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Archive: October, 2008

Vegetarian in Center City

Monday, October 6, 2008, 9:16 PM
Cambodian-born Jason Lay, who last worked for a company that handles bridge inspections, is overseeing Mi Lah Vegetarian (the name means "mercy"), which opens Thursday (10/9) at 218 S. 16th St., which last was Pita Pocket at 16th and Chancellor. He's installed as chef Tyler Black, a veteran... Read more

Valentino, Valentino, Valentino

Monday, October 6, 2008, 6:05 PM
Here's more on the shifting empire of restaurateur Cosimo Tricarico: He's turning Valentino on the Square (267 S. 19th St., off Rittenhouse Square) into DiVino, a wine-and-cheese bar that's supposed to open in two weeks. He's expanded his Caffe Valentino (1245 S. Third St., at Moyamensing and Wharton)... Read more

Collecting Phillies bets

Monday, October 6, 2008, 4:23 PM
With the Phillies’ win over the Milwaukee Brewers, WXPN’s Jim McGuinn and City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. are cashing in. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, McGuinn will “take over” Radio Milwaukee for an hour and (in his words) “tease [DJ] Scott [Mullins] mercilessly.” McGuinn’s... Read more

Earth Bread + Brewery ready to go

Friday, October 3, 2008, 4:41 PM
Earth Bread + Brewery in Mount Airy, the brewpub/flatbread outlet that has been "finished" for months, has finally wrapped up its licensing issues and will open to the public Wednesday night or Thursday night. Beer master Tom Baker will have four beers on tap: an English-style mild, French-style... Read more

Jody Mac back, with a co-host

Friday, October 3, 2008, 7:51 AM
Not only will Jody McDonald return this morning at 9 on ESPN 950 after heart surgery, he will pick up a permanent co-host: Harry Mayes, most recently the co-host of the Locker Room (7pm-11pm) with Dan Schwartzman. Read more

Logan Square shocker: Marty Hamann leaving Four Seasons

Thursday, October 2, 2008, 9:46 PM
The word is not out there yet, so the shock waves haven't gotten too far past Logan Square: Martin Hamann is leaving after 25 years at the Four Seasons Hotel -- seven of them as executive chef. He's headed to the Union League, which is planning a major revamping of its kitchens and dining. The Union... Read more

The man in white: Butcher & Singer's new chef

Thursday, October 2, 2008, 3:54 PM
"I walk the line (chef)..." To answer the burning question of who will run the kitchen at Butcher & Singer, opening later this month at 15th and Walnut Streets, we dip into our Johnny Cash songbook. Onions make you "Cry, cry, cry" Chef Shane Cash's great-uncle, see, was the... Read more

Still more new restaurants...

Thursday, October 2, 2008, 2:41 PM
Forget bonds or gold. Perhaps -- as one guy in the food business was telling me this morning -- with the stock market tanking and the economy in a shambles, private investors are focusing on restaurants. I ran this theory by a restaurateur with two locations, and he reasoned, "My restaurant... Read more

Sarah Palin's got good jeans

Thursday, October 2, 2008, 12:43 PM
Multiple choice: Sarah Palin is ... a. ... governor of Alaska b. ... the Republican candidate for vice president c. ... a size 6. d. ... all of the above Correct answer is d. Before her stop at the Irish Pub in Center City last Friday, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin dispatched a personal... Read more

Blue2O coming to Cherry Hill

Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 11:17 PM
The Chili's and Porterhouse on Route 70 in Cherry Hill were destroyed by fire a year and a half ago. The Chili's came back. Quality Dining, the Indiana chain that ran the duopoly, elected to roll out a hithertofore untested concept where the Porterhouse was*. It's called Blue2O (that's "blue-two-oh"... Read more
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