Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Eating the Illadelph: Buzz, Design and Build Edition

gallery cafe in perelman building philadelphia- So you heard that La Colombe recently opened up a storefront in Tribeca, finally blessing Manhattanites with their torrefaction, yes? Good. But did you also know that La Colombe now provides the exclusive coffee blend for the MoMa’s restaurant and café, both run by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer? La Colombe’s MoMa Blend boasts “a ‘chocolate tone,’ zero bitterness and a 'soft and velvety' feel on the palate. Supposedly, it’s so naturally sweet, you may not need sugar…" It is on sale only at the MoMa second floor cafe. For $12. [ New York Post ]

- Speaking of museums, anyone else hoping the Perelman's new Gallery Café turns out to be a kick-ass spot for lunch? Cause it already kinda looks it… (at top). What’s more — admission to the Perelman Building is free through the end of the year. Holla. [ Zagat Buzz ]

- Meanwhile, Stephen Starr and Starwood are definitely up to something. It has been confirmed that Starr will be doing the main restaurant, haute and all, for the new W Hotel Philadelphia when it opens in 2009.
That makes two restaurants for Steve-o in W Hotels the first will be in Ft. Lauderdale. Allegedly, Starr is also working on a small, “very cozy,” four-suite boutique hotel in the upper floors of 706 Chestnut Street here in Philadelphia, the building whose first floor formerly housed Angelina and is now slated to become a gastropub. Or something. [ PBJ + CityPaper ]

- Stephen’s boy, one Massaharu Morimoto, will be swinging by the Free Library’s admirable Author Events series in a few weeks to promote his new book, Morimoto: The Art of Japanese Cooking. Stop by and see if he’ll make you dinner. October 16, 7 pm. [ Official Site ]

- Wegmans wants to sell you beer in their PA stores. (Um, yes please.) And we definitely have their back. Pennsylvania’s liquor and beer distribution laws need to ditch the Dark Ages. [ Official Site ]

- Early verdict on the fare at Jose Pistolas? Definitely work to be done. The tacos are lacking. (A lot.) The nachos are decent. But it's quite possible that the empanada (a new addition) was the worst menu item we’ve ever been served in a restaurant or bar.

tinto expansion philadelphia- A reader was kind enough to send in this photo they took of the progress Tinto is making on its expansion into the building next door. But from the photo, a camera-phone pic that was supposedly snapped from the front door of the new space, does not indicate where they plan to knock through the wall to connect the two spaces.

- And speaking of expansion, we hear that the inimitable South Philly Tap Room is finally, actually, seriously ready to expand. Which is good considering the bar is already pretty terrific. More newbold spuds anyone?

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we need to go get our money right.

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