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Archive: May, 2011

Collab dinner: All in the famiglia

Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 9:47 AM
You don't hear too many mother-in-law jokes from Jeff Michaud. The chef and co-owner at Osteria credits his Italian mother-in-law with inspiring his kitchen magic. The Inquirer wrote about Giuseppina Carrara's visit from Bergamo, Italy, a few weeks ago, which coincided with the birth of a daughter... Read more

Restaurant notes: 'Always Sunny' returning; some odds and ends

Friday, May 27, 2011, 3:58 PM
Restaurateurs/actors Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson will be back in Philly to shoot exteriors for season seven of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. They're expected to look in on their investment: Mac's Tavern (226 Market St.), which they own with a bunch of McElhenney's buddies from St. Joseph's... Read more

Restaurant notes: A Royal izakaya for South Philly

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 1:50 PM
Todd Dae Kulper came to Philly in early 2010 to open Ro-Zu, what turned out to be an amazingly short-lived sushi specialty shop at Seventh and Bainbridge Streets. (It's now Big Eyes Sushi, run by Morimoto alums Sam and Sugi Wijaya.) Kulper then took up with the guys from the Khyber Pass/Royal Tavern/Cantina... Read more

Restaurant notes: East Passyunk doings; assorted expansions

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 1:20 PM
Bunch of things popping up on the radar: Cantina Los Caballitos, the rockin' Mexican at 1651 E. Passyunk Ave., is going for outdoor seating in the lot next door. The guys from Green Eggs Cafe (South Philly and Northern Liberties) are behind the liquor application posted at 1536 E. Passyunk Ave.... Read more

Restaurant notes: A look at Xilantro in Wayne

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 11:41 AM
Luis Marin, owner of the traditional El Sarape/Los Sarapes in Chalfont, Horsham, and Blue Bell, has gone for a modern experience at Xilantro, due to open for Sunday, May 29* for dinner at 103 N. Wayne Ave. in downtown Wayne (484-580-8415). It will then be closed Memorial Day and open for lunch and... Read more

Best burger in Philly?

Friday, June 3, 2011, 5:44 PM
"Who serves the best burger?" That's a question that you can help answer on June 4 at Burger Brawl, a burger-making contest designed as a fundraiser for Meredith Elementary School in Queen Village. Rob and Maggie Wasserman, who own Rouge and 500 Degrees and whose son Jonah attends the school, wrangled... Read more

Restaurant notes: A Marathon Grill shuts down; Tiger Woods chows down

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 10:57 AM
The Marathon Grill and associated MarBar at 40th and Walnut Streets didn't make its seventh anniversary. The Daily Pennsylvanian reported that soft sales led owners to decline to renew their lease. There are five Marathons remaining. Penn is looking for a new tenant. Dickinson Square Park in Pennsport... Read more

University City Dining Days coming back

Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 9:57 AM
University City Dining Days is coming back, from July 14 to 28. With Wells Fargo on board for the first time as sponsor, it will feature 29 restaurants offering three courses for $15, $25, or $30. Newcomers JG Domestic, Pattaya Grill, and New Delhi will join such old faves as Distrito, Pod, White... Read more

Restaurant notes: New chef at Gunners Run

Monday, May 23, 2011, 4:40 PM
Gunners Run, the pub at the Piazza at Schmidt's, lost chef Shawn Sollberger shortly after its opening. It has brought in Sarah Mays, a Chicago native and a Johnson & Wales University baking and pastry grad whose Philly experiences include FARMiCiA, Day By Day, and Artisserie Bakery & Cafe.... Read more

A pudding store!

Monday, May 23, 2011, 4:11 PM
A shop dedicated to pudding? As Mike Leibowitz and Bret Binder observe: You have ice cream and fro-yo stores, right? The friends, who met at Villanova Law School, are about six months into Pudding Lane (7 Brookline Blvd., Havertown, 610-449-2772). It started as a way to solve their entrepreneurial... Read more
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