Palladino’s Restaurant Opening

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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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Opening of Bank and Bourbon

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Bank and Bourbon is the new restaurant in the Loews Hotel, which formerly housed the eatery Sole Food. The space is beautiful with its wood beams, low light fixtures, and exposed piping. It will remind you of visiting a farmhouse, right down to the very down-home diner-like tableware.

Located on the ground floor of Philadelphia’s iconic PSFS building, Bank and Bourbon has its own entrance, which Sole Food did not. There’s a main dining room, with two adjacent private dining rooms. During busy times, movable walls will expand the dining area into these rooms. (Inside one of these rooms is a hidden dining room behind a book shelf.) Chef Thomas Harkins, who helmed Sole Food, will also run Bank and Bourbon, but the menu is new, as is the open kitchen, which can be seen from the dining room.

Some 350 invited guests dined on samplings of the menu which included steak, pork and grits, and the most delicious salmon I’ve ever had. There were also delectable desserts and a charcuterie spread. I would be remiss not to mention the new adjacent lobby, which was carved out of the space originally used for Sole Food. It’s beautiful, comfortable, and you can also order food from the B&B menu, as well as a smaller bar menu. There’s also wifi and large-screen TVs to watch your favorite sports event. One more thing: don’t miss the butterscotch ice cream, with chocolate covered popcorn topping. It’s the best dessert in Philadelphia right now.

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Vegetarian Pho Coming to Fishtown

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If you’ve ever had a hankering for vegetarian pho in Philadelphia, then you know finding any is a frustrating, depressing, hanger-inducing challenge. The Vietnamese noodle soup is typically made with beef stock and usually has meat in it, so nine times out of 10, it’s a no-no for us meatless folks. But not for long: The vegetarian-friendly pho spot Stock is set to open its doors at 308 East Girard Avenue in Fishtown come April. Go ahead and shed a few tears of happy joy, vegetarian friends—I totally did.

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