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Archive: December, 2010

Restaurant notes: What's shaking at Salt & Pepper; "breakfast bourbon"; a top Melting Pot

Monday, December 20, 2010, 12:28 PM
- Salt & Pepper, the BYO last at Sixth and Fitzwater Streets, is aiming at Dec. 28 for its opening at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave. This spot will have a liquor license. Meanwhile, Mike Stollenwerk's Little Fish is due to take that Sixth and Fitz location, effective New Year's Eve (the evening's sold... Read more

Sneak peek at Bradley Cooper's new movie

Sunday, December 19, 2010, 10:06 AM
Last spring, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Abbie Cornish were set up here for a couple of months to shoot a thriller called The Dark Fields, a tale about a struggling writer whose fortunes change radically after he discovers a magical pill. With a March 18 release, producers of the Neil Burger-directed... Read more

Restaurant notes: The Corner

Friday, December 17, 2010, 7:00 AM
Whatever became of Scott Swiderski, who left Buddakan last summer after 12 years as executive chef? He's surfaced at the corner of 13th and Drury Streets in Wash West at a resto-bar called The Corner (102 S. 13th St.) in the former site of a short-lived bar/lounge called Apothecary and later APO.... Read more

Cliff Lee apartment-hunting in Rittenhouse

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 11:03 PM
Cliff Lee and family may be going the Center City route during the baseball season. The new Phillies pitcher toured the 17th-floor condo still owned by former Phillie Pat Burrell at 16th and Locust Streets. It's a roomy 5,417 square feet, according to city records. My source said he is still looking... Read more

Restaurant notes: Sushi rollover

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 6:16 PM
- If you're keeping score: The count of sushi spots in the ground floor of Center City One (1326 Spruce St.) is about to hit five -- and only in the last three years. First, Miraku, which folded at the end of 2007. Then, Missu. Then, Muntin. Then, Hasu. Next up, in early January: a branch of Makiman... Read more

Erin O'Hearn on leave

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 12:24 PM
If you haven't caught Erin O'Hearn on Action News lately (and if you're wondering why her bio is not on, here's what's up: She's off her feet during her pregnancy, which she made public last month. She's expected back after the delivery, a station source says. Read more

Restaurant notes: New chef at Pumpkin

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 11:49 AM
- Pumpkin, the American BYO at 1713 South St., has brought in Chris Kearse as chef de cuisine under co-owner/chef Ian Moroney. Since Kearse worked with Matt Levin at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, he's added modern/refined plating to Pumpkin's local/rustic menu, including foams, powders, and jellies... Read more

Restaurant notes: Steak 38 reopens

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 11:05 AM
Two South Jersey restaurant veterans are working together now. Cherry Hill's Steak 38, the throwback-style meatery in the Hillside Inn on Route 38 near Cuthbert Boulevard for more than two decades before it shut down two years ago, has reopened. It is back under original owner Joe DiAmore. He had... Read more

Cliff Lee's celebratory dinner

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 11:14 PM
On the night before his (re)introduction as a Phillie, Cliff Lee and wife Kristen joined a party of eight at Barclay Prime steakhouse on Rittenhouse Square. Caesar and a ribeye for Lee, who was greeted by freezing well-wishers on the way out. Read more

Phils' Ben Francisco gets married

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 11:00 PM
What Phillies outfielder Ben Francisco and pitcher Kyle Kendrick have in common, besides new contract offers: new wives. Kendrick and Philly restaurateur Stephenie LaGrossa were married Nov. 13 in California, while Francisco - who likely will platoon in right field with Domonic Brown next season -... Read more
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