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Archive: August, 2010

Restaurant notes: A new crabhouse; La Colombe's new old roaster

Saturday, August 7, 2010, 8:11 AM
- Need a Sunday activity? Check out what two of my favorite entrepreneurs, Todd Carmichael and Jean-Philippe “JP” Iberti of La Colombe, will be doing at 1 p.m. Aug. 8 behind the cafe at 130 S. 19th St., just north of Rittenhouse Square. They'll roast coffee in a 1967 French panel van... Read more

Bee alert: Chef Tyson getting ready to roll

Saturday, August 7, 2010, 12:16 AM
When I last spoke with Tyson Wong Ophaso, the energetic Laotian-born Chinese chef was leaving his post at Chew Man Chu, stung by a negative review. The restaurant, at Broad and Pine, closed soon after. I just caught up with him, and he says he is getting back into the game with a food truck called... Read more

What's coming: Biba, Tria's "fun little cousin"

Thursday, August 5, 2010, 12:57 PM
Jon Myerow is saying "the end of August" for the opening of Biba in the Left Bank in University City (3131 Walnut St., 215-222-2422), which he is positioning as Tria's "fun little cousin." That is, a chic wine/beer bar serving light fare, including cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate... Read more

Barenaked Ladies appreciate good service

Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 10:12 PM
Waiters and waitresses... The Barenaked Ladies appreciate good service. During Wednesday's show in Camden, Ed Robertson said: "I'd like to thank the good people of Cherry Hill for taking such good care of on our day off yesterday. Especially the fine service at McCormick & Schmick's in the... Read more

Restaurant notes: Guy Fieri in town; Tony Clark's in Delaware

Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 10:59 AM
Guy Fieri has been in town this week, doing segments at a few joints for Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. He visited Good Dog Bar in Center City, Honey's Sit 'N Eat in Northern Liberties, Memphis Taproom in Port Richmond/Kensington, and the Pineville Tavern in Bucks County. No scheduled... Read more

Restaurant notes: More BBQ and Wolfgang Puck, too

Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 3:38 PM
Two fairly prominent restaurant projects have been bubbling under the radar. Letting them surface now ... One: The former Le Bus/Bubble House at 3402-04 Sansom St. in University City is destined to become a branch of Baby Blues, a BBQ-blues joint out of Venice and West Hollywood, Calif. (there's... Read more

W-A-C-H-O-V-I-A C-E-N-T-E-R: Fun with letters

Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 2:35 PM
The letters that spelled "Wachovia Center" came down off the walls of what is now known as the Wells Fargo Center. Not sure what Comcast-Spectacor will be doing with the letters, but I put 'em through an anagram generator. Best combos using all the letters: - THEN I CRAVE A COW ... Read more

New hire at Fox29

Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 1:26 PM
Temple grad Chris O’Connell, who grew up in Wallingford, starts Sept. 13 as a general-assignment reporter at Fox29. O’Connell's wrapping up a three-year stint as an anchor and reporter with KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He previously was with Bay News 9-TV in Tampa... Read more

Video: Philly folks at Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival

Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 12:37 PM
Here's a video look at the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, which assembled some local food lights and Food Network stars in the casinos. Check out Chris Scarduzio, Daniel Stern, and Monsieur Modesty himself, Georges Perrier. The Friday festival lineup included Guy Fieri's Cheesesteak Battle... Read more

The specs on Speck

Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 12:02 PM
Speck -- the modern, progressive New American from chef Shola Olunloyo -- is now looking at "early fall" for its opening at the Piazza at Schmidt's (1050 Hancock St., 215-925-9500). Here are the specs: - It's named for the proscuitto. - Eight-seat chef’s counter in the... Read more
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