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Marigold Kitchen Closing, Chef Change at Jerry’s Bar, Eataly Philly News

By Danya Henninger  |  April 30, 2014
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Your daily roundup of Philly food tidbits

• Chef-owner Robert Halpern's run at Marigold Kitchen is coming to an end, according to a news release from the West Philadelphia BYO. Foobooz follows up with a reason for the impending shutter: Halpern is getting married and moving to California. Regular dinner service - which is tasting-menu-only - will continue through Monday, May 19, and “super-seasonal” dinners will continue Thursday-Saturday until June 28 (call 215-222-3699 to reserve). As for the restaurant, which has been a favorite ever since Steve Cook took over the old Marigold Tea Room and brought in someone named Michael Solomonov to run the kitchen, it’s up for sale. E-mail if you’re interested.

• You don’t get a last chance to try Marshall Green’s food at Jerry’s Bar, unfortunately, because he appears to have suddenly left. The Insider reports on the situation, which has Green currently working at his parents’ garden center and former sous-chef Matt Moon stepping up to exec. No reason is given for the change, but here’s hoping Moon (a Talula’s Table alum) can keep up the positive buzz that has surrounded the NoLibs spot.

• Is Eataly coming to Philadelphia? At a speech in NYC last night covered by Grub Street, founder Oscar Farinetti appeared to reaffirm what we had heard last December: that Philly is one of several cities (including DC and LA) where an outpost of the Mario Batali-connected gourmet market is planned. No location details or real confirmation exist, but signs point to yes.

• How do you turn $2 into $5? Just give it to charity. On May 1, Shake Shack kicks off its annual fundraising campaign for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry project. To participate in the Great American Shake Sale, simply head to your nearest Shack and donate two bucks. You’ll get a card for a complimentary shake (valued at $5) good on your next visit.