News and Rumors About 2014 Restaurant Openings

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Michael Klein posted his 2014 Philadelphia Restaurant Forecast with all sorts of juicy bits of news and rumor.

Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy are going to be collaborating on another new restaurant. Not many details are revealed but we know Starr has been hiring for a new Italian concept in Philadelphia. Whether this is it or not isn’t so clear. But we have heard whispers of not one but two wood-fired ovens.

UPDATE: Michael Klein is now reporting that Starr and Olexy are going into business together in Fishtown. The next collaboration will be at 1526-30 Frankford Avenue, next to Philadelphia Record Exchange. The project will contain a vegetable garden and will open this spring.

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Susanna Foo Tribute Dinner At Meritage

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Anne Coll, chef at Meritage, has worked with a lot of big names (Georges Perrier, for example). But she learned a lot of her best tricks from Susanna Foo while working at her mentor’s eponymous Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine on Walnut Street.

Now, in honor of that time, she’s putting together a Susanna Foo Tribute Menu at Meritage. It’ll be available from Wednesday, Oct 9 through Saturday, Oct 12, and features versions of “her mentor’s famous dishes from Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine.” The menu is four courses (plus an amuse), and is going prix fixe at just $39 per person. Reservations, of course, are strongly recommended.

Check out the full menu after the jump.

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Susanna Foo Adds Dim Sum Brunch

Starting this Sunday Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen in Radnor will be serving dim sum brunch on Sundays. Among the dim sum dishes are pan fried Cantonese pork buns, seaweed salad and five different kinds of dumplings, mmmmm dumplings.

In addition to the traditional dim sum dishes there are also stations for Egg Fu-Yuan (Chinese omelets) and Asian noodles.

Dim Sum Brunch Menu (PDF)
Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen [Official Site]

Susanna Foo Coming Back to Town for One Night

Susanna Foo is coming back to Center City Philadelphia for one night as she will be cooking at Square 1682 this Sunday. Foo and Square 1682′s executive chef Guillermo Tellez will collaborate on the special tasting dinner. Each dish will be paired with wines from Pennsylvania’s Penns Woods Winery and a portion of the dinner’s proceeds will benefit Philadelphia Academies, a charity dedicated to expanding life and economic options for Philadelphia public school students through career-focused programming. The $65 per person dinner starts with a chef-hoste canapé reception at 6:30 and seated dinner at 7pm.

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Can you identify the quick-serve restaurant in which this photo was taken?

Foo Bar, Yep, Foo Bar

We recently received an email for New Year’s Eve at Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen in Radnor. One of the options is to celebrate the New Year at the bar, or as the logo connotates, Foo Bar.

So is the best name ever or an “Oh no” moment?

What do you think of the name Foo Bar?

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Susanna Foo [Official Site]

Quick Bites

Catahoula Fried Oysters – photo by the Beer Lass

The Beer Lass stopped into the just opened Catahoula to talk beer but was treated to a preview of the menu. [Beer Lass more via the Insider]

A new hotel set for 4th and Race is planning on an Orange County Choppers themed restaurant and entertainment venue. [Brownstoner]

Cafe L’Aube will be making their delicious crepes for Fairmounters by August 15th. The larger cafe will be at 1631Wallace Street. [Meal Ticket]

Old heads will remember Gino’s Burgers. The youngsters will experience it themselves starting this fall in King of Prussia as the former chain is reborn. [The Insider]

Dancing all night can work up an appetite. Now revelers at the Barbary can snack on bar foods in the newly opened upstairs. [Meal Ticket]

Susanna Foo is opening a dumpling stand in the Wayne Farmers’ Market. [The Insider]

Some say cheese and fish don’t go together but Fishtowners have to be pleased that a cheese shop is coming to Frankford Avenue. [Brownstoner]

Weekend

Friday

It looks like Pumpkin Restaurant knocked off a fishing boat with this bounty; Glidden Point Oysters From Maine, Barnegat Light Golden Tilefish, Alaskan Sockeye Salmon and New Jersey Black Bass. Finish your meal off with a peach sherbet.

Saturday

South Philadelphia Taproom is hosting their annual Wheat Beer Festival. 30 different drafts will be available for $3 each. Take home your own wheaties as Brew, the bottle shop across the street will be offering 15% off wheat beers.

Sunday

Georges Perrier’s Le Bec-Fin may or may not be for sale. Susanna Foo’s Walnut Street eatery is well on its way to becoming a Chipotle. It’s certainly enough to get you nostalgic for the heyday of Walnut Street’s Restaurant Row. Head to Radnor Sunday and get one-half off all wine plus the dumpling sampler at Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen.

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