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Archive: August, 2009

Zama update

Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 2:58 PM
Here's an update on Zama, chef Hiroyuki "Zama" Tanaka's projected transformation of Loie (128 S. 19th St.) into a Japanese restaurant. Tanaka says Loie will remain open for the very near future -- but its days are clearly numbered. If you want a taste of Zama, you'll have to score an invite... Read more

Good deal dept.: Snackbar's new happy hour

Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 2:05 PM
Snackbar, the boite at 20th and Rittenhouse, has started a daily 5-to-7 p.m. special, offering menu selections from $5 to $7, including wine/cocktails. Clever name: "5 to 7." Examples: margherita flatbread ($7), calamari fritte with smoked sundried tomato and horseradish aioli ($7), potato... Read more

Countdown to Famous 4th Street's new spot

Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 1:17 PM
Russ Cowan of Famous 4th Street Deli tells me that he's hoping for a health inspection next week for his second location, at 38 S. 19th St., which was last Ashoka Palace and Bootsie's. "So figure on two weeks from now," he says. This will be the 19th restaurant opening for the Brooklyn-born... Read more

Dining under the Clothespin

Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 1:08 PM
Three weeks new, in that subterranean space beneath Claes Oldenburg's Clothespin at 15th and Market, is the American Pub at Centre Square (1500 Market St., 267-639-6104), construction of which I mentioned back in February. General manager Jerry Connor's business interests include Hank's Beverage,... Read more

Peep the trailer for "The Lovely Bones"

Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 11:46 AM
Paramount and Apple have sprung the trailer for The Lovely Bones, the Peter Jackson-directed chiller that was shot here in 2007 (and later in New Zealand). Stars are Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci, with newcomer Saoirse Ronan (in photo) as the little girl. A couple locales... Read more

Hot and cold running celebs

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 10:40 PM
Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Rudd -- here with the James L. Brooks comedy that needs a title already -- showed up Tuesday night at Panda Bar, the club attached to the Marathon Grill at 40th and Walnut Streets. Panda-monium. Meanwhile, across town at Rittenhouse Square, Owen Wilson... Read more

"Always Sunny" cometh with stage show

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 8:00 PM
The cast of Fx's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will be in town Sept. 17 for a staging of “The Nightman Cometh” -- a hilarious rock opera that was part of an episode in Season 4. The cast: Rob McElhenney (Mac), Charlie Day (Charlie) and Glenn Howerton (Dennis) who all star along with... Read more

Mr. Danza goes to teacher orientation

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 4:29 PM
Tony Danza was spotted today attending the Philadelphia School District's cumbersome-named but earnest-sounding New Teacher Induction Institute for Improving Teacher Quality, a professional-development program that the district runs with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. I've written previously... Read more

Now hear this: Joey Fortman has a job

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 3:35 PM
Joey Fortman, who's been pulling shifts at Now 97.5, today was bumped up to PM drive host, as she announced on her blog. It's one of the first changes at the ratings-challenged station since it got a new program director two weeks ago. She and husband Matt Nahigian both work for Greater Media --... Read more

Therein lies the Rubb

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 12:12 PM
Lacroix at the Rittenhouse alum Matt Levin did not have the menu for his forthcoming Rubb BBQ in Manayunk when we chatted last week. But now he does. He's calling his casual concept "punk rock BBQ." All that, and bug juice to wash it down. He's looking at mid-fall at 4445 Main St., next... Read more
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