Minesweeper Champion To Open Restaurant

1214 Chestnut Street, which used to be retail store Unica, will be taken over by a new mystery restaurant. Shimshon Zaken has applied to the Zoning Board of Adjustments for a certificate for an eat-in-only restaurant on the ground floor. The posted zoning notice (as well as the facade of 1214) seem like something out of Silent Hill, and we’ve never heard of Zaken before (unless you’re talking about the famous Israeli Minesweeper champion). While […]


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12th Street Space Stripping Down To Its Raw Form

Coming to the former Blue Lotus Gallery at 111 S. 12th Street is Jar Bar. Based on the Catalyst cleansing system, which is a five-day juice cleanse, Jar Bar will focus its menu on a raw food diet; how trendy of them! Raw foodism (breaking out the technical term) is a lifestyle that promotes only consuming uncooked, unprocessed and generally organic foods. The Catalyst juice system (similar to the haute NYC Cooler Cleanse business) is […]


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In with Live Music, Out with Spaghetti

As you may have heard, the Spaghetti Warehouse, formerly located at 1026 Spring Garden Street, closed this past December. While there will be no more serving of mediocre-yet-reasonably priced Italian food, there are new plans for this larger-than-average warehouse space. The North Philly Landmark building will be turned into a live music venue and is said to be opening its doors in September of this year. While the plans for the venue have not been […]


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Makiman Sushi Rolls Into Washington Square West

While Makiman Sushi (web designers, please help them out here) has made its name in Northeast Philadelphia over the past several years, it is now getting its shot in Center City. The new location has opened its doors at 1326 Spruce Street, a tucked-away location that hasn’t fared so well for other Japanese boites in the past (do you even remember Misso, Muntin and Hasu?) Since its recent opening, the consumer response has been overwhelmingly positive. Makiman Sushi […]


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The Grainery to Barrel Over Former Joe Pesce Location

Fork & Barrel owners will be taking over Joe Pesce at 1113 Walnut Street with a new restaurant named The Grainery. The concept for the restaurant is going to be a mix between Fork & Barrel and Bethlehem’s Bookstore Speakeasy and is being tagged as a “sort-of brewpub.” The restaurant will be bringing in brew master Terry Hawbacker from Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport to concoct approximately four house-brewed beers to put on tap. Walnut Street […]


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Matthew Izzo Opening In Midtown Village

A new Matthew Izzo location is taking over what used to be the Blue Lotus Gallery located at 111 S. 12th Street. The gallery closed at the end of January and although it’s impossible to see the progress going on within (unless you read his Twitter), Matthew Izzo already has his decals on the windows as well as plenty of teaser flyers. The boutique will be moving from their Old City location, which was scaled […]


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Pure Fare Coming to Rittenhouse This Winter

Pure Fare will be opening later this year at the old 21st Street Gourmet 959-square-foot spot at 119 S. 21st Street. Pure Fare was slated to open in the fall of 2010, then the spring of 2011 and now they say winter 2011. So what’s taking them so long?! Oh … probably the software that tracks what you eat. John Steele with Flying Kite reports that Pure Fare will help customers monitor their eating habits […]


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New Washington Square Restaurant

Michael Klein says that work began last week on a new restaurant at 210 W. Washington Square from Stephen Starr (obvi) and Aimee Olexy (of Talula’s Table). Spring 2011 is the planned opening date and the designing architect on the project will be Richard Stokes, the man you can thank for the aesthetic of Starr’s Parc, Butcher & Singer, Pizzeria Stella (mmm black truffle and egg pizza) and most of his A.C. restaurants. We’re sure […]


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Philly’s Cruise Ship Ports Close

June 30 will be the last working day for the piers at the former Navy Yard. Don’t be too sad; the city saves $20M the minute these ship ports close. Some of the reasons the ports are closing? Hmm…probably the opening of the Cape Liberty cruise port in Bayonne or maybe the six-hour trek that cruises have to take up the Delaware River to reach Philly from the sea (that’s a lot of bingo playing). […]


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