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Archive: December, 2011

Planned: Philly's 'largest beer hall'

Saturday, December 31, 2011, 5:06 PM
The crew behind Farmers’ Cabinet (1113 Walnut St.) will tackle a new project at the Frank Furness-designed former bank building at 600 Spring Garden St. that has spent recent memory as a series of sketchy clubs (Transit, 90 Degrees). The main floor, with its three-story-high ceiling, will be... Read more

The Year of the Bar

Thursday, December 29, 2011, 11:27 PM
Not too long ago, everyone was opening a BYOB. Then came the recession, and people realized that restaurants were real businesses designed to generate profits. (Your average BYOB, alas, simply does not make much.) So restaurant operators turned their focus to alcohol, that age-old booster of cash flow... Read more

Replacing Ted's Montana Grill ...?

Thursday, December 29, 2011, 6:12 PM
Since May, when the University of the Arts reclaimed its space on Broad Street near Walnut after 21 years, the crew from the Italian Bistro has been hunting for a new location in the neighborhood. The search is apparently over. My real estate sources tell me that a deal is now on the table that will... Read more

Vegan fast-fooder has a name; Perrier's mother dies

Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 5:56 PM
Former Horizons manager Nicole Marquis has settled on HipCityVeg as the name of her vegan quick-serve coming to 127 S. 18th St., near Rittenhouse Square, this winter. Previous post. Condolences to Georges and Bernard Perrier, whose mother, Yvonne, passed away Christmas Eve at age 101 in France. She... Read more


Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 5:22 PM
Closings in December are rare - it's traditionally one of the busiest months of the year - but... Today was the finale of the Center City location of Ted's Montana Grill, just shy of its seventh anniversary at Broad and Spruce Streets. That location previously was home to two much-shorter-lived enterprises... Read more

Iron Hill sets its debut for Chestnut Hill

Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 1:45 PM
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has set Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 4 p.m., for the opening toast of its Chestnut Hill location at 8400 Germantown Ave. Founders Kevin Finn, Kevin Davies, and Mark Edelson will do the ceremonial first pour with Councilman Bill Green and Councilwoman Cindy Bass. The restaurant... Read more

Dino's Sub Shop owner dies

Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 9:43 AM
Sad news out of Margate, as Leo ´╗┐Heintzelman, owner of the landmark Dino's Sub Shop on Ventnor Avenue, has died at 49 after what his death notice calls a short illness. Cancer, I hear. Leo, a true gentleman who worked at the shop for 29 years (seven as its owner), was a soft touch for local charities... Read more

The food lineup at the Winter Classic

Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 4:32 PM
Even hockey fans without a ticket to Jan. 2's Winter Classic game at Citizens Bank Park can eat well. Aramark says it's enlisted Bassett's Original Memphis BBQ from Moorestown, Jose Garces’ taco truck, Guapos Tacos, and the Nomad Pizza Co. wood-fired pizza truck to operate outside the stadium... Read more

We have a winner: New Year's Eve dinner at Sabrina's

Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 1:25 PM
Our question: "What is your New Year's resolution? And more importantly, why are you making it?" The prize for our favorite answer: Dinner for two on New Year's Eve at Sabrina's Cafe, 1804 Callowhill St., which is offering a prix-fixe menu. (Only a few seats remain, by the way. See the deal here.) Your... Read more

Walnut Street Supper Club: Back to old school

Monday, December 26, 2011, 10:28 AM
When Ralph Berarducci opened Portofino near 13th and Walnut Streets nearly 40 years ago, it was a far different time. That part of town - a block off Broad, two blocks from the Forrest - was Philly's theater district, and his mildly upscale Italian restaurant with a stage for singers fit in beautifully... Read more
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