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Archive: March, 2011

Restaurant notes: Vetri alumnus is opening in Collingswood

Friday, March 11, 2011, 3:51 PM
Collingswood has been undergoing a game of restaurant dominoes. The last move has been made, so let me recap: Alex Capasso moved his Blackbird Dining Establishment from 619 Collings Ave. a few blocks away, into a portion of his West Side Gravy at 714 Haddon Ave. Both share the space in a neat set-up... Read more

Restaurant notes: Gunners Run in Northern Liberties

Friday, March 11, 2011, 1:05 PM
Chef Shawn Sollberger and concert promoter Bryan Dilworth are targeting a soft opening tonight (Friday, March 11) for Gunners Run, their pub in former Swift Half space at the Piazza at Schmidt's. It's along the Second Street side, at Wildey. They've bumped up the seating, adding banquettes to the... Read more

Restaurant notes: Barcade under construction

Friday, March 11, 2011, 12:06 PM
A team from Brooklyn, N.Y., has just started construction of Barcade, whose shtick is a lineup of 1980s arcade games such as Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Pete Langway says he and his partners were sold on the building, in Fishtown at 1114 Frankford Ave., south of Girard Avenue, because it has a certain... Read more

Now you'll NEVER get into Chef Vola's again

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 4:59 PM
The James Beard Foundation Awards' "America’s Classics" category honors timeless restaurants noted for their character. In this case, it's characters. The Esposito family, who own Chef Vola's in Atlantic City, are among the Beard's five winners this year and will get their prize in a ceremony... Read more

Patti LaBelle stops to smell the roses

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 4:39 PM
Patti LaBelle, who was all about “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)” in the 1970s, took in the Philadelphia Flower Show's "Springtime in Paris" on Thursday afternoon at the Convention Center. Flower Show officials said her first impressions of the show: “I’m in wonderland... Read more

Restaurant notes: Honest Tom's gets shelter

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 3:22 PM
Tom McCusker, whose Honest Tom's taco truck spreads joy and guac wherever it goes, has found a restaurant home. This summer -- late July to early August -- he hopes to be serving from a counter at 261 S. 44th St. in West Philly, as he told his disciples on his Facebook page and picked up on Zagat... Read more

Restaurant notes: A ninth Iron Hill, in Chestnut Hill

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 3:00 PM
Chestnut Hill's growth spurt continues apace, as Iron Hill Brewery has chosen Germantown Avenue for its ninth location in 15 years. Later this year, it's planning to open at 8400 Germantown Ave., now an empty retail space (formerly Express) between the Talbots and Jos. A. Bank. It will be the first... Read more

Restaurant notes: Green Eggs expanding, and so is East Passyunk

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 10:35 AM
To say Green Eggs Cafe is growing is an understatement. The first location, at 1306 Dickinson St. in South Philly, opened at the dawn of 2010 and collected 2 bells from The Inquirer's Craig LaBan. Since then, Green Eggs has opened a second spot, at 719 N. Second St. in Northern Liberties. This weekend... Read more

Missanelli apologizes for profanity on Fox29

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 10:55 PM
Sports-talk host Mike Missanelli apologized on Fox29’s late newscast Wednesday for letting loose with profanity on the TV station during the newscast around dinnertime. Missanelli, whose radio show airs on 97.5 the Fanatic, wrapped a TV segment from his studio with Fox anchor Thomas Drayton... Read more

Watch the Globetrotters sink a 35-footer

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 2:31 PM
Harlem Globetrotters Big Easy Lofton and Buckets Blakes sank "four-point" shots outside of Famous 4th Street Deli in Queen Village on Tuesday. The shot is 35 feet from the basket, or about 12 feet beyond the NBA three-point arc. The Globies will play at the Liacouras Center on Friday, the Sun National... Read more
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