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The Insider Archive: January, 2011
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Craig LaBan Reviews
Know a bar that needs a makeover?
Fri, Jan 28, 2011, 4:48 PM
Those restaurant-makeover shows just won't quit. Kitchen Nightmares ... Restaurant Impossible ... Philadelphia Casting, helping to gin up...
Get a piece of the Spaghetti Warehouse
Fri, Jan 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...
Life after 'Oprah' at Action News
Thu, Jan 27, 2011, 8:52 PM
Action News will go with an anchor threesome -- Brian Taff, Shirleen Allicot, and Alicia Vitarelli -- when it launches a 4 p.m. newscast this...
Restaurant notes: Serafina test-drives a Philly pizza; Moon going to Beard House
Wed, Jan 26, 2011, 2:45 PM
With less than 90 days before Serafina's scheduled opening at 10 Rittenhouse, restaurateurs Vittoro Assaf and Fabio Granato visited the construction...
Restaurant notes: Snackbar to go out with a bang
Wed, Jan 26, 2011, 10:31 AM
Jonathan Makar confirms that Snackbar, his boite at 20th and Rittenhouse Streets, will close after service on Feb. 5, wrapping up after four...
Winter Beerfest rescheduled
Tue, Jan 25, 2011, 9:26 PM
Winter Beerfest, which didn't come off Saturday (1/22) at the Starlight Ballroom because of undisclosed issues, has a new date and venue: Feb...
Restaurant notes: Makiman opens Center City branch
Tue, Jan 25, 2011, 5:27 PM
Makiman, a Japanese BYO that has a solid following at its location on the Five Points intersection in Northeast Philly, has opened its Center...
Video flashback: Doing the Shadow Traffic rap
Tue, Jan 25, 2011, 4:41 PM
In 1985, the entertainment show Dancin' on Air had this brilliant idea to allow locals to perform. One call to Shadow Traffic was enough to...
Michael Klein has written about Philadelphia’s restaurant scene since 1993 in his Inquirer column, “Table Talk,” and on his Philly.com blog, “The Insider.”
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