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Archive: April, 2010

Munk & Nunn: The transformation of Manayunk's Zesty

Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 10:55 AM
Tom Konidaris says he was sitting at the bar of his longtime Manayunk spot Zesty's, bemoaning the state of business with a customer/adviser, who told him: "You can’t even get a monk and nun in here." The customer explained that two trick-or-treaters dressed as a monk and nun had just... Read more

"Best Food Ever" hits Philly

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 4:03 PM
TLC's new series Best Food Ever, a cross-country culinary tour narrated by John Goodman that counts down the top 10 locations in different food categories, premieres this Monday (5/3) at 9 p.m. Barclay Prime turns up on the first episode called "Sensational Sandwiches"; yes, they're trotting... Read more

A blue note: Ortlieb's has closed

Monday, April 26, 2010, 8:31 PM
Kevin Mayberry, an owner of Ortlieb's Jazzhaus, confirmed that the Northern Liberties club closed after business Sunday after more than 23 years -- a little more than three years after he took it over from founder Pete Souder. "It is what it is," Mayberry told me, adding that he managed... Read more

One of America's best pizzas ... in Manayunk

Monday, April 26, 2010, 5:39 PM
Gayot and MSN have scoured the country for the best pizza restaurants, and Cooper's Brick Oven Wine Bar -- the next-door neighbor of Jake's in Manayunk -- was named to the top 10. MSN blurbs: "Fired in a brick oven at the back of the open kitchen, Cooper's pies come topped with crimini mushrooms... Read more

Restaurant notes

Monday, April 26, 2010, 2:22 PM
More than 200 area restaurants will donate a cut of their dinner proceeds Thursday 4/29 for Dining Out for Life, a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS run by Action AIDS. Details here. You know there is no Elena Wu at Chez Elena Wu at the Ritz in Voorhees? Wu sold the place two years ago. She is getting back... Read more

UCity's Dining Days expanded to two weeks

Monday, April 26, 2010, 10:28 AM
The University City District will expand its summer Dining Days promotion to two weeks -- July 15-29. This time, a record 29 restaurants are on board to provide three-course dinners. New are marked with an asterisk. $15 Blarney Stone Dahlak Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant *Elena’s Soul Marathon *New... Read more

To this politically connected lawyer, what's the wurst that can happen?

Saturday, April 24, 2010, 12:16 PM
When last heard from, longtime lawyer Michael Untermeyer was running for Philadelphia district attorney. Now, he's getting into a different kind of frying pan: He's opening a hot dog shop in a small building he owns near 18th and South Streets. Though one might think he'd call it "Untermeyer... Read more

The two faces of Bradley Cooper

Friday, April 23, 2010, 2:53 PM
Bradley Cooper undergoes a daily transformation as he gets into character for the film The Dark Fields, which has been shooting around town the last two weeks and will be here till the end of May. For many scenes, he's ratty-looking, with stringy hair pulled back into a ponytail. For others, his hair's... Read more

It's a boy for the Scott Franzkes

Friday, April 23, 2010, 11:51 AM
Phillies announcer Scott Franzke and his wife, Lori, are parents. Two weeks early, she delivered a 7-pound, 15-ounce boy Thursday night at 10:13, shortly after the Phils beat the Braves. His name is August. The couple likes the name Gus and August. (Most Phillies fans like the name Octo.) Franzke's... Read more

And where is your restaurant?

Friday, April 23, 2010, 10:22 AM
Two Center City restaurants are going for the obvious in the naming department. City Grange, the restaurant inside the Westin in Liberty Place, is preparing to change its name to Center City Bar & Grill as its menu downscales to more bar items. Now comes Pete Antipas, who is reopening his restaurant... Read more
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