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Archive: June, 2013

Georges' restaurant in Wayne to close

Friday, June 28, 2013, 10:10 PM
Wednesday, July 3 will be last call at georges', the restaurant Georges Perrier opened 12 years ago in what is now the Eagle Shops on Lancaster Avenue in Wayne. A source close to the restaurant said current management was reconfiguring it into a new concept. The restaurant seemed to rebrand frequently... Read more

Chops steak houses are closing

Friday, June 28, 2013, 9:37 PM
The two Chops steak houses - in Bala Cynwyd and at 700 Walnut St. - will shut down after business Saturday, June 29, said owner Alex Plotkin. Plotkin - who opened at 401 City Ave. in fall 2002 and the Washington Square offshoot in spring 2010 - said he ceded the restaurants to his investors. The spaces... Read more

The incredible shrinking chef

Friday, June 28, 2013, 3:56 PM
You're seeing less of Brad Spence these days, and the chef/partner at Amis in Washington Square West wants it that way. Spence, 36, has shed 38 pounds through a combination of exercise (including jujitsu and boxing) and eating better. Cracking the 200-pound mark drew a "right on" on Twitter from mentor... Read more

Weekend must-tries: Finger food; messy pie; ice cream by the river

Friday, June 28, 2013, 12:36 PM
Le Viet, the high-style Vietnamese bar/restaurant on the edge of the Italian Market, has unloosed a line of finger foods, including sweet and tangy wings, summer rolls and the Le Viet Slider you see here. It's a sandwich of grilled beef, pork, chicken or shrimp, served on a steamed bun with carrots... Read more

Chef Mackenzie Hilton returns to Wash West

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 10:40 PM
Mackenzie Hilton racked up a bunch of praise at Washington Square West's Mercato, including a win on the Food Network's Chopped, before she left for San Francisco. A year and a half later, she's back in the neighborhood at The Tavern, the newly retailored subterranean space at 243 S. Camac St. (215-545-1102)... Read more

Brooklyn chef setting up at new 3rd Ward

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 9:48 PM
Earlier this month saw the opening of the Philly branch of 3rd Ward, the Brooklyn "makerspace" that allows everyday people to take classes in metalworking, woodworking, jewelry-making, textiles and the like. The project has another Brooklyn connection. Josh Grinker and Tracy Young of Park Slope's... Read more

Get set for Shifty's Taco

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 12:40 PM
Brewerytown is getting a taco shop in early August. Shifty's Taco is rising inside a storefront at 2730 W. Girard Ave. The project was born last August. Jeb Woody, who owns the two Honey's Sit N Eat diners, was on vacation with his wife, Ellen Mogell, and friends Bob and Joanne Aretz. "We're sitting... Read more

Bryan Sikora's La Fia soft-opens in Wilmington

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 11:00 AM
Bryan Sikora is back in business today (6/27), as he and his wife, Andrea, soft-open La Fia Bakery + Market + Bistro, at Fifth and Market Streets in downtown Wilmington, catercorner from World Cafe Live at the Queen (421 N. Market St., 302-543-5574). Today is the launch of the market side of the corner... Read more

Town Hall Coffee opens in Center City

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 5:01 PM
Tim Noble, who's been opening eyes in Merion Station with his Town Hall Coffee, just opened his first branch. It's in ground floor of the Franklin Residences (aka Ben Franklin Hotel) at 822 Chestnut St. Lovely, high-ceilinged decor reflects the grandeur of the Horace Trumbauer-designed landmark.. Right... Read more

Avalon in West Chester going for liquor license

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 4:41 PM
After 11 years in West Chester, John Brandt-Lee has applied for a liquor license for Avalon. It comes down to money, as you might imagine. "This is a pretty affluent area, but it's very difficult to keep it busy during the week," Brandt-Lee says. Installing a bar will make Avalon more of a weeknight... Read more
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