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Archive: July, 2013

POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 2:31 PM
Jose Garces’ Distrito in University City (DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

Jose Garces has signed a lease for a Distrito location at Moorestown Mall, as Joe Coradino, who runs mall operator Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, announced on a conference call to investors yesterday.

Garces will join Marc Vetri, who plans to open a branch of Osteria at the mall later this year. A Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Corner Bakery are on the way there, too.

The news was first reported by Moorestown's Patch site.

POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 11:59 AM
Jeb Woody outside 228 Vine St., the future Honey's Sit N Eat. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

Fresh off their success at 21st and South Streets, Honey's Sit 'N Eat owners Jeb Woody and Ellen Mogell today signed a lease in Old City for a third location.

They're taking over what most recently was the Turkish spot Konak at 228 Vine St., next door to the Painted Bride Art Center.

This location - a mere seven blocks or so from their flagship at Fourth and Brown Streets in Northern Liberties - will have a liquor license. The front room will become the main dining room. Behind it is an enormous, high-ceilinged room that will accommodate private parties and the inevitable weekend brunch rush.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:34 PM
Craig LaBan at his desk.

Many newspaper and magazine critics seek to maintain an air of anonymity as they go about their work - under the notion that if they are "known" to restaurant staff, they may receive better food or service.

Slate's L.V. Anderson weighs in on Pete Wells' New York Times review of Daniel. Wells, who prefers to work in anonymity, clearly received better treatment at Daniel than did a colleague seated at another table that evening.

Anderson posits that the "charade" ought to stop.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 3:21 PM
Ron Washington, in a Ron's T-shirt, gnawing a rib at his South Street shop in 2000. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Ron Washington's death in 2002 - far too young at age 60 - left a hole in the city's barbecue scene.

Now his son Brandon, 25 - who spent his entire childhood at his father's side at Ron's Ribs at 1627 South St. - wants to revive the landmark, which Ron opened in 1984. (Ron's brother Kevin ran the shop from 2003 to 2010.)

While Brandon tries to line up an investor or to sell Ron's Ribs to local bars and restaurants, he's at least keeping the Ron's brand out there.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 12:19 PM
Robert "Bubba" Kolbasowski of Bubba's BBQ in Fishtown. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

Some folks go on The Next Food Network Star to seek their TV fame.

For others, the TV show finds them.

I refer to one Robert Kolbasowski, an Austin, Texas-born resident of the Pine Barrens known to all as Bubba.

POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013, 4:04 PM
Coastal Blue in Diamond Beach.

Chef Al Paris has lots going on in Chestnut Hill: He's building out Paris Bistro in the Chestnut Hill Hotel (due in October), developing a second Green Soul health-food shop for the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market (due in August) and running Heirloom, a BYOB at 8705 Germantown Ave.

He also just opened an upmarket seafooder at the Jersey Shore: Coastal Blue, a 260-seater, serves breakfast, lunch, dinner daily and weekend brunch at the new Hotel Icona in Diamond Beach, a slice of sand between Wildwood Crest and Cape May.

Paris describes the place - which has a raw bar and plenty of outside dining - as Amalfi Coast-chic. 

POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013, 3:17 PM
Sang Kee Asian Bistro in Wynnewood.

Sang Kee Asian Bistro in Wynnewood is expanding into the former Carvel ice cream shop next door.

Owner Michael Chow says the new space will be a regular dining room as well as banquet room.

He expects to open the new room in November.

POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:11 PM

California Tortilla is opening its sixth location in the Philly area on Tuesday, July 23, as it replaces Tennessee's BBQ in Langhorne Square Shopping Center, 1295 E. Lincoln Highway, Levittown.

To mark the opening day, CalTort will give out free burritos and drinks (one per customer) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

The first 20 people in line that morning each will receive a Burrito Elito loyalty card loaded with free burritos for a year.

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