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Archive: June, 2013

A hot dog battle on South Street

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 4:05 PM
Keith Garabedian of Hot Diggity and the South Street Headhouse District want to do for hot dogs what Burger Brawl has done for burgers. Details are still being hammered out, but 20 restaurants will cook hot dogs in a friendly, charity competition from noon to 4 p.m. July 20 at the Headhouse Shambles... Read more

Summer hours at Hop Sing Laundromat

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 10:46 AM
Chinatown craft-cocktail bar Hop Sing Laundromat (1029 Race St.) is stepping back its operation, but only for the summer. Lee, the solo-named operator, says he will close Sundays and Mondays until September, effective immediately. He says he has some project to attend to in New York. Meanwhile,... Read more

Fraschetta: Melograno goes to the Main Line

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 10:31 PM
Husband-wife team Gianluca Demontis and Rosemarie Tran, who own the Italian BYOB Melograno at 2012 Sansom St., are venturing to their Main Line back yard for their next project. It's called Fraschetta, and the 50-seater will join Bryn Mawr's restaurant row at 816 W. Lancaster Ave. (610-525-1007) on... Read more

Big move for Roots Cafe in West Chester

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 7:23 PM
Dan Cellucci has elevated his Roots Cafe in West Chester with a two-block move. On Tuesday, June 25, he greeted customers at 133 E. Gay St., the former longtime home of Gilmore's. Cellucci opened the organic-sustainable breakfast-and-luncher just about two years ago at 8 W. Gay St. in West Chester... Read more

Manayunk's Bisou adding a deck

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 1:23 PM
Bisou, chef Clark Gilbert’s French bistro in Manayunk, is adding a 25-seat second-story deck. The deck will be constructed in the space between Bisou and the building next door and accessible from Bisou’s second floor. The bistro already has sidewalk dining. Gilbert hopes to have it completed... Read more

Fishtown shop is a sip off the old block

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 12:28 PM
After working for her mother, Peggy Stephens, at the Rittenhouse tea destination Premium Steap for two years, Colleen McHale has branched out to Fishtown with Steap and Grind. It's a coffee and tea house in that neat triangle-shaped building at Frankford and Columbia, across from the 19125 post office... Read more

A second Red Kings in Chinatown

Monday, June 24, 2013, 10:07 PM
San Saing did not go far for his second location of Red Kings, his Chinatown BYOB at 933 Race St. Or for its name. Last weekend, Red Kings 2 opened a half-block away, at 1006 Race St. (215-238-1392) - the former Singapore and Golden Pond restaurants. Unlike Red Kings, whose plain decor is nothing... Read more

A little 'Next Food Network Star' power

Monday, June 24, 2013, 1:26 PM
Friends and family of Ambler's Chad Rosenthal gathered last night for a Next Food Network Star viewing party at Maple Glen Tavern. Rosenthal had company - his fellow contestant Rodney Henry and bluesman Sean K. Preston, both from Baltimore. Cheers went up for both guys when it was clear they were... Read more

Paesano's in expansion mode

Monday, June 24, 2013, 11:02 AM
Peter McAndrews has seen the future, and it appears to be stuffed on a roll. The chef - who's behind Monsu, Modo Mio, and La Porta and runs the kitchen at Bridgid's - says that he's putting more emphasis these days into his Paesano's sandwich concept. Paesano's grew out of a hole in the wall on Girard... Read more

Burger mania: New chains popping up

Monday, June 24, 2013, 10:45 AM
Burger mania shows no signs of abatement, and the chains are pushing into the area. June 24 is the debut of BurgerMonger, set up in the former Ruby Tuesday's next to the carousel on the third level at Willow Grove Park mall. The Tampa Bay-area franchise, brought north via restaurateur Brian Harrington... Read more
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