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Archive: January, 2010

The Snooki situation

Monday, January 25, 2010, 10:28 AM
Fortunately, Philadelphia, a town with no celebrities, has HughE Dillon. Paralegal by day, he is the town's lone paparazzo by night, covering birthday parties, charity events, and the odd guest appearance here and on his blog. Occasionally, guest appearances involve A-listers (such as Jack Nicholson... Read more

Wanna buy a restaurant?

Sunday, January 24, 2010, 11:50 AM
Itching to sink your cash (or, better yet, someone else's cash) into a restaurant or bar? Here are a few places on the market (of course, everything is for sale, and many properties are on the market quietly): 131 S. 13th St.: At an asking of $1.7 million, the former Full Moon Saloon. 114 Market... Read more

Philly goes to Sundance

Saturday, January 23, 2010, 10:00 PM
With the Sundance Film Festival playing out in Park City, Utah, Philadelphia's film boosters are representing with the Philadelphia Industry Lounge, equal parts rest stop and information center. It's stocked with Tony Luke’s cheesesteaks, Tastykakes, and Peanut Chews and people from Janney Montgomery... Read more

Pamela Anderson visits

Saturday, January 23, 2010, 9:59 PM
It was a bu$y $aturday for Pamela Anderson as the actress/model/pitchwoman visited the Philly area to sign bottles of her Malibu (Blue) and Malibu Night (Pink) fragrances at two Main Line Rite-Aid stores. She also stopped at the grand opening of 360, the nightclub at the new Parx Casino in Bensalem... Read more

'Jersey Shore' comes inland

Saturday, January 23, 2010, 9:12 AM
Something like 2,000 people showed up at McFadden's on Third Street near Callowhill late Friday night for an appearance by Ronnie Magro and Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola from MTV's Jersey Shore, which wrapped its first season Thursday. Fist-pumps all around. Read more

A few restaurant notes

Friday, January 22, 2010, 2:54 PM
A "brewpub" coming to Liberty Place's food court? Not so. Insiders say that the only alcohol-based tenant negotiating a lease is Vintage Irving, the NYC wine bar I told you about last week. Stephen Starr says he is backing away from the name "Mexico City" for his Mexican concept... Read more

Why is Jim LoCascio leaving Barclay Prime?

Friday, January 22, 2010, 12:55 PM
Chef Jim LoCascio has given notice at Barclay Prime, as the Grubstreet blog noted this morning, and his last night will be Feb. 9. His next batch of patrons will be his family: "Five restaurants in eight years [in Philadelphia] is a lot of work," LoCascio told me, adding that he wants to... Read more

Morning show shakeup on WXTU

Friday, January 22, 2010, 11:48 AM
Andie Summers will get yet another male on-air partner shortly on country WXTU (92.5), as her co-host of less than a year, Kris Stevens, was offered part-time status yesterday, though I hear he's not happy about that and may leave. Stevens had been the afternooner before his promotion last spring... Read more

Restaurants raise money for Haiti

Friday, January 22, 2010, 11:14 AM
Ten restaurants have donated a $100 gift certificates, which are being auctioned on eBay, with proceeds to be donated to the Red Cross for Haiti Relief and Development. The roster, assembled by restaurant publicist Dallyn Pavey: - Restaurant Alba - Bistro St Tropez - Dettera ... Read more

Indian food returning to 1600 block of Sansom

Friday, January 22, 2010, 10:59 AM
Here's first word on an Indian restaurant operator who's planning locations on the Temple University campus and at 1628 Sansom St., which was Remedy Tea Bar. Philadelphia Chutney Co. wants to keep a low profile, for now. Most I can glean from the owner is that it will put a "nouveau American... Read more
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