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Archive: February, 2011

Restaurant notes: A Collingswood duopoly; a cantina goes BYO

Friday, February 18, 2011, 11:22 AM
Alex Capasso reopened his Collingswood comfort-fooder West Side Gravy on the eve of Valentine's Day, and it now shares the former Haddon Avenue Woolworth's store with his fancier Blackbird Dining Establishment, which moved in from Collins Avenue. It's a neat footprint as both BYOBs get window space... Read more

Restaurant notes: Jose Garces' Guapos Tacos ready to roll

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 3:44 PM
The whiff of spring in the air means that Guapos Tacos, the rolling comida operation that Jose Garces and designer Jun Aizaki have been working on all winter, is ready to roll. You'll see it parked outside of Amada on Friday (2/18) for a staff-only private event, as Garces rewards his flagship eatery's... Read more

Restaurant notes: Avalon's new spot in Downingtown

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 3:53 PM
Ink is barely dry on this one: John Brandt-Lee of West Chester's Avalon just signed the lease on a second restaurant. (He's been teasing his Facebook followers for days now.) Brandt-Lee is taking over the former Jasper at 78 W. Lancaster Ave. in Downingtown for a pasta-focused BYO called, simply enough... Read more

Restaurant notes: A stock market for beer drinkers

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 1:15 PM
Buy low, drink high? Brew-chip stocks? A beer market? Center City Grille, across from the Philadelphia Stock Exchange at 10 S. 20th St., is reconceptualizing into Xchange Bar & Grille. Operator Doug Renthal says he'll pump up the craft-beer selection, cut the prices on the bar food, and aim at... Read more

Judi Franco returning to NJ 101.5

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 10:21 AM
The "Dennis & Michele" midday show on WKXW (NJ 101.5) will revert to the "Dennis & Judi" show, effective Feb. 21. The station announced today that Michele Pilenza, who delivered her second child last year, has chosen to become a full-time mother (though she will do fill-in work). The station... Read more

Restaurant notes: Society Hill Hotel and Manila Bay close

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 4:19 PM
A couple recent closings to note: Society Hill Hotel, which has held down Third and Chestnut Streets for a decade, closed over the weekend. I have been unable to contact management, but I will note that state records indicate that its license expired back on Oct. 31. What's probably the city's... Read more

Give the Phanatic his props

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 2:55 PM
What's the best mascot in pro sports? The Milwaukee Bucks' Bango? The Phoenix Suns' Gorilla Go? The Tennessee Titans' T-Rac? We all know it's the Phillie Phanatic. The Phanatic is in the running for the Cartoon Network's "most awesome mascot" as part of its Hall of Game Awards, and the furry dude... Read more

Oprah's Vick interview ... canceled

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:23 PM
Just announced: Oprah Winfrey's planned sit-down with Eagles QB Michael Vick has been canceled. Vick backed out. The show said: "Michael Vick was scheduled to be a guest on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' for an episode airing next Thursday, February 24. Mr. Vick’s representatives called last night... Read more

Van Arsdall now permanent sports anchor

Monday, February 14, 2011, 11:25 AM
CBS3 has dotted the i's, crossed the t's, and made the announcement that Lesley Van Arsdall has been named weekend sports anchor. She's been doing the job since last year, replacing Don Bell. Read more

Texans' Steve Slaton weds in Philly

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 9:54 AM
Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton, the Levittown-raised Conwell-Egan grad who set all kinds of records at West Virginia, married longtime girlfriend Kimberly Sierra, also a Levittowner, at the Bellevue Saturday night. Their two sons -- Julian, 4, and Brennan, 2 -- were ring-bearers. Former... Read more
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