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Archive: July, 2010

Raw video: A peek at Adsum

Friday, July 9, 2010, 12:13 PM
Chef Matt Levin and entrepreneur Kar Vivekananthan just took the paper off the windows of their bistro, Adsum (700 S. Fifth St., 267-888-7002), which opens 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 14. Levin calls it a refined neighborhood bistro serving a menu of progressive cuisine. Here's the menu. Decor, as you'll... Read more

Can you eat 33 tacos?

Thursday, July 8, 2010, 2:56 PM
The three Drinker's locations have issued the Drinker's Challenge, an eating contest inspired by the show Man Vs. Food. You have to eat 33 tacos in 13 minutes. And it's free.* Winners receive a Drinker's T-shirt, a bottle of Joe's taco sauce, and their name on a plaque. They also get to try it again... Read more

Casting calls

Thursday, July 8, 2010, 2:31 PM
A couple of casting calls, from two TV production companies. - One is looking for a charismatic carpenter for a new food/renovation series. Can you wield a spatula as well as a hammer and have a great personality to boot? - Another is looking for a troubled restaurant or two, ideally owned... Read more

Restaurant notes: Vinny T's gone

Thursday, July 8, 2010, 2:26 PM
- Vinny T's of Boston, a big-portion Italian-feed concept, has folded its Wynnewood Square Shopping Center location. In its place will be ... a Buca di Beppo's, come fall. - A couple of public opening dates: Adsum, Matt Levin's bistro at Fifth and Bainbridge Streets, is scheduled for Wednesday... Read more

Have a Roy's gift certificate?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 4:44 PM
If you're holding a gift certificate from Roy's, which closed over the weekend, you are not completely stuck. One positive aspect about Roy's chain status is that its paper is accepted at OSI Partners’ other eateries — Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill... Read more

NYT not impressed with Philly native's boite

Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 1:00 PM
The New York Times just doesn't get Kenmare, a new scene spot in Manhattan whose chef is listed as Joey Campanaro -- he of the well-regarded Little Owl and Market Table. The Philly bred Campanaro is also listed as one of the partners in a South Philly project I told you about last month called the... Read more

Chicago eats: Tips for traveling Phillies fans

Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 2:30 PM
In anticipation of a July 4 weekend trip to Chicago, I put out a call for dining tips on Twitter and was rewarded with a slew of suggestions -- many more options than we could fit in our 54 hours. Chicago is an incredible casual-dining town, as Chicagoans will be quick to remind you. While we in... Read more

How about some good restaurant news?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 11:21 AM
Is the restaurant business in trouble? The closings documented here over the last week (Roy's, Domenico's, Floret, Tequila Joe's in Center Square) beg that question, just as previous closings prompted similar hand-wringing. A few observations: - It's July, usually the start of a slow season... Read more

Aloha, Roy's

Monday, July 5, 2010, 11:37 AM
Philadelphia's outpost of Roy's, the Hawaiian-fusion chain backed by Outback, closed over the weekend, management confirmed this morning. (I wrote about the buzz last week, as Roy's staffers were spotted job-hunting.) The Roy's space, on the corner of 15th and Sansom Streets, will be dark, pending... Read more

Zesty's returns to Manayunk

Sunday, July 4, 2010, 10:42 AM
This spring, Tom Konidaris flipped his long-running Zesty's in Manayunk into a gastropub called Munk & Nunn. In doing so, he says he lost his old clientele who missed his Greek cooking. So now, he's revived the Zesty's brand, much as Bruce Cooper has done nearby with his side-by-side Jake's and... Read more
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