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Archive: May, 2013

POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:44 PM

The Green Eggs Cafe at 13th and Locust Streets, closed since May 6 after a public infestation of rats, will reopen for business Wednesday, May 29.

Today, the restaurant demonstrated that all was clean. 

Management said a damaged storm-water drain had allowed rats to gain access, and crowds of passersby noticed rats feasting on leftover pizza.

POSTED: Sunday, May 26, 2013, 2:29 PM
TV host Guy Fieri with chef Erin O'Shea of Percy Street BBQ on South Street.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at 10 p.m., the Food Network will show Percy Street BBQ's appearance on the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives starring Guy Fieri.

Management will have the episode playing on the TVs while chef Erin O'Shea will serve popcorn, comp chopped brisket sliders (the chopped brisket sandwich is featured on the show, as is as the pork belly sandwich), and a few Percy Street sides.   

Fieri, who of course will not be at the viewing party, toured six Philly spots in February: Sidecar Bar & Grille in Southwest Center City; Standard Tap in Northern Liberties; South Philadelphia Tap Room in South Philly; Jamaican Jerk Hut at 15th and South; and Geechee Girl Rice Cafe in Germantown.

POSTED: Sunday, May 26, 2013, 2:20 PM

More than a year in the making, Mugshot Diner will grand-open Thursday, May 30 at 2424 E. York St. (215-426-2424), a few blocks west of Aramingo Avenue, in Fishtown.

Mugshot is named after owner Chris Voz's former diner, in Mount Holly, and has no affiliation with the Mugshots coffee shops in Fairmount and Brewerytown. Voz also runs the Diamond Diners in Hainesport and Egg Harbor Township, N.J. 

The retro newcomer - at York and Gaul Streets on the corner of the 2424 Studios mixed-use development - is huge: a 150-seater with an open-kitchen countertop, yellow and blue booths, plenty of chrome and granite, and multicolor LED lighting indoors and outdoors. Mugshots decorate the walls. Menu is the size of a good-size phone book.

POSTED: Sunday, May 26, 2013, 1:52 PM
Beauty Shop Cafe at 20th and Fitzwater Streets. (Via Google)

Beauty Shop Cafe at 20th and Fitzwater Streets is closed for a makeover.

The bruncherie, which helped caffeinate the gentrification crowd in the Graduate Hospital/Southwest Center City neighborhood from its opening six years ago, has a new owner who plans to reopen in a matter of weeks under a new name and with a coffee-centric concept.

It's Matt Swartz, who runs the Farmers' Cabinet in Center City. Before you ask what a bar guy wants with a coffeeshop, know that one of his managers is Philip Search, a coffee consultant with an impressive resume and track record in both New York and the Pacific Northwest (as a trainer for Dallis Bros., he competed in the U.S. Barista Championship two years ago).

POSTED: Friday, May 24, 2013, 3:05 PM

Every time we lose one of the old-time restaurants - e.g. Le Bec Fin, now in its final weeks - I think about the other white-tablecloth spots still carrying on after several decades under the same owners.

That invariably sends me back to what I consider to be my first dress-up meal, as a teenager, with my world-traveling aunt and uncle, at what was then the hot, new Italian newcomer, La Famiglia in Old City.

Too young to appreciate the grappa selection on the fireplace mantel, I nonetheless enjoyed both the sofficini I ate and the impromptu tour of the wine cellars that Papa Sena gave me. He led me downstairs to a brick-lined pit covered with a steel grate and told me to look down.  It was a colonial well that workers uncovered as they were constructing La Famiglia. In the 1700s, when the Delaware River stopped near Front Street, this was a house built for Benjamin Franklin's daughter. We were standing atop history.

POSTED: Friday, May 24, 2013, 1:26 PM

Yong Chi, owner of the Center City Korean cafes Giwa and Rice & Mix, is bottling the hot sauce used at Giwa.

Under the name Yong's Kitchen, he is taking to market his version of go chu jang, the traditional paste made mainly with fermented soybean and red chili pepper. 

Chi's sauce is at once spicy and sweet. He has it made by a food company in Lancaster County and says it's the same recipe used in the restaurant, except that the bottled version includes apple cider vinegar as a natural preservative.

POSTED: Friday, May 24, 2013, 11:44 AM
Peking Duck summer rolls from Mi Dac Ky.

Two bars will take their scene outside for Memorial Day weekend.

The Trestle Inn launches its Friday Nite Backyard BBQ series at 11th and Callowhill Streets with free whiskey sour from 5 to 7 p.m. Food trucks will join the fun; tonight's guest is Yumtown and Good Phellas is up for next Friday.

Bainbridge Street Barrel House will have the 500 block of Bainbridge Street closed from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26 for a block party boasting two dozen beers and Southern-style food ($5 a ticket). Dunk tank and Thunck Music, too. 

POSTED: Friday, May 24, 2013, 7:30 AM
The state has seized Joe Brown's Melange @ Haddonfield on Tanner Street. (Photo via Melange @ Haddonfield's website)

This sign greeted customers last night at Joe Brown's Melange @ Haddonfield on Tanner Street.

It's a notice of property seizure for unpaid taxes.

Brown opened the Louisiana-theme restaurant in 2008. At one time, he also had a restaurant in Cherry Hill but he closed it shortly after the Haddonfleld location opened.

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