What’s in a name? AD Amorosi reports Bar Ferdinand’s Owen Kamihira is miffed that Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida are using the name he came up with for their new bar at 44th and Spruce.Kamihra’s other spot, El Camino Real is less than a month away and is being called a “two-bar BBQ saloon.” [Ice Pack, City Paper]
Cream and Sugar has been open just about a month at 4004 Spruce Street. It’s Philadelphia-centric in this coffee and sweets shop. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]
Lucky 13 is the name of East Passyunk’s latest pub, taking over for Vincenzo’s. Owner, Clark Newman is a longtime Manayunk bartender and the chef will be Benjamin Johnson most recently of Plough & the Stars. [The Insider]
Ice Pack feeds the Jose Garces rumor machine with word he “was/is looking at the Griffin Cafe on Market and Bank streets in Old City.” Maybe he’s thinking about that taco stand again. [Ice Pack, City Paper]
Capriccio CafÃ© & Espresso Bar at CafÃ© Cret should open later this month at 16th and the Parkway.
Lacroix’s Matt Levin along with several other Philadelphia chefs are heading to backwater Dallas to do battle with some hack chefs from that town in the Gridiron Chef Classic, an Iron Chef style battle. Levin will be sporting a green faux-hawk for the competition. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]