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Archive: January, 2009

POSTED: Sunday, January 11, 2009, 12:38 PM
Jamie Foxx at G Lounge with Sabrina Tamburino of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp., celebrating her birthday.

Jamie Foxx, here to play a district attorney in the movie "Law Abiding Citizen," had a busy Saturday night.

He dined at Ms. Tootsie's on South Street, attended the Ludicris concert, and visited G Lounge at 17th and Chestnut. 

Foxx stars with Gerard Butler in the psychological thriller (see info here). As they're in rehearsal before shooting starts Jan. 21, the two have been seen all around Rittenhouse Square.

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2009, 3:31 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

The renovation hammers have swung, and two restaurants are to reopen tonight under different concepts.

Yello'Bar, which opened in April 2007 at 2425 Grays Ferry Ave. (corner of Catharine) in G-Ho, is coming back after a quickie renovation that pulled out the booths in the front in favor of more of a bar feel, says co-owner Ken Hyland. Prices have come down, and Mike Mallough, a new chef from the burbs, is doing more specials plus a late-night menu (hours are extended till 1a.m.).

Akoya represents a new approach (Japanese gastropub or izakaya) in the first-floor of Pearl at 1904 Chestnut St. (Akoya means Pearl.) The Steins, who own it, paneled the white walls behind the bar over with zebra wood, added a wall of candles by the entranceway, popped in two fireplaces around eye level in the dining room, and built a lounge-area with low sofas and tables in the front window. Local painter/artist Lisa James, sister of actress Maria Bello, has created a mural featuring swimming and dancing koi underwater. Chef Greg Garbacz's menu will incorporate Japanese, Thai and Chinese cooking.

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2009, 3:00 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

IHOP, facing a flat economy, is running an all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancake deal.

It's running through Feb. 22 and can be paired with unlimited coffee.

The IHOP AYCE starts at $4.99 and is available a la carte or as part of a combo, which includes two, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, eggs any style, crispy hash browns, and a choice of pork sausage links, crisp bacon or ham. An IHOP rep says, "Pancakes are served fresh three at a time until the guest is satisfied."

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2009, 11:45 AM

Vince DeMentri has dropped his lawsuit against NBC10 and former colleague Lori Delgado. He also dropped his complaint with the state Human Relations Commission.

NBC10 issued a statement this morning, speaking of DeMentri in glowing terms:  "WCAU has amicably resolved its differences with Vince DeMentri. As a native of Philadelphia, Vince has made a terrific contribution to the station over the last five years. We wish Vince continued success in his career and know that his future employer, whether in his hometown or city of his choice, will benefit greatly from his journalistic skills and dedication to his craft."

DeMentri had alleged that he was fired in the summer because the station had learned that he and Delgado had a longtime affair and added that the station had unfairly fired him while not sanctioning Delgado. 

POSTED: Thursday, January 8, 2009, 4:17 PM

The psychological thriller "Law Abiding Citizen" is due to start before the cameras Jan. 21 or thereabouts.

Stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler have just arrived and today had lunch at Parc on Rittenhouse Square with director F. Gary Gray. They called in their orders beforehand: trout amandine, shrimp salad, and a half roasted chicken plus orders of seared spinach and a side of haricots vert. As two bodyguards stood nearby, those within earshot heard Butler talk about having to ask his mum for childhood photos for the film. Butler picked up the tab. (Butler was snagged by last night at 30th Street Station.)

This project has been an adventure. Director Frank Darabont was attached to it, and then he dropped out over the summer. Sometime recently, casting changes flipped the roles that Foxx and Butler would play. The plot: A district attorney orchestrates a plea bargain that sets free the killers of another man's family and then the agrieved victim seeks personal justice from the D.A. Now, Foxx will play the DA and Butler plays the vigilante. The trades have identified other cast members as Michael Gambon, Leslie Bibb and Colm Meaney.

POSTED: Thursday, January 8, 2009, 3:35 PM

Comcast SportsNet will carry Sunday's 2 p.m. Sixers game in Atlanta and the Eagles have a 1 p.m. start, so Eagles Postgame Live will be seen on the Comcast Network, the Cable Channel Formerly Known as CN8.

SportsNet will simulcast the program at the conclusion of the Sixers game.

POSTED: Thursday, January 8, 2009, 2:57 PM

The Eagles and Giants go at it Sunday in north Jersey in a game billed as Broadway vs. Broad Street, or the Turnpike Tumble.

Sports talkers from CBS stations WIP and WFAN will do a live simulcast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday from Chickie's & Pete's in Bordentown, N.J. -- fairly close to the Birds-Giants midpoint. It will be streamed live on or

A release from CBS says each station will present the case for why its team will win and move on to the NFC championship game. 

POSTED: Thursday, January 8, 2009, 1:00 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Swallow, the year-old Northern Liberties restaurant, is for sale on Craigslist. The ad does not disclose the restaurant's name, but owner Jason Caminos confirmed the offering, as the details in the ad add up.

Asking price is $185,000.

Swallow recently veered from a Euro-inspired menu to a lower-priced one based on macaroni-and-cheese dishes. It had been closed over the holidays. A sign on the door cited the death of the owners' dog, as reported.

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