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Royal Sushi & Izakaya Is Open

Royal Izakaya Staff | Photo via Cristina Tessaro

Royal Izakaya Staff | Photo via Cristina Tessaro

We’ve been talking about Royal Sushi & Izakaya for almost six years now. First the izakaya concept was a pop-up night at the Khyber Pass Pub and then as a location was chosen at 2nd and Fulton Streets in Queen Village. Then starts and stops that had us doubting the bar would ever open. When the location was announced, it was supposed to open in September, 2011. But what’s five years in the restaurant business? A lifetime of course. On the day the location was announced, Foobooz also wrote about Queen Village’s Village Belle, Xilantro in Wayne and David Katz’s Meme. None are around today.

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(More) Food Predictions For 2012

Now that Art has had his say about what he thinks 2012 will bring to the Philly food scene, I figure it’s my turn.

For starters, I agree wholeheartedly with all of his prognostications. Ramen will finally have its moment in Philly (followed speedily, I hope, by a dumpling revolution). Burrata, inasmuch as it isn’t already everywhere, will be everywhere even more. Italian beer will, in fact, become the alcoholic darling of the well-heeled brew snob (thanks, primarily, to Birra and Alla Spina) and our year without Starr will, in fact, be just as Starr-filled as any other year because, in this town, one just can’t escape the gravity of his money and name.

But that’s not all that the New Year will bring our way. Because we’ll also be contending with…

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Borgata Tells All Other Atlantic City Casinos: Our Chefs Can Beat Up Your Chefs

We forgive you if you’ve never been to The Water Club at Borgata to eat. Relaxing by the divinely decadent pool, soaking up some pampering at Immersion Spa or doing naughty things you’d care not to remember in the penthouse suite–yes, these are the reasons to wander over to the opulent spa-hotel from its adjoining sister property. But as of Sunday (spoiler alert!), that may all change.

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