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Archive: April, 2011

Restaurant notes: Birra back on track; The Twisted Tail hires a chef

Friday, April 29, 2011, 9:14 AM
If you're attending Flavors of the Avenue on Saturday, April 30 on East Passyunk, you'll see a presence from Birra, the Italian beer/wine concept planned for 1700 E. Passyunk (aka 12th and Morris Streets). Owner Gordon Dinerman has overcome his zoning issues and workers will resume construction early... Read more

Spread Bagelry on the rise

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 1:03 PM
Come 7 a.m. Monday, May 2, business partners Larry Rosenblum and Mark Cosgrove will unlock the door of Spread Bagelry, across from Twenty Manning Grill on 20th Street between Locust and Spruce. For weeks now, they've been feeding round circles of dough into the maw of their hand-built, wood-fired... Read more

Restaurant notes: Falafel returning to 18th Street

Monday, April 25, 2011, 5:21 PM
Those in search of pita after the demise of the short-lived Falafel Factory on 18th Street between Market and Chestnut should be in luck this summer. The first franchise of Crisp, an Israeli-by-the-way-of-New York high-end falafel operation, has signed a lease at 32 S. 18th St. Partner Vlad Uchenik... Read more

Restaurant notes: A new Mad Mex; a Thai BYOB shuts down

Monday, April 25, 2011, 1:52 PM
Willow Grove is a budget-Mexican mecca, what with the Qdoba, Chipotle, and Baja Fresh outlets along Welsh and Moreland Roads. Entering the burrito battle in late September will be Pittsburgh-based Mad Mex, whose bar action puts it a few nachos higher on the food chain. (There's one at 34th and Walnut... Read more

Be a TV star

Monday, April 25, 2011, 9:15 AM
The Food Network eatery-makeover series Restaurant: Impossible will be filming at La Stanza restaurant in South Philadelphia on May 4 and 5 as chef Robert Irvine has two days and $10,000 to revamp the joint. La Stanza is taking reservations (215-271-0801) for the reopening night, May 5, which will... Read more

A Philly tie-in to 'America's Next Great Restaurant'

Sunday, April 24, 2011, 11:08 AM
Stephenie Park is heading into the final episodes of the Sunday night NBC reality series America's Next Great Restaurant, where she's espousing her fast-and-healthy concept, Compleat. Turns out that the Chicago corporate attorney got her first taste of the kitchen life here in Philly. Park, who has... Read more

Restaurant notes: Fare's menu

Saturday, April 23, 2011, 1:52 PM
Fare, the eco-conscious, locavore/organic-focused wine bar-restaurant under development at 2028 Fairmount Ave. for two years, is targeting May 26 for an opening. General manager Robert Amar has sprung chef Tim Bellew's menu, an intriguing mix of responsibly sourced small plates, right-portioned mains... Read more

Restaurant notes: Who's got the penny?; Krispy Kreme sets date

Friday, April 22, 2011, 11:42 AM
Know that the Center City outpost of the Krispy Kreme doughnuttery has set May 4 for its opening. It will be on 16th Street just north of Chestnut Street. across from Two Liberty Place. The Doubletree at Broad and Locust has set April 27 for the opening of its revamped resto, Balcony. It’s... Read more

Starr's beer garden has a name

Friday, April 22, 2011, 11:16 AM
Now that Talula's Garden is blooming on Washington Square, Stephen Starr is targeting May 17* for the opening of his beer garden on Frankford Avenue just off Girard Avenue in Fishtown. The property, at 1210 Frankford Ave., is cloaked in anonymity. I can tell you that he's calling it Frankford Hall... Read more

Restaurant notes: Out and around

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 2:51 PM
The former Mexican Post and Don Pablo's on the outer fringe of Franklin Mills mall (4501 Woodhaven Rd., 215-637-5151) has new life. It's the handsomely appointed Katie O'Donnell's Irish Pub, equal parts pub, sports bar (with a 140-inch high-def screen), and full-service restaurant. It's a partnership... Read more
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