Scratch Biscuits Closes

The Dixie from Scratch Biscuits

The Dixie from Scratch Biscuits

Scratch Biscuits, the quick-serve biscuit sandwiches spot at 1306 Chestnut Street by chef Mitch Prensky, closed after a year in business. Prensky posted a photo of the closure notice, hanging in the window of Scratch Biscuits, on Facebook today. Prensky thanked all his customers who gave the store a try.

He also says Scratch Biscuits will continue to appear at Night Markets and at other pop-ups throughout the summer. Follow @ScratchBiscuits on Twitter for more announcements.

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Tria’s Washington Square West Location Turning Nine

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Tria before it was Tria and was just an old laundromat | Photo by Arthur Etchells

On Tuesday, July 19th, Tria Cafe’s Washington Square West location is celebrating nine years at 12th and Spruce. The wine bar will be pouring a variety of sparkling, white, red and dessert wines, all from the year 2007, the year Tria’s Wash-West location opened.

The wines will be available all day for the price of $9 per glass.

Tria will also have a special aged cheddar that also dates back to 2007.

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Whetstone Celebrates Turning One

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Deviled Crab – just one of the new dishes at Whetstone Tavern | Photos by Vanessa Beahn

On Tuesday, July 19th, Whetstone Tavern, the bar/restaurant of Jeremy Nolen and Doug Hager (Brauhaus Schmitz) is celebrating its first birthday with an evening long happy hour.

The night will feature $3 Pilsner drafts, $4 wines, $5 Dad’s Single burgers and $6 punch. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Whetstone’s just released Summer 2016 menu will also be served along with popular items from the original menu like Kung Pao wings.

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Bud & Marilyn’s Celebrates Christmas in July with a Smörgåsbord

It's Christmas in July at Bud & Marilyn's

It’s Christmas in July at Bud & Marilyn’s

When I hosted our Christmas in July Open Stove competition at Cook a couple of weeks ago, one of the most pleasant things about it was how relaxing it was to enjoy the Christmas carols without the looming stress of the holidays. It’s the kind of thing that makes a Christmas in July special fun.

And that’s the spirit behind Bud & Marilyn’s Christmas in July Smörgåsbord complete with Christmas beers. Available today, Monday, July 18th and Tuesday, July 19th, the retro restaurant of Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are turning out of meatballs, cheese and crackers, crab croquettes, clam canapes and deviled eggs. The smörgåsbord is $25 and as the photo above shows, contains a menagerie of food.

In addition to those throwback holiday dishes, Bud & Marilyn’s will also be pouring Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Tröegs Mad Elf.

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DNC Late Bar Hours Application Is Now Live

iStock/Adam Petto

iStock/Adam Petto

The link for bars, restaurants, hotels and caterers to apply to serve alcohol beyond 2 a.m. during the Democratic National Convention is now live.

The application can be found on the Philadelphia Democratic National Committee’s web site. The site also includes a FAQ that explains how the permit works.   

The state legislature approved a measure on Wednesday paving the way for establishments to extend their hours during the Convention.

For more on the legislation, read here.

National Event Permit [PHL DNC]

Stephen Starr To Take Over Serafina Spot

Serafina location at 18th and Sansom will become a Stephen Starr restaurant.

Serafina location at 18th and Sansom will become a Stephen Starr restaurant.

Serafina is going to be taken over by Stephen Starr. The Italian restaurant from New York landed with significant fanfare in 2011. It was immediately the place to see and be seen but its bloom faded quickly with lackluster and comically bad reviews. Then there was the Cliff Lee incident. And since then, the restaurant has gotten by on tourists, Rittenhouse Square lifers and its location on bustling 18th Street. According to Michael Klein, Serafina will remain open through November before Starr moves in.

Starr has not settled on a concept for the 160-seat restaurant and the Bunker LLC on the liquor license doesn’t give too much away. We’re guessing it isn’t a golf or World War I themed restaurant.

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The Craft Distilling Boom Is Here

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Local spirits are pouring out all over the region | La Colombe’s rum distillery in Fishtown

Just a year ago, we wrote a guide to local distilling that talked about eight local distilleries. In updating that list we came up with 24 distilleries within 100 miles of City Hall that are worth a trip.

These distilleries, some no bigger than a garage (actually at least a couple are in old garages) to several that are designed with room to really grow are proof that craft distilling is here in a big way. And what we found is that these distilleries are putting out really good stuff. In fact, Dad’s Hat Rye was named Whisky Advocate’s Whisky of the Year for 2015. So we’re not talking good for a local distillery, we’re talking about world class stuff.

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Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop Adds Wine and Happy Hour

The Bottle Shop at Di Bruno Bros. Franklin location is set to offer wine.

The Bottle Shop at Di Bruno Bros. Franklin location is set to offer wine.

Di Bruno Bros’s recently opened Bottle Shop at the Franklin will begin offering wine by the glass starting this Friday, July 15th. Glasses range from $10 to $14 and include a variety of old world wines from Slovenia, Greece and Italy.

In addition to wine, the Bottle Shop is also offering a seven day a week happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Happy hour knocks two dollars off all cheese plates, beer flights and draft beers.

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About Last Night: Chestnuts Roasting by an Open Stove*

open-stove-neuf-bardot-940On May, 4th the Open Stove contestants at Cook guessed that we would torture them with a Cinco de Mayo themed competition. But instead we gave them blue milk and Starburst in a memorable Star Wars themed battle. This month our kitchen warriors Malik Ali (Restaurant Neuf) and Bryan Tanczak (Bardot Cafe) were thinking hot dogs, hamburgers and maybe even apple pie as it was just past the 4th of July. But with the mercury well above 90°, we had a different idea, Christmas in July. So there was ham, plums, ginger snaps and since no one has chestnuts in the summer, water chestnuts. And to Ali and Tanczak’s credit, they embraced these secret ingredients with (ahem) aplomb.

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Happy Birthday to Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

kermits-bake-shoppe-400Kermit’s Bake Shoppe turns three today and they’re celebrating by giving all customers a free mini-cupcake with any purchase for pickup or delivery today.

In addition, Kermit’s is also running a Specialty Cake Giveaway. Fill out an entry form by 8 pm this evening and be entered to win a themed cake to feed yourself and 30 of your friends.

If you win, the pastry chefs at Kermit’s will help with the design.

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe [Foobooz]

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