Posts for May 29, 2012

Fairmount Gets In On the Restaurant Week Action

No doubt the opening of the brand spanking new Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will drive traffic through the ever-growing collection of restaurants in the Fairmount neighborhood. And this week, as the museum opens its doors to the public for the first time, many of those restaurants’ owners and the chefs behind them are banding together to host their first restaurant week. Like similar discount dining promotions, the Fairmount one will have participating restaurants (there are more than 20) offering special three-course menus for $35 or less. Check out who is serving what here.

The State’s Top GOP Senator Has Doubts About Liquor Store Privatization

Still here.

For all the huffing and puffing coming out of Harrisburg for the past year and half, there are still no signs of the house being blown down on the state of Pennsylvania’s liquor stores. It’s been almost a year since House Majority Leader Mike Turzai dropped his plan to privatize liquor sales, and for all intents and purposes no progress whatsoever has been made in fulfilling it. And now the State Senate’s top ranking Republican is banging the gong again for a proper modernization plan to be put in place, according to CBS Philly. You’ll recall that last year State Senator Joe Scarnati called the Turzai plan half-baked and compared it to a fire sale, because it would ultimately unload the state store system for much less than what it could be worth.

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Gordo Goes Down: Ramsay Injured During Celebrity Soccer Match

Who would ever want to hurt this guy?

During a celebrity soccer match in Manchester yesterday, Gordon Ramsay was taken out of the game on a stretcher after being tackled in the second half and injuring his back. The game, a fundraiser for UNICEF, was probably just intended to be a good spot of fun, with such non-serious soccer lovers as Woody Harrelson and Mike Myers playing in the match at Manchester United's stadium. (Will Ferrell also sustained an injury on the pitch.) Despite this, The New York Post reports that Ramsay, once a player for Glasgow's Rangers, was "flattened" by Britain's former fĂștbol striker, Teddy Sheringham, who later said he "never set out to hurt the rammer," but didn't exactly offer his condolences either.

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Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. Are Bringing It All Back Home For Their Third Anniversary

The Pirate Slave is just one of the many drinks being revived.Photo: Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company

The Billy Penn Club, Passyunk Punch, and Restraining Order are a few of the throwback drinks the crew at Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company are pulling from their retired menus and putting back into play this June. Since opening, the cocktail hotspot’s bartenders have rarely revived the potions they put out to pasture after making their quarterly menu updates. But for the bar’s third anniversary, which they will begin observing on June 4, general manager Colin Shearn and head bartender Al Sotack have drawn up a menu that puts forth what they’ve decided were the best cocktails from the bar’s first two menus. “If you aren't busy being born, you're busy dying,” in channeling Bob Dylan Shearn told Grub Street about the Franklin’s tradition of starting from scratch with each reboot. “But an anniversary is a great time to look back at where we started.”

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T.G.I. Friday’s Denies Lifting Song From LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy.

Last week, we told you about the minor controversy surrounding a new T.G.I. Friday's ad: Its background music sounds similar to LCD Soundsystem's "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House." We reached out to Friday's, and Trey Hall, the company's chief marketing officer, got back to us: "Friday’s has always and continues to respect the rights of all artists. The music in question is original content that was created for the Friday’s brand; and therefore we do not believe it infringes on any artist copyright." [Earlier]

But Romney Doesn’t Even Drink

"What happens is, the Republicans run up the tab, and then we're sitting there and they've left the restaurant ... And then they point and [say], 'Why did you order all those steaks and martinis?'" —Barack Obama, criticizing the GOP's spending habits, at a campaign stop in Iowa. [AP via US News & World Report, Related]

There’s No Room For ‘Grinders’ Here in ‘Hoagietown’

Rittenhouse Tavern

Rittenhouse Tavern, the gastropub-y effort from Restaurant Associates that recently opened in the space that formerly housed Gardenia (and a host of other restaurants) inside the Art Alliance, is now serving lunch. Former Le Bec-Fin chef, Nick Elmi, and R.A.’s Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage, Ed Brown, have developed a menu of sandwiches, salads and small plates for daytime diners. There’s a LaFrieda burger (naturally) that’s served on a house-baked Yard’s ESA-spiked bun; a branzino dish prepared a la plancha with patty pan squash, and a lemon-mint vinaigrette; and a steak tartare with baby potato chips, bocarone, and herb oil. But what caught our eye was something that we suspect will be a little controversial in a city obsessed with its sandwiches. It’s something the restaurant is calling a “softfshell crab grinder.”

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Modernist Cuisine at Home Coming in October

'Modernist' goes mass.Photo: courtesy of Modernist Cuisine

Modernist Cuisine is, by all accounts, a critical and commercial success (or, at least, as commercially successful as a 50-pound, $600 cookbook about incredibly complex cooking methods can be — Fifty Shades of Grey it ain't). And now the team behind the book reveals what their follow-up will be: an at-home companion called, thoughtfully, Modernist Cuisine at Home.

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Super-Rich 28-Year-Old Eats Fast Food

Where did Facebook founder and official billionaire Mark Zuckerberg eat while on his honeymoon in Rome? McDonald's, apparently. Maybe he just knew he wouldn't get a chance to try Italy's NYCrispy once he got back to the States. [NYP]

That Rash Isn't a Symptom of Pac-Man Fever, It’s Measles!


If you’ve been running a temperature, experiencing a runny nose and plagued by prickly rashes since your last visit to Barcade, it may not be a simple case of Pac-Man Fever. It could be something much more sinister — measles! The city’s Department of Public Health issued warning that a local resident who recently spent time in Thailand, as well as an evening at Fishtown’s home of vintage video games and craft beers, has been diagnosed with the disease, according to Newsworks. He was hanging out there on the evening of May 12. And since measles has an incubation period of about eight to 12 days, they are urging anyone who was there that night that’s experiencing anything resembling symptoms of the highly contagious virus to seek medical attention. [Newsworks]

Media Takeovers: Anthony Bourdain Launching New CNN Show Next Year

News man.Photo: Sean Mathis/WireImage

For all the fires that Anthony Bourdain has irons in at the moment — his Travel Channel shows (which Eater confirms will soon end), a killer publishing deal with Ecco — we didn't expect this: According to CNN, Bourdain will launch a weekend news show on the network in 2013.

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Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Bryn Mawr Pizza See the menu

    “Pizza is alright”

    The food is alright... there honestly is no "atmosphere" since it consists of just an oven, two small tables and a television.

  • Derek's See the menu

    “Everything a restaurant should be!”

    Others talk the talk, Derek has always walked the walk.

  • Lion King See the menu

    “My other spot”

    When it comes to the generals...(chicken that is) they'll make you sign up for recruitment


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