Drink This Now: the Double Knot at Double Knot

The Double Knot: A twist on the Manhattan at Double Knot

The Double Knot: A twist on the Manhattan at Double Knot

In addition to all of that coffee upstairs, sake down and of course wide selections of beer and wine, Double Knot beverage manager Zachary Davis has created a cocktail list that must be explored.

The list is anchored by the Double Knot, a riff on the Manhattan mad by doubling up all of the ingredients. That means two whiskeys, two vermouths, and two kinds of bitters.

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Mac Mart’s Center City Storefront Revealed

Yes, we'd say we found Mac Mart's storefront.

Yes, we’d say we found Mac Mart’s storefront.

Over the past few months, Mac Mart–the mac-n-cheese food truck about town–has been teasing out that they are getting a brick-and-mortar location near Rittenhouse Square. Owner Marti Lieberman has even taken to hanging teasing posters stating “Philly’s First ALL Mac’n Cheese Restaurant Is Coming Soon … But not HERE.”  And back in August she tweeted a hint I identified as the metalworking in front of Franklin Mortgage.

So when she recently tweeted another photo of her feet in front of her storefront we couldn’t help but play along, recreating the photo you see here. HughE Dillon also received confirmation yesterday that Mac Mart’s storefront was filling in the vacant Liberty Shoe Service at 104 South 18th Street.

The stretch of 18th between Chestnut and Sansom is seeing several new businesses. In addition to Mac Mart’s storefront, Matt & Marie’s second location is taking over the long vacant Tony Jr.’s space at 118 South 18th Street and work continues apace at the former Good Stuff Eatery, which will soon be Cleavers, a cheesesteak joint.

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It’s a Matyson Throwback at Bing Bing Dim Sum


Celebrate Chinese New Year at Bing Bing Dim Sum

When Ben Puchowitz was the chef at Matyson he was known for his always changing tasting menus. In fact we awarded him Best of Philly awards for those menus twice. In honor of the Chinese New Year, he’s going back to the future with a Matyson-style tasting menu at Bing Bing Dim Sum on Passyunk Avenue.

The Year of the Monkey menu will be served on Monday, February 8th and the four-course meal will cost $35 per person. Drink specials including a harmony punch will also be available. Call for reservations (215-279-7702).

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Center City’s La Creperie Closes After 18 Years

La Creperie closes as Suga prepares to open.

La Creperie closes as Suga prepares to open.

La Creperie Cafe at 1722 Sansom Street has closed after 18 years. The French BYOB specialized in crepes and also offered Sunday brunch. But with prices of all the crepes starting north of $10 and some hitting $18, it never seemed that crowded a spot and as lunchtime competition boomed, it isn’t particularly surprising the cafe closed.

A sign on the door (in English and French) explained La Creperie was still available for catering.

The long narrow space is directly next to Susanna Foo’s Suga, which looked to be in its final stages of construction this afternoon.

For Sale: The Murals from Friday Saturday Sunday

Murals from Friday Saturday Sunday are now for sale.

Murals from Friday Saturday Sunday are now for sale.

Back in 2005, Friday Saturday Sunday owner Weaver Lilley commissioned Philadelphia artist Tom Judd to create a series of murals for Lilley’s Rittenhouse Square restaurant. But now that the restaurant is closed and is in the midst of remodeling, the canvas segments have been removed, individually stretched and mounted as separate works of art.

Friday Saturday Sunday was a mainstay at 21st and Rittenhouse Square from 1973 to its closing in August, 2015. The restaurant was part of Philadelphia’s first restaurant renaissance and remained part of its scene for an impressive 42 years.

Five mural paintings are available for sale. Check out the paintings here and if you’re interested in purchasing one, email Weaver Lilley here.

As for what’s next for the restaurant. Garces Group alum Chad Williams and his wife Hanna are refurbishing the restaurant and will reopen it with the same name.

Friday Saturday Sunday [Philadelphia Magazine]

Matt Levin to Appear on Beat Bobby Flay

Matt Levin at his restaurant Adsum in 2010.

Matt Levin at his restaurant Adsum in 2010.

Matt Levin, executive chef for Brûlée Catering at the National Constitution Center, will be appearing on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay on Thursday, March 3rd at 10 p.m. Previous to working for Brûlée, Levin came to the forefront of Philadelphia dining as the chef at Lacroix. Under Levin’s reign, Lacroix was awarded four bells by the Inquirer’s Craig LaBan. After Lacroix, Levin opened his own restaurant Adsum, which was as noteworthy for its serious cuisine as for its stunts like a Four Loko dinner and burgers served on Tastykake Kandy Kakes.

To have the chance to take down Flay, Levin will first have to defeat Sanaa Abourezk of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Beat Bobby Flay [Official]

Brown Betty’s Closing Liberty Place Location

brown betty liberty place 400Brown Betty Dessert Boutique will be closing its “petite” location within the Shops at Liberty Place. The bakery is consolidating its brick-and-mortar operations in Northern Liberties while it pursues what a release is calling “several very exciting new wholesale opportunities.”

The flagship location at 722 North 2nd Street will remain open for business and extend its hours slightly, opening the bakery at 11am daily (instead of 12pm) beginning February 19th.

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique

LISTEN: Nick Elmi Talks Philly Cooks on WMMR

preston steve philly cooks 400Tune into Preston & Steve this morning as Laurel chef Nick Elmi participates in the morning show’s Meet & Eat. Elmi will be on between 9:30 am and 10 am. talking Philly Cooks.

Speaking of Philly Cooks, tickets still remain for the Tuesday, February 16th event at the Philadelphia Marriott.

For more information, check out the Philly Cooks web site.

Philly Cooks [Official]
Philly Cooks Tickets [Official]
Preston & Steve [WMMR]


Armenian Restaurant Comes to Northern Liberties

apricotstone 400On Friday, ApricotStone opened on Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties. The restaurant is owned by Ara Ishkhanian and chef Fimy Ishkhanian runs the kitchen. Ishkhanian is turning out a menu of seasonally inspired Mediterranean and Armenian cuisine.

 Ishkhanian grew up in Aleppo, Syria and came to the United States in 1981. In 1993 she opened Fimy’s Kitchen on the Main Line and added a second location in 1995. Now she’s bringing her cooking to Northern Liberties.

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Bar Hygge Readies for Opening

The taps at Bar Hygge

The taps at Bar Hygge

This week (Wednesday, February 3rd will NOT be the day) will see the opening of Bar Hygge at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. The brewpub is a collaboration between two couples, brewer Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver (Earth Bread + Brewery) and Julie and Stew Keener (West Conshohocken’s Bagataway Tavern).

Hygge means a sense of happiness in the present moment or conviviality in Danish. It is pronounced HOO-ga and makes Bagataway seem like a simple name in comparison. But Hygge is definitely a word worth seeking out and the bar was already warm and comfortable on a pre-opening Friday afternoon where Team Foobooz was lucky enough to check out Baker’s opening six taps.

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