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Archive: August, 2010

POSTED: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 11:22 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk
Interior of Hot Potato, from Craiglist ad.

Even Gordon Ramsay couldn't save Hot Potato Cafe in Fishtown.

The disconnected phone number, a sign on the door, and plaintive comments on its Facebook page show that the three-year-old BYOB on Girard Avenue has closed. Management confirmed the closing Monday as its lease expires Aug. 31.

A Craiglist ad, posted Thursday, advertises the business as a "turn-key" operation because  management is moving on.

POSTED: Friday, August 20, 2010, 3:55 PM

NBC10’s 10! show (11 a.m. weekdays) has arranged fill-ins with host Bill Henley:

  • Love Boat alumna Jill Whelan: Aug. 26-27.
  • Recently beached Wired 96.5 morning sidekick G-N Kang: Aug. 30-31.
  • Former NBC10 reporter Karen Hepp: Sept. 1 and 2.
  • Singer and former 10! cohost Lauren Hart: Sept. 3.
  • Mount Laurel-turned-Orlando TV anchor Eryka Washington: Sept. 7-8.
  • Former NBC10 reporter/anchor Tiffany McElroy (mother of a little girl with Fox29's John Bolaris): Sept. 9-10.
POSTED: Friday, August 20, 2010, 2:42 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

Tired of burger shops?

How about meatballs.

Marabella Meatball Company, a mostly quick-serve operation, is planned for 1211 Walnut St., next to the Citibank branch (to the left, as you're looking at the bank).

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POSTED: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 2:40 PM
Justin Guarini. (Photo: MATT BEARD)

Doylestown's Justin Guarini is Broadway-bound.

Guarini, 31, the Central Bucks East grad who was runner-up to Kelly Clarkson on the first season of American Idol -- has landed a role in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, as Lincoln Center announced.

He'll play Carlos opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell and Patti LuPone.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 2:24 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk
  • Snackbar, the cute spot at 20th and Rittenhouse, keeps wavering between "restaurant" and "bar." Now, you'll see paper over the windows. It's coming back as more of a bar, effective Thursday or Friday, says owner Jonathan Makar. He's ripped the tiny bar out of the corner (no, wiseguy, he didn't take a Chainsaw to it) and the new one will hold 10 to 12 seats. Menu has been revamped to focus more on apps, small plates, and items for grazing. I expect to post a menu later.
  • All you fame seekers: The Next Food Network Star will be at the Loews on Aug. 31 to search for contestants for Season 7. See the flyer here.
POSTED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 1:22 PM

No shock here:

NBC has just announced that NBC10 anchor/reporter Kristen Welker is joining NBC News as a network correspondent based in Burbank, Calif. 

She's been out there since June, on what was originally billed as a loan.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 9:27 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings
  • PJ Whelihans is going into the former Primavera Pizza Kitchen in Downingtown, aiming at a late fall opening. This will be the 13th restaurant under the PJW Restaurant Group and the ninth under the PJ Whelihans label.
  • From all the attention that's being paid to the renovations at Doc Watson's, the landmark on 11th Street near Jefferson, it's time to address a big piece: The name. It will be called Blue Bear Tavern when it opens at the end of the year.
  • The deal that would have moved the Sea Isle City landmark Busch's has fallen through, per a story in the A.C. Press. Busch's was a topic of Craig LaBan's Shore restaurant roundup last month.
POSTED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 9:13 AM
Charles S. Dutton (right) gets down to work at Rouge. (Photo: HUGHE DILLON /

Actor Charles S. Dutton is in town to do a gangster movie, as he told people at Rouge on Rittenhouse Square Tuesday evening.

He and several associates enjoyed a window seat at the boite.

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