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Archive: July, 2013

Three Philly guys join 'The Great Food Truck Race'

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 1:53 AM
The fourth season of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race - in which teams of restaurant rookies drive around the country for the chance to win a truck of their own - will feature three guys from Northeast Philly, a first for the Tyler Florence-hosted series. Premiere will be 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug... Read more

Mustache Mobile is finalist for $20,000 prize on 'Live'

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 12:40 AM
“LIVE’s Truckin’ Amazing Cook-Off," a feature on the morning show Live with Kelly and Michael, has narrowed its field to two finalists. Mustache Mobile - the food truck run by Mike Hauke of the Atlantic City sandwich shop Tony Boloney's - is up against What the FORK from Scranton... Read more

Collingswood's Blackbird becomes Benny's Burger Joint

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 12:29 AM
Comes a time in a fine-dining-oriented restaurateur's career when he realizes that while white-tablecloth BYOB elegance might be lovely in a dry town, it's the more wallet-friendly concepts that tend to generate income. After making a go of it in downtown Collingswood with Blackbird Dining Establishment... Read more

Victory Brewing opening in Kennett Square

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:50 PM
Victory Brewing Co. is making another move in Chester County. You might say that business is mushrooming. It is planning a brewpub in Kennett Square, and will occupy all 8,234 square feet of the bottom floor of a four-story, luxury apartment complex called Magnolia Place. The developer, Kennett... Read more

Ralic's on South planning to retool

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:34 PM
David Ralic, who opened Ralic's on South at 119 South St. last December, says he's trimming hours as he plots a retooling of the seafood-centric bar. Come fall, there will be a small renovation, a new menu and a new name. For now, it's open from 4 to 10 p.m. weekdays, noon to 10 p.m. weekends. Read more

Schmear It: A bagel truck with a conscience

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 1:22 PM
Penn grad David Fine is creating what he believes is Philadelphia’s only food truck serving bagels. Schmear It - a nod to the Yiddishism for spread - is due to roll out in mid-August; its locations will include Love Park and Drexel U. The bagel menu will push Fine on the road early for breakfast... Read more

Vedge popping up in the Poconos, gets Food & Wine praise

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:43 AM
Here's something different for the Poconos - the land of heart-shaped bathtubs: Vegan cooking. Skytop Lodge in Skytop, Pa., is running a health-and-wellness series in September and October. As part of it, guests can order vegan dishes created by Rich Landau of Center City's Vedge. Landau is developing... Read more

Cherry Hill getting a new brewery

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 4:07 PM
A start-up microbrewery will begin construction soon in Cherry Hill Business Park, in what was the first home of Flying Fish Brewing Co. before its move to larger digs in Somerdale. Co-owner Jamie Queli, an institutional banker by day and homebrewer by night, calls it Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing.... Read more

Avenue Kitchen adds brunch

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 11:20 AM
Avenue Kitchen (789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova) starts weekend brunch on Saturday, Aug. 3. The "White Brick Brunch" is really easy - crème brulée waffle, strawberry-stuffed brioche French toast, bagel and lox, eggs Benedict, and an omelet with gruyère and arugula, plus coffee... Read more

Garces opening in D.C.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 10:05 AM
Jose Garces' empire will reach a new city next year as Philly's Iron Chef opens an Argentinean steak house inside the Loews Madison Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., which just underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation. The new restaurant replaces The Federalist at the hotel. His reps did not provide... Read more
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