February 26, 2016
This week alone will bring the announcements of three significant restaurant projects planned this summer by out-of-town operators: Scarpetta , a splashy Italian out of New York, coming to the Rittenhouse Hotel; Tasty Tuscan , billed as a four-star Italian (by Italian businessmen) with a marketplace, coming to the former Tashan space at 777 S. Broad St.; and, if scuttlebutt is correct, P.J. Clarke's , an offshoot of the century-plus-old New York City saloon, setting up in the Curtis Center on Washington Square.
February 12, 2016 |
Center City's residential growth is being fueled in part by empty-nester suburbanites seeking bright lights. Susanna Foo, the chef/restaurateur who raised her two boys on the Main Line and shut her namesake restaurant in Radnor last summer, not only has bought a condo in Rittenhouse Square, but she will work there, too. Foo and her son Gabriel expect to open SUGA - a portmanteau of "Susanna" and "Gabriel" - in the next two weeks at 1720...
February 3, 2016
Police are searching for three men who were caught on video brutally assaulting a 29-year-old man inside a Chinese restaurant in the city's Logan section late Saturday night. In the video, released by authorities Monday, the men can be seen pushing the victim inside Lucky Garden Chinese Food at 4901 N. Broad St. around 11:40 p.m., then pummeling him with punches to the face, chest, and back. One of the attackers stabbed the victim multiple times with a knife, police said. Before leaving, police said, the assailants took the victim's watch and belt.
January 30, 2016 |
The property and liquor license for the defunct Coastline Bar & Grill, a popular Cherry Hill landmark, is expected to change hands soon after a federal bankruptcy judge approved the sales. According to court records, Judge Andrew B. Altenburg approved the sale of the liquor license for more than $1 million to the Village at Woodcrest, the company that owns and operates the Woodcrest Country Club and golf course, also in Cherry Hill. Altenburg approved the sale of Coastline's property at 1240 Brace Rd. for more than $2.5 million to Orens Development Inc., which builds senior living facilities.
January 29, 2016 |
When David Chan began keeping his Chinatown restaurant open into the wee hours in 1992, he knew of only a handful of other Center City eateries that did the same. The after-midnight scene was reserved for 24-hour diners, the cheesesteak giants in South Philly, and pizza by the slice. But steadily over the years, Philadelphia has become a late-night city, or at least a later-night one, with an increasing number of restaurants offering food and drink until midnight, and a number cooking until 2 a.m. The change is most clear at the city's core.
January 27, 2016 |
A RESTAURANT owner on West Philadelphia's beleaguered 60th Street commercial strip was beaten and robbed when she tried to open her shop Friday morning. Kum Kim, 54, was confronted shortly after 5:30 a.m. by a man in dark clothing as she tried to lift the security gate at the Uptown Grill, on 60th near Ludlow, according to police. The situation veered from unnerving to violent in a few seconds. The robber demanded that Kim hand over her pocketbook, then punched her in the face and knocked her to the ground.
January 22, 2016 |
A family affair When Xu Lin's father died two years ago, the longtime Chinatown community activist decided it was time to spend more time with his siblings. His siblings happened to be restaurateurs in Canada. Lin persuaded his brother Sean, his sister Ping and her husband, Edison Wang, to come to Philadelphia, where last week they opened Bubblefish , a contemporary BYOB in a former shoe store at 909 Arch St. in Chinatown (267-930-7634). The name combines the specialties: bubble tea and brewed teas (including sea salt tea, which has a creamy whipped salt topping)
January 17, 2016
By Elizabeth LaBan Lake Union. 316 pp., $14.95 Reviewed by Lari Robling Art imitates life in this first foray into "chick lit" by Elizabeth LaBan, wife of staff restaurant Craig LaBan. Despite the disclaimer that The Restaurant Critic's Wife is fiction, readers familiar with her husband's reviews will undoubtedly be scanning the pages for insight into the man who sets the standard for the area's dining scene. The microphone up the sleeve and the decibel meter we know as facts . . . but Dumpster diving to find the source of a sauce?
January 14, 2016 |
Joy Tsin Lau, the Chinatown eatery where 100 lawyers and law students were sickened in February, received another scorching helping of criticism last week from the city Health Department. The dim sum restaurant "does not have adequate refrigeration equipment [or the] capacity to maintain all refrigerated foods at a temperature of 41 degrees or below," inspector Thomas Kolb wrote Thursday. Temperatures over 41 degrees promote the rapid growth of potentially toxic bacteria. In his report, Kolb wrote that jellyfish, duck, and bean sprouts were being stored at temperatures of 50 degrees or more at Joy Tsin Lau. The inspector also cited the restaurant for two additional serious risk factors - an employee eating in the kitchen prep area and another who did not follow proper hand-washing protocols - and seven lesser infractions.