Monthly Archives: April 2015

Opening Alert: Big Gay Ice Cream Philly Just Opened Its Doors

Source: Eater Philly


The Big Gay day has finally arrived: Rabidly anticipated NYC-based ice cream shop Big Gay Ice Cream just opened its doors to the public for the very first time, one day earlier than some outlets had guessed it might happen. The opening was just announced tonight via Twitter:

Owners Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff had already promised to serve dessert at the shop to attendees of a book signing and ...

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Stanton Street Kitchen Launches Late Night Menu; Drink Rose for a Cause at Danny Meyer Restaurants

Source: Eater NY

Plus Contra’s collaboration with Fish & Game.

LOWER EAST SIDE – Stanton Street Kitchen has just launched a new late night food menu, which is served from midnight until the bar closes at 2 a.m. It includes dishes like a lamb burger, and ham and fried egg sandwich on baguette, and a three-cheese grilled cheese, plus snacks like candied nuts, and olives. Larger plates are all in the $12 to $20 range. [Eaterwire]

ROSEWIRE – Tomorrow Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group kicks off its annual “Drink Pink” month across all of the restaurants. For all of May, Maialino, Gramercy ...

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Bethesda’s Restaurant Scene Evolves; Watch ‘Somm’ at Sonoma

Source: Eater DC

Plus, B Too celebrates its second anniversary.

BETHESDA— Bethesda dining: actually getting exciting? Bethesda Magazine has a good rundown of the changes facing the restaurant scene there, with big names like Robert Wiedmaier and Jeff Tunks enhancing their presence in the neighborhood. [BM]

CAPITOL HILL— Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar is becoming a movie theater of sorts next Monday. They’ll screen the documentary Somm and offer unlimited popcorn and a wine flight tasting. It’s $30 per person at 6 p.m. [EaterWire]

LOGAN CIRCLE— B Too is planning a multi-course dinner to celebrate its second birthday with guest chef Jean-Marc Brocard. ...

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Gunshow’s Joey Ward Is an Eater Young Guns Semifinalist

Source: Eater Atlanta

The new class of Young Guns will be announced in June.

Joey Ward, executive chef at Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow, is a semifinalist for the Eater Young Guns class of 2015. Ward joins 49 other semifinalists from hundreds of nominations, and he’s the only representative from the state of Georgia.

Eater Young Guns aims to identify the most promising up-and-coming talent in the restaurant industry, whether they’re working as chefs or line cooks, wine and cocktail pros, restaurateurs, or maître d’s. The criteria are simple. Nominees must be under 30 years of age (or have worked in their ...

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Tracking the Nitro Coffee Trend in Philadelphia

Source: Eater Philly

The latest cold-brew craze looks poised to expand in a big way.

The rise of nitro coffee — cold-brew coffee that’s pressurized with nitrogen and served on tap, resulting in a pour with a lush head and creamy texture, often likened to Guinness — is a major trend nationwide and beyond. Just this week, BonApp checked in around the country to track the nitro coffee boom, which the magazine named one of the top food trends to watch for in 2015. Stumptown, one of the big names who was at the forefront of the nitro coffee frenzy, released a canned ...

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Local Restaurant Coming to Underserved Intown Neighborhood

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Local entrepreneurs opening neighborhood eatery  

Business partners Brian Hogan, formerly of Shorty’s Pizza in Tucker, and Patrick Dunn, formerly of Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, plan to open Pea Ridge Kitchen & Bar next month.  

The restaurant will be located in Decatur on Lawrenceville Highway near its intersection with Frazier Road / McLendon Drive.  The 2,200 square foot freestanding building was most recently home to Country Cafe, a comfort food eatery that closed months ago.   
Dunn, who previously held the role of sous chef at Leon’s, will be the culinary head of the restaurant.  The menu at Pea Ridge will ...

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Bibou Reopening May 15

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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Bibou is reopening after a four-week-long renovation on May 15, and you’re going to have to follow a lot of rules to eat there.

The restaurant will be open Wednesday-Saturday only, with just 2 services per night (5:30/6pm and 8:30/9pm). Dinner will be a no-choice, seven-course tasting menu for $100 per person (not including tax and gratuity or alcohol because it’s still BYOB). And, of course, it’s still cash only.

Honestly. just writing all of that brings back memories of the super-strict piano teacher I had when I was little. I still can’t look at a Treble Clef without ...

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The Sussman’s Summer Menu for Ruschmeyer’s Is All Seafood and Middle Eastern Influences

Source: Eater NY

Start dreaming of summer and late night chicken schwarma.

When chef brothers/authors Max and Eli Sussman signed on as co-executive chefs at Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk for the summer, they made it clear that the menu would not be the same as the one they plan to serve at Samesa, their forthcoming Middle Eastern restaurant. Instead, they’ll focus on seafood, which they tell Eater they plan to get as fresh as possible from local fisherman. Nonetheless, there are Middle Eastern influences all over the place (somewhat like there were at the Cleveland and Mile End, where Max and Eli ...

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Opening Alert: Brick & Mortar is Open at Prequel

Source: Eater DC

It’s a bar located within a space that will house pop-ups.

Prequel, a new space designed to house pop-up and events (located where LivingSocial used to operate a similar venture), now has its own bar. UrbanDaddy has all the details about Brick & Mortar, the house bar for the space.

The bar will serve beers (including some local ones) and cocktails (and even sherry), plus snacks like lobster rolls and BLTs. Find it in the basement of Prequel.

Brick & Mortar, 918 F St. NW, website.

Brick and Mortar [Photo: Official]

Brick and Mortar [Photo: Official]

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The Last-Minute Thursday Night Reservation Guide

Source: Eater NY

Tables available at Prime Meats, Tuome, Dirt Candy, and more.

Eater scanned through all NYC restaurants on OpenTable and Resy with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here’s the best of the bunch:

Open Table

· Prime Meats (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)
· Union Square Cafe (9:15)
· Marc Forgione (9:45)
· The Musket Room (7:00, 8:45, 9:30)
· Tuome (7:15, 7:45, 8:15)
· Maialino (10:00)
· Dirt Candy (10:00)
· Ai Fiori (8:00, 8:30)
· Peasant (7:00, 10:00)
· DB Bistro Moderne (7:15, 8:00, 8:30)


· Rotisserie Georgette (7:30, 9:30)
· Le Rivage (6:30)
· The Red Cat ...

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Starbucks Opened Its First ‘Express’ Store Today in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

Faster! Faster!!

After telling New Yorkers seven long months ago that Manhattan was getting the first-ever tiny little “Express” store, Starbucks announced it officially opened the 538-square-foot space today, and downtown caffeine fiends in want of Star-bee’s coffee, pronto, can find it tucked in the bottom of 14 Wall Street.

With a firm understanding that this shop is just the first of many, the Express concept is being sold as “the ‘espresso shot’ version” of the Starbucks experience. This first one has no place to sit and a chicly streamlined decor that will hopefully all hint at the fact that ...

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New Chef and a New Menu at Opa

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz


Fried rabbit at Opa

Bobby Saritsoglou, the mustached head chef who took over the helm of Opa in early March, has released his new menu, which will be officially available starting today.

The menu is divided up into Mezedes (small plates), Spreads, Dakos (Barley toast), Gyros, Salates & Lahanika (Salads and Vegetables), Pites (Filo Pies), Macaronia (Pasta), From the Grill, and Trapezi (For the Table).

Highlights include: flash fried smelts with grilled lemon, marinated grilled sardine and heirloom tomato barley toast, duck gyro, wild boar ragu house made egg pasta, swordfish souvlakia with fennel salad, and buttermilk fried rabbit ...

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Schmear It Just One of Several Restaurants Coming to 3601 Market

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Danlu - Asian inspired bar and restaurant coming to 3601 Market.

Danlu – Asian inspired bar and restaurant coming to 3601 Market.

Property has the details on 3601 Market Street, the new 363 unit apartment building opening this summer. But of particular note to Foobooz readers, the building has several eating establishments.

Schmear It, the roving bagel truck will have a brick-and-mortar location in the building. Schmear it will be joined by Herban Quality Eats, a food delivery service that had been working out of the Enterprise Center at 48th and Spruce.

Danlu, an Asian inspired bar and restaurant will be the most upscale of the building’s eateries. It ...

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Hugh Acheson Is Opening a Coffeeshop Inside Ponce City Market

Source: Eater Atlanta

The venture is called Spiller Park Coffee.

Remember those Hugh Acheson-Ponce City Market restaurant rumors? Well, the Top Chef judge is not opening a restaurant in the highly anticipated development. He’s opening a coffeeshop, dubbed Spiller Park Coffee. Acheson announced the news via Instagram on Thursday.

Spiller Park Coffee Shop is coming together. #poncecitymarket @dbdonchey

A photo posted by Hugh Acheson (@hughacheson) on

The name comes from Spiller Park, the former home of the Atlanta Crackers that used to sit across the street from the Ponce City Market site. The coffeeshop, which follows Dancing ...

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Update: Italian BYOB by Townsend Wentz

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

townsend wentz at cook

Exciting news: we have some updates on the heretofore unnamed Italian BYOB by Townsend Wentz that’s going to be at 23rd and Fairmount (formerly the space occupied by Garden Fresh).

Wentz plans to open the 50-seat BYOB in about four months (which seems like a totally reasonable time frame in that, when it takes six months, it really won’t seem like he blew past that proposed opening date by all that much), and the menu will be seasonal and heavily Italian-influenced. The highlight will be homemade pastas, which makes sense. It would’ve been weird if the highlight was going to be ice ...

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Diners Can Share Cod Loin or Have a ‘Hot Pocket’ at Provision No. 14

Source: Eater DC

Menus for the new Logan Circle addition.

Provision No. 14 opened yesterday in Logan Circle. The menu, from chefs James Duke and John Leavitt, is an eclectic one, with larger communal plates like chili-braised short ribs and miso lamb ribs. There are also smaller items, like kale salad, fries and even a spin on a hot pocket. The full menu, as well as the drinks menu, from the new restaurant is below.

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Take a Look Inside 14th Street’s Striking New Addition: Provision No. 14 (Photos, Menu)

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

The idea of share plates on 14th Street may seem a little tired, but there’s nothing ho-hum about Provision No. 14. The striking new eatery at 14th and V Streets, Northwest officially opened Wednesday with an eclectic menu—Filipino pork, house-made pastas—shareable cocktails served in French press coffeemakers, and a

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