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Archive: January, 2009

Danny Bonaduce, 2.0

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 5:25 PM
WYSP's Danny Bonaduce talks about radio, reality TV, boxing and life with a 26-year-old girlfriend, in a profile appearing in Thursday's Magazine section of The Inquirer. His ex-wife also weighs in... I followed him for the day last week, meeting him at 4:30 a.m. in the gym in the basement of his... Read more

Starr's turn on "Top Chef"

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 3:49 PM
Stephen Starr will be the guest judge on the “Restaurant Wars” episode of Bravo’s hit show, Top Chef (10 p.m., Wednesday, January 21). Starr said he couldn't talk about the episode. See a clip here. "It was very interesting" was about all I could get out of him, though... Read more

WRNB aims younger

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 1:05 PM
Adult urban-contemporary station WRNB (107.9), whose sound had been remarkably similar to that of WDAS (105.3), reformatted today to aim at a younger audience. Old school is out. "We want to become the hipper adult [R&B] station," operations manager Elroy Smith told me. "We want... Read more

Kissin' time! Bobby Rydell gets married

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 10:47 AM
Bobby Rydell got married Saturday night to Linda Hoffman -- but it's not the Linda Hoffman who's the president of the Bobby Rydell fan club, as I erroneously blogged Tuesday night. Yes. There are two Linda Hoffmans. They know each other. For a while when they lived in Montgomery County, they had the... Read more

What would you ask David Faustino?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 9:58 AM
David Faustino, forever "Bud" Bundy of "Married ... With Children," will be here for an online chat at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Faustino stars in the Web sitcom Star-ving on Send questions now to Read more

Terrell Owens talks trash about the Eagles

Monday, January 19, 2009, 12:40 PM
Attendees at a Philly-themed NFC championship game-watching party at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, were amused when Dallas Cowboys' Terrell Owens showed up. Two attendees told me that the mercurial former Eagles wide receiver made negative comments every time QB Donovan McNabb had... Read more

Azul Cantina's new menu

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 9:23 AM
George Anni and R. Evan Turney's takeover of Azul Cantina at 10th and Spruce Streets is proceeding. It'll be transformed into a pub. Change is coming slowly. Turney, the chef, is revamping the menu, starting at Center City Restaurant Week, which runs Jan. 25-30. Turney tweaked several items from the... Read more

Alison at Blue Bell reopening

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 9:03 AM
Alison at Blue Bell, which shut down in September as chef-owner Alison Barshak devoted her time to building her new place (Alison two in Fort Washington), will reopen Feb. 5. In an e-mail to customers, she wrote: "You’re not the only ones chomping at the bit for the first restaurant to... Read more

Patou is offered for sale

Friday, January 16, 2009, 5:27 AM
Real estate insiders have received a fairly detailed solicitation about Patou, chef Patrice Rames' French-Mediterranean restaurant-lounge in Old City. (See details here or here.) No price is attached, but I've seen listings in which the asking was $3.4 million for the whole shebang, including a four-story... Read more

Kite & Key gets a chef from Perrier's orbit

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 4:06 PM
Justin Hoke, last at the Georges Perrier-Chris Scarduzio joint Table 31 after three years at Le Bec-Fin, has joined Kite & Key Tavern (1826 Callowhill St. in Franklintown). Hoke said he left T31, seeking a better opportunity. Logic dictates that as pricer restaurants tighten payrolls, their chefs... Read more
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