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Archive: October, 2012

New soul-fooder signed for Reading Terminal

Friday, October 19, 2012, 3:40 PM
KeVen Parker, owner of Ms. Tootsie's on South Street, has won the bidding to take over a soul-food stand in Reading Terminal Market, which Delilah's vacated earlier this year. Parker was misty as he recounted how he grew up shopping at the market, expressing delight in getting the primo location.... Read more

Scarduzio's East Passyunk project hits a snag

Friday, October 19, 2012, 6:00 AM
Table 31/Mia's/Scarduzio's chef-owner Chris Scarduzio and partners Stephen and Tamar Olitsky have been hot to develop 1646-1648 S. 12th St. - the corner of 12th and Morris Streets - into a bistro. But the East Passyunk project – which, incidentally, will not be an Italian concept - has hit... Read more

Stollenwerk's Fish to move again

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 4:54 PM
Earlier this year, Mike Stollenwerk moved Fish - his flagship seafooder - from 17th and Lombard Streets into the corner of 13th and Locust Streets, beneath the Independent Hotel. The Independent has a smaller space, perfect for a restaurant, on the Locust Street side - basically on the east side of... Read more

Restaurant notes: New Italian BYO; happy hour

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 4:20 PM
The well-traveled Luigi Basile (Radicchio Cafe, Laceno's Italian Grill) has made good on his long-ago promise to open a trattoria on out-of-the-way, almost-impossible-to-find South 24th Street as it passes under the Walnut Street bridge. It's called Sotto Ristorante Italiano (151 S. 24th St., 215-496-9222)... Read more

Ralic's on South is hiring a chef

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 2:26 PM
David Ralic is shooting for a mid-November opening of Ralic's on South, his 180-seat seafood-themed sports bar at 119 South St., and now he needs the chef. Qualities: creative, hard working, and understands kitchen management and food costs. (Well, of course.) Ralic, who owns a steakhouse in Haddonfield... Read more

Redwood opening next to Copabanana on South Street

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 1:05 PM
Bill Curry of South Street's Copabanana says he's about a week from opening Redwood, a 60-seat wine bar and bistro next door, at 340 South St. Curry says it will have a totally separate identity and is geared to be a neighborhood spot for people in Society Hill and Queen Village. Curry says Redwood... Read more

Avero: Major pizzeria on way to the Main Line

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 4:14 PM
House-made pasta, mozzarella and doughnuts, salads made tableside, wood-fired pizzas. Lots of hot buttons are being pressed by restaurateur Scott Morrison, who is in the planning stages of a casual but high-minded Main Line restaurant I'm sure you'll hear a lot about in the coming months. It's called... Read more

Customer service: All the senator's bread

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 10:05 AM
One final Arlen Specter story: The senator and his wife, Joan, were regulars at the Oyster House, Sam Mink's Sansom Street seafooder. Because of his health issues, Specter stuck to whole grains. That made the French baguettes the restaurant serves off-limits. To please him, Mink bought multigrain... Read more

Nan is closed; a Viet BYOB is on the way

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 3:22 PM
Nan, the BYOB at 40th and Chestnut Streets run by trailblazing French-Viet chef Kamol Phutlek, has been closed since late spring because of the chef's illness. Now, Nan is gone. I just spoke with clothing manufacturer Joey Sang, who said he was about a month and a half from opening the corner spot... Read more

Jose Garces needs a COO

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 1:42 PM
Iron Chef Jose Garces regaled a crowd of about 400 people Monday night at the Free Library with anedotes surrounding his new book, The Latin Road Home. It's equal parts travelogue, memoir and cookbook, as he focuses on the five Spanish-speaking countries that factor into his life. Its recipes are... Read more
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