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Archive: January, 2011

Restaurant notes: Pace One is 86ed

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 3:36 PM
Jan. 10 was closing time after 31 years for Pace One, Ted Pace's American mainstay in the Concordville area. As recently as last Thursday, Pace denied neighborhood rumors that the restaurant was shutting down. Building owner Bill Clinger said he'd have no comment, other than to confirm the closing... Read more

Robin Quivers' cat to get transplant at Penn Vet

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 2:05 PM
Howard Stern sidekick Robin Quivers is in Philadelphia for her cat's kidney transplant at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital. On the show Tuesday on Sirius/XM, Quivers put the tab for Brangelina's surgery at $15,000. Friday's surgery went well, Quivers reported on Twitter, where she... Read more

$100 gift cards to appear

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 11:35 AM
Spark Energy, which has been peppering the region with daily promotions (such as free burgers and manicures), will send a magician to roam the commuter train stations today (Tuesday) starting at 5 p.m. He will be making $100 Visa gift cards randomly appear for travelers. Spend it on a shovel, eggs... Read more

News anchor's lawsuit is put on hold

Monday, January 10, 2011, 4:21 PM
With a Jan. 18 court date looming, U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick has approved Fox29’s motion for a stay in the trial that has former news anchor Tom Burlington accusing the station of applying a double standard in dismissing him. Burlington, who is white, had used the “n”... Read more

Restaurant notes: The AKA Rittenhouse Square getting a restaurant

Monday, January 10, 2011, 7:00 AM
Eighteenth Street just above Rittenhouse Square has been ablaze lately: The Dandelion, 11 days old at 18th and Sansom. ... Serafina, under construction at 10 Rittenhouse and anticipating a spring opening... And now, here's the rundown on a restaurant coming to the AKA Rittenhouse Square on 18th Street... Read more

Bradley Cooper and Abbie Cornish go to work

Sunday, January 9, 2011, 4:26 PM
Bradley Cooper and Abbie Cornish are in town to work on the movie Limitless, most of which they had shot here last spring. They shot at Sampan restaurant on Friday and are due Monday to do scenes at the old AAA headquarters on Market Street, as HughE Dillon reported on his blog Read more

Restaurant notes: James feels left out

Sunday, January 9, 2011, 8:29 AM
James -- Jim and Kristina Burke's restaurant on South Eighth Street in South Philly -- was not included on Philadelphia Magazine's list of the city's top 50 restaurants in the January issue. So it's issued a challenge on its Facebook page: "Philadelphia Magazine's current top 50 restaurant issue... Read more

Robbins 8th & Walnut - iced

Saturday, January 8, 2011, 11:23 PM
Diamond specialist Robbins 8th & Walnut ("our name is our address") has pulled out of its Jewelers Row corner shop after nearly 60 years. Signs posted in the windows steer customers to the remaining store in Delaware. A note on Robbins' website says the Allentown store is down, too... Read more

Restaurant notes: Old Django spot gets new life; Little Fish returns

Friday, January 7, 2011, 4:00 PM
A couple of Queen Villagers: - The former Django space at 526 S. Fourth St. will see new life next month as the curiously named 5 N 2 Tokyo, an Asian fusion BYO from first-time restaurateurs Estephany Li and Hou Cai Yang. Li says the vibe will be casual at lunchtime, "more elegant"... Read more

Restaurant notes: Varalli adding a pub on the Avenue of the Arts

Friday, January 7, 2011, 3:20 PM
Joe Varalli is combining his bilevel Italian seafood operation at Broad and Locust Streets -- Upstares at Varalli and Sotto Varalli -- into one ground-floor restaurant simply called Varalli. After 21 years, the Upstares space is being remodeled to become a gastropub called Perch Pub. (Varalli loves... Read more
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