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POSTED: Thursday, May 20, 2010, 2:41 PM

The "Retail/Restaurant Space for Lease" sign has come down from the window of the former Stiletto shoe store at 18th and Sansom Streets.

Stephen Starr confirms that he has signed a lease for that space as well as the adjacent restaurant that had been Mantra.

It will be a gastropub. No name yet or timeline.

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 9:24 PM

Such a sweetie, that Renee Zellweger, who's been staying in Philly with actor-beau Bradley Cooper while he shoots The Dark Fields.

He was hungry one recent afternoon. She walked into SLiCE, the pizzeria at 1740 Sansom St., a cannoli’s throw from the high-rise apartment they’re sharing.

Zellweger got a prosciutto-topped pizza and an arugula salad to go.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 3:37 PM

Perhaps the tiger was having a bad morning or simply did not appreciate having a spray bottle of milk stuck in her face.

Either way, Sue Serio of Fox29 got an eye-opener at the Philadelphia Zoo.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 3:23 PM

The Please Touch Museum in Fairmount park shows up on Sunday's season finale of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.

Mount Airy's Holly Robinson Peete, one of the finalists, is shown at an autism benefit there in connection with Variety, the Children's Charity, taped March 27. At the time of the taping, attendees were not told that this would be seen on Apprentice.

Robinson Peete and husband Rodney have been upfront about discussing their young son RJ, who was diagnosed with autism. She has said that she would donate her winnings to charity.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 10:17 AM

NBC has green-lit the Jimmy Smits legal drama that was shot around Philly and at Resorts in Atlantic City in March and early April.

Alas, Philly has learned that Outlaw won't be shot here, after all, as Greater Philadelphia Film Office head Sharon Pinkenson has confirmed.

Outlaw, in which Garza plays a playboy Supreme Court justice who quits to go into private practice, is on the fall schedule for 10 p.m. Fridays.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 1:17 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings
  • Want to open a restaurant on the Avenue of the Arts? The now-empty Chew Man Chu space in the Symphony House at Broad and Pine Streets is being offered up, and the price tag -- according to an e-mail making the rounds -- is $595,000, including the liquor license.
  • Some readers thought it would have been clever for the Rita's water-ice chain to change the name of its orange-flavored ice to "Home Ice" in honor of the Flyers. A Rita's spokeswoman found the idea "interesting" but: "We aren't able to change the name of the flavors for particular stores/regions as we are in 18 states with 550+ stores and there are some operational implications." In other words, Rita's has no home team anymore.
  • Bruce Cooper of Jake's Restaurant and Cooper's Wine Bar is the new president of the Manayunk Development Corp.
  • A delay has been noted at Ulysses Voyage (1221 Locust St., liquor-license issues).
  • Bogus "restaurant inspectors" floating around Chester County? Story here says so.
  • June 1 is the target for Trolley Car Cafe, an offshoot of Mount Airy's Trolley Car Diner, at South Ferry Road at Kelly Drive in East Falls. It'll be a 20-seater with 75 outside in the former bathhouse for a long-ago city swimming pool. Owner Ken Weinstein says it will serve ice cream all day, breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. A bike rental and repair shop in the back will accommodate bikers, and 50 parking spaces are available across the street for 50 cents an hour.
  • The Kite & Key at 19th and Callowhill Streets will host an Alex's Lemonade Stand and Lemontini Party on Saturday (5/22) from noon to 1 a.m.
  • Rylei, which got a nice write-up from Craig LaBan in Mayfair before it moved to Richboro, has closed. The husband-wife team behind it, Palm veterans Jennifer Brennan-Vargas and her chef husband, Jose Vargas, have surfaced at the new Thyme on the Delaware at 32 S. Main St. in New Hope.
  • Adsum, the Matt Levin joint at Fifth and Bainbridge Streets, is talking mid-June. It's on Twitter now.
  • Delicatessen at 703 Chestnut St. starts dinner Wednesdays through Saturdays from 4 to 8 p.m., starting Wednesday 5/19. Entree examples: brisket, pastrami mac and cheese, and latke-crusted salmon filet. All entrees are priced $14-$18, and come with a choice of a cup of soup or house salad, choice of a side dish, and a taste of Jewish apple cake. Delicatessen also is rolling out a “Deli Night at Home” package, which includes two half-pounds of meats or salads, choice of rye, wheat or pumpernickel bread, potato salad, Russian dressing, spicy mustard, and pickles for $25. Feeds two.
POSTED: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12:42 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, opening Sunday 5/23 in Glen Eagle Square in Glen Mills, is the latest project down the pike from Dave Magrogan (Kildare's, Doc Magrogan's, Más).

Magrogan looked no further than his upper-middle-class, 30-something suburban world for the concept: a seasonally changing menu from chef Brian Duffy with most entrees under 500 calories, a wood-fired grill, locally grown ingredients (within 100 miles), an outdoor eating area, and an eclectic wine and beer list (many of them organic). Desserts will run under 200 calories.

Decor uses reclaimed wood flooring, recycled glass bar tops, and paperstone dividers.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 11:20 AM

Say you don't have Versus?

Or feel like hanging out at a sports bar?

Comcast will show tonight's Flyers-Canadiens game on its "Comcast Experience" HD video wall in the building lobby, 17th Street and JFK Boulevard. 

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