Aarón Sánchez's "Taco Trip" has a date on Cooking Channel, while Collingswood's Angelo Lutz is down for Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen."
Owner Teddy Sourias is positioning U-Bahn (1320 Chestnut St.) - which will have a "secret" staircase connecting the two venues - as a hip underground clubhouse whose high ceilings will suggest a German subway station.
At this newcomer in Radnor, they slow-roast brisket, pork, chicken, and turkey, shred it, and add toppings and sauces for salads, rice bowls and sandwiches.
Chef-owner Jason Cichonski's culinary talent is legit - and the Gaslight might have seemed like a good idea. Philadelphia's tourist and nightlife district can really use a casual tavern with witty concepts, technical savvy, and handmade takes on familiar bar fare. But the Gaslight is Cichonski's first solo chef venture. Like many young chefs trying to extend their reach, other factors of empire expansion have made the going rough.
If any lessons have been learned over the last few years of updated pickle boards, heritage grits, and back-to-roots Americana flavors, it is that anything in a skillet or mason jar will likely be a hot seller.
Port Richmond's Mercer Cafe has signed a lease to open a restaurant at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk Avenue, next to the Dinic's location. (It's Building 623, if you're an old salt.)