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Archive: February, 2009

Blackfish moving to Stone Harbor

Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 3:28 PM
Chip Roman of Conshohocken's Blackfish told me that he's moving his Jersey Shore operation from Avalon to Stone Harbor. He expects to open by Mother's Day in the former Henny's, a block off the bay at 9628 Third Ave., with a liquor license. It would be a year-rounder. His Conshy spot will remain, of... Read more

Just announced: Elton John/Billy Joel at Citizens Bank Park

Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 1:51 PM
Billy Joel and Elton John's joint tour will stop at Citizens Bank Park at 7 p.m. July 30, while the Phillies are on a West Coast swing. Philly hosted the piano men's first-ever match-up, in 1994 at the late Veterans Stadium. (So why aren't they playing the Spectrum before its demolition?) Tix on... Read more

Matt Levin's new restaurant

Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 12:36 PM
Chef Matt Levin, who parted company with Lacroix at the Rittenhouse in December, says he is about to sign a lease at 201 Green St. in Northern Liberties. It's the ground floor of that great big warehouse-y looking building just off Second and Spring Garden Streets, across from Penn Herb. He'll call... Read more

Sixers dancer appears in Sports Illustrated

Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 12:07 PM
Melanie Fitzpatrick, 24, a nursing student from Folsom, is featured in an piece on NBA dancers. Read more

Chifa's menu

Monday, February 9, 2009, 4:43 PM
Here's the menu for Chifa, the new Jose Garces Peruvian-Cantonese restaurant that opens Tuesday at 707 Chestnut St. Read more

Chef change at Silk City

Monday, February 9, 2009, 12:36 PM
Jay Henson, formerly at Happy Rooster and more recently at the Inlet at the Jersey Shore, is joining Silk City at Fifth and Spring Garden at the beginning of March, says owner Mark Bee. Same American concept. Bee is aiming at May 1 for his 50-seat outdoor beer garden. Also on Spring Garden Street: Bill... Read more

No Justice at Wired 96.5

Monday, February 9, 2009, 9:52 AM
Justice, executive producer/sidekick on Wired's Chio in the Morning show, was fired Friday. A station official said it was not related to a round of budget cuts at Beasley Broadcasting. Justice, at the station nearly three years, told me today that he had heard rumblings that his contract would not... Read more

Museum's topping-off: Is that a ...?

Sunday, February 8, 2009, 1:28 PM
Construction of the National Museum of American Jewish History's new home at Fifth and Market Streets is proceeding apace. It was topped off last month. Perched on the structure are an American flag and, as tradition dictates, a Christmas tree. Or, as PR/ad man David Neff wonders, is that a Hanukkah... Read more

Restaurant odds & ends

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 3:13 PM
Restaurateurs are grumbling about business, but there seems to be no great slowdown in projects. Here are a few: - The Center City location of Cherry Hill's The Kibitz Room is under construction at 1521 Locust St. There's a long story behind the pedigree, but the short version is that it's... Read more

Sauté eases into the fire

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 3:00 PM
One feature that so many new restaurants lack is a hint of romance: twinkling candles, subdued lighting, dark wooden furnishings, a mellow vibe. Nicholas J. Cassidy and Hector Torres have solved it with Sauté, their BYOB, which opened Tuesday in Queen Village (775 S. Front St., 215-271-9300)... Read more
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