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Archive: January, 2013

A step forward for Scarduzio's East Passyunk project

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 4:31 PM
Table 31/Mia's/Scarduzio's chef-owner Chris Scarduzio and partners Stephen and Tamar Olitsky just got the keys for 1646-1648 S. 12th St. - the corner of 12th and Morris Streets. But don't expect some quickie turnaround at the home of Artisan Boulanger Patissier, which now has 90 days to relocate... Read more

What's on the Four Chefs' next menu?

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 3:47 PM
Four of Philly's hottest young chefs - Lee Styer at Fond, Jon Cichon at Lacroix, Nicholas Elmi at Rittenhouse Tavern, and Christopher Kearse at Will BYOB - are doing a set of four dinners at one another's restaurants. The first was held last month at Will. The next $100-a-head feed is Monday, Feb... Read more

Want to start a food truck?

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 2:50 PM
What kind of question is that? Of course you do! Everybody's doing it. The University of Pennsylvania Law School will host a free all-day seminar on the ins and outs of the mobile food industry on Saturday, Feb. 16. The seminar will coincide with the year's first meeting of the Philadelphia Mobile... Read more

East Passyunk's first restaurant week

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 11:41 AM
Twenty-one restaurants and the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District will run the first East Passyunk Restaurant Week from Sunday, Feb. 24-Sat. March 2. Featured will be three-course brunch, lunch and dinner menus for $15, $25 and $35. The district is dribbling out info on the website;... Read more

Main Line getting Avenue Kitchen

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 6:18 AM
Dana Smith Farrell, a partner in the Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bars in Glen Mills and University City, is going solo this spring with a new restaurant-bar at 789 Lancaster Ave. in Villanova. She is taking a portion of the space previously occupied by Maia and Mixx in the center behind the... Read more

Nomad Pizza returns

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 12:15 PM
Not every boss will close the restaurants and take a dozen employees to Italy in the interest of research. That's what Stalin Bedon and Tom Grim of Nomad Pizza did. They're back in the States after about 11 days, and their shops at 611 S. Seventh St. and in Hopewell, N.J., will be back online Thursday... Read more

Old City club changes hands

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 12:02 PM
Jalsa - a little-noticed Indian restaurant-slash-club that opened last spring at 246 Market St. in Old City (the former Prive and Bluezette) - has given way to Tantra Luxe Lounge. Jalsa front man Kayur Popat told me that he yielded control of the restaurant while he recovers from an illness. In the... Read more

Metropolitan Cafe sets opening date

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 11:27 AM
Monday, Feb. 4 is the go-live date for Metropolitan Cafe, next to Metropolitan Bakery's flagship shop on 19th Street south of Rittenhouse Square (264 S. 19th St.). Wendy Born and James Barrett (she's the brains, he's the chef) will have 20 seats in the mod, comfy setting. Menu will include pressed... Read more

Toast pops in to a Center City corner

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 11:07 AM
One of the oddest restaurant games was played last year at 1201 Spruce St. The ambitious Odd Fellows Cafe opened in that big-windowed corner space, backed by Betty Ortiz, formerly of Spruce Street Espresso. By October, Odd Fellows and Ortiz were gone. It was then rebranded YOLO, as in "you only live... Read more

Plug pulled on Craft & Claw

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 3:00 PM
After 130 days in business, Old City's Craft & Claw, the seafood successor to Mad River at 126 Chestnut St., is "closed indefinitely while we reassess the situation," says manager Max Tucker. He told me that the majority partner ordered the closing two weeks ago. Tucker labeled as untrue the... Read more
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