Friday, August 22, 2014
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The oldest cheesesteak shop upgrades, and thumbs it nose across the street.
The closing will have an impact on the outside restaurateurs at Revel - the largest of which is the Garces Group, which employs more than 250 people at Jose Garces' splashy, 11,000-square-foot Amada, his adjacent Yuboka noodle shop, and at Village Whiskey and Distrito Cantina.
Shake Shack's decision last year to go to hand-cut fries was met with skepticism.
Greg Dodge, who popped the wine/beer/pizza specialist Zavino onto the northwest corner of 13th and Sansom Streets nearly five years ago, is going across the street with a Mediterranean spot, Tredici.
Part of his spiel was the art of burger-making. As he and his chef Max Albano knocked out his signature Prez Obama burger and the Colletti's Smokehouse burger, he let on some suggestions for at-home.
Philadelphia restaurants have been in full ampersand mode these days. A string of new places have employed that curvaceous conjunctive glyph - Bank & Bourbon, Bourbon & Branch, Crow & the Pitcher - for a wink of retro style or, perhaps, a hint that no single word can encapsulate the multifaceted mission so many restaurants must juggle in 2014.