June 26, 2015 |
Summer Openings The summer restaurant scene will bring but one blockbuster opening: Cheesecake Factory's first Center City location, which opened Tuesday at 15th and Walnut Streets. Also, Cheesecake's internationally focused Grand Lux Cafe opens this week at the King of Prussia mall, across the mall property from another Cheesecake Factory. Together, the two new restaurants employ more than 500 people. On Thursday, the Main Line gets a b.good (Wynnewood Shopping Center, Wynnewood)
June 19, 2015 |
Bryn & Dane's expands Not too long ago, a guy named Bryn was sharing a room with a guy named Dane. Bryn worked late into the night on his idea for a healthy fast-food restaurant. Dane just wanted a good night's sleep. They're brothers; Bryn is now 30 and Dane is 14. Four years ago, Bryn Davis opened a small smoothie shop that morphed into a well-trafficked cafe in Horsham, a catering arm, and a stand inside the Ambler YMCA. Menu is based on wraps, salads, and smoothies.
June 12, 2015 |
Explaining that "when one door closes, another door opens," Susanna Foo says Sunday will be the finale of her namesake restaurant in Radnor, which opened in 2006. Foo and her son Gabriel have decided to focus completely on SuGa , the upmarket Chinese restaurant they are building at 1720 Sansom St., which was Genji. It is expected to open in September. Brewpub for Jenkintown Downtown Jenkintown gets its own brewpub June 19 with the opening of Guild Hall Brewing Co. (208 York Rd., 267-287-8698)
June 5, 2015 |
Street food via Vietnam Bucks County-raised chef Chad Kubanoff, having immersed himself in Vietnamese food and culture for six years, has come home to open a restaurant in Northern Liberties specializing in Viet street food. Same Same - a riff on a Vietnamese expression ("it's the same, but not the same," Kubanoff explains) - is at 614 N. Second St., occupying the BYOB that previously accommodated Copper and Koo Zee Doo. Kubanoff kept the open-kitchen configuration, decorating with street signs and objects brought back from Vietnam.
June 5, 2015 |
If you're a price-conscious shopper, you've probably had one of those farmers' market moments: You select a perfectly ripe heirloom tomato from an irresistible display, hand it to the cashier - and experience a sudden shortness of breath at the price, maybe $7 for a hefty, two-pound fruit. Perhaps it's those midsummer Goliaths - the $5 peach, the $7 tomato - that fuel a perception that farmers' market shopping is just too expensive. But is it really more than you'd pay at the supermarket?
May 29, 2015 |
Forest & Main changes Ambler brewpub Forest & Main is rolling out a few changes, including a new tasting room in the fall. Johnny Della Polla, who formerly ran Kennett in Queen Village and helped set up tasting rooms for Yards and Conshohocken Brewing, is helping owners Gerard Olson and Daniel Endicott. Chef Kelly Fischer, who starts next week, is streamlining the dinner menu to be more pub-friendly. What's new Lee Quach, who has owned several Vietnamese restaurants in South Philadelphia, is the Lee behind Lee's Cafe & Bistro , a stand-alone family-run shop at 522 Washington Ave. (267-273-0922)
May 25, 2015 |
Jim Kenney, the what-you-see-is-what-you-get candidate, said you are going to get even more if he is elected mayor of Philadelphia in November. The former city councilman who engineered reduced penalties for minor marijuana possession pledged that police would stop issuing citations altogether for that offense: "It is a waste of time. It is a waste of money. " The critic of Mayor Nutter's distant relationship with City Council said that as mayor, he would invite Council President Darrell L. Clarke to seat his own financial experts at the table when the yearly budget is built.
May 22, 2015 |
Il Cantuccio , which has held the corner of Third Street and Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties since 1999, is out of business. The BYOB was the second restaurant owned by the cantankerous but lovable chef Giuseppe Rosselli of La Locanda del Ghiottone. Rosselli died suddenly in 2000 of a heart attack, and his widow ran it until February 2014, when she sold it. Yet another White Dog University City-bred White Dog Cafe , which branched out to Wayne in 2010, now has a third location, in Haverford Square (379 Lancaster Ave., 610-896-4556)
May 15, 2015 |
Triangle reopens A deep cleaning is the obvious change at the Triangle Tavern (1338 S. 10th St., 215-800-1992), which has held the corner of 10th and Reed Streets since Prohibition ended. It reopened this week under Stephen Simons and David Frank, who own Royal Tavern, Khyber Pass Pub, Cantina Los Caballitos, and Cantina Dos Segundos. The menu from chef Mark McKinney includes long-ago staples: roast beef, mussels in red or white sauce, and meatballs. There's also a sizable vegetarian and even vegan selection, including vegan roast beef and wings.
May 8, 2015 |
The bus ride home on April 15 wasn't merely quiet. "It was silent," Kingsway junior pitcher Devon Grippe said. The Dragons made some noise on Wednesday. Behind Grippe's powerful pitching and some timely hitting, Kingsway turned the tables on arch-rival Clearview with a 5-0 victory in a Tri-County Conference Royal Division clash of two of South Jersey's top softball teams. "We were very motivated to make up for the last game," Grippe said. "That fueled our fire. " Grippe, a junior right-hander, allowed four hits with one walk and five strikeouts.