Palladino’s Restaurant Opening

Kristina Jenkins, Michelle Cassidy and Madison Alpern

Last night Chef Luke Palladino celebrated the opening of his new restaurant, Palladino’s, on Philly’s latest restaurant row — East Passyunk Avenue — with a VIP Party including Mike Jerrick, Pat Ciarrocchi, Barbara Rittenhouse, Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin and his wife Karen, Councilman Mark Squilla and wife Brigid, and Cory Wade (America’s Next Top Model) in attendance.

Guests were greeted by a 50-foot-long red carpet, where they posed for photos before entering the upscale Italian restaurant with bar, open kitchen and a dining room with 80. They enjoyed tastes from his extensive menu as well as specialty drinks by Punzone Vodka. The kitchen features a wood-fired grill where they prepare steaks, fish, and chops, as well as an Italian oven that will be used exclusively to bake focaccia. The official opening of the restaurant is tonight, but is sold out. Palladino’s is located a stone’s throw from Broad Street, at 1934 E. Passyunk Avenue.

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Gangster Vegan Organics Now Open in Norristown

GANGSTER VEGAN POSTIf you’ve got a hankering for some raw, organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free food and drink (phew!), this is right up your alley. Vegan and raw-food enthusiast Vince DePaul (you might know him as VinnyVegan on Instagram) has opened up a brick-and-mortar spot for his juice and raw food business.

I first began hearing about Vince through pop-ups and collabos he was doing around town with local yoga studios, including Yoga Home in Consohocken. As of last week, Vince now has a permanent home at 2454 West Main Street in Norristown.

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Little Pete’s to Meet the Wrecking Ball?

Photo | Maps.Google.com

Photo | Maps.Google.com

Little Pete’s, the Center City diner whose old-fashioned ways made it a beloved gathering place for downtown workers, late-night hipsters, and visiting politicians, is expected to meet the wrecking ball soon in order to make way for a 300-room hotel.
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Will Run for Food (and Alcohol): Philly’s Best Runs for Foodies

Uncle Dave's Jog N Hog

Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream Jog ‘N Hog

A toast to those whose motivation to run hinges on a calories-be-damned end reward. These six races are right up your alley. Mark ‘em on your calendar.

Run the Vineyards
There are distances for every runner—from 5Ks to 10Ks to an obstacle-course run—and wine for all at these races through local PA and Jersey vineyards. Multiple dates and locations.

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PHOTOS: Mount Airy Street Fare 2014



Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney Reveal Plans for 13th and Locust

Foobooz has the scoop on Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s plans for their space at 13th and Locust streets, the location formerly known as Bump and Q. Unlike Little Nonna’s, which was inspired by Marcie’s Italian grandmother, the new space gets new life courtesy of Turney’s heritage.

From Turney's Instagram: "This is #Bud&Marilyn's restaurant opening day photo in 1950."

From Turney’s Instagram: “This is #Bud&Marilyn’s restaurant opening day photo in 1950.”

The restaurant will be called Bud & Marilyn’s in honor of Turney’s grandparents who ran a restaurant in Wisconsin for forty years. Turney’s Instagram feed contains several clues for what’s planned. There’s a photo of what her grand parents’ restaurant looked like back on its opening day in 1950 (right), the epitome of mid-Century diner. Her Instagram avatar also shows what could very well be a rendering of what’s planned for Bud & Marilyn’s. This all jives with what we’ve heard whispered for the concept, something like throwback American or classic American-diner.

So I guess this pretty much squashes my suspicion that they were working with former Sisters manager Denise Cohen to open a lesbian bar.

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