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Archive: October, 2008

Starr to judge 'Top Chef'

Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 10:52 AM
Bravo TV says restaurateur Stephen Starr will judge the “Restaurant Wars” segment on the next season of Bravo’s Top Chef. The fifth season of the reality series premieres Nov. 12 and there are no Philly contestants in this New York-set series. Starr's appearance date is not set... Read more

Mikey's picks a quiet night to open

Monday, October 27, 2008, 6:50 PM
Who could time the opening night of a sports bar better than World Series Game 5? Tonight is the opening of Mikey’s American Grill & Sports Bar, replacing Ecco Qui at 32d and Chestnut Streets, in the Left Bank building. The look includes exposed brick and polished concrete floors, plus... Read more

Mr. Longoria does not wish to be disturbed

Monday, October 27, 2008, 1:51 PM
If you don't want to be seen in Center City, perhaps it's not a good idea to go to Continental Mid-town for dinner on a Friday night. Downstairs patrons at the meet market were instructed not to talk to the strapping young fellow who turned heads when he walked in with a bodyguard, a younger couple... Read more

It was a Night game, of course

Sunday, October 26, 2008, 5:58 PM
Director M. Night Shyamalan took in Saturday's Game 3 of the World Series. Alas, from all Signs, he did not wear his Phillies colors, so you couldn't say, "I see red people." Read more

Jose Garces going to the casinos

Sunday, October 26, 2008, 5:11 PM
How far Jose Garces has come in his seven years in Philadelphia, and now he'll going the casino route, first in Las Vegas and then in Atlantic City. Garces told me that he has plans for a branch of Amada at the Fontainebleau under construction in Vegas (late 2009) and branches of Amada and Distrito... Read more

Chef Ari Weiswasser leaves Pearl

Friday, October 24, 2008, 10:09 AM
Amid a feud among owners at the Rittenhouse Square nightspot Pearl, chef Ari Weiswasser has gone his own way. Weiswasser, whose past includes Striped Bass and New York’s Daniel, says all is amicable between himself and owners. "I just don't think Pearl is recognized as a restaurant,"... Read more

Relive the 1980 Series win

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 4:18 PM
CW Philly will rebroadcast Game 6 of the 1980 World Series at 3 p.m. Saturday, leading into the Game 3 prelims. Seldom does a press release manage to elicit goosebumps, but just dig this late-innings recap from the station's Shelley Hoffman: This rebroadcast of Game 6 will treat viewers to some... Read more

Oh-oh, say can you hear: Meet the anthem singers for Games 3 and 4

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 3:03 PM
To answer the burning question, "Who will sing the national anthem at Citizens Bank Park for the Philly World Series games," I can tell you that teen country crooner Taylor Swift is up for Saturday's Game 3 and Philly diva Patti LaBelle is up for Sunday's Game 4. Tim McGraw, son of 1980... Read more

Jessica Borg to leave 'Action News'

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 9:23 AM
Action News reporter/weekend anchor Jessica Borg will return to her native New York at the end of the year after four years at 6ABC. Her agent, Mark Turner, says Borg has a new opportunity, which he would not disclose. “Jess has had a great experience at Action News and enjoyed being part of... Read more

I'll have the philet

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 9:12 AM
Pat English, general manager of Fleming's in Radnor, ordered up some phun. Read more
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