Turney and Safran 13th Street Update

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Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney at a still under construction Lolita | Photo by Jack Cotter

There’s always a lot of going on along the Thirteenth Street empire of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney, although recently, it has been extra newsworthy.

Craig LaBan visited the post BYOT Lolita and rewarded the Safran and Turney’s original restaurant two-bells, though he predictably does gripe about the noise.

What’s happening at 13th and Locust » 

The Revisit: Vedge

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Consider the radish…

When I reviewed Vedge two-and-a-half years ago, that was my opening line. Sometimes I wonder how many people stopped reading after the third word. But I don’t regret it. Plenty of things on Rich Landau’s menu sounded more appetizing, but the black slate bearing his “fancy radishes” was a dish that changed my whole way of thinking—not only about that lowly stepchild of the brassicas, but about vegan cooking altogether.

Five varieties came five ways, from roasted to half-roasted to raw, with an artful precision and a cup of smoked tamari soy sauce that boldly begged comparison with top-shelf sashimi. It was a definitive dish: the last word on an ingredient nobody else was really even offering a first word about. So if anything was bound to stay on Vedge’s menu, it was the radishes. As an emblem of Landau and Kate Jacoby’s galvanizing approach to vegetables, it was too perfect to replace.

Yet not too perfect to improve upon, as I discovered on a recent, belated return to a restaurant that I’ve spent the last two years sending people to.

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Lolita Launches Lunch

lolita-logoBeginning this Wednesday, August 27, Midtown Village’s Lolita will start serving lunch. Once lunch kicks off it will be offered Monday through Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m.

The menu includes summer vegetable and short rib burritos plus taco platters including marinated pork tacos fresh of the rotating spit.

And in even better news for tomorrow. Lolita will be giving away carnitas tacos between noon and 2 p.m. Limit of one per customer.

Lolita Lunch Menu (PDF)

Lolita [Foobooz]

Schulson To Open Sushi and Robata Concept

Photo by Steve Legato

Photo by Steve Legato

Adam Erace plucks a nugget from an interview with Michael Schulson regarding his Independence Beer Garden. Schulson, who also owns Sampan and Atlantic City’s Izakaya is planning to open another Midtown Village restaurant. No name has been revealed but it will be a sushi and robata (grilled meats on sticks) concept and will have current Izakaya chef, Kevin Yanaga in the kitchen.

Schulson planning second Midtown Village restaurant [Meal Ticket]

Jake’s Sandwich Board Gets a Refresh

New design elements implemented by Eimer Design.

New design elements implemented by Eimer Design.

Jake’s Sandwich Board, which has been open at 12th and Sansom for four years is getting a facelift with the help of Eimer Design. The sandwich shop will be closed now till through Monday, August 11th to make the changes. When Jake’s reopens on Tuesday, August 12th, Jake’s will have a new look, roasting ovens, carving station and expanded hours that will include evening-only pig, brisket and turkey roasts.

To celebrate the renovation as well as Jake’s anniversary, on Tuesday, August 12th, $3 sandwiches will be available all day. And with every $3 sandwich purchased, diners will also be able to enjoy a complimentary Sly Fox Route 113 IPA.

After 5 p.m., customers are also invited to BYOB for the first time, as Jake’s will expand from a sandwich shop into a laid-back BYOB restaurant and cafe.

This fall, Jake’s Sandwich Board will be opening a second location in University City.

Jake’s Sandwich Board [Foobooz]

Letto Deli To Be Razed, Replaced by New Restaurant

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Letto Deli, which has been reported to become everything from a Jose Garces wursthaus to a branch of the buzzed about Umami Burger is now slated to be demolished. But on the good side, the replacement for the single story building will house a restaurant. Michael Klein is reporting that Sylva Senat, who was the praised opening chef of Tashan will be in the kitchen.

Sylva Senat in deal at Letto Deli [The Insider]

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