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Archive: July, 2010

Restaurant notes: Suburban doings; pop-up fun

Thursday, July 15, 2010, 10:59 AM
- The Mainland Inn, the old-school destination off the Lansdale exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in central Montco, is closed "at least temporarily," as reported in this morning's Reporter. Phone number has been busy all morning. Its website says it's closed for "improvements"... Read more

Khyber is "not going anywhere"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 5:16 PM
The Twitter-verse blew up this afternoon after it was noticed that the website of the Khyber in Old City indicated that it would no longer be programming live music after July 31. The Khyber closing? A sale?? To get the answer, I bothered to call owner Stephen Simons, who said he merely had fired... Read more

Restaurant notes: New wine bar at 16th and South; chef demos; free rum drinks

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 10:38 AM
- "September 1" is the newly expected opening of Jet Wine Bar near 16th and South Streets, as owner Jill Weber says she's been finding new surprises with every stage of construction in the century-old building at 1525 South St. (She's an archaeologist and should be used to such stuff... Read more

Next Starr pop-up restaurant: Kanella

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 9:54 AM
Through the magic of Facebook, Starr Restaurants has sprung details of its next "pop-up" restaurant at Washington Square (210 W. Washington Square). It's here. Menu of Middle Eastern-inspired small and large plates is here. Guest chef, as you know, is Konstantinos Pitsillides of the Greek... Read more

New dining concept at Avril

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6:50 AM
Avril, which opened last August in Bala Cynwyd, has tweaked its operation, expanding from a conventional BYOB dinner operation into a more casual cafe, still with a Euro focus. Starting Tuesday (7/20), hours start at 7 a.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays with breakfast (crepes, omelets, quiche, challah French... Read more

Is something new in the air for Windsor Johnston?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6:00 AM
WRTI morning newswoman Windsor Johnston, who worked at WHYY from 1999 to 2004, was spotted lunching the other day with several former colleagues as well as new WHYY news director Eugene Sonn. The colleagues' impression: that a return to 'HYY may be in the works. Asked about it Tuesday, Johnston told... Read more

A boy for Susan Barnett

Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 11:17 PM
CBS3 anchor Susan Barnett delivered a boy Tuesday afternoon. Name: Steele Thomas Persichetti. Her colleague Dave Huddleston broke the news on his Facebook page. The station later confirmed. Barnett, 37, and husband, Greg Persichetti, a dermatologist and surgeon, announced the pregnancy in January... Read more

Want to audition for "American Idol"?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 10:36 PM
American Idol is coming back for Season 10, and the auditions start July 21 in Milwaukee. The closest audition site to Philly is East Rutherford, N.J., where Fox cameras will pan the crowds outside the Izod Center on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Preregistration will be Aug. 1 and 2. Wristbands will be distributed... Read more

Net result: Hartnell over Elliot

Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 10:10 PM
Scott Hartnell of the Flyers and his tennis partner, Philadelphia Freedoms Noppawan "Nok" Lertcheewakarn, defeated WMMR's Preston Elliot and Freedoms partner Courtney Nagle, 5-4, in a celeb match during halftime of the Philadelphia Freedoms vs. Washington Kastles World TeamTennis event at... Read more

Restaurant notes: Odds and ends

Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 4:35 PM
To mark the first year of Sonata in Northern Liberties, the BYOB's chef-owner, Mark Tropea, will offer free champagne with dinner (and comp bloody Marys at brunch) during the weekend of July 23-25. The part of the building owned by Philadelphia International Records at 309 S. Broad St. that didn't... Read more
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