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Archive: March, 2012

P.J. Whelihan's has a food truck

Monday, March 19, 2012, 11:03 AM
Cupcake trucks and taco trucks and coffee trucks and pizza trucks... How about a wing and burger truck? Sports bar chainlet P.J. Whelihan's now has a food truck. It'll set up at public events and private functions, not on city streets. Read more

Burger Brawl back for seconds

Friday, March 16, 2012, 3:10 PM
Last year's debut of Burger Brawl drew 18 restaurants, whose chefs created tasty burgers in the schoolyard of Meredith Elementary School. The event raised money for the public school. This year, it'll be back and bigger, May 6 at 3 p.m. at the Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St. It's been moved... Read more

Fishtown Tavern changing hands

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 3:17 PM
Another dive bar is getting a pick-me-up. Fishtown Tavern, on Frankford Avenue at Thompson Street in Fishtown seemingly for eons, is in play. Prospective buyers are Curt Large, who owns Buffalo Billiards in Old City, and his general manager, Josh Semesh, who lives nearby. It won't be a pool room... Read more

Solomonov and Cook to the Main Line

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 10:30 AM
Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook (of Zahav, Federal Donuts, and Percy Street BBQ) will open a spot on the Main Line this summer. Unlike Zahav, whose bill of fare is modern Israeli, they will do glatt kosher European Jewish cuisine at Citron and Rose (368-370 Montgomery Ave., Merion). The restaurant... Read more

A roll-back at La Colombe

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 4:42 PM
After 19 years, the La Colombe shop on 19th Street between Sansom and Walnut Streets is getting a redecoration, which explains the coffee truck parked outside. It's selling joe for a buck a cup - the 1994 price. Update: City officials forced the truck to move Thursday. Co-owner Todd Carmichael says... Read more

Meet Le Bec-Fin's new chef

Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 5:11 PM
The answer to the hottest restaurant question in town: Walter Abrams. The former French Laundry sous chef (six years) is winging his way east to Le Bec-Fin, where he will become executive chef for new owner Nicolas Fanucci, the Napa landmark's former general manager. This is a package deal, as Abrams'... Read more

Popolino pops up

Monday, March 12, 2012, 5:25 PM
Wednesday, March 14 is the opening of Popolino, a Roman BYOB at Fifth Street and Fairmount Avenue (215-928-0106) from the prolific Peter McAndrews (Monsu, Modo Mio, two Paesano's sandwich shops, and shortly, Il Porto near Media). McAndrews, working with Four Seasons alumnus Steve Flis, is offering... Read more

More on that Center City ramen shop

Monday, March 12, 2012, 10:40 AM
Alan Su says he'll use the first day of spring - March 20 - to soft-open Nom Nom Ramen at 20 S. 18th St., filling the corner spot previously occupied by b.b.go. Su, the son of Chinese restaurateurs, emailed the food press overnight to explain that after sampling great ramen shops from California to... Read more

Square Peg sets its soft opening

Sunday, March 11, 2012, 4:53 PM
Square Peg - Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen's bilevel restau-bar replacing the Marathon Grill at 10th and Walnut Streets - will not rush into full-bore operation. Wednesday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m. is the projected start of a two-week "preview" for dinner, when a limited amount of reservations will be... Read more

Eat 'Iron Chef' food at Village Belle

Saturday, March 10, 2012, 8:28 AM
Brothers Lou and Joey Campanaro of the Village Belle in Queen Village were on Iron Chef America last weekend, competing against brothers Marc and Bryan Forgione. (Outcome? Let's just say Marc Forgione is an Iron Chef for a reason.) There's a rerun Saturday, March 10, at 5 p.m. and the Campanaros will... Read more
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