBan's... Read more

Korean BBQ in Chinatown

Sunday, January 1, 2012, 7:02 PM
Bulgogi, bibam bop and other Korean staples have come to Chinatown. New Year's Day marked the soft opening of the Philly branch of Sammy Chon's K-Town BBQ, which replaced HK Golden Phoenix at 911 Race St. (215-574-1778). It's open for lunch and dinner daily; till 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Menu... Read more
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