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Archive: September, 2012

The second Federal Donuts sets its opening

Monday, October 1, 2012, 2:55 PM
Center City carb fans have their date and time now: Tuesday, Oct. 2 Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 a.m. <move-up Federal Donuts, the South Philly coffee, donuts-and-fried-chicken shop that's gotten national attention, will open at 1632 Sansom St. There are 10 counter seats, making this a takeout specialist... Read more

Free beer tonight

Friday, September 28, 2012, 3:47 PM
Free beer! Schuylkill County's Yuengling will award a bottle of beer to all persons 21 or over at one of 250 participating bars at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Brewery owner Dick Yuengling will lead a toast from the South Philly Chickie’s & Pete’s (15th and Packer), and the festivities... Read more

The top bars in Philadelphia

Friday, September 28, 2012, 11:22 AM
Curious about the top sellers of wine and spirits in Philadelphia? According to data provided by the Liquor Control Board, its top customer is the Del Frisco's steakhouse at 15th and Chestnut Streets. It bought more than $879,000 in hooch from the state system; at markups of two to three times, it's... Read more

A karaoke bar for Chinatown

Friday, September 28, 2012, 6:00 AM
Yakitori Boy is getting competition in the karaoke space in Chinatown. The former House of Chen (932 Race St.) is being reconfigured as a still-unnamed Cantonese restaurant on the ground floor with two floors of karaoke above: six private rooms on the second floor and two larger rooms on the third... Read more

Detroit-style Coneys coming to Wash West

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 5:10 PM
Two transplanted Michiganders - having sold their restaurant in Myrtle Beach, S.C. - heard that "Philly is the hottest food area in the Northeast," says Gregg Methot. He and partner Dawn Hone have taken over the Santa Fe Burrito Company at 212 S. 11th St. and are creating the optimistically named... Read more

Looking up at the Hotel Monaco

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:36 PM
Two completely different vibes are at work at the two dining options at the Hotel Monaco, due to open Oct. 4 at the corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets, in the former Lafayette Building. The Red Owl Tavern - with its wide-open, industrial look (pulleys, white steel girders, reclaimed barn siding)... Read more

The Jennifer Carroll drama you won't see on 'Life After Top Chef'

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 6:00 AM
If at first you don't succeed on Top Chef, just appear on Life After Top Chef. The Bravo spinoff - premiering at 10 p.m. Oct. 3 - will follow four chef'testants in their post-reality lives: Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani, Spike Mendelsohn, and Somerton's Jennifer Carroll. During her two appearances... Read more

El foldo: Santa Fe Burrito's 11th St. location

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 11:39 AM
Santa Fe Burrito Co.'s location across the way from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - at 212 S. 11th St. - has shut down after more than a decade. The Wynnewood location remains. Company owner Jordan Arnold owns the bricks on 11th Street, and I'm awaiting a return call to see what's next. Read more

10th anniversary at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 10:57 AM
Sept. 23, 2002 - a Monday - saw the debut of Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, a luxe redo of the Rittenhouse Hotel's second-floor TreeTops restaurant into a posh showcase for Jean-Marie Lacroix. Lacroix had been the longtime chef at the archrival Four Seasons Hotel, and Rittenhouse owners were delighted... Read more

Update on Fette Sau

Monday, September 24, 2012, 4:08 PM
You'll enter through a ramshackle metal gate topped with barbed wire, head along a concrete wall until you hit a brick patio. A rusted steel beam hangs overhead. In front of you is an old shack with squeaky door, plus picnic tables and other communal seating. You're going for barbecue. Unadorned BBQ... Read more
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