Revel Is Done, And Jose Garces Is Down Four Restaurants


The news came down today: Atlantic City’s Revel Resort is shutting down next month.

Oh, sure. They’re still trying to sell the place. But they’ve been trying to sell it pretty much since the day it opened. Or at least since the first bankruptcy filing, which happened just a little over a year after it opened. As things stand now, the resort has never made a dime in profit, and the current owners are admitting that even if a buyer is found, Revel will still close before anyone can come in to save the day.

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Feastival Restaurant List Released


And we just got our hot little hands on it, so now we’re letting you know.

For those of you who’ve never been before, Feastival is one of the biggest food events of the year. It serves as a fundraiser for FringeArts and brings together some of the biggest names in the city for a one-night-only party full of music, food, booze, food, naked people, food, weird gymnasts, a live auction, food and more food. This is the 5th year of the event, and it’ll be happening on Thursday, September 18, at Penn’s Landing. Tickets are pricey at $250 for general admission and $350 for VIP, but the money is going to a good cause and, on top of that, it’s the kind of scene where eating and drinking away the price of that ticket really isn’t that hard.

So here’s a list of the restaurants that’ll be on hand for this year’s Feastival.

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Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Lobster, Hummus, Bacon, Beer, Food Trucks, Nightmares and Fun With Big Data


Even in the middle of the summer, the restaurant news just keeps coming. Here’s what you might’ve missed this week.

First Bite: Dizengoff Michael Solomonov’s new hummus spot soft-opens and we are there to check it out

Do You Have What It Takes To Compete On Hell’s Kitchen? And by “What it takes,” we mean a desire to be shouted at by British people

So Much Lobster At London Grill Get yours now

South Jersey’s First Bacon And Beer Festival What’s not to love?

A First Taste Of Vetri’s Lo Spiedo So make your plans now

Fun With Big Data When did Philly stop loving Stephen Starr?

Food Truck Update For August Everything you need to know

Little Baby’s Needs To Stop Making Commercials Or maybe just lay off the psychedelics for a while

Best Of Philly Bash What to wear, how to get into the Volver afterparty and where to get your tickets

New August Happy Hour Menu At Franklin Mortgage


It’s August and the crew over at the Franklin have a new “Extra Credit” menu at the bar. This time they’re highlighting mint with five cool, classic, mint-heavy cocktails for this hottest month of the year.

The Extra Credit menu is available all the time, but the Franklin also uses it like their happy hour menu–and everything on it is just $11 between 5-7pm, Sunday through Thursday. There are also $2 High Life ponies and a $7 daily punch, just to sweeten the deal.

Check out the full menu below.

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Got What It Takes To Compete On Hell’s Kitchen?


Shouty British fussy-pants Gordon Ramsay has managed yet again to survive another network TV season, and so Hell’s Kitchen is going to be coming back for another round.

Which is good news for you if you’ve got a thing for being screamed at by people with accents, because once again the TV casting gods have seen fit to focus on Philly as a place from which to gather their human sacrifices excited contestants for the new season.

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Greensgrow Farms Is Throwing A Shrimp Boil

GGShrimpBoilIn case you don’t already know what you’re doing next Saturday, here’s something to add to your calendar: Greensgrow Farms is throwing a shrimp boil. It’s a benefit event for the Greensgrow Community Kitchen (which is a social entrepreneurship project which does everything from acting as a classroom and a licensed kitchen for food truck owners and small food entrepreneurs, to serving as the place where Greensgrow assembles all its prepared food and an educational venture helping people “navigate the labyrinth of city certifications and licenses”), so right from the start you can feel good about attending. But more important, it’s also gonna be a sweet party–a straight up low country shrimp boil with lots of food, popsicles from Little Pop Shop, beer from Philadelphia Brewing Company, and a Zydeco dance party on the side.

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One Night Only: Delaney BBQ At 10 Arts


One of the best modern pitmen in America is from Philly.

No, seriously. Daniel Delaney, who left town in 2008 and currently runs Delaney BBQ, which might be the best Texas-style barbecue joints in NYC, makes some of the best brisket anywhere (according to people who really know about this stuff, like Dan Vaughn, the staff BBQ expert from Texas Monthly). And now he’s coming home, for a one-night-only collaboration at 10 Arts.

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It’s A Summer Seafood Party On 13th Street

summerseafood.jpgSummer ain’t over yet. At least not on 13th Street, where Marcie Turney and Val Safran are running three nights of seafood specials at their restaurants to celebrate all the bountiful (and delicious) sea critters we eat during the hottest months.

From Sunday, August 10, through Tuesday, August 12, there will be special seafood-inspired menus, with beverage pairings, offered at each of their four popular Midtown Village restaurants. We’re talking ceviches at Lolita, a crab boil at Jamonera, lobster spaghetti at Little Nonna’s, and a mixed seafood grill at Barbuzzo. The dinners are running $45 per person (which includes a paired drink), excluding tax and gratuity. Check out all the menus after the jump.

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Best of Philly Snapshot: Nicholas Elmi, Best Celeb Chef

best-of-philly-2014-logo-400x400There was this moment, shortly after the finale of Top Chef: New Orleans had aired, shortly after Nick Elmi had been named the winner, when another chef walked up to him at one of the big food events in town, shook his hand, congratulated him, and asked him what the hell he was thinking, opening a 22-seat restaurant.

Because, seriously? When you win Top Chef, you suddenly become one of the most famous chefs in America. At least temporarily. Shoot, even losing on the show can be enough to raise you up out of obscurity and turn you into a brand — a known name who can draw down the dollars just by having been featured on the jumping box for a few hours. Cookbook deals, product endorsements, cruise-ship gigs — it all comes to you. And a big-ass restaurant with high-volume turnover on the floor? Of course. That’s just a given.

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