Archive: April, 2013
Don Shula did it. So did Dan Marino, Tony Siragusa and Brett Favre.
And now Eagles tight end Brent Celek is an NFL-type with ties to the restaurant business.
He and several silent partners, including teammate Todd Herremans, have opened Prime Stache, an American bistro, at 110 Chestnut St. in Old City. The site, with the same owners but under different management, previously was a bar called 879.
Get set for Hot Diggity 2: Electric Boogaloo!
Keith Garabedian of Hot Diggity on South Street is launching the cart this Saturday, May 4 at the South Street Headhouse District Spring Fest.
He says the cart - with Hawk Krall graphics - will start by doing some special events, farmers markets, and night markets, and transition in the next month or so to be a full-time hot dog destination.
Here's a South Jersey shakeup:
Chef Joshua Lawler, riding high with his cozy, white-tablecloth Pine Street BYOB The Farm and Fisherman, is opening a second farm-to-tabler in Cherry Hill. Lawler and partners will set up at what is now Andreotti's Viennese Cafe at 1442 Route 70 East.
Andreotti's Marianne Andreotti, who also has the catering business at the Battleship New Jersey, says she plans to continue the catering side at an another location.
Jason and Delphine Evenchik (Vintage Wine Bar, Time, Bar, Growler's) have gone before the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association with a plan to install a restaurant at 914 N. Second St., which was Feast Your Eyes catering's location before it moved to larger quarters. It's also across from Cescaphe Ballroom and North Bowl.
Jason Evenchik says the name is not final and cautions that it's too soon to create a timeline because certain issues must be resolved.
He described the concept as a chef-driven restaurant (pan-European/American menu) with a solid craft beer, wine and whiskey selection (basically the high points of their other establishments) - as well as jazz (as it's done at Time).
May 11's free Sister Cities Park International Festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway has a fun lineup including dance, music, cooking demos, and foreign language lessons for kids and adults.
The adults get one better: A wine garden ($10 admission) where wines from local wineries can be sampled or purchased by the glass and bottle.
Participating in the wine garden will be:
Nancy Law gave away alfresco lunch at her restaurant, SoWe, a few weeks ago when the temperature hit 70.
She's giving away food and booze from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 to mark the first anniversary of the bistro, at 22d and Carpenter Streets.
Expect complimentary sliders (burgers; pork belly; chick pea fritters; lamb burgers; meatball; chicken mole; vegan Reuben) and mini-ice cream sandwiches from chef Jennifer Choplin, plus draft beer and a new line of adult milkshakes from bar manager Craig Steel.
"Fergie's offers brunch."
"Everyone else is doing it, so why not?" barkeep Fergus Carey told me.
Nine months after it was destroyed by fire, the South Street pizza landmark Lorenzo & Sons is back.
It soft-opened this morning, and is aiming for a grand opening on Friday, May 3.
An informal taste-test at 305 South St. shows that nothing has changed. The $3 slices yielded by 28-inch pies are enormous and foldable - perfect for middle-of-the-night cravings. (It's open till 3 a.m. weeknights, till 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays).