Garces Restaurants Are Being Sued for $86K in Unpaid Bills

Jose Garces | Photo by Chelsea Portner

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It’s no secret that the restaurant industry runs on thin margins, and operating with a certain level of debt to suppliers isn’t unheard of, even for successful restaurants.

But it seems that Jose Garces hasn’t been keeping up with the bills at several of his properties — and now, one produce purveyor is suing for more than $86,000 in outstanding invoices.

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Eat All The Fishies: A Guide To Philly’s Best Fish Tacos

Fish tacos at Honest Tom's

Fish tacos at Honest Tom’s

You may have braved the traffic to the Jersey Shore, Center City Sipped on Wednesdays after work, or sweated through too many 90 degree days, but if you haven’t had a fish taco, it isn’t summer yet. SoCal has already staked the claim for best fish tacos in all the land, but Philly holds its own when it comes to this stalwart of handheld, beach-y summer noshing. Here are six spots that you need to get to this weekend.

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This Year, You’ll be Eating Well on the Riverfront

spruce-street-harbor-park-barges-matt-stanley-940Spruce Street Harbor Park Presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest have announced their food partners and the ante has been upped. Franklin Fountain, Shane Confectionery, Federal Donuts, and the revival of Chifa will all go a long way towards making 2015 a year to head to the Delaware River.

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Cinco de Mayo Roundup: Where to Eat and Drink as the 5th of May Approaches

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With Cinco de Mayo just a week away, we over at Foobooz Headquarters decided we could no longer put off going through the folder we had marked, “Cinco de Mayo: Deal With Later,” in our emails. So here it is you tequila and guacamole guzzling heathens: your guide to Philly’s Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo Street Festival at El Rey: The Stephen Starr restaurant is hosting its first ever, all-day (5/5, 2pm-10pm) street festival, featuring Mexican street food (think tacos, quesadillas, nachos, corn, margaritas and agua fresca), live mariachi music, piñatas and giveaways. The festival will be on the 2000 block of Ranstead Street.

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Distrito Loyalty Card Pays Dividends

distrito-bar-940Yesterday, at Industree’s food and beverage tech panelScott Steenrod, Vice President, Restaurant Operations for the Garces Group dropped a very interesting nugget. Since instituting their “Blue Demon Express Lunch Club” at Distrito in March, they’ve seen lunch business double.

And as a reminder, that deal is after five $15, two-course lunches, your sixth one is free.

So for some of those other loyalty programs around town that give you 10% off your 11th meal, this is what a working loyalty program looks like.

Distrito Wants Your Lunch Loyalty [Foobooz]

Distrito Wants Your Lunch Loyalty

 

Tacos are the most well rounded of lunch options.

Tacos are the most well rounded of lunch options.

Along with the endless supply of uncapped pens and and receipts swimming around at the bottom of my purse, I seem to always have an incredible number of punch cards with a single stamp on them. They beckon to me with their promises. Only 8 more coffees and then I get a free one! Just four more frozen yogurts away from a complimentary 4 oz!

But I can never seem to get it together enough to go back to places as frequently as is required to make good on the offers. Luckily (unluckily?) for me, I have a new punch card now to add to my collection, and it even has a sweet name: the Distrito Blue Demon Express Lunch Club.

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Six Pack: Margaritas In Philadelphia

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Editor’s Note: Whenever we get a fresh body added to the team here at Foobooz World HQ, the first thing we ask them to do is create a six-pack for us. It can be about something you like to eat, we say. About something you like to cook. New Foob-tern Regan Abato went another way. She wanted to talk about what she likes to drink.

I think Regan is going to fit in here just fine…

Lately, Philadelphians seem to be obsessed with cocktails. And not just any cocktails, but drinks with outlandish infusions, unusual flavors and ingredients someone who was never a bartender probably never heard of. With these crazy concoctions popping up at almost every bar in town, I started thinking about something a little simpler. While a margarita’s endless options can be dizzying, it is also a totally approachable drink that can be great in any form.

So with so many drinks and so few happy hours, here’s a six pack of some of the best margaritas in Philadelphia you need to try right now.

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