"This is a good fit for me," she said, sweeping around the knickknack-filled, high-ceilinged showroom that serves as the cafe's dining room. (You can buy the table and chairs you're using, for example.) "I'm the boho type, and I like all the funky stuff."
Green serves scratch soups, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and desserts. It's open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, till 4 p.m. weekends.
Hot pot spot
Philadelphia's Chinatown now has a restaurant dedicated to shabu, the Asian fondue/hot pot that involves cooking raw meat, seafood, and/or vegetables in a broth at the table. Simply Shabu (1023 Cherry St., 267-273-0354) is the product of Dennis Tuan, raised in Princeton and educated at Rutgers. He spent six months in Taiwan, working with his brother on a food start-up. While that business went nowhere, he gained a love of shabu. He and his wife, Kate, rented the building in shabu-starved Philly. Only a few Chinatown spots offer shabu, and not all the time. Bowls start at $10. It's open for dinner weekdays and lunch and dinner on weekends.
The reservation books are filling up for Center City District Restaurant Week, coming up Jan. 19 to 24 and Jan. 26 to 31, with more than 100 restaurants offering $35 dinner specials (some also offering $20 lunches). After that, East Passyunk gets its turn. The hot slice of South Philadelphia will host its second restaurant week from Feb. 23 through March 1. This time, 24 restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials for $15, $25, or $35.
Yun Fuentes is out of Jose Garces' new Cuban diner, Rosa Blanca, after less than a month. Fuentes, previously chef de cuisine at Garces' JG Domestic, said he and upper management "didn't see eye to eye." New chef is former Tinto sous chef Jose Olmeda.
Kimpton Hotels has tapped Jorge Chicas as its new executive chef at Red Owl Tavern in the Hotel Monaco on Independence Mall. Chicas - El Salvadoran-born, D.C.-bred, and Culinary Institute of America-trained - replaces Guillermo Tellez, who has returned to Chicago, where he works for Mercadito Hospitality. Square 1682 at Kimpton's Hotel Palomar, also Tellez's previous stop, has localite Caitlin Mateo in the kitchen. Chicas' background includes time with José Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup (including the Bazaar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and opening chef at Zaytinya, in D.C.).
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