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Archive: July, 2009

Whither Pearl?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 9:53 PM
The nightspot Pearl (1904 Chestnut St.) has had its share of drama in its 16 months: Feuding between management and opening chef Ari Weiswasser was followed by a major blow-up last August that saw co-founder Brett Perloff on the outside. In a criminal complaint, co-owner Scott Stein accused Perloff... Read more

Isn't that Paul Rudd?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 5:53 PM
Paul Rudd is here with Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson for the filming of the Untitled James L. Brooks Project. Rudd gave a wave today from a window at the Widener Building at Juniper and Chestnut Streets, as photog HughE Dillon snapped. Rudd plays a buttoned-up business exec competing... Read more

What's going on at 13th and Sansom?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 4:05 PM
Cast your eyes to 13th and Sansom, where El Vez and Capogiro hold forth. 'Za Vino -- yes, the concept is pizza and wine -- is coming this fall to the onetime check-cashing store at the northwest corner. (You may recall that Audrey Claire had briefly entertained opening a second spot here.) Chef Steve... Read more

Betting on Victorino: Pineapples vs. cheesesteaks

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 3:28 PM
Oh, those goofy guvs. This just in from the Phillies: Since the final spot for the National League All-Star roster is up for grabs, the governors of Hawaii (Linda Lingle) and Pennsylvania (His Edness) have made a wager to get people to vote for Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino. To win, one state... Read more

Mourning Harry Kalas

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 3:45 AM
We'll long remember the outpouring of grief surrounding Harry Kalas' death three months ago. The Phillies' longtime broadcaster touched so many people. His widow, Eileen, who has put their home near Media on the market, told me that while she's beginning to cope, the loss was too intense for his golden... Read more

Philly writer is proud as a Peacock

Monday, July 6, 2009, 9:14 PM
Philly’s Solomon Jones — who juggles four jobs (spokesman for Rep. Chaka Fattah, Philadelphia Daily News columnist, Temple creative-writing instructor and author) — has a new deal with NBC’s Peacock Productions to develop what he calls a comedic reality show. He won’t... Read more

Kalas estate on the market

Monday, July 6, 2009, 2:04 PM
The Christine Clark Real Estate Team of Long & Foster is selling the house of the late Harry Kalas, which sits in a cul-de-sac bordering Ridley Creek State Park in Upper Providence Township, Delaware County. Asking price is $625,000. "It's not anything too pretentious," Clark told me... Read more

Foo's loss is Meritage's gain

Monday, July 6, 2009, 1:52 PM
Meritage (20th and Lombard Streets) has hired Anne Elizabeth Coll, who was chef de cuisine at Susanna Foo on Walnut Street for nearly seven years before it closed last month. She previously cooked at Le Bec-Fin. She officially starts July 14, says owner Michele DiPietro, who owns the bistro with Irene... Read more

New cafe in South Philly

Monday, July 6, 2009, 1:41 PM
With Shank's & Evelyn's gone from South Philly (it's due to open near 15th and Sansom this summer), there's been a need for a luncheonette in that slice of town. And so the Righi family, which owns Mama Yolanda’s, has ventured across the street with Righi’s Café, a 50-seater... Read more

Oceanaire closes

Monday, July 6, 2009, 1:03 PM
The 50 employees at Oceanaire, the seldom-busy seafood behemoth on Washington Square, got the word this morning from corporate: It's closed. A corporate spokeswoman said the Minneapolis-based chain -- founded by a guy from Camden, N.J. -- has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and shuttered... Read more
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