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Archive: February, 2010

Meet 'The Situation'

Monday, February 8, 2010, 11:18 AM
Exit Snooki. Enter The Situation. Mike Sorrentino of MTV’s Jersey Shore will appear Friday night at Northern Liberties' Buckhead Saloon (461 N. Third St.). Doors will open at 7 p.m. and he is due in-house around 9. Update (2/9): He is due around 10, as he is flying in from another city. Read more

Boy, those TV meteorologists sure blew the winter forecast

Saturday, February 6, 2010, 7:23 PM
Big hat-tip to the best regional weather site, Tom Thunstrom's, for archiving the season snow predictions that the TV weather people made last November. Friday-Saturday's storm dumped 28.5 inches at Philadelphia International, which brought the season's total to 56.3 inches. And... Read more

Restaurant opening updates

Friday, February 5, 2010, 2:21 PM
A few updates on restaurant projects hither and yon. Barbuzzo, the Mediterranean bar from Lolita/Bindi's Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney at 110 S. 13th St. (next door to the new Zavino), should be open in late March. Construction is due to wrap by the end of this month, Safran says. Menu will be... Read more

Apple store gets a hearty Philly welcome

Friday, February 5, 2010, 1:43 PM
Center City's first Apple store has not officially been announced for 1607 Walnut St., but demo work has started inside. And so begins a rite of passage, one experienced by so many retailers: Pickets have set up outside, alleging that the developer dared to hire nonunion workers, even though the... Read more

Cooperage coming to Washington Square

Friday, February 5, 2010, 12:46 PM
You already know about Chops, preparing to open at the former Oceanaire on Washington Square (2/12). Cast your gaze across the way to the Curtis Center on the north side of the square, where about April 12 there will be a new wine/whiskey bar called Cooperage. Owners are Joe Volpe and Jen Kremer... Read more

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, on fame

Friday, February 5, 2010, 11:44 AM
Who knew Nicole Polizzi before Dec. 3's premiere of the MTV reality series Jersey Shore. And now, two months and two days into her 15 minutes of fame, she managed to elicit the day's loudest crowd reaction (mostly boos) at the WIP Wing Bowl, where she was a guest and rode a slow-moving mechanical... Read more

Jonny Mac ventures into 610

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 3:30 PM
Jonathan "Jonny Mac" McDonald of The Pub & Kitchen will venture out of Center City and into the bosom of suburbia (OK, Conshohocken, where the bosom may have had a lift or two) for a special dinner. He'll be Chip Roman's "Guest Chef" at Blackfish on Monday, March 1. They will... Read more

That 'Always Sunny' bar is moving forward

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 9:30 AM
The Fx comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is built around life at a Philly bar, and now a real bar to be part-owned by the show's creator/star is inching closer to opening. Mac's Tavern -- at 226 Market St. in Old City, where Skinner's is now -- may even debut in time for St. Patrick's Day... Read more

Alex's Lemonade fund-raiser spills over

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 5:00 AM
Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin, and Jeff Michaud are raising the stakes for their annual Great Chef's Event, which draws all sorts of famous chefs to their Osteria to call attention to Alex's Lemonade Stand. Two years ago, it raised $150,000. Last year, it took in $300,000. This year, the goal of the... Read more

Xochitl chef quits for Starr project

Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 5:01 PM
Dionicio Jimenez, who's been chef at the Society Hill Mexican spot Xochitl since its opening, has given notice. Jimenez has joined the still-unnamed Stephen Starr Mexican project at 2013 Chestnut St. as exec chef, Starr told me. And Nicio is jumping in with both feet. Starr said the chef is booked... Read more
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