Resurrection Ale House Is Changing Hands

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Leigh Maida sent out a message to subscribers of the Resurrection Ale House mailing list that the her and Brendan Hartranft’s Graduate Hospital beer bar is under agreement of sale. The letter notes that the employees will stay on after the acquisition, though the fried chicken may not. The note says that the chicken might pop up at the couple’s other bars, Memphis Taproom, Local 44 or Strangelove’s.

As for the new owners, that remains a mystery.

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Kevin Sbraga Opening a New Restaurant in … Jacksonville?

Kevin Sbraga is branching out to Jacksonville.

Kevin Sbraga is branching out to Jacksonville | Photo by HughE Dillon

Local chefs branching out to other cities have taken the expected routes; Atlantic City, New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. But Kevin Sbraga is going to Jacksonville, Florida. The chef/owner of Sbraga, The Fat Ham and the forthcoming Juniper Commons is looking to open a still undecided concept at Jacksonville’s 220 Riverside Ave project. Sbraga’s restaurant will be one of three in the mixed-use development. 

According to the Florida Times Union, which originally reported the story, Sbraga’s restaurant is aiming to open in early 2015.

Is Jacksonville a foodie town? ‘Top Chef’ star’s arrival at 220 Riverside a sign of good taste [Florida Times Union via @PhillyChitChat]
Sbraga Dining [Official]

Throw Back Thursdays: Di Bruno Bros

dibruno 9th street Long before Throwback Thursdays were a thing on Facebook and Twitter, we used to occasionally run a feature called Retro-raunts. But since Throwback Thursdays are the flavor of the day and PhillyHistory.org is still one of my favorite web sites, we were inspired to bring back the feature. Check out the above photo of the original Di Bruno Bros. from 1954. Look closely and you can make out the Di Bruno Bros. sign.

Throwback to 1954 [Di Bruno Bros. Twitter]
PhillyHistory.org [Official]

Get Your Tickets to the Best of Philly Bash

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Celebrate Best of Philly and summer with the Best of Philly Bash set for Tuesday, August 12th. The event is being held at Citizens Bank Park and will feature past Best of Philly winners serving up their summer favorites. There will also be summer-inspired cocktails, live music and outdoor games.

Tickets are $90 for general admission, $150 for VIP tickets which get you in an hour-and-a-half early.

Get your tickets now.

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Georges Perrier at Crow and the Pitcher

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Last week we told you about Rittenhouse Row’s cool Culinary Collective, where eighteen restaurants were pulling out all the stops to create unique experiences between August 5th and the 7th. One of those special experiences will be at Crow and the Pitcher. Georges Perrier, who is often spotted relaxing at the Rittenhouse restaurant of Alex Capasso, will be in the kitchen preparing some of his most popular dishes from Le Bec-Fin’s past. A four-course prix fixe dinner will be available for $60 or a seven-course extravaganza will be $120. Seatings are available at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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Letto Deli To Be Razed, Replaced by New Restaurant

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Letto Deli, which has been reported to become everything from a Jose Garces wursthaus to a branch of the buzzed about Umami Burger is now slated to be demolished. But on the good side, the replacement for the single story building will house a restaurant. Michael Klein is reporting that Sylva Senat, who was the praised opening chef of Tashan will be in the kitchen.

Sylva Senat in deal at Letto Deli [The Insider]

City Tap House Adds Seasonal Pizzas

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Sweet Corn Pizza from City Tap House

City Tap House is rolling out a new seasonal pizza menu and they’re making a big deal about it. In fact, they sent over three pizzas today and we thought, seems like an odd time to be trumpeting what looked like ordinary pizza. But hey, pizza is pizza and we dug in. That’s when we realized there was more going on than we imagined. The salumi pizza was topped with pepperoni made with Cantimpaolo chorizo. The second pizza appeared to be the standard ham and arugula but instead it was Benton’s Farm ham with fresh peaches. Peaches on a pizza? It worked. The third pizza featured Jersey corn, roasted and pureed with a little cream and then topped with raclette, cilantro pesto and spicy pickled fresnos.

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