The Insider Archive: January, 2010

Wanna be on Food Network?

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The Food Network will be at the Loews Hotel on Feb. 5 to scout two-person teams of aspiring restaurateurs. The show, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle... Read more

Hawthornes starting dinner

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Hawthornes, the beer cafe at 11th and Fitzwater Streets in South Philly, starts dinner next week (2/3), running Wednesdays through Saturdays... Read more

Italy comes to the Piazza

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The ink is barely dry on this one: Vino, an American-run Italian bar, didn't work out in the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties. Developer... Read more

Elaine Soncini back on the radio

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Elaine Soncini, who enjoyed a 20-year career on the old WPEN before she retired to Florida in 2000, is coming back. She'll be piped in to... Read more

Fish story?

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Ooka, which owns several Japanese restaurants in the burbs, is about to come into a really big fish -- a bluefin tuna weighing about 410 pounds... Read more

Restaurant notes

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Fellini Cafe in Paoli is closed, and records in bankruptcy court show it filed for Chapter 7 protection. Basically, it means that if the court... Read more

Carluccio's opens in South Philly

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Carluccio's opened last Saturday night in the former Shank's & Evelyn's space at 932 S. 10th St. (215-574-5000), a couple of months behind... Read more

Snooki to appear at Wing Bowl

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This just in from WIP: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of MTV's "Jersey Shore" will attend the Wing Bowl on Feb. 5 at the Wachovia... Read more