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Archive: March, 2012

Because Rittenhouse Square doesn't have enough coffee shops

Friday, March 9, 2012, 2:12 PM
Starbucks has applied for a zoning variance to put a shop on the northwest corner of 18th and Spruce Streets, a block south of Rittenhouse Square. (It will occupy the dry cleaner, which will move across the street, and the old Savoy Deli.) Hearing will be March 21. In other zoning matters, Garage... Read more

Latham's restaurant moving closer

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 4:57 PM
The Latham Hotel at 17th and Walnut Streets, now under renovation, is about three months from opening its restaurant in the prime ground-floor space that previously housed such spots as Jolly's, Michels and Bogart's. Working name is Urban Enoteca, and it's penciled in for June. Concept is wine bar... Read more

How do you make authentic Neapolitan pizza?

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 3:27 PM
When Pino DiMeo and his son Antimo talk about genuine, wood-oven Neapolitan pizza, they say they're not kidding. At Pizzeria DiMeo's, which is a few weeks from opening in Andorra Shopping Center (8500 Henry Ave.), they're using ingredients flown in from Campania. OK, so what. Lots of pizzerias use... Read more

Jim Coleman lands chef's role at Sofitel

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 2:27 PM
Jim Coleman is the new executive chef at the Sofitel at 17th and Sansom Streets, replacing Kevin Levett, who is headed back to England. This is a return to Center City for the Texan. He starts March 12. A revamp of the restaurant is in the works. He made his mark at the Rittenhouse Hotel, where was... Read more

Odds and ends

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 12:57 PM
Nan Zhou Hand-Drawn Noodle House's big move is scheduled to happen on March 18. That's the date it relocates to 1022 Race St. from its walk-up at 927 Race. Mount Airy-ans surely remember Goat Hollow, the funky bistro at Mount Pleasant Avenue and Lincoln Drive. It's being revived, probably by September... Read more

End of the road for Mirabella Cafe?

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 10:13 AM
A padlocked door, constantly ringing phone, and newly abbreviated website are three signs that Joe Palombo's Mirabella Cafe is no longer operating in Cherry Hill's Barclay Farms Shopping Center. Tuesday (3/6) was the final night after five years, according to two suppliers hoping to reach Palombo... Read more

Introducing Keg & Kitchen

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 12:34 PM
After a quick but effective renovation, Keg & Kitchen has arisen from the former Cork at 90 Haddon Ave. in Westmont. Saying it was time to update after seven years, owner Kevin Meeker brought in craftsman David Dowling to effect a rough-hewn atmosphere that includes a 16-foot black walnut tree... Read more

Opening the Garage

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 5:24 PM
Jason Evenchik (Time, Bar, Vintage) goes before the city Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday (3/7) with his plan for The Garage, envisioned as a casual drop-in set up inside a former auto-body shop between Pat's and Geno's at Ninth Street and Passyunk Avenue. Food? Evenchik chuckles as he calls it "bring... Read more

'Comfortable cocktail bar' for Rittenhouse

Monday, March 5, 2012, 1:57 PM
Realtor Anne Frey, who has lived in the Rittenhouse Square area for 35 years, says she and neighbors were bemoaning the dearth of comfortable bars in the neighborhood. Someone said, "Why don't you open a bar?" And so she is. In her words, a "comfortable cocktail bar." She is taking over 2006 Chestnut... Read more

Three Philly guys are up for Food & Wine's 'best new chef'

Monday, March 5, 2012, 10:28 AM
For the second year, Food & Wine has put its search for the People’s Best New Chef up to a popular vote. Three guys from Philly - Brad Spence of Amis, Pierre Calmels of Bibou, and Lee Styer of Fond - are in the running. Calmels was nominated last year, but Kyle Bailey of Birch &... Read more
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