WATCH: Is This the Fitler Dining Room Dog Vandal?

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Early on Saturday morning, video cameras outside of Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce recorded someone vandalizing the restaurant’s iconic dog statues. A segment of the video (below) shows a male kicking and twisting the statue.

According to Fitler Dining Room’s Ed Hacket — who has seen the entire surveillance video of the incident — the suspect was walking west on Spruce Street when he tried to catch a cab at the corner. Hacket says the man was quickly tossed from the cab, and after that he headed for the dogs. Hacket says that the video shows the man kicking at one of the statues, finally knocking it over and breaking it.

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Tale of the Tape: Lo Spiedo

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Marc Vetri’s seventh restaurant, Lo Spiedo officially opens today. Located just inside the gates at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, Lo Spiedo aims to be a lunch option for the Navy Yard’s 11,000 plus employees as well as a dinner destination for Philadelphia diners.

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Valanni Is Offering a “Banged Up Brunch” on Saturdays

valanni-banged-up-brunchEvery Saturday, Valanni Restaurant is throwing a “Banged Up Brunch” featuring happy hour drink specials and a selection of brunch favorites, tapas style for $5. No need to decide sweet or savory, just select tapas plates like cinnamon French toast and applewood smoked bacon grilled cheese for the best of both worlds.

The brunch runs from noon to 3 p.m. every  Saturday and includes drink specials like half-off sangria, wine and specialty cocktails. Bloody Marys and mimosas are also available for $5.

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Fall Breads from Alex Bois and High Street on Market

Photo by Alex Bois

Photo by Alex Bois

Head baker Alexandre Bois and executive chef Eli Kulp are rolling out a new menu of fall breads at High Street on Market. High Street, which has already received extensive praise for its bread program is now making bread a seasonal menu.

“Alex does amazing work, and tasting his newest creations is one of my favorite parts of my job,” says chef Kulp. Bois was singled out in Bon Appetit’s crowning of High Street on Market as the second best new restaurant in the country.

Fall breads at High Street on Market »

Stephen Starr and Pierre Robert Talk Music

Photograph by Dustin Fenstermacher

Photograph by Dustin Fenstermacher

Stephen Starr wanted to be a disc jockey. That’s just one of the tidbits revealed in this conversation between Stephen Starr and the legendary Pierre Robert. Appearing in the November issue of Philadelphia magazine, the two discuss Bruce Springsteen on South Street, David Bowie at the Tower, Bono at Ripley Music Hall and much more.

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Warm Up with Fette Sau Happy Hour

fette-06I’ve had a flyer for Fette Sau’s happy hour on my desk for at least a month. I’ve been waiting for just the right time to post about their half-price beer,$5 Manhattans and $4 burnt end sandwiches that the Fishtown barbecue joint offers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

And with today’s cold and rainy weather, hot barbecue and warming whiskey seems like the only reason to venture out.

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Gennaro’s Tomato Pie Is on the Move

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Gennaro’s at 1429 Jackson Street

Gennaro’s Tomato Pie has made 1429 Jackson Street a bit of a destination. But the small pizzeria is heading to bigger digs on East Passyunk Avenue, in the former Da Vinci’ Restaurant. The new spot will offer a second floor and a completely under appreciated courtyard.

Mike Giammarino tells Michael Klein that the Gennaro’s will open on the Fountain on East Passyunk in mid-2015. Gennaro’s remains open on Jackson Street in the meantime.

Gennaro’s Tomato Pie to replace Da Vinci Ristorante on E. Passyunk Ave. [Passyunk Post]
Gennaro’s moving to East Passyunk [The Insider]

SPOTTED: Questlove at Abe Fisher

Stopped by #AbeFisher during the @Forbes #30Under30Summit its a must experience if you like fine dining in #Philadelphia

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Questlove was back in his hometown yesterday for Forbes Under 30 Summit and stopped in for a meal at Abe Fisher. Questlove is quite the food aficionado also ate a fried chicken and waffle ice cream sandwich at the summit yesterday.

Abe Fisher [Foobooz]

Devil’s Pocket Food & Spirits Replaces Resurrection Ale House

Resurrection Ale House when it opened.

Resurrection Ale House when it opened.

Today is the day that the replacement for Resurrection Ale House opens on Grays Ferry Avenue. Devil’s Pocket Food & Spirits is by Andrew Wagner and Marcus Versace, two restaurant veterans who are opening their first business. Michael Klein has the details on the neighborhood oriented spot that will offer nachos, soup, wings, turkey pot pie and a LaFrieda burger.

A bar for Devil’s Pocket [The Insider]
Devil’s Pocket Food & Spirits [Foobooz]

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