Thursday, February 11, 2016

Earl's is returning to Peddler's Village

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 12:13 AM
Peddler's Village in Lahaska, Bucks County, is looking at April for a new restaurant in the space on Street Road off Route 202 that over the last decade has been Earl’s Prime (a steakhouse) and until its closing a year ago, Earl's Bucks County. Earl's New American is billed as polished and casual... Read more

Old Mill Inn in Hatboro to reopen

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 12:20 PM
The Old Mill Inn, which has stood at Horsham and York Roads in Hatboro for nearly 300 years, is being restored and is scheduled to reopen in April as Louie's Old Mill, a neighborhood Italian BYOB with a rustic menu. The "Louie" is Louie Zweifach, a Brooklyn native who operated the Meatball Room in... Read more

Loco Pez opening taco bar in Southwest Center City

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 3:39 PM
Joe Beckham and partners are headed to Southwest Center City, and the new project will be a second location of their Fishtown L.A.-style taco bar Loco Pez. They signed an agreement at the former Robert's Twi-Lite Lounge at 20th and Bainbridge Streets last summer, as noted then on Foobooz. The concept... Read more

City wants to get into the mobile bar business

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 3:27 PM
Encouraged by the success of pop-up beer gardens during the last couple of years, the city of Philadelphia wants to get into the act. But rather than block out a fixed location or two - as the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has done - the city is going mobile. And instead of limiting the refreshment... Read more

Free pizza day at new Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 11:44 AM
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, one of the recent crop of one-price-for-all-the-toppings pizzeria chains, will open its first Pennsylvania location, near Temple University, on Thursday, Feb. 11. To mark the grand opening at 1100 W. Montgomery Ave., Blaze will offer free pizzas on Friday, Feb. 12 from... Read more

BYOB hit Helm opening a second location

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 10:27 AM
Helm - the runaway hit at Fifth and Thompson Streets in Kensington - is fixing a second location, in South Philadelphia. Chefs Kevin D’Egidio and Michael Griffiths are taking over the recently shuttered 1st Ward Sandwich at Front and Morris Streets in the shadow of I-95 in Pennsport with the... Read more

Free bagels round here today

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12:43 AM
The wood-fired oven at Spread Bagelry (262 S. 20th St.) will be working overtime on Tuesday, Feb. 9. To mark National Bagel Day, Arla Foods is doing a takeover of the Rittenhouse Montreal-style shop, which is rolling out 1,000 free bagels as Arla introduces its cream cheese, which is free from artificial... Read more

Le Castagne in Rittenhouse has closed

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12:01 AM
Le Castagne, one of the posher Italian options in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, closed "indefinitely" last weekend after 14½ years, according to its voicemail. The liquor license is being sold, and the future occupant of 1920 Chestnut St. is rumored to be an Indian restaurant. The shutdown... Read more

MilkBoy on the move with 2 new locations

Monday, February 8, 2016, 11:03 AM
MilkBoy, the music venue/bar/restaurant at 11th and Chestnut Streets, is adding not one but two new spots. It's also added a new executive chef: Chris Beyer, formerly of Tinto, Village Whiskey, and JG Domestic. The first new venue, due to open in April, will be a somewhat smaller offshoot at Fourth... Read more

Snap Kitchen: Going big with healthy food to go

Friday, February 5, 2016, 12:58 PM
Go big or go home. Snap Kitchen, an Austin, Texas-based company specializing in prepared foods aimed at health-conscious customers, will open seven shops in the Philadelphia area this year, starting with two on Saturday, Feb. 6 - at 243 Market St. in Old City and at 1901 Callowhill St., next to Buena... Read more
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