The Insider Archive: November, 2012

How Pho Hoa became Pho Ta

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Comes a time in a franchisee's life when he wants to strike out on his own and do things his way. Which is where Luan Nguyen found himself... Read more

Weekend must-tries: Two slick new joints in N.J., a taqueria in Willow Grove

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Saturday, Nov. 17 is opening night at District 611 in Riverton, N.J. - about 5 minutes from the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge and an easy 20 from Center... Read more

The Butcher & the Brewer to close

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Odd, Doc Watson's Pub operated at 216 S. 11th St. for nearly 30 years. (Well, minus a spell seven years ago when management packed the upstairs... Read more

Update: Could Union Trust be saved?

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Updated post: Union Trust - the swanky steakhouse at 717 Chestnut St. that's been in bankruptcy for nearly two of its four years of existence... Read more

P.J. Clarke's opening here?

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I'm hearing strong talk that P.J. Clarke's - the time-honored, Manhattan-based bar (circa 1884) - is fixing to sign a deal at the Atlantic... Read more

ShopRite getting into the restaurant game

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Wegmans and Whole Foods have been carving out space in their supermarkets for small beer- and wine-focused restaurants. Now a smaller grocer... Read more

Rotisseur hires new chef

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New chef at the Rittenhouse chicken-forward, "fast slow food" outlet Rotisseur (105 S. 21st St.): He's John Kasenchak, whose disparate kitchen... Read more

Chefs from MANNA and Philabundance on 'Chopped'

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Chefs representing the Philly anti-hunger groups MANNA and Philabundance turn up among four contestants at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 on Food... Read more