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Archive: December, 2008

Aerosmith to tour, Joe Perry says

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 5:26 PM
Havertown's Denny Somach interviewed a bunch of performers (Joe Perry, Slash, Jeff Beck, Richie Sambora, Billy Gibbons) for a radio special he's produced about guitar legend Les Paul. During his chat, Joe Perry let on that he's working on a solo album and that Aerosmith will tour in April after a... Read more

Would you hire Larry Mendte?

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 8:40 AM
"We, the undersigned, want to see Larry Mendte return to network news in Philadelphia," begins a petition on, a site where folks can post petitions for various causes. The goal of "Bring Back Larry Mendte" is to get the former CBS3 anchor hired again in his hometown... Read more

"I am so not a Jessica Simpson"

Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 4:55 PM
Kendra Wilkinson -- the Playboy Playmate/fiancee of the Eagles' Hank Baskett -- is back-pedaling furiously from her outrageous comments Monday on a podcast of Fox Sports' Best Damn Sports Show. In sum: I was kidding. I was nervous. I am sorry. I am mortified about the fallout. (Baskett is not too... Read more

Bon Jovi-Soul concert is postponed

Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 8:23 AM
Back on Feb. 29, before the Philadelphia Soul's 2008 Arena Football League season premiere, Soul co-owner Jon Bon Jovi called into the Preston & Steve show on WMMR (93.3). Sidekick Nick McIlwain boldly asked Bon Jovi if the band would "put together a free concert for . . . WMMR listeners"... Read more

Tuesday restaurant update

Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 4:37 PM
Emerald Fish: The seafood BYOB that's been in Barclay Farms shopping center for about 10 years (four years under Mark and Ann Rowand) will be gone after Friday 12/19. Mark Rowand says he simply did not want to re-sign a five-year lease for Emerald Fish in this economy. He also pointed to a downturn... Read more

Dawn Stensland speaks

Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 10:33 AM
Fox29's Dawn Stensland sat for an interview with Vicki Glembocki for January's Philadelphia Magazine. Under the headline "Dawn's Dark Days," the story will describe how Stensland kept it together while the feds were probing and prosecuting her husband, Larry Mendte, and as her own station... Read more

DBA: A restaurant junkie's quiz

Monday, December 15, 2008, 2:11 PM
Restaurants usually have catchy names, but the businesses behind them seldom do. Sometimes, these LLCs and LPs take the initials of the partners. Sometimes, they're an inside joke. Sometimes, they're merely descriptive. When it came time to set up the corporation behind Davio's, the Italian steakhouse... Read more

Fat city: Nutter to sign menu-labeling bill

Monday, December 15, 2008, 12:07 PM
It's Bill # 080167-A, and it will instruct chain restaurants in the city to display certain nutritional information in plain sight. Curious about a Whopper from Burger King or the broccoli-cheese soup from Friday's? You'll be able to see the calorie content, in all its glory, after Council passed the... Read more

Starr bails on the Letto

Monday, December 15, 2008, 9:17 AM
State records show that Stephen Starr has pulled out of his planned project at the Letto Deli at 13th and Chancellor Streets in Wash West. Contacted last week, Starr said he couldn't make the seating work. (In short, it was too small.) He never disclosed the specifics of the project, suggesting it... Read more

El Camino Real opening delayed

Friday, December 12, 2008, 6:10 PM
Owen Kamihira says he needs two more days for El Camino Real, which in Thursday's “Table Talk” was reported as opening on Tuesday. He's hit what he calls a minor snag, and now due to open Thursday. Read more
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