How about a restaurant that is (deep breath now) all vegan, all gluten-free, kosherstyle, and 97 percent organic? P.S. & Company (1706 Locust St.) is the airy storefront presence of Pure Sweets, the gluten-free bakery run for six years by Andrea Kyan. It is open for breakfast (house-made yogurt, sprouted muesli), lunch (soups, salads, wraps, bowls), and, on weekends, afternoon tea. Drinks include organic nut milkshakes, teas, and pressed juices.
New in coffee: Rival Bros' first shop, at 24th and Lombard Streets, where Taste Buds Market was, and a second Bodhi Coffee, at 263 S. 10th St., where Cafe Mocha was.
Steve Martorano - the personality-plus South Philly-bred celeb chef who migrated to Florida, where he created a red-gravy empire that has spread to Las Vegas - is opening Martorano's, an Italian restaurant, this summer at Harrah's in Atlantic City. He will take over what is now Luke Palladino's restaurant. Meanwhile, Palladino is opening a restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadephia.
No time for loafing at Le Pain Quotidien. The Brussels-bred, New York boulangerie chain - open locally near Rittenhouse and Washington Squares - has locations opening later this month at the Granary in Franklintown (19th and Callowhill Streets) and about a month after at 223 E. Lancaster Ave. in Wayne.
Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop (the former Chink's Steaks in Northeast Philadelphia) will add a second location in late summer or fall; it will be at Frankford and Girard Avenues in Fishtown.
A man who goes around the country awarding outlandish tips to waiters struck last week at Rouge on Rittenhouse Square, awarding $5,000 to waitress Jess Nguyen and $2,000 to bartender Sam Trasatti. The man billed himself as "Tips for Jesus." Nguyen said she would get further teaching credentials, while Trasatti is mulling a trip to Europe.
Le Cheri, in the Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square, is now open for lunch Wednesday to Friday.
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