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Archive: December, 2009

Luxury hotel delayed

Thursday, December 17, 2009, 3:10 PM
Want to bunk or eat at the new Le Meridien hotel at 1421 Arch St., across from the Municipal Services Building and around the corner from the Convention Center expansion? Hang on about four more months. Though it has appeared finished for some time, Starwood's grand opening is now set for April 15... Read more

Mac and Dee from "Always Sunny" getting into bar business for real

Thursday, December 17, 2009, 12:38 PM
They own a Philly bar on TV, why not for real? Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson, the husband-and-wife team who play Mac and Sweet Dee on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will be partners in an Old City bar, now operating as Skinner's, at 226 Market St. The info was rumored yesterday on Phoodie... Read more

New airport cell-phone lot: Is it "convenient and well-lit"?

Thursday, December 17, 2009, 11:47 AM
Philadelphia International Airport blasted out a press release this morning about tomorrow's ribbon-cutting for a cell-phone waiting lot, a boon for the motorists being ticketed for idling on access roads and ramps. Ah, but the document's revisions were left in for all to see, and for some reason... Read more

Cliff Lee jerseys ... half off

Thursday, December 17, 2009, 10:39 AM
Wasn't too long ago that Phillies fans were swiping their credit cards to obtain #34 Cliff Lee gear. Today, the Phillies have some jerseys and T-shirts left at the Majestic shop at Citizens Bank Park, and if you act now, they're half-off. Move 'em out! Roy Halladay merch is due in-store tomorrow:... Read more

Potito's Bakery reopens

Thursday, December 17, 2009, 7:36 AM
Potito's Bakery at 1614 Ritner St. in South Philly, which closed in June, reopens today. The business lost steam after the 2005 death of founder Carmen Potito. Daughter Cristina Potito-Benigno and her husband, Matt, are running it. Read more

What's up in 2010 for Garces and Starr?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 3:38 PM
Stephen Starr and Jose Garces are responsible for some of the city's most-buzzed-about restaurants. Here's what they have on the books for 2010. Follow along: Starr - A reopening at Washington Square (210 W. Washington Square) with a concept to be determined: spring. - A reopening at... Read more

Things are looking up for Shaq

Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 2:12 PM
Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal, in town for tonight's Cavs-Sixers game, stopped at the Comcast Center, presumably for high-level meetings. Shortly after the 1 p.m. start of the 3-D Comcast Holiday Spectacular show in the lobby -- in which he appears -- the man himself emerged from an elevator... Read more

Zavino's menu

Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 10:13 AM
Zavino, the spiffy pizza-wine bar coming to the corner of 13th and Sansom, has delayed its opening to Dec. 30. Meanwhile, peruse chef-owner Steve Gonzalez's menu -- a brilliantly tight selection of easy-on-the-budget antipasti, a few hot dishes, and pizzas -- all befitting the snug space. (The dominant... Read more

Oui! A major honor for Bibou

Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 6:47 PM
A "wow" moment for Bibou, and for Philly. The 32-seat Bella Vista BYOB is seventh in Alan Richman's list of GQ's 10 Best New Restaurants of the Year, coming out in the January issue. (How especially refreshing, given that Bibou does not have a public-relations machine behind it.) Richman... Read more

Veggie land!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 11:41 AM
Two restaurants do not a trend make, but here are two vegetarian offerings on the way. Ross Olchvary, who was sous chef and chef de cuisine at Horizons, is hoping for a February opening for a vegan (yes, vegan) BYOB at 450 Union Square Drive in New Hope, near Triumph Brewery's New Hope location. His... Read more
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