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Archive: April, 2011

Restaurant notes: New in Mullica Hill; buy a Bucks County inn?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 4:12 PM
Culinary Institute of America grad Anthony Marino is behind Marino’s of Mullica Hill, targeted for an early May opening in Mullica Hill Commons Shopping Center, 157 Bridgeton Pike in Mullica Hill. He'll do breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days. Fare will include pizzas, salads, sandwiches,... Read more

Restaurant notes: What's that truck doing on Whole Foods' roof?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 6:00 AM
"Honest Tom" McCusker and Jose "Guapos Tacos" Garces have taken tacos on the road with their trucks. The Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting Mall has gone the truck route, but it's not going anywhere. Literally, anyway. The store had a regulation taco truck decorated and then hauled it up on the roof... Read more

Restaurant notes: What's up with Bitar's?; high-tech/low-cal fare

Monday, April 11, 2011, 2:27 PM
Bitar's, which has been dispensing Lebanese fare from 10th and Federal Streets since 1974, is weighing a move but nothing is imminent, says owner Amin Bitar. He's looking to sell his building in favor of a spot with more parking and easier customer access. He's weighing several options, all of which... Read more

Restaurant notes: Deep-fried Thanksgiving dinner!

Monday, April 11, 2011, 10:30 AM
You take roasted turkey, coat it with mashed potatoes and stuffing, batter it, fry it, and serve it with cranberry sauce and gravy. This Thanksgiving-dinner bite will be part of the menu at The Blind Pig, a pub being built at 702 N. Second St. in Northern Liberties, the spot that previously housed... Read more

Restaurant notes: Horizons to close

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 1:44 PM
Jim and Kristina Burke are not the only couple deciding to close their fine-dining restaurant (South Philly's James) as they shift to a new concept in Center City. Horizons, the honored vegan destination on Seventh Street south of South Street, is preparing to move on after five years. Timetable has... Read more

Restaurant notes: Vesuvio erupting again; Thai coming to South Street

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 3:06 PM
Vesuvio, at Eighth and Fitzwater Streets in Bella Vista, has given way to Little Bar, a jazz club. The changes began in December, when Michael D'Addesi closed to fix the building. He reopened the bar area in February. Effective April 29, the rest of the former dining room will be set up as a "bar room"... Read more

Restaurant notes: Talula's Garden

Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 12:48 PM
Wednesday, April 13* is the first public night for Talula's Garden, the collab between Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr at 210 W. Washington Square. (* Opening date has been changed.) Concept is garden to table, and Olexy considers TG as an urban extension of her Talula’s Table in Kennett Square... Read more

Food star turns: Kevin Sbraga to cook at Blackfish, Aaron McCargo Jr. starts foundation

Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 12:32 PM
Kevin Sbraga, winner of the seventh season of Bravo's Top Chef, and Chip Roman, chef/owner at Blackfish and the new Mica, have something in common: a background in Georges Perrier's kitchens (Sbraga at Le Mas and Roman at Le Bec-Fin). They'll team up for a collab dinner at Blackfish, in Conshohocken... Read more

Gin drinks for a quarter

Monday, April 4, 2011, 10:11 AM
TuB, the Philly-rooted premium gin, will mark the 78th anniversary of the Cullen-Harrison Act by offering throwback-priced 25-cent gin drinks on Thursday, April 7 at five watering holes: Franklin Mortgage & Investment on 18th Street, PYT in the Piazza at Schmidt's, Prohibition at 13th and Buttonwood... Read more

Restaurant notes: Fare game on; help for Japan

Sunday, April 3, 2011, 12:00 PM
Two years in the making, the Fairmount restaurant/wine bar Fare is looking at a debut before Memorial Day at 2028 Fairmount Ave., across from L'Oca. Owner David Orphanides, chef Tim Bellew, and general manager Robert Amar have sustainability, local products, and organics on the mind. See the website... Read more
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