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Archive: August, 2012

Ocean Prime makes it official at 15th and Sansom

Monday, August 20, 2012, 2:52 PM
Signed nearly three months ago, the deal bringing the luxe Ocean Prime to the corner of 15th and Sansom Streets was press-released today. The "modern American supper club" - which I hear will open in March 2013 after a $5 million build-out - will be number 10 in the collection of Ohio-based restaurateur... Read more

A look inside 1 Tippling Pl

Sunday, August 19, 2012, 9:58 PM
Rittenhouse Square real-estate agent Anne Frey is aiming for Tuesday, Aug. 21 for the unveiling of 1 Tippling Pl, a cleverly named cocktail bar that has a certain Mad Men appeal. It's at 2006 Chestnut St., which last was Jolly's piano bar. It's done up in a style that would seem straight out of a... Read more

Beau Monde-Tavern on the Green deal under scrutiny

Sunday, August 19, 2012, 9:43 PM
Beau Monde co-owner Jim Caiola on Sunday labeled "untrue" an allegation that family ties - and not merit - cinched the deal that put him and partner David Salama in line to run Tavern on the Green, the Central Park landmark owned by the City of New York. The New York Post on Saturday reported that... Read more

Jose Garces consulting on restaurant at PHL

Sunday, August 19, 2012, 2:40 PM
Jose Garces is on the move again. As part of a major redo of Terminal F at Philadelphia International Airport, he will consult on - but not operate - a tavern called Local. The Inquirer's Linda Loyd reported in Sunday's editions that construction is underway to enlarge the center "hub" that connects... Read more

Chris Kearse's Will

Saturday, August 18, 2012, 12:28 AM
Christopher Kearse is what you'd call a chef's chef. The Levittown native worked at some of the best restaurants in America, like Charlie Trotter’s, Tru, Alinea, and French Laundry, after his 2005 graduation from the Restaurant School. He returned to the Philadelphia area as a sous chef at... Read more

Say hello to Gracie's Cafe

Friday, August 17, 2012, 11:46 PM
It's old home week near the crossroads of Routes 73 and 313 in Central Montgomery County. The Asian BYOB FuziOn has closed, and in its place, we now have Gracie's Cafe (2960 Skippack Pike, Worcester, 610-584-6958), a light and airy mix of Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. It's open for dinner only... Read more

Devon & Blakely out of NYC/DC coming to Center City

Friday, August 17, 2012, 11:11 AM
The empty spot on the 18th Street side of 1801 Market St., last occupied by Pikkles Plus, is getting a new tenant. Devon & Blakely - an upmarket sandwich/salad spot with a strong delivery business at its locations in Washington, D.C., and New York City, just signed on. This will be the first Philly... Read more

Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman at Tashan

Friday, August 17, 2012, 10:48 AM
Tashan, the modern Indian restaurant at 777 S. Broad St., had a visit Thursday night by actors Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, who are filming the thriller Paranoia hereabouts. (The two play adversaries again. See below from Air Force One.) Chef Sylva Senat whipped them up a gigundo tasting menu: gol... Read more

Soul food to return to Reading Terminal Market

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 4:12 PM
Reading Terminal Market is getting close to finding a new operator for the stand previously occupied by Delilah's, the longtime soul fooder that shut down in mid-March amid bankruptcy proceedings. The concept will be soul food again. Market general manager Paul Steinke confirmed that four potential... Read more

Beau Monde duo taking over NYC's Tavern on the Green

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 3:48 PM
Jim Caiola and David Salama, owners of the Queen Village creperie Beau Monde, today were named the future operators of the Central Park landmark Tavern on the Green. They will maintain Beau Monde, their rep says. The city of New York will award the pair a 20-year license term to run an informal restaurant... Read more
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