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Archive: July, 2009

Avenida coming to Mount Airy

Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 6:05 AM
Husband-and-wife chef team Edgar and Kim Katz Alvarez are hammering out Avenida -- an affordable, neighborhood- friendly Latin, based on his Guatemalan roots -- at 7402 Germantown Ave. Opening is pegged for September. They're fashioning Spanish-Colonial decor out of the 18th-century building that... Read more

Free lunch Wednesday

Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 4:00 AM
The first 350 people to come to Fleming's Prime Steakhouse in Marlton (500 Route 73 north) at noon Wednesday will receive a free mini-cheesesteak sandwich. They'll be grilled to order outside under the blue tent in front of the restaurant They're not your regulation cheesesteaks, as Fleming's will... Read more

Kammerer is a dad again

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 5:13 PM
CBS3 meteorologist Doug Kammerer and his wife, Holly, now have one of each: Holly delivered a girl, Cally Ann, on Sunday, the station announced today. The couple has a son, Kenton, 2½. Read more

Fond coming to booming East Passyunk

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 3:56 PM
The storefront at 1617 E. Passyunk Ave., which was Lynda's for five minutes and previously Clementine's, is being fitted out as a BYOB called Fond. The principals: Lee Styer, a sous chef at Le Bec-Fin; Jessie Prawlucki, pastry chef at Le Bec-Fin, and Tory Keomanivong, a banquet captain at Lacroix... Read more

Star chef hired at new Hotel Palomar

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 2:31 PM
The new Hotel Palomar opening in mid-October at 17th and Sansom Streets has hired a chef for its Square 1682 restaurant. He's Guillermo Tellez, whose resume includes Chester County's Northbrook MarketPlace, the late Striped Bass and -- most notably -- Charlie Trotter's empire (Charlie Trotter’s... Read more

Meet Paul

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 1:51 PM
Paul Bouikidis' dream restaurant is a week away from opening. Bouikidis, who owned Pine Street Pizza at 12th and Pine and was instrumental in the family-run Effie's down the block, didn't live to see the place, in a former antique shop on the same block in Wash West. After his passing in February... Read more

Hotel dining

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 11:23 AM
Center City Philly will get two upscale hotels this year: Le Méridien Philadelphia (a Starwood property at 1421 Arch St., where the District Attorney's Office and a Y used to be across from the Municipal Services Building) and the Palomar (a Kimpton joint at 17th and Sansom Streets, across from... Read more

Kyle Kendrick and Stephenie LaGrossa are engaged

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 10:31 AM
It's wedding bells for Kyle Kendrick, 24, who's pitching now for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, and his girlfriend Stephenie LaGrossa, 29, the former Survivor contestant and co-owner of the Old City bar GiGi. They've been together for a little over a year. With the 'Pigs on all-star break, he popped... Read more

Reid Rosenthal is off "The Bachelorette"

Monday, July 13, 2009, 10:56 PM
Philly Realtor Reid Rosenthal won't be moving on with Jillian Harris on ABC's The Bachelorette after Monday night's episode. No rose. He apparently had problems opening up emotionally. Observe the reaction on Twitter. Read more

Vincent's delays its closing

Monday, July 13, 2009, 8:06 PM
Vincent's, the West Chester jazz/blues landmark, will not close Wednesday (7/15) as planned. Owner Bruce Donohoe.says the prospective buyers have had a financing snag. It'll remain open till the kinks are ironed out. Read more
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