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Archive: January, 2011

Life after 'Oprah' at Action News

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 8:52 PM
Action News will go with an anchor threesome -- Brian Taff, Shirleen Allicot, and Alicia Vitarelli -- when it launches a 4 p.m. newscast this summer. Weathercaster Adam Joseph also will be part of the show. This came to light Thursday on the site, which announced the promotions of Taff and... Read more

Restaurant notes: Serafina test-drives a Philly pizza; Moon going to Beard House

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 2:45 PM
With less than 90 days before Serafina's scheduled opening at 10 Rittenhouse, restaurateurs Vittoro Assaf and Fabio Granato visited the construction site Wednesday and met Mayor Nutter before jetting off to their next project, in Brazil. Serafina, a polished Northern Italian with a celebrity clientele... Read more

Restaurant notes: Snackbar to go out with a bang

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 10:31 AM
Jonathan Makar confirms that Snackbar, his boite at 20th and Rittenhouse Streets, will close after service on Feb. 5, wrapping up after four years and three months. (A report surfaced this morning at "It feels like the right thing to do at the moment," Makar told me. Talk is... Read more

Winter Beerfest rescheduled

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 9:26 PM
Winter Beerfest, which didn't come off Saturday (1/22) at the Starlight Ballroom because of undisclosed issues, has a new date and venue: Feb. 12 at the Electric Factory. Tickets will be honored then and there, per a note on the website. Read more

Restaurant notes: Makiman opens Center City branch

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 5:27 PM
Makiman, a Japanese BYO that has a solid following at its location on the Five Points intersection in Northeast Philly, has opened its Center City branch. It's on the ground floor of Center City One, at 1326 Spruce St. (215-546-0180). Menu includes cooked dishes, in addition to the sushi/sashimi... Read more

Video flashback: Doing the Shadow Traffic rap

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 4:41 PM
In 1985, the entertainment show Dancin' on Air had this brilliant idea to allow locals to perform. One call to Shadow Traffic was enough to get John Brown, Rod Carson, John Butterworth and others in front of the mics to get down with their bad selves. Read more

Restaurant notes: A Perrier-Vetri pairing; more Di Bruno's

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 12:30 PM
Amis‘ monthly industry night has become a big deal among kitchen workers, who meet and mingle on the first Monday night of the month in a casual setting (412 S. 13th St.). The events start at 10 p.m. and are open only to those in the trade (you have to show a pay stub). Feb. 7's will partner... Read more

Restaurant notes: A taste of Sicily at Monsù

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 11:54 AM
Peter McAndrews and Nathan Baynes of Paesano's and Modo Mio are looking at Wednesday (1/26) to open Monsù, their Sicilian BYOB at Ninth and Christian Streets in the Italian Market. (Previous coverage here.) Monsù displaces the South Philly branch of Paesano's, whose reopening at 1017... Read more

Restaurant notes: Hooters in Maple Shade closes; a food editor job is open

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 10:02 AM
The Hooters on Route 38 in Maple Shade has shut down, though the adjacent club, Slates, remains open. The closing does not seem to be related to the sale of Hooters' parent company. Philadelphia Magazine is in the market again for a food editor, per a job posting on Mediabistro. Kirsten Henri... Read more

What's up with Winter Beerfest?

Monday, January 24, 2011, 4:41 PM
Shortly before the first keg was to be tapped on Saturday at the Starlight Ballroom, Winter Beerfest was -- in the words of organizer Barry Mulherin -- "delayed" "for reasons beyond our control." On the website, Mulherin promises answers on Tuesday (1/25). Silver lining: If you were unable to attend... Read more
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