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Archive: June, 2009

Impending beer action: Brauhaus Schmitz and The Blockley

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 12:56 PM
Two lively joints are on the way this weekend. Brauhaus Schmitz, an old-fashioned bierhall, is due to open to the public Monday (6/29) at 718 South St. under husband-wife owners Kelly Schmitz and Doug Hagen. Environs are high-ceilinged and gorgeous, with much light wood and brick, and church pews... Read more

Revival of Restaurant M

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 12:13 PM
Restaurant M at the Morris House Hotel at 231 S. Eighth St. near Washington Square, which went through two chef-owners (Edmund Rek and David Katz) before it closed in 2007, will be coming back just after the July 4 weekend. This time, hoteliers Michael DiPaolo and Gene Lefevre will keep it simple... Read more

The Commonwealth to open in Midtown Village

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 7:48 AM
The Commonwealth is the name of a long-in-the-works project by Premiere Marketing Group’s Justin Fine and Michael Steinberg and real estate developer Anthony Sembello at 1320 Chestnut St., a former clothing store. They tell me it's an intimate, refined cocktail and small-plate concept that will... Read more

NBC10's Kristen Welker makes cut in 'Transformers'

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 10:55 PM
NBC10's Kristen Welker made the cut in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which screened tonight and opens wide Wednesday. Her scene, as a TV reporter, comes up about three-quarters of the way into the movie as the world is ending, thanks to the evil Decepticons. '"I did about four takes of... Read more

WIP to be heard on FM

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 5:34 PM
From time to time, followers of radio gossip have spread rumors that WYSP will become a sports station. Well, it's happening -- in a way. CBS will simulcast the audio from 610WIP on WYSP's HD radio channel HD-3, effective July 4. What this means: WYSP will continue to broadcast rock on its usual... Read more

Pat's Steaks gets a nod from Playboy

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 3:09 PM, assessing the best sandwiches in America, gives props to Pat's, the South Philly originator of the cheesesteak. "Aside from the ubiquitous Buffalo Wing, nowhere in the country is a single food item so synonymous with a city than the Philly Cheesesteak," the mag extols. "This... Read more

"Last Airbender" trailer is out

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 2:44 PM
Newcomer Noah Ringer is featured a teaser trailer for The Last Airbender, the fantasy being shot on enormous soundstages at the Navy Yard and at the former Budd plant in East Falls. Director M. Night Shyamalan conceived of the trailer and and shot it himself. All the work was done at the former Budd... Read more

Philly Mag furloughs; a shakeup at Boston Mag

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 12:39 PM
Philly's Metrocorp, publisher of Philly Mag and Boston Mag, is shaking things up. Philly Mag has laid off an advertising person and last week announced a one-week unpaid furlough for employees, a rep confirms. Also, Boston Mag has named former Philly Mag senior editor Andrew Putz as its editor, effective... Read more

Why Pat Ciarrocchi will be watching 6ABC

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 10:30 AM
Anchors' stepsons for $200: Who is Alex Fineman, 28, a Lower Merion High School grad who is now an attorney with Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles? Fineman -- son of local businessman David Fineman, who is married to CBS3 anchor Pat Ciarrocchi -- will fulfill his lifelong dream of being a contestant... Read more

Mystery of the Freehouse

Monday, June 22, 2009, 5:19 PM
The Freehouse at 110 N. Wayne Ave. in Wayne is closed. But is it closed-closed? Hard to tell. Rumor has been circulating that a plumbing issue was keeping it down. The business line ringsandringsandrings. The website points to domain holder GoDaddy. The cell phones of owners John Orr and Chris Metz... Read more
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