By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Chef Mike Stollenwerk has opened Rhino Bar in his old “Fish” restaurant location.
But don’t worry — he didn’t close Fish.
“We decided to move Fish next door to take it back to its intimacy and focus on the food and the service,” Stollenwerk (top photo) recalls. “We surveyed the neighborhood and figured we might as well do a sort of gastro pub — good bar food, that kind of place — so we came up with the concept of Rhino Bar,” he says.
Both restaurants are in adjacent spaces on the ground floor of the Independent Hotel, at 1234 Locust Street in center city Philadelphia.
Hear the full “Rhino Bar” interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 3:58)…
Over at Le Castagne restaurant, 1920 Chestnut Street in center city, chef Michael DeLone honors truffle season with a special (albeit expensive) menu incorporating high-end Italian truffles.
DeLone (below) says the special menus will run until about mid December, or until the truffles are gone.
So, what is so special about truffles?
“I think the special thing is that they’re so unique and delicate,” DeLone tells KYW Newsradio, “and they’re kind of like the hidden gem of the kitchen.”
Hear the full “Le Castagne” interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 4:11)…
Meanwhile at City Tap House, general manager Andy Farrell (below) explains they’ll be celebrating Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, at the bar.
“The official name is ‘Into The Black.’ Retailers go into the black on Black Friday, but we’re going into the black as far as black beers. And the subtext is a celebration of dark craft.”
Hear the full “City Tap House” interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 4:59)…
And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”