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Archive: December, 2010

Le Bec-Fin to stay open

Saturday, January 1, 2011, 12:00 AM
Vive Le Bec-Fin! As champagne corks popped to welcome 2011, chef Georges Perrier announced to patrons that his Walnut Street restaurant would not close after all, thus maintaining a 40-year fine-dining tradition. "I have received an outpouring of letters from all over the world, begging me not... Read more

Swift Half closing; replacement on the way

Thursday, December 30, 2010, 12:14 PM
New Year's Eve will see the finale of The Swift Half, the tap that opened in mid-2009 in the Piazza at Schmidt's in Northern Liberties. The owners, David Garry and Heather Gleason, still have Good Dog, their burger-and-beers destination at 15th and Locust Streets. The space will not be dark for long... Read more

Bradley Cooper coming back to shoot a scene

Thursday, December 30, 2010, 11:49 AM
Bradley Cooper is coming back to shoot a scene for his almost-in-the-can thriller, Limitless. On Jan. 7, Cooper and Abbie Cornish are due at Michael Schulson's Sampan restaurant (13th Street below Sansom), which has been booked for the day. The movie, previously known as The Dark Fields, was shot... Read more

The Wine School relocating to Rittenhouse

Thursday, December 30, 2010, 10:21 AM
Keith Wallace says he's moving the Wine School of Philadelphia from Fairmount to the Rittenhouse/Fitler Square area, as he's taking over a Victorian mansion at 127 S. 22d St. It's the former home of Running Press, which years ago created Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiasts books on premises. Running... Read more

Who gets to gab with Kelly Ripa?

Sunday, December 26, 2010, 9:08 PM
Live With Regis and Kelly is searching for radio hosts to join Kelly Ripa during the week of Jan. 24-28, filling in for Regis Philbin. The field has been narrowed to 100 semifinalists, and the field will be further winnowed to 10. Then viewers will get to choose the five broadcasters who will join... Read more

CBS3 and Cydney Long part company

Sunday, December 26, 2010, 1:12 PM
CBS3 has not renewed the contract of New Jersey reporter Cydney Long, a nine-year veteran. The Medford native's last day on the air was Dec. 22, a station rep confirmed. Read more

Restaurant notes: Rick's leaving the Bellevue; delayed openings

Saturday, December 25, 2010, 5:00 AM
- Rick Olivieri is on the move again. The owner of Rick's Steaks, who in late 2008 was ousted from his primo spot in Reading Terminal Market after a squabble with management, says he's pulling out of the Bellevue's downstairs food court, where he set up in mid-2009. Last day will be Dec. 29, he... Read more

Restaurant notes: Monsù coming to Italian Market

Friday, December 24, 2010, 3:36 PM
Monsù is the name of the Sicilian restaurant that Modo Mio/Paesano's boss Peter McAndrews will open late next month at Ninth and Christian Streets, now home of the South Philly branch of Paesano's, his sandwich shop. (About Jan. 14, Paesano's will move to 1017 S. Ninth St., formerly the site... Read more

Spare 4 minutes to help beat breast cancer?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 12:05 PM
The Philadelphia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has produced a video starring NFL alumni cheerleaders dancing to Jay Sean's "Do You Remember." For every view here, UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania will donate 10 cents to Komen Philadelphia to fight breast cancer. The lawyers... Read more

Restaurant notes: There's a measure of concern at The Dandelion

Monday, December 20, 2010, 8:14 PM
While construction crews work night and day at 18th and Sansom Streets on the Stephen Starr-owned pub called The Dandelion, English chef Robert Aikens is holed up in his kitchen, training staff on the food. Opening is now up for 3 p.m. Dec. 31. Aikens generously gave me a few moments last week, and... Read more
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