What are Safran and Turney Planning for 13th and Locust?


Marcie Turney and partner Valerie Safran are working away at overhauling the two spaces they acquired in the Independent Hotel at 13th and Locust. Turney posted the above photo of an old German beer garden table that she purchased for the outdoor space between the former Fish and Rhino Bar. Perhaps this is a clue to what is to come? Could Turney and Safran be giving 13th Street the wursthaus that Jose Garces couldn’t? Time will tell. What we do know is, Lolita will be moving into the Locust Street space temporarily, as the 13th Street power couple renovate the ten-year old Lolita location and reopen it this summer with a new menu and liquor license.

We also know that the bigger space with the 13th Street entrance is getting its kitchen blown out. So there will be an even bigger open kitchen and a smaller bar area.

HughE Dillon: ACHIEVEability Food for Thought [The Philly Post]

Around the Web: Brewer’s Plate Edition

Royal Tavern Roast Pork | Bridges, Burgers & Beers

The annual Brewer’s Plate fundraiser for Fair Food was held this past Saturday at the Penn Museum. It’s one of our favorite events of the year and this year it was bigger and better than ever. The event received plenty of coverage that we’ve compiled below.

West Chester Dish filled up and declared the turkey meatball and chana masala from Bindi as the clear food winner. [West Chester Dish]

Brian from Bridges Burgers & Beers gave up meat for Lent but what he couldn’t enjoy, he photographed. [Bridges, Burgers & Beers]

We spotted Messy & Picky’s Albert Yee racing around snapping pictures. He may have forgotten to take photos of some of his favorite bites but we’ll forgive him since he uploaded a slide show of 1200 pixel wide beauties. [Messy & Picky]

Philly2Philly was also there and scored an interview with Marcie Turney. [Philly2Philly]

As for our favorites, we enjoyed the foie gras and terrines but found the roast pork shoulder and broccoli rabe sandwich from the Royal Tavern was a delightful upgrade to the traditional roast pork sandwich. On the beer side we had several favorites including McKenzie Brew House’s award-winning Saison Vautour and Flying Fish’s just released Exit 9 Scarlet Ale.

How Many Bells for Barbuzzo

Barbuzzo has shown itself to be a critics’ darling and this weekend it will be Craig LaBan’s chance to weigh in on the Mediterranean bar and restaurant from the dynamic duo of Safran and Turney.

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Barbuzzo Praised

Brian Freedman calls Barbuzzo the best restaurant in the Safran & Turney 13th Street empire.

Fideua, essentially a less familiar take on paella with short vermicelli instead of rice, can now take its place next to Adsum’s foie gras poutine as the best high-brow drunk food in town. It’s stuffed with tender calamari bands, sea-tasting shrimp, mussels musky with saffron, and smoky, paprika-scented chorico. Those noodles, heady with the combined scents of the seafood peeking up throughout, as well as the intensely flavored broth in which they’re cooked, is impossible to stop forking.

Barbuzzo [Philadelphia Weekly]
Barbuzzo [Official Site]

Dish It Up for a Good Cause

Yelp’s Felicia D’Ambrosio asked for a platform to promote an event she’s involved with and we’re happy to oblige.

Tomorrow, November 4, Philadelphia’s top women chefs will stretch their creativity to create the city’s best purple plate for Women Against Abuse’s annual fundraiser and cooking competition, Dish It Up!

Competitors like Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran of Lolita/Bindi/Barbuzzo, Moon Krapugthong of Mango Moon and Chaaba Thai and Delilah Winder of Delilah’s Southern Cusine will incorporate violet, the official color of the anti-domestic violence movement, into their edible offerings. Chick’s Café & Wine Bar owner Nella Genovese will be treating guests to the Grape Gatsby, a cocktail created especially for the event.

Last year’s champ and chef de cuisine of 10 Arts, Jennifer Carroll, will return to lead a panel of judges including myself, Kirsten Henri of Philadelphia Magazine and Phyllis Stein-Novack of the South Philly Review; we’ll be evaluating each dish based on taste, presentation and use of the color purple.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from each $85 ticket will go to support WAA’s life-saving work as the only comprehensive program assisting victims of domestic violence and their children. The event will run 5:30-8:30pm, Thursday, Nov. 4 at Moore College of Art & Design. Tickets are available here.

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Tale of the Tape: Barbuzzo

Barbuzzo, the latest from Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran is set to open Wednesday, September 1st. The Mediterranean restaurant will be the first from the couple to include a liquor license.

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Barbuzzo Accepting Reservations

Barbuzzo, the new liquor-licensed restaurant from Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran is opening Wednesday, September 1st and is accepting reservations online.

Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean bar and restaurant that will serve food nightly to midnight. The menu will feature wood-fired pizzas, burrata Mozzarella, squid ink fideo with clams, minted pea tagliatelle with pork, fava beans & pig cracklings and much more.

We’ll have a tale of the tape next week, until then, check out the Barbuzzo blog for more information.

Barbuzzo [Official Site]

Quick Bites

Wah! No Wagamama for us, at least not yet says Meal Ticket. The next Wagamama is set for May 2010 in Washington D.C. [Meal Ticket]

Marcie Turney’s and Valerie Safran’s next establishment has a liquor license and a name. Barbuzzo will be opening along the Safran & Turney corridor in November. [Phoodie]

Cake Shakes on wheels. That’s what we think of when we consider the possibility of Stephen Starr doing food trucks. [Philadelphia Inquirer via the Illadelph]

Speaking of meals on wheels. Lansdowne’s Mission Burrito is giving up its bricks and mortar to focus on their “Burrito Bandit,” a mobile lunch truck that you might be seeing around town more. [Meal Ticket]

Slate’s chef Eric Paraskevas is going out on his own with terra, a 40-seat bar beneath Tavern on Camac. [The Insider]


We here at the Foobooz World Headquarters think “succulent” is a great word. So we were excited to see the following subject line in our inbox this morning, “New Succulents at Verde Philadelphia.” We eagerly clicked with thoughts of chocolate delights dancing through our heads. So we were dissapointed that the succulents being discussed were plants not some food based juiciness.

But a quick spin of the mouse wheel and our spirits were buoyed by the following paragraph:

NEW from Marcie Blaine Artisinal Chocolates!

Fresh strawberry’s from Lancaster County are the inspiration for the newest addition to Marcie Blaine Artisinal Chocolates. White chocolate ganache enrobed in 64% dark chocolate completes this mouth watering combination that is a must try.


Verde Philadelphia [Official Site]

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