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Archive: April, 2009

POSTED: Thursday, April 30, 2009, 4:00 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

I wrote about three closings yesterday. Now for word of six openings over the next week. (Remember now, we're in a recession.)

  • Friday 5/1 is Ken Shin Asian Diner at Third and Spring Garden.
  • **Saturday 5/2 is the scheduled soft opening of Darling's, the diner from the Darling's Cafe brothers, in the "egg" building on Second Street south of Girard in the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties.
  • Monday 5/4 marks the return of Broad Axe Tavern at Skippack and Butler Pikes in Ambler/Blue Bell/whatever it is they call that part of Montco. I'll have more info next Thursday in my "Table Talk" column. 
  • Monday 5/4 also marks the debut of Noble American Cookery at 2025 Sansom St.
  • Wednesday 5/6 is the scheduled opening of Bibou, the South Philly French BYO from the former chef at Le Bec-Fin.
  • "Midweek" -- that's Wednesday 5/6 or Thursday 5/7 -- for the completely renovated Zesty's in Manayunk, which has reconfigured its menu to include more Italian small plates. I haven't stopped in to see what owner Tom Konidaris says is a black ceiling studded with LEDs.

** Darling's soft opening has been pushed back to May 11.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 30, 2009, 11:17 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Georges Perrier picked up his Légion d'Honneur on Tuesday at Le Chiberta restaurant in Paris. He learned around New Year's that he was up for the Napoleonic decoration, the highest French distinction awarded for civilian or military valor. (I'm guessing his is for civilian, though life in his kitchen is purely militaristic.)

Le Chiberta's Guy Savoy, grand officer of the Legion and master of haute cuisine, pinned it on him.

POSTED: Thursday, April 30, 2009, 10:00 AM

WMMR has announced the full-time status of Jacky Bam Bam, the veteran DJ and inveterate Mummer, for overnights at 93.3, effective the week of May 18. He'll work weeknights (midnight to 5:30 a.m.) and two weekend shifts, probably Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

He replaces Randy Kotz, who was let go in February.

Bam Bam, who joined WMMR in November 2007 for fill-in/weekend work, has the distinction of being the last DJ heard on WYSP from its old studios at Fifth and Market Streets in March 2007.

WMMR program director Bill Weston says he got 105 applicants for the slot.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 4:29 PM

This just in from the Washington Square West Civic Association's crime blotter:

(REPORT) On Sunday, 04/26/09, 3:15 AM, [complainant] was walking in the 200 block S. Camac St when a male "bear hugged" him and took his wallet. The complainant chased the male to 13th & Manning Sts, where he threw the wallet back, minus the money. The offender was described as a black male, 28 years, 6'3", thin build, wearing dark pants.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 2:38 PM
  • A sign on the door of Siam Lotus (931 Spring Garden St.) explains that it's closed because of a two-week vacation to Thailand. The phone, however, is disconnected and state records show the liquor license is inactive.
  • Javier in Haddonfield (208 Kings Highway East) is gone. A statement from Haddonfield's business community said, "Significant internal setbacks during the restaurant’s opening months coupled with the prolonged economic downturn led to the demise of the establishment."
  • Frederick's, the over-the-top Italian at 757 S. Front St. in Queen Village, has closed. Owner Fred Vidi said he is sprucing up the place in anticipation of a sale. No deal is signed, he said.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 9:35 AM

Alycia Lane's lawyer won his bid to have Lane v. CBS3 heard in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court -- presumably, where he'd find a more sympathetic jury.

After attorney Paul Rosen filed the lawsuit in September, CBS3's law firm, Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski P.C., of Blue Bell, petitioned to have the case heard by U.S. District Court in New York.

Late yesterday, U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick released his opinion. The judge would not award attorney's fees to Rosen, as he had asked.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 3:14 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

You're a party of four. Two of you like to dine outside. Two of you like to dine inside.

Both sides will be satisfied at the new Noble American Cookery, opening at dinnertime Monday (5/4) at 2025 Sansom St. It will be open nightly; lunch and brunch are planned.

Owners Bruno Pouget, Todd Rodgers and chef Steven Cameron installed floor-to-ceiling, flip-type windows in front that create two "tables" of four. Noble, a year-in-the-works renovation of the former Gioia Mia, is a bilevel - 30 seats downstairs (plus bar) and 70 upstairs.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 2:22 PM

Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, will be on Good Day Philadelphia on Wednesday (around 8:45 a.m.) to preview Thursday's "Partners In Philanthropy" breakfast at the Sheraton City Center, where they'll be guest speakers and will talk about their foundation.

Later Thursday, the Moyers will get honorary doctorates of public service from St. Joseph's University, his alma mater.

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