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Archive: January, 2011

Restaurant notes: Capasso's consolidation in Collingswood

Monday, January 31, 2011, 7:40 PM
Alex Capasso says he might be ready as soon as this weekend (Feb. 5-6) for the unveiling of the side-by-side West Side Gravy and Blackbird Dining Establishment, in the old Woolworth's at 714 Haddon Ave. in Collingswood. Blackbird, which Capasso opened at 619 Collings Ave. in spring 2007, is taking... Read more

Update: The raid on Grey Social in Old City

Monday, January 31, 2011, 1:24 PM
In a follow-up to my report Saturday, state police say 18 citations were issued for underage drinking early Saturday at Grey Social (132 Chestnut St.). In addition, one person was cited for public drunkenness, 13 unsupervised minors were cited for being on the premises, and 5 fake IDs were found.... Read more

Restaurant notes: Krispy Kreme in Center City (and Collingswood!)

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:37 PM
Krispy Kreme is continuing its revival. As the Fox Chase location goes great guns, a Center City spot is being readied. It's at 16th and Chestnut Streets, where the Rite Aid was. (A Children's Place will take one side of the store, while Krispy Kreme takes the 16th Street side.) The "HOT NOW" sign... Read more

Restaurant notes: Free tacos

Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:34 PM
Baja Fresh, rolling out new specials from Sundays through Wednesdays, wants to get everyone's attention. It's doing that by giving away two tacos to each customer on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at its Southeastern Pennsylvania stores (Abington, Willow Grove, Montgomeryville, King of Prussia, and Conshohocken)... Read more

Buy a Phillies shirt, help Jamie Moyer's foundation

Monday, January 31, 2011, 11:12 AM
Tom Durso and Tom Goyne's Phillies blog, PhourScore, is selling shirts bearing the numbers of the team's Four Aces as a fundraiser for Jamie and Karen Moyer's foundation. Durso says all profits -- estimated at $2 to $5 a throw -- will be sent to the former Phil's charity, which helps kids endure periods... Read more

Philly takes over NYC's Penn Station

Monday, January 31, 2011, 10:31 AM
Penn Station in New York City was "dominated" over the weekend by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp., which installed 225 "With Love, Philadelphia" ads. A GPTMC rep said Philly is the first U.S. destination ever to "dominate" the station. It cost upwards of $325,000 for the ads, which... Read more

Philly film is a winner at Sundance

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 1:37 PM
Big news from the Sundance Film Festival, which handed out the awards Saturday night: Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, directed by Willow Grove native Jon Foy, won the U.S. Documentary Competition Directing Award. Foy followed musician/artist Justin Duerr's search for the origin... Read more

Old City lounge raided and shut down

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 2:00 PM
Grey Social at 132 Chestnut St. in Old City, which bills itself as "an exclusive retreat aimed for a sophisticated audience," is out of business for now. Law enforcement, including the state police, city police, and reps of Licenses & Inspections, visited just after midnight Friday night and cited... Read more

Know a bar that needs a makeover?

Friday, January 28, 2011, 4:48 PM
Those restaurant-makeover shows just won't quit. Kitchen Nightmares ... Restaurant Impossible ... Philadelphia Casting, helping to gin up a national reality show, is now looking for a dive bar, karaoke bar, beach bar, wine bar, sports bar, music venue, nightclub or another kind of bar that is in... Read more

Get a piece of the Spaghetti Warehouse

Friday, January 28, 2011, 1:46 PM
The Spaghetti Warehouse at 1026 Spring Garden St., which closed before Christmas, is being sold pretty much down to the walls. Auctioneer Barry Slosberg will sell the knickknacks and furnishings starting at 9 a.m. Saturday (1/29) on site. Many old signs and some overly lacquered furniture, plus a... Read more
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