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Archive: September, 2011

Cookie contest at Midtown Village's Oktoberfest

Thursday, September 29, 2011, 4:34 PM
Midtown Village's Fall Festival (noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1), whose epicenter is 13th and Walnut Streets, will have a strong food component. Among the goods on sale will be El Vez's grilled corn on the cob; Fergie's fried pickles, Scotch eggs and potato pancakes; fried shrimp tacos with tomatillo... Read more

Tennis event to serve food truck fare

Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 11:24 AM
Jonah Fliegelman, a tennis pro at Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, has set up a delicious lineup of food trucks and other mobile operators for the AAYTE's "Taste of Tennis" event Sunday, Oct. 2 at the facility, at 4842 Ridge Ave. in East Falls. Fliegelman himself is about to hit the road with... Read more

Taps open at Interstate Draft House

Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 10:42 AM
Wednesday, Sept. 28 marks the debut of Interstate Draft House, a "beer pub" (16 on tap) replacing Moe's at 1235 E. Palmer St. in the heart of Fishtown. Owners Bob and Brandon Bitros, who previously ran Azure in Northern Liberties, have brought back their last chef, Julio Rivera. Here's the menu... Read more

Stollenwerk casting off most of his empire

Monday, September 26, 2011, 10:55 PM
Mike Stollenwerk, who's gone from one little seafood-oriented BYOB to three restaurants seemingly overnight (OK, four years), is paring down his empire. Stollenwerk has a buyer for Bella Vista BYOB Little Fish (to his chef Chadd Jenkins) and has offers on the table for his new Fishtown bar Fathom... Read more

Food web: A look at Crisp; new chef at Zinc

Monday, September 26, 2011, 5:19 PM
Drew Lazor at Meal Ticket offers a photo tour of Crisp, the New York-rooted falafelry opening at 32 S. 18th St. on Sept. 27. Previous coverage. (Via Meal Ticket) There's a new chef and menu at Wash West's Zinc. (Via Meal Ticket) Trey Popp of Philly Mag reviews Cuba Libre on its 10th anniversary.... Read more

Paramour opening in Wayne

Monday, September 26, 2011, 3:08 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 28 is opening day of Paramour, a dramatic renovation of the restaurant space at the Wayne Hotel in Wayne. Developer S.W. Bajus Ltd. expanded the operation's footprint beyond that of the previous occupant, Restaurant Taquet. The ornate, early-20th-century lobby lounge has been punched... Read more

Brown Betty's prepping for pop-up

Monday, September 26, 2011, 1:51 PM
Brown Betty Dessert Boutique will set up Saturday (10/1) a one-day pop-up at the home-and-garden store and café Terrain at Styer’s, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. That day, Brown Betty will offer an exclusive line of tea-flavored cupcakes, including green tea... Read more

401 Diner shuts down temporarily

Saturday, September 24, 2011, 8:02 PM
Here's a cautionary tale to any restaurateur who opens before he is truly ready: The 401 Diner in Conshohocken, which opened earlier this week, has closed temporarily so owners can address numerous issues. In a statement, Tom Richter, Peter Richter, and chef Michael Cappon, the crew at Conshohocken's... Read more

New in Center City: Jasmine Rice

Saturday, September 24, 2011, 10:22 AM
The Warsaw Cafe at 305 S. 16th St., which ran out of steam and closed earlier this year, has given way to Jasmine Rice, a cute-as-a-button Thai BYOB from Tom and Ann Jamavan (215-546-0818). Tom was a partner in Trio in Fairmount. Ann is a Thai-born home cook in her restaurant debut, executing the... Read more

Benefits, odds, and ends

Friday, September 23, 2011, 4:35 PM
Rosey’s BBQ owner Chad Rosenthal has pledged 10 percent of all his Ambler restaurant’s sales between Oct. 1 and 15 to help Ambler Borough recover from flood damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Rosenthal will double the donation on Saturday, Oct. 1 during Ambler’s annual Oktoberfest... Read more
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