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Archive: November, 2011

Has Swanky Bubbles gone flat?

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 7:20 PM
If what I'm hearing is correct, the Spike TV series Bar Rescue ultimately couldn't save the Old City nightclub Swanky Bubbles. It's dark tonight -- a Saturday night and prime time for its bread-and-butter: spirited bachelorette parties. Staffers learned Friday that their services were no longer needed... Read more

American Sardine Bar: That 'can-do' spirit

Friday, November 18, 2011, 5:22 PM
It takes guts to open the day before Thanksgiving, but no one can accuse John Longacre and chef Scott Schroeder of South Philly Tap Room of being timid. They managed to convince Point Breeze neighbors (and the LCB) that American Sardine Bar was a solid use for 1801 Federal St., where a shuttered dive... Read more

Thanksgiving restaurant finder

Friday, November 18, 2011, 11:30 AM
Wonder which restaurants plan to be open on Thanksgiving Day for counter or sit-down service, aside from the Chinese joints and myriad hotels? Click here for our alphabetical list. If I missed something good, feel free to suggest. Email me. Read more

Stateside, east side

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 6:50 AM
Stateside (1536 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-551-2500, debuts Saturday, Nov. 19. The crew from Green Eggs Cafe is behind this snug American small-plater by the Singing Fountain. Executive chef George Sabatino, last at Barbuzzo, specializes in oysters, house-made charcuterie and cheese... Read more

Celebs in restaurants

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 3:51 PM
With a movie and TV show being shot in Philadelphia, the stars come out. In front of TV cameras, Gordon Ramsay is the potty-mouth Scottish scold on Kitchen Nightmares, the Fox restaurant-makeover show. Last Saturday night, he and fellow producers could not have been friendlier at The Blind Pig, the... Read more

Tapestry opens

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 11:20 AM
Gone will be the Four Loko dinners and the Tastykake gimmickry as Tapestry, a gastropub, opens Wednesday, Nov. 16 on the corner of Fifth and Bainbridge Streets in the former Adsum. Owner Kar Vivekananthan, having lost co-founder and chef Matt Levin, has picked up longtime friend Rich Rivera and the... Read more

Vedge ready to sprout

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 12:29 PM
Friday, Nov. 18 is the stated opening night for Vedge, the romantic, polished vegan restaurant from Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, who sold off their South Street-area Horizons earlier this summer. At 1221 Locust St., the double-wide brownstone that formerly housed Deux Cheminees, they're veering away... Read more

Mica's artichoke agnolotti is a dish of the year

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 9:40 AM
The artichoke agnolotti offered as a course at Mica in Chestnut Hill was named to Food & Wine's list of top 10 restaurant dishes of 2011. F&W blurbed: Chip Roman is "an expert at restrained European cooking. Jason Cichonski, Mica’s opening chef, loves unexpected combinations. Together... Read more

Vegan fast food in Rittenhouse

Monday, November 14, 2011, 4:19 PM
"Early February" is the target for a vegan fast-fooder just off Rittenhouse Square. Nicole Marquis, who was a manager for two years at the late vegan destination Horizons, is behind the still-unnamed shop at 127 S. 18th St., the former Pad Thai Shack, between Sansom and Walnut Streets. (Marquis' working... Read more

Russet coming to Rittenhouse

Monday, November 14, 2011, 3:53 PM
Lease in hand, Andrew Wood feels comfortable talking about Russet, the fine-dining BYOB that he and his wife, Kristin, plan to open in February at 1521 Spruce St., in the former Ernesto's 1521 Cafe. The couple are veterans of Fork (him) and James (her). Andrew Wood says he doesn't want to pigeonhole... Read more
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