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Archive: January, 2012

Big new gig for Tony Clark, in Manayunk

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 4:33 PM
Four Seasons alum Tony Clark is coming back to Philly. Last year, he opened Old Grange by Tony Clark, a farm-to-table restaurant in Cape May's Cold Spring Village. Now, he's been recruited by the Manayunk-rooted Belvedere Restaurant Group to oversee its kitchens, including Agiato, the paninoteca/enoteca... Read more

KC Prime comes to Bucks County

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 2:10 PM
The Christou and Kurnellas families, entering their 10th year with KC Prime steakhouse in Lawrenceville, N.J., have opened their second location, in a former Houlihan’s in Warrington, Bucks County. KC Prime (1580 Easton Rd., Warrington, 267-483-8075) — warmly decorated in white brick with... Read more

A steakhouse for Old City

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 12:41 PM
In its second week in Old City is Reserve, a sexy reinvention of the soaring-ceilinged space that started in the 1990s as Rococo and sank into a series of sketchy clubs (see: Cebu). Reserve (123 Chestnut St., 215-964-6262), fronted by Cuba Libre alumnus Didier LaFontant, offers moody lighting, a dramatic... Read more

Union Transfer crew going to riverfront with a beer garden

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 11:19 AM
This just in: Avram Hornik and his partners from Union Transfer are taking over the former Rock Lobster, the landmark riverfront restaurant destination just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge (221 N. Columbus Blvd.). Its last incarnation was Octo Waterfront Grill. Hornik is joined by Mark Fichera,... Read more

SAG smiles on Tony Luke

Monday, January 30, 2012, 12:38 PM
A whoa moment for cheesesteak-seller-cum-thespian Tony Luke, During Sunday's telecast of the SAG Awards, Luke got a shout-out in a video segment about local-hire actors in feature films. (The point being, you don't have to be in New York or Hollywood to do good work.) Luke's film credits include... Read more

Jeff Benjamin, restaurateur ... actor?

Monday, January 30, 2012, 11:02 AM
If this restaurant thing doesn't work out for Jeff Benjamin - business partner of Marc Vetri - there surely will be acting work available. Witness his work in this Phillies Phantasy Camp spot with Phillies alumnus/broadcaster Larry Andersen, in which they re-create the Mean Joe Green Coke commercial... Read more

Why 2/5 will be Super BELL Sunday

Saturday, January 28, 2012, 9:57 AM
Four restaurants now carry the exalted four-bell rating from The Inquirer's Craig LaBan. Next Sunday - in an exclusive package in The Inquirer and on Philly.com/food - the region's most-read restaurant critic will name his top picks in the Philadelphia area. Five restaurants will be awarded four... Read more

Hop to it: Name that beer

Friday, January 27, 2012, 2:29 PM
The Philadelphia Science Festival is back for a second year (April 20-29), and again Yards Brewing will whip up a special beer - a Weizenbock - to be served at participating bars and events. Last year, Yards brewed a Belgian strong ale (E=MC Beered). It was only available on tap and quickly sold... Read more

Dining notes: Chef move; Garces gets a nod from Wash West

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 3:38 PM
English-born chef Ben McNamara, who was gastropub before the term was invented (New Wave Café, Dark Horse Pub, and St. Stephen’s Green), has landed in Old City at Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant (120 Market St.). PBR also has installed two beer engines. Jose Garces' planned Frohman's... Read more

Alla Spina: Vetri's beer bar is alla-most ready

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 2:43 PM
Alla Spina, the Italian beer pub fronted by Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud and Jeff Benjamin, is targeting mid-February for its opening on Mount Vernon Street just west of Broad Street in the former Wilkie auto showroom. It's about 100 yards from their posher Osteria. Michaud and the eatery's chef, Damon... Read more
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