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Archive: June, 2012

Coming: 'Sexy' Japanese in Manayunk

Friday, June 29, 2012, 11:59 AM
Moon Krapugthong of Manayunk’s Chabaa Thai is looking at a July 20 opening of Yanako, her long-planned Japanese restaurant just down the street at 4255 Main St. I’m told that the bi-level space will have an 18-foot sushi bar in an “atrium” and carry a sexy design by a team... Read more

Now open: La Petite Dauphine

Friday, June 29, 2012, 9:14 AM
La Petite Dauphine, an upscale-casual coffeehouse and BYOB cafe, opened this morning (6/29) in the high-ceilinged mid-19th-century brownstone at 2029 Walnut St. (267-324-5244), next to the new Vernick Food & Drink. For the name, owner David Smith, a Francophile and former manager at Le Bec-Fin... Read more

Now open: NoBL in Lansdowne

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 12:45 PM
Next time someone sneers there's no menu ambition to be had in the suburbs, steer him to Lansdowne. (You can also put him on a Media-Elwyn train, for that matter.) NoBL, a Mediterranean small-plate BYO from Stephen Wagner at the nearby Sycamore, opened Tuesday (6/26) in a long-ago hardware store at... Read more

A $6.95 steak dinner

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 11:22 AM
Greek immigrant Andy Kamaratos, who opened his first diner in 1976, will roll back the prices on 14-ounce Certified Angus New York strips and ribeye steaks at his Andy’s Diner locations (Trevose, Conshohocken, and Springfield, Delaware County) on Saturday, June 30. How about a steak dinner for... Read more

Fountain Porter coming to South Philly

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 9:47 AM
That neon glow at 10th and Tasker Streets in South Philly is a taste of the neighborhood's next bar, due to open just after Labor Day. It's Fountain Porter at 1601 S. 10th St., which was a search-engine-non-optimized bar called 1601 before it closed in spring 2011. Fountain Porter operating partner... Read more

Underdogs to South Philly

Friday, June 22, 2012, 4:05 PM
Four months after opening his hot dog shop Underdogs in a subterranean storefront on 17th Street near Sansom, Robert Amar has signed a lease for a second location. (Previous write-up here.) It's 1205 S. Ninth St. - a few steps north of Geno's in the heart of the cheesesteak battleground in South Philly... Read more

For all the tea in Chinatown

Friday, June 22, 2012, 2:41 PM
Kenny Poon, who owns Ken Shin Asian Diner at Third and Spring Garden Streets, is about a month from opening Tea-Do, a tearoom, at 132 N. 10th St. in Chinatown - the former nail salon across from the firehouse on the corner of 10th and Cherry Streets. Poon says he'll focus on bubble tea (remember that?)... Read more

Ansill back in Philly

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 3:17 PM
Last winter, seeking warmth and personal fulfillment on the north side of age 50, chef David Ansill left Ladder 15 in Center City and relocated to Jamaica. But the restaurant he joined closed quickly and mysteriously - basically, he said, the owner went on vacation and that was that. Now he's back... Read more

Growlers replacing Vesuvio

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 11:30 AM
After the Bella Vista bar/restaurant Vesuvio erupted a couple of years ago, it gave way briefly to a joint called Little Bar. Next up and signed yesterday: Former Dandelion food-and-beverage Jay Willard and Time/Bar/Vintage owner Jason Evenchik are partnering in a cozy neighborhood pub called Growlers... Read more

South Street update: Pie for you in late July

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 11:34 AM
End of July is the target for Magpie Artisan Pie Bakery & Boutique, a vintage/modern 20-seater (plus 8 at the counter) at 1622 South St. Former Philly ad exec/graphic designer Holly Ricciardi's menu will include sweet pies (such as sour cherry almond streusel; salted chocolate meringue; orange... Read more
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