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POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 2:54 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Monday, April 16 is the opening date for HipCityVeg, a vegan fast-food cafe at 127 S. 18th St., on the block north of Rittenhouse Square that's also home to Serafina and a.kitchen.

In her ownership debut, Nicole Marquis, a former manager at the late vegan landmark Horizons, wants to make vegan grub "convenient, affordable, and delicious."

Chef Rich Landau, who transitioned from Horizons into the white-hot destination restaurant Vedge, mapped out the menu, which will be executed by chef Lauren Hooks. Landau also inspired the shop's name, Marquis said.

POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 12:20 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Peter McAndrews' Italian-influenced bar, La Porta, is due to open May 1-ish in Edgemont, outside of Media.

The chef - who has Modo Mio, Paesano's, Monsu and Popolino in Philly - took over the Locust Crest Tavern off Route 352, sprucing it up while keeping the oldtime flavor.

Though billed as a pizzeria, note the creative touches on the menu, including an antipizza section, with such dishes as spicy wood-roasted mussels, almonds, lemon, herb butter.

POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 11:57 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk
2008: 10 Arts chef de cuisine Jennifer Carroll and executive chef Eric Ripert in the restaurant, located in the the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Inquirer Staff Photographer)

While in town visiting his 10 Arts at the Ritz Carlton - which somehow is going on without Jennifer Carroll in the kitchen - chef Eric Ripert sat for a Q&A with GrubStreet. Notably, Ripert took the time to tout Stephen Starr, calling him "the king of restaurants.” (Post is here.)

Meanwhile, Carroll is hard at work on the Bravo series Life After Top Chef. On Monday, she and a camera crew stopped at Samuels & Son, the seafood wholesaler, at its South Philly headquarters.

Carroll was blown away.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12:39 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Why is this Passover different from the last five Passovers?

Max & David's, the destination  kosher restaurant in Yorktown Plaza in Elkins Park, won't be reopening after the holiday.

"We made kosher cool again," said owner Steve Katz, with a bit of leavening, er, levity. He added that he pulled the plug because he was losing money. "I'd rather give the money to charity," he said.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12:10 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk
The shuttered Shanachie in Ambler. (philly.com)

The Shanachie, an Irish pub/music venue that opened in 2004 in the heart of Ambler, folded at the end of March.

Owners Ed Egan and Gerry Timlin told the local Patch that "personal issues" led them to shut down.

Chiropractor-turned-restaurateur Dave Magrogan, who has been on a development tear lately, confirms that he is in talks to take the space. But while the neighbors are speculating that he will install his bar concept Kildare's, he is thinking about a Doc Magrogan's Oyster House.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 10:29 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Entrepreneurs Gerard Olson and Daniel Endicott are previewing Forest & Main, Ambler's first brewpub, with an eye toward opening Friday, April 13.

Over the course of more than a year, they've transformed a circa-1880s Victorian house at Forest and Main Streets (!) into a bar-restaurant, squeezing their brewing equipment into a later-vintage expansion of the house.

The century-old spot, replete with knickknacks and plank flooring, looks its age. The first-floor bar in the parlor is snug, and there's a small dining room on the first floor. There's additional dining upstairs.

POSTED: Monday, April 9, 2012, 4:17 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk
Greenery on the tables at the new Green Eggs Cafe at 13th and Locust Streets. (Michael Klein)

A most impressive two years for Steve Slaughter and crew at Green Eggs Cafe, the bruncherie.

  • Opened on Dickinson Street in South Philly.
  • Opened on North Second Street in Northern Liberties.
  • Expanded South Philly.
  • Opened Stateside, a two-bell gastropub on East Passyunk
  • And now: The third Green Eggs Cafe is looking to open April 16 at 13th and Locust Streets, sharing the building with the new Nest Gym. (It's the former Signatures strip club.)

Bright, open look, with wooden tables topped with plants, and a fieldstone wall housing a TV.

Same menu as the other locations.

POSTED: Monday, April 9, 2012, 11:01 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk
Salvatore De Cristofaro at Chef Salvatore in October 2010. (AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer )

Since the days of Marabella's, restaurants occupying the building at Skippack and Penllyn-Blue Bell Pike in Blue Bell - across from the Blue Bell Inn - have failed to gain traction:

The Blue Horse limped along, followed by Domenico's seemingly for five minutes. Now, Chef Salvatore is on its way out after 18 months. Chef Salvatore De Cristofaro tells me that he's returning to Italy to shoot and produce a TV show.

New occupants, who plan to take over without a shutdown, own the popular Buona Via in Horsham. Buona Via's Salvatore Carratta says he intends to install a wood oven for pizzas and will rename the place L'Angolo Blue.

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