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Archive: March, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 11:47 AM

The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone, in which cheesesteak baron Tony Luke Jr. makes his leading-man debut as an ex-con, has been booked for a third screening at the Philadelphia Flm Festival/Cinefest '09. It will be Monday, April 6 at 7:15 p.m. at the Ritz East.

Jake Willing and Violet Mendoza's No Boundaries, starring Dani Garza and Mark McGraw,  is also getting another round: Friday at 6:45pm at the International House


POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 11:06 AM
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For years, developer Bart Blatstein has been talking about achieving critical mass at his mixed-use development at the former Schmidt's site in Northern Liberties, which stretches from Girard Avenue south for several blocks along Second Street and Hancock Street.

From 2001, he set to work building the apartment/retail complex called Liberties Walk and over the years renovated former industrial buildings into apartments/offices.

The "meat" of the project is almost finished. That's a series of four apartment buildings, with ground-floor retail, bounded on three sides by Second Street, Germantown Avenue and Hancock Street. The interior courtyard, which he calls the Piazza, now sports a concert stage topped by 26-foot-by-16-foot HD LED screen (16mm resolution).

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 10:18 AM
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Win and Sutida Somboonsong -- who own Mikado Thai Pepper in Ardmore, Flavor in Wayne, Azie in Media and Teikoku in Newtown Square -- just signed a deal for the old Roux 3 site, 4755 West Chester Pike, by the United Artists cineplex in Newtown Square.

It'll be an American-style steakhouse called Parker's Prime, after the Somboonsongs' youngest child, Parker. The wine list is being put together with the help of Italian winemaker and importer Gino Razzi of Penns Woods Winery.

A late summer/early fall 2009 opening is planned.

POSTED: Monday, March 30, 2009, 4:33 PM

Meet Mark Caro, author of the book Foie Gras Wars, at a signing at Fairmount's London Grill, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Foie Gras Wars is a well-researched tale of how the delicacy has polarized the food world.

London's Terry Berch McNally and chef Michael McNally play central roles in the plot, as London was a frequent protest site. (Decorum prohibits me from describing what Caro wrote about Terry McNally's first impressions of protest leader Nick Cooney.)

POSTED: Monday, March 30, 2009, 4:14 PM
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(Laurence Kesterson (2006))

Here comes Billy Wong again.

Wong has drawn a following from his days at Queen Village's Mustard Greens (1992). Every so often, he turns up -- perhaps "Wong" is a Cantonese transliteration of "Waldo." The last few years have found him at Billy Wong's in Old City and then in Northern Liberties with a short-lived place called Taste (it's now Modo Mio) and then at Ly Michael in Chinatown.

He's looking to revive the Billy Wong name in Warminster Shopping Center (340-342 York Rd.) next week. This place was David's and most recently Yazmin. (That's Yazmin, not Yasmin.)

POSTED: Monday, March 30, 2009, 9:48 AM

What'll be on the plate? Probably lots of beef. The timing of Monday night's $5,000-a-head fund-raiser for Gov. Rendell at Del Frisco's Double Eagle steakhouse comes at an interesting time.

Contractors who built the steakhouse -- who tend to roll in these political circles -- say they are still owed millions for their work. Eight court filings now surround the project, as fingers are pointing between Del Frisco's and its general contractor, Lorient LLC of Plainfield, Ill.

See my article from this morning's Inquirer.

POSTED: Monday, March 30, 2009, 9:30 AM

Tamala Edwards, co-anchor of Action News, announced her pregnancy this morning on Facebook.

Edwards, who turns 38 on April 7, married pastry chef Rocco Lugrine in September 2006.

The station's baby derby has begun, as she and Erin O'Hearn are due around the same time. Funny coincidence: Just as O'Hearn met husband Sal Paone Jr. when she did a story on him, Edwards met Lugrine when she did a piece about his work when he was at Le Bec-Fin.

POSTED: Monday, March 30, 2009, 6:35 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Here's a neat mash-up: Tiffin, the Indian eatery near Seventh and Girard, is getting into the pizza business. Owner Munish Narula is taking over what was Star Pizza right next door (at 712 W. Girard) to do what he calls "something fun."

The menu will have about eight different specialty pizzas with Indian cuisine-inspired toppings such as tandoori chicken, paneer and green chilies and tandoori vegetables. He and his crew are experimenting. The eatery also will serve kati rolls, which in their basic form begins with a paratha with a layer of egg on it. Roasted vegetables or meat is roasted in butter and stuffed inside. Spices, red onion slivers and lime are sprinkled on top. He also intends to round off the menu off with Indian-influenced salads and wraps.

There's no name yet for the spot, and construction is to begin in late April.

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