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Archive: December, 2008

The face of a winner

Saturday, December 27, 2008, 7:21 PM
Todd Carmichael, who reached the South Pole last week, is on his way home. On his blog, his brother-in-law Brian Hart relates that Carmichael landed in southern Chile and will arrive home Sunday morning. Read more

Shakeup at White Dog Cafe?

Saturday, December 27, 2008, 2:20 PM
Marty Grims, owner of a slew of operations (including the Moshulu and Du Jour Markets), may be joining forces with Judy Wicks at White Dog Cafe, which she founded in her house on the Penn campus a quarter-century ago. Grims says lawyers are working out details on an arrangement that would have Grims... Read more

The art of the steal

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 3:58 PM
Padre Pio is the unofficial patron of stress relief and New Year's blues. Ironic solace to holiday visitors to St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx, who had expected to see a new mosaic of Padre Pio and two stained-glass windows depicting the Ascension of Jesus. It's because a creep (or creeps) in... Read more

South Pole record-holder passes baton

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 7:06 PM
Gladwyne businessman-slash-explorer Todd Carmichael has a fan: Hannah McKeand, the British woman whose South Pole land speed record he broke. Carmichael is resting at the South Pole after his 39-plus-day solo journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole. He regaled the pole's scientists with... Read more

Pearl to be reconfigured

Monday, December 22, 2008, 5:35 PM
Pearl, the yearling restau-lounge at 1904 Chestnut St., will be reconfigured Jan. 5. The second-floor lounge will continue to operate as Pearl. The first-floor restaurant will be known as Akoya, under executive chef Greg Garbacz (say it "gar-baze") and Scott Stein. Garbacz was sous chef... Read more

Did Todd Carmichael set a record to the South Pole?

Monday, December 22, 2008, 11:05 AM
You're complaining about a little walk from the bus to the office in today's zero-degree wind chill. Check out this trek that I wrote about in today's Inquirer. Gladwyne's Todd Carmichael -- co-owner of La Colombe coffee and husband of Lauren Hart -- walked about 700 miles from the coast of Antarctica... Read more

Quiz winners

Monday, December 22, 2008, 9:56 AM
In last week's quiz, I asked readers to match restaurant corporate names to their trade names -- an exercise in nerdiness if there ever was one. It was no challenge to five readers. First with the correct responses was Dallyn Pavey of Radnor. She's in public relations, but does not rep any of the... Read more

Punk Rock Flea Market postponed

Friday, December 19, 2008, 11:11 PM
Saturday's Punk Rock Flea Market is on hold after the city ordered the shutdown of the Starlight Ballroom yesterday. A source with the Department of License and Inspections said the owner had been thin ice -- but after new complaints surfaced after a fight last weekend, a cease-operation order came down... Read more

Rash of restaurant closings (and one opening)

Friday, December 19, 2008, 4:51 PM
Something odd is happening... Restaurant closings... In December, traditionally the busiest month of the year... Last weekend saw the departure of Root on Spring Garden Street near 11th, which lasted all of four months. South Jersey has seen a few fairly established establishments go under, including... Read more

Phillies-Dodgers bet is paid off

Friday, December 19, 2008, 12:55 PM
Back in early October, just before the Dodgers and Phillies got down to the National League Championship Series, L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge and Philly Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. made a friendly bet. (Jones was feeling a bit giddy, as he had won a case of Usinger's sausage from a Milwaukee alderman... Read more
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