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Archive: August, 2013

Bar Ly: 60 beer taps in Chinatown

Friday, August 30, 2013, 4:21 PM
Ten years of Vietnamese themes at 11th and Arch Streets in Chinatown are giving way to a serious beer bar. Bar Ly (101 N. 11th St.) - whose 60 lines ties it for Philly beer-variety supremacy with City Tap House in University City - is pegged for a Sept. 8 opening by owners Melissa Dimalaluan and Buu... Read more

What's up with Sophia's?

Friday, August 30, 2013, 3:47 PM
Summertime can be unkind to city restaurants. Added to the apparent shutdown of The Village Belle in Queen Village comes the information that the East Passyunk yearling Sophia's has not returned from vacation. Its phone is shut off, its social-media has been dormant, and its OpenTable link is down... Read more

Stollenwerk out of Branzino, headed to South St.

Friday, August 30, 2013, 1:34 PM
That Mike Stollenwerk has more moves than a lunker trout. After landing in the kitchen of Center City's Branzino in April, the onetime operator of Little Fish and several of its spawn is out. He has hooked up (professionally) with David Ralic of Ralic's on South (117 South St.) In several weeks,... Read more

Chestnut 7 is retooling

Friday, August 30, 2013, 12:59 PM
Another season, another menu tune-up at Chestnut 7 in Chestnut Hill, which opened as a pub two years ago. In May, the menu shifted toward Italian because management sensed a dearth of that cuisine in the area. After closing a few days for repairs, it reopened yesterday and a new menu starts Tuesday... Read more

Weekend must-tries: Visiting Washington Square; awaiting restaurant openings

Friday, August 30, 2013, 12:23 PM
Much of the Center City action this weekend will be centered on the Parkway for Made in America. Let's go across town to Washington Square, one of the quieter corners anyway. The area is perking with its own little restaurant scene. Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr have just opened Talula's Daily, a... Read more

Saint Declan's Well opens in University City

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 4:27 PM
Marty Spellman, whose bar career includes the Ugly Moose, the old Red Bell Brewery, and Bridgewater Pub, and Aidan Travers, last at the New Deck Tavern, have unveiled Saint Declan's Well, a bar-restaurant in the Left Bank, across from Penn's Class of 1923 Ice Rink. Saint Declan's Well took the spaces... Read more

What's up with The Village Belle?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1:15 PM
The Village Belle, which opened nearly three years ago on Front Street at Fitzwater in Queen Village, has been dark for a couple of weeks, and rumors abound that it's closed. Its OpenTable setup is offline and its social media is silent. The phone sends callers to voicemail, which offers no hint of... Read more

L'Oceano opening in Collingswood

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1:02 PM
Chris Grasso, who helped run Joe Pesce in Collingswood, has taken over the Italian seafooder from Joe Tucker. Friday, Aug. 30 is the expected premiere of L'Oceano (833 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, 856-833-9888), and if you were expecting a dramatic difference from Joe Pesce (which closed over July 4)... Read more

Peppercorn getting into the Main Line grind

Monday, August 26, 2013, 11:41 PM
After a summer of extensive renovation, the space at the Eagle Village Shops that was georges', Le Mas Perrier and Le Mas will be reborn Sept. 3 as Peppercorn (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-964-2588). Concept is billed as refined American, and chef David Murray - one of a few holdovers from the... Read more

Pizzeria Vetri opening Sept. 6

Monday, August 26, 2013, 11:17 PM
Sept. 6 will mark the debut of Pizzeria Vetri, taking shape at 1939 Callowhill St. It's a half-block from the Barnes museum in the suddenly hot slice of Franklintown, in a spare, high-ceilinged, subway-tiled space at The Granary. Marc Vetri and chefs Jeff Michaud and Brad Spence have a wood-burning... Read more
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