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Archive: December, 2012

Azie Southeast shuts down

Monday, December 31, 2012, 2:16 PM
The upmarket-restaurant space next to the Regal theater in Edgmont Square Shopping Center in Newtown Square has not exactly had the greatest track record. Roux 3, a polished New American with downtown price tags, hung in for six years. Then came the real estate bust. Win and Sutida Somboonsong -... Read more

Bars and restaurants open New Year's

Monday, December 31, 2012, 10:04 AM
To see who's serving, follow/search #OpenInPHL on Twitter. Any restaurants and bars that are open, tweet at me - @phillyinsider. Happy new year! Read more

The South rises in Conshohocken

Monday, December 31, 2012, 4:00 AM
Marianne Gere and Kim Strengari, from West Conshohocken's Stella Blu and Gypsy Saloon, have crossed the Schuylkill to open Southern Cross Kitchen, a restaurant-bar on the former site of 8 East at 8 E. First Ave. in Conshohocken (484-344-5668). The cross does not refer to the Fayette Street bridge;... Read more

Jerry's Bar project gets a GM

Sunday, December 30, 2012, 4:00 AM
You're going to hear a lot about Jerry's Bar, the former corner shot-and-beer in Northern Liberties that contractor Bill Proud is lovingly renovating at Laurel and New Market Streets. I told you last week that Marshall Green - former chef-owner of Cafe Estelle - will be the chef in its new incarnation... Read more

'Lamb deli' coming to Reading Terminal Market

Saturday, December 29, 2012, 3:41 PM
How about an all-lamb deli? Border Springs Farm - a lamb purveyor to top kitchens in D.C., Virginia and the South - will take over the recently vacated Basic 4 space at Reading Terminal Market. Owner Craig Rogers was shepherded to market management by chef Jennifer Carroll. His farm is in Patrick... Read more

Weekend must-tries: Hot dogging in Media; Thai-Laotian fare in South Philly

Friday, December 28, 2012, 10:49 AM
Steve Gariffo seemed to have it all. Besides the beautiful family, he had a thriving physical-therapy practice. Then the gregarious Southwest Philly native heeded the call of the restaurant business. He's selling his practice and just last weekend opened My Three Sons, a cheery-looking but serious... Read more

Plenty coming to Rittenhouse

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 3:16 PM
Plenty - the upmarket quick-serve sandwich shop-slash-coffee bar from East Passyunk Avenue - is coming to Rittenhouse. Owner Anthony Mascieri told me that the location is 1602 Spruce St. - last a jewelry store. It's due to open in March. Photo: Google Read more

Center City's Krispy Kreme to close

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 9:38 AM
Sunday, Dec. 30 is the finale for the Center City location of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, which opened only in spring 2011. Franchisee Brian Zaslow says the location, on 16th Street just north of Chestnut, was "nontraditional. ... It didn't work." He emphasized that this decision had no impact on his... Read more

Fairmount's OCF Coffee House sets opening

Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 4:53 PM
OCF Coffee House's third location - where Mugshots was, at 2100 Fairmount Ave. - will open Jan. 1. The space is four times the size of OCF's two locations (18th and South and 20th and Federal), and the menu is far more ambitious - real breakfast/brunch/lunch. Bloody Mary and mimosa mixes will be available... Read more

The 2013 Philly restaurant forecast

Tuesday, December 25, 2012, 4:00 AM
The Philly restaurant forecast for 2013 is for respectable growth in the scene. Big projects are few. It’s as if the economic slowdown that began several years ago is finally catching up. The first opening of 2013 most likely will be the third branch of OCF Coffee House, coming to 2100 Fairmount... Read more
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