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Archive: July, 2012

New in Rittenhouse: Jane G's

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 4:10 PM
Since Susanna Foo went the way of a Chipotle, Rittenhouse has lacked a high-style, business/date-appropriate Asian option. Enter the polished Jane G's, which opened this week at 1930 Chestnut St. (215-563-8800), the corner of 20th Street. (This baby has been in the works since September 2010.) Jane... Read more

Healthy word from John's Roast Pork

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 12:53 PM
Four years after taking a sabbatical as he fought leukemia, sandwich guru John Bucci Jr. of John's Roast Pork is making his return to full-time work on Monday, Aug. 6. "It's a beautiful thing," Bucci told me, referring to the love and support that he and his family - who worked the stand at Snyder... Read more

Ansill settling in at Bar Ferdinand

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 10:30 AM
David Ansill has settled in nicely at Bar Ferdinand in Northern Liberties, five weeks after owner Owen Kamihira flew him back to his hometown to escape an uncomfortable professional situation in Jamaica. The two go back to the olden days of Copabanana in the '80s. Ansill and Kamihira's brother Eben... Read more

Meme shuts down

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 9:46 AM
David Katz has closed Meme, his American bistro at 22d and Spruce Streets, after nearly four years. Part of the "whatwhat?" is the status of an Aug. 5 popup dinner by Matyson's Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh to show off their Cheu Noodle Bar. Puchowitz says he's not sure if the location will hold... Read more

Q BBQ calling it a day

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 6:00 AM
Twenty-nine years ago, Kevin and Janet Meeker opened Philadelphia Fish & Company at 207 Chestnut St., one of the city's better seafooders in its day. Three years ago, they switched the concept to barbecue, bringing in specialist Tom Stewart as a partner in Q BBQ. And after Tuesday, July 31, the... Read more

Bourdain's 'Layover' itinerary is a bit of a rerun

Monday, July 30, 2012, 4:39 PM
Anthony Bourdain spent two nights out in Philly last week shooting his new show The Layover. One was spent at Amis restaurant, in the company of chef Brad Spence. Bourdain then hung out with Paesano's owner Peter McAndrews and Han Dynasty's Han Chiang at their eateries. We've seen this before. Vice... Read more

Have a Gilmore's gift certificate?

Monday, July 30, 2012, 3:47 PM
Eleven years in downtown West Chester. Rave reviews from every food publication. And now it seems as if anyone holding a gift certificate to Gilmore's restaurant is out of luck. The restaurant closed after dinner July 14. On July 16, owner Peter Gilmore told me that he decided to close the restaurant... Read more

Vendy winners come out smokin'

Saturday, July 28, 2012, 11:05 PM
The Smoke Truck - featuring the BBQ prowess of Mississippian Mark A. Coates backed by Chris Martino - impressed the judges and was named victor of the Vendy Cup at the second annual Vendy Awards on Saturday at the lot at 39th and Market Streets. People’s Choice winner was Vernalicious - Verna... Read more

A 'repeat' of the Vendys

Friday, July 27, 2012, 10:36 AM
Saturday is the 2012 Vendy Awards, coming to the lot at 39th and Market Streets. If you can't go, you're still in luck. The winners of the 2011 and 2012 Philadelphia Vendy Awards will roll into Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. for the first... Read more

Coming soon: The Cambridge on South Street

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 4:24 PM
Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico of Hawthornes in Bella Vista will spring the lock on their new bar, The Cambridge, on Aug. 1. It's at 1508 South St., in the former Tritone. Fetfatzes describes the join as "a corner bar in the middle of the block." Interior is full of reclaimed items. Bar... Read more
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