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Archive: January, 2010

Lady Gaga's A.C. concert and benefit appearance are off

Friday, January 15, 2010, 2:46 PM
Lady Gaga won't be in Atlantic City Saturday night. Her show at the Borgata in Atlantic City is off and she won't host a benefit after she got sick just before her show last night in West Lafayette, Ind. The Borgata says her doc diagnosed her with dehydration and exhaustion and urged her to rest... Read more

Maxim toasts Philly's beer scene

Friday, January 15, 2010, 1:45 PM
Maxim mag, which you read for the articles anyway, drops this bombshell in February's issue in a spread about beer: "Sure, Portland, Oregon, still produces great suds (Widmer, Hopworks) — and, yes, you P-town natives are so cool because you all can telemark ski — but the crown of... Read more

A cheesesteak stand where you don't have to stand

Friday, January 15, 2010, 10:39 AM
And to think all these years, you've been driving to a cheesesteak stand, getting out, and walking up to a window. Rocco Desiderio has opened Rocco's Steaks in the former Tradewinds Drive Thru Coffee shack at 233 W. Lancaster Ave. in Paoli, down the pike from his former restaurant, Ristorante Verona... Read more

Get your ice cold vegetables!

Friday, January 15, 2010, 9:35 AM
What kind of brave soul would open a year-round farmer's market in Philadelphia in the dead of winter? A forward-thinking one. Just ask Kyle Perry, who's running one for developer Bart Blatstein at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties, starting tomorrow. "This is when we can get the... Read more


Thursday, January 14, 2010, 2:02 PM
The James Beard House, the culinary mecca in New York, is really packing its schedule with Philadelphians. Earlier this week, I told you about Le Bec-Fin's Nicholas Elmi and Georges Perrier going up for a Feb. 24 dinner. Here are more: Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby of Horizons at Seventh and Kater... Read more

NYC wine bar eyes Liberty Place

Thursday, January 14, 2010, 12:48 PM
Vintage Irving, a wine bar in Union Square in New York, is Philly-bound, and is close to signing a lease at the Shops at Liberty Place. Reps of both the restaurant and the shops confirmed the talks to me. The space is on the second level, in a spot that was the Dale & Thomas popcorn store. Also... Read more

And still more newcomers

Thursday, January 14, 2010, 11:33 AM
The former Sal's and Frangelica on 12th St. (200 S. 12th St., at Chancellor Street -- see below) will become a sports bar. But, as co-owner Jeff Sotland tells me, with elevated comfort food ("not pub grub") and atmosphere that will be aimed at everyone in the neighborhood. They'll do the... Read more

Tony Bruno to do local sports-talk show

Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 5:20 PM
South Philly raised sports talker Tony Bruno will add a local midday show on 97.5 the Fanatic, which also airs his syndicated nighttime show. Starting Monday, he'll be joined by Harry Mayes from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays. He will do crosstalk with Mike Missanelli, who starts at 2. Bruno's syndicated... Read more

Restaurant bits

Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 2:24 PM
Two restaurants are targeting Jan. 25 for opening day: MIXX, the sports bar beneath Azie on Main, in the former Maia on Lancaster Avenue off the Blue Route in Villanova. A peek at a draft dinner menu finds such snacks as tempura calamari, buttermilk fried chicken, and fried cornbread, as well as entrees... Read more

Absence makes the Fond grow hearter

Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 12:30 PM
Things are really cooking in the kitchen at Fond, the nifty little BYOB on East Passyunk Avenue. Partners Jessie Prawlucki and Lee Styer got engaged over the holidays, and Tuesday was their first day back. The couple, both in their mid-20s, met four years ago at the Culinary Institute of America... Read more
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