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Archive: November, 2009

First look at R2L

Monday, November 30, 2009, 3:13 PM
R2L — Daniel Stern’s contemporary American restaurant on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place (50 S. 16th St., 215-564-5337) — opens Jan. 21, during Restaurant Week. But for you ... here's a sneak peek at what will be the highest public restaurant* in the city. Among the features: Fourteen... Read more

Starr to say iole! to Rittenhouse Square

Monday, November 30, 2009, 11:58 AM
Last month, when Stephen Starr signed a lease for the former Midtown IV diner at 2013 Chestnut St., he indicated that a Mexican concept was one contender. It's no secret that he's searching for a "Latin chef." He confirms that "Mexico City" is the spot's working name and that... Read more

On the menu at Stephen Starr's wedding reception

Monday, November 30, 2009, 7:43 AM
Restaurateur Stephen Starr, 55, and January Bartle, 33, Bucks County-raised owner of the Old City boutique Third Street Habit, were married by Mayor Nutter on Sunday on the staircase of the Philadelphia Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square. The reception for about 100 people was across the street at... Read more

Lafayette Bistro coming to Northern Liberties

Monday, November 30, 2009, 5:00 AM
Tunisian-born Ramzi Boughanmi says Lafayette Bistro will open Thursday (12/3) at the northwest corner of Fifth Street and Fairmount Avenue, on the edge of Northern Liberties. Lafayette, a BYOB, will serve grilled Greek-style seafood, Italian fare, and North African cuisine; it'll be open for dinner... Read more

Percy Street, digested

Sunday, November 29, 2009, 2:24 PM
The Inquirer's Rick Nichols weighs in today on Percy Street, the new BBQ spot at Ninth and South Streets. In its first week, brisket has been the No. 1 seller – more than 100 briskets, which equals about 500 pounds. Top-selling side was mac and cheese – 400 orders in Week #1. Read more

McNabbs have 4th child

Saturday, November 28, 2009, 11:45 PM
That's 4 for 5. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb announced on his blog that wife Raquel delivered their fourth child, son Devin James, on Nov. 20. Now this is a handful. Devin is 353 days younger than twins Sariah and Donovan Jr., who were born Dec. 2, 2008. Daughter Alexis was born in September... Read more

Prince Albert attends aunt's funeral

Saturday, November 28, 2009, 12:45 PM
Prince Albert of Monaco and the rest of the Kelly family turned out today at St. Bridget’s Church in East Falls for the funeral Mass of Elizabeth Kelly Le Vine, the woman everyone called “Aunt Lizzie.” The youngest daughter of Philadelphia power broker John B. Kelly Sr. and sister... Read more

Sunday feasting

Saturday, November 28, 2009, 11:55 AM
You may still be stuffed from Thanksgiving, but if you're hankering for a feast, there's Sugo Sunday, a weekly series starting Nov. 29 at Modo Mio, Peter McAndrews' smashingly good Italian BYOB on Girard Avenue near Second Street on the northern edge of Northern Liberties. Sugo means "sauce,"... Read more

Al Alberts has died

Friday, November 27, 2009, 11:34 AM
Al Alberts, 87, who put countless singing kids on the air on his show Al Alberts Showcase, died this morning in Florida. He and his wife, Stella, were married in 1953 and lived in Cape May for many years -- hence, his ditty "On the Way to Cape May." They moved to Florida in 2001. The show... Read more

Gridiron Chef: Garces vs. Vetri

Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 5:30 AM
You've heard of classic Thanksgiving Day clashes such as Northeast vs Central. Kids stuff. How about two chefs, allowing their staffs to blow off a little steam away from the stove. Marc Vetri’s crew will face off against Jose Garces’ team on the gridiron Thursday morning in a football... Read more
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