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Archive: January, 2013

Georges Perrier wants his name back

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 12:15 AM
Georges Perrier just got his name bec. Er, back. The French chef was honored last year when Le Bec Fin reopened under new owner Nicolas Fanucci. The subterranean bar, known as Le Bar Lyonnais during Perrier's regime, renamed Chez Georges. But Fanucci told me that he heard recently from Perrier's... Read more

A home for PorcSalt and Matt Ridgway

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 4:14 PM
Chef Matthew Ridgway's uncompromising charcuterie, which fans found recently at the Rittenhouse Farmer's Market, is getting a new, permanent home. Ridgway, who left the Fountain in 2000 to serve as Chef Jean-Marie Lacoix’s first chef de cuisine at LaCroix at the Rittenhouse, is moving his home... Read more

A Shake Shack for Drexel

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 3:41 PM
Shake Shack - the burger chain that opened last summer at 20th and Sansom Streets - is indeed opening in University City - taking space at Drexel at 3200 Chestnut St. A spokesman confirmed this to me. Timeline is late summer/early fall. Shake Shack will join another New York-rooted operation there... Read more

Cheesecake Factory in Center City?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 10:48 AM
Center City could be a step closer to getting a Cheesecake Factory. That decision is now in the hands of the Center City Residents' Association's zoning committee, which Tuesday night heard a redevelopment plan for the southeast corner of 15th and Walnut Streets. The plan calls for the demolition... Read more

South Philly's Potito's Bakery opening in Center City

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 11:42 AM
Holy cannoli! South Philly's Potito's Bakery, at 1614 Ritner St., is opening a Center City location in early to mid-February, as Cristina and Matthew Benigno have signed a lease for the shop at Juniper and Walnut Streets that most recently housed Philly Chocolate and Naked Chocolate Cafe. Cristina... Read more

The return of Goat Hollow

Monday, January 21, 2013, 9:43 AM
Tonight is the launch of Goat Hollow, once a Mount Airy fixture on Mount Pleasant Avenue off Lincoln Drive (300 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., 267-428-5672). The original Goat closed in 2004 and was succeeded by a couple of forgettable spots. About the only original aspect of the Goat now is the name, the... Read more

The oy of cooking: Chefs compete in a kosher contest

Sunday, January 20, 2013, 7:17 PM
Rather than hold a mere gala to raise money, Lubavitch Bucks County has enlisted six Philly chefs to compete in a cooking contest. The difference between this contest and, say, Top Chef? Rabbis will be looking over their shoulder. It's all kosher. Bubby’s Cook-Off, benefiting Philadelphia Friendship... Read more

When do you close a 24-hour diner?

Sunday, January 20, 2013, 9:38 AM
Harvest Diner on Route 130 in Cinnaminson is closing today (Sunday, Jan. 20) after 19 years. The owners of Sage Diner in Mount Laurel plan to open there in the spring, as reported by Cinnaminson Patch. But when do you actually close when you're a 24-hour diner? "We're actually not sure," said Harvest's... Read more

Binni & Flynn's coming back

Sunday, January 20, 2013, 12:14 AM
Binni & Flynn's, once a popular cantina chain in the region dating from the early 1970s (most notably in Gateway Shopping Center on Route 202), is being revived after 12 years. Meridith Coyle, whose parents, Richard and Irene, founded Binni & Flynn's, already has the location. It's her Berwyn... Read more

Flyin' chef: Garces gets a billboard at airport

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 3:13 PM
If you're an air traveler going through PHL, there is no escaping Jose Garces. The Iron Chef and restaurateur is featured in an enormous USAir ad attached to the parking garage as you drive into the airport. In the banner, Garces touts his Star Alliance gold status as an "essential ingredient I... Read more
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