The Insider Archive: December, 2008

Arrested just for tending bar?

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Check out my story in today's Inquirer about the state's crackdown on bars with expired licenses. John Costello took some swell photos. Quite... Read more

Stuck with a useless restaurant gift certificate?

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Every holiday season, well-meaning folks buy restaurant gift certificates for friends --who promptly stuff them in a drawer to await a special... Read more

End of the road at NBC10 for John Ogden

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NBC10 traffic reporter John Ogden's final day calling gaper delays and such will be Dec. 19. Ogden, 27, who got five and a half years out... Read more

Abbraccio to downsize, Vietnam Cafe to expand

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The West Philly building housing Abbraccio has been sold to Benny Lai, owner of the Vietnam Cafe and Fu Wah grocery store next door (and Vietnam... Read more

Pub & Kitchen opening for lunch

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Pub & Kitchen, the yearling at 20th and Lombard Streets, will be open for lunch this month on Fridays and Saturdays. Seems to be a bid... Read more

Governors gather, but where was Schwarzenegger?

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Thirty-two governors met for dinner Monday at City Tavern on the eve of the National Governors Association conclave, but California's Arnold... Read more

Ed Rendell has a surprise for Barack Obama

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The National Governors Association is in town, and Pennsylvania's Ed Rendell got Old City's City Tavern to do something different for tonight's... Read more

Rae cuts hours in anticipation of move

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Rae, the restaurant in the Cira Centre that was dark Thanksgiving weekend, has reopened but only for weekday lunch, happy hour and private... Read more