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Archive: December, 2011

Eataly on the way to Philly? Not exactly

Friday, December 16, 2011, 6:07 PM
Post amended Sorry, folks, but my source has backtracked on his assertion that Eataly, the Mario Batali-backed Italian food hyper-emporium, is fixing to come to Philadelphia. I'm now told an Italian concept similar to Eataly - restaurants and retail, run by a big-name restaurateur - is being pushed... Read more

Bad news for tomato-pie lovers

Friday, December 16, 2011, 1:01 PM
The Chambersburg section of Trenton is losing one of its landmarks as the De Lorenzo's Tomato Pie shop - the one in the converted rowhouse at 530 Hudson St., near the ballpark - plans to close Jan. 15 after 65 years, as the Times of Trenton reports today. The De Lorenzo family's stated reasons for... Read more

Opening notes

Thursday, December 15, 2011, 1:32 PM
The mad dash to open that restaurant project in 2011 continues. New to Media-ites is 320 Market Cafe, a sibling (21 W. State St.) of the Swarthmore original. Dec. 14 was the finale for Fish at 1708 Lombard St. as Mike Stollenwerk gears for a Dec. 26 relocation to 1234 Locust St. The 1708 location... Read more

South Street: Home of the french fry

Thursday, December 15, 2011, 12:51 PM
South Street has never exactly been a haven of fine dining. Now it looks like it'll become a french fry haven. Construction work is underway on Paul's, speciallizing in Idaho potatoes, in a storefront at 429 South St., to the left of Bare Feet Shoes. This one seems to be a couple/few months away... Read more

Philly Live!? No, Xfinity Live!

Thursday, December 15, 2011, 10:15 AM
Comcast and its NBC brand will be amply represented at the new Xfinity Live! sports/entertainment complex on the former site of the Spectrum in South Philadelphia. So will local restaurants, including Victory Brewing Co., Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co., Chickie’s & Pete’s, and... Read more

Finishing touches: The Pickled Heron

Monday, December 12, 2011, 11:37 PM
When built from scratch, many restaurants take a year or more to open. "Or more" will cover the long flight of The Pickled Heron in Fishtown, opening this week. I first spoke with Todd Braley and Daniela D’Ambrosio in August 2008, as they charted plans for the French-inspired BYOB with the... Read more

Take me to In Riva

Monday, December 12, 2011, 10:30 AM
The spot in East Falls that's been home to Verge and Franco's Trattoria is being revived this week as In Riva, a Southern Italian (wood-fired pizzas, antipasti, specialty cocktails, modest prices, you know the drill) in industrial surroundings from chef Arthur Cavaliere. Official opening will be Dec... Read more

Marathon 'elected' to close?

Sunday, December 11, 2011, 10:07 AM
There are at least two sides to every story, and the seemingly abrupt closing of the Marathon Grill at 1339 Chestnut St. on Dec. 7 is no different. Marathon released a statement late that evening, explaining: "Due to increasing rental expenses, Marathon has elected to close its Broad and Chestnut... Read more

Ella's American Bistro, at the starting line

Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:51 PM
Not satisfied with simply selling BMWs, Cortright Wetherill Jr. of Devon Hill BMW has gotten himself into the restaurant business. Due to open Dec. 19 is Ella’s American Bistro in Wayne's Devon Square (214 Sugartown Rd., Wayne), named after his mother. (Not to be confused with Ela, the Jason... Read more

Lacroix's Ortega wins cookie contest

Friday, December 9, 2011, 5:50 PM
Hundreds of people stood in line between noon and 1 p.m. on Friday (12/9/11) in the rotunda at the Shops at Liberty Place to get free cookies baked by six city chefs during a taste-off orchestrated by Philadelphia magazine. Donald D. Groff of the Daily News reports that each taster was given one ticket... Read more
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