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Archive: March, 2013

Joe gets perking Tuesday

Sunday, March 31, 2013, 10:47 PM
Philadelphia will get a double shot of Joe Coffee, the New York City-based roaster/retailer, starting Tuesday, April 2. Shop No. 1 will open at 1845 Walnut St., on the ground floor of an office building across from Rittenhouse Square. When the weather breaks, Joe will have a few dozen seats on the... Read more

N.J. grants its first distillery license

Sunday, March 31, 2013, 9:55 PM
Folks have been getting brewery licenses for some time, but now a distillery license has been issued by New Jersey - the first such move since Prohibition. The recipient is Jersey Artisan Distilling in Essex County, which hopes to debut handcrafted rum as its first product by Memorial Day, according... Read more

New bar on Rittenhouse gets

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 7:55 PM
After months of deliberation, the operators of the AKA Rittenhouse Square - who already have on the 18th Street side of the posh hotel - have settled on a name for the tiny bar under construction in the former Kiehl's store at 18th and Walnut Streets. It will be when it opens in mid-May... Read more

Weekend must-tries: 5 great breakfast spots; Easter eats

Friday, March 29, 2013, 11:16 AM
Brunch, brunch, brunch. Doesn't anyone go out for breakfast anymore? We early birds enjoy a good breakfast spot - a counter-service shop on the corner, perhaps a luncheonette open for breakfast, too. Eggs, waffles, pancakes, brisk service, good coffee. Here are five that come to mind. (I'm sure that... Read more

A chef throwdown over street food

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 11:39 PM
A mighty cool street-food festival is coming together, and the centerpiece of the event will be a throwdown among a dozen top chefs from the region. "EATS Philly: Two Kitchens/Two Countries" - set for 6 to 9 p.m. April 23 at Vie catering (600 N. Broad St.) - is a charity event to benefit Children’s... Read more

Chink's Steaks changing its name

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 10:23 PM
Chink's Steaks, the Northeast Philly sandwich institution that has faced heat in recent years over the ethnic slur in its name, says it's rebranding. On April 1, it will be known as Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop. The more prosaic name was chosen by branding specialist David Neff, hired by owner Joe Groh... Read more

A power player coming to 13th St.

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 9:50 AM
An orange liquor-transfer sign is up at the long-shuttered Full Moon Saloon at 131 S. 13th St., and public records ID the applicant as a company controlled by real estate powerhouse Allan Domb. Domb would tell me only that he bought the building and that it came with a liquor license. Word on the... Read more

Troc crew taking over wrestling arena

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:59 PM
A liquor license posted on the Asylum Arena at Swanson and Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia bears the names of the owner/operator of the Chinatown music venue The Trocadero. This suggests that this corner, next to the Forman Mills store, will hear the beats of music, rather than beat-downs. The... Read more

Digesting a 'best chefs' book

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 11:40 AM
The first edition of a coffeetable book called Best Chefs America is off the press. It's billed as a chefs’ guide to chefs, and 83 pot-bangers from Philadelphia are mentioned. Organizers say the results were based on more than 5,000 confidential telephone interviews with chefs who were nominated... Read more

Blue Bell Inn shuts for renovations

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 10:01 AM
Renovations to the landmark Blue Bell Inn are getting hot and heavy, so the joint will shut down until late August or early September. Last September, developer and longtime customer Bruce Goodman bought the property at Skippack and Penllyn Blue Bell Pikes. County records peg the sale price at a shade... Read more
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