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Archive: May, 2010

Chew Man Chu is through

Monday, May 10, 2010, 10:59 AM
After six months, Marty Grims has pulled the plug on Chew Man Chu, his pan-Asian restaurant at the Symphony House at Broad and Pine Streets. He told me he's looking to sell it or obtain a strategic partner. Grims said a negative review and the resulting resignation of chef Tyson Wong did it in... Read more

Swanky Bubbles' Cherry Hill giving way to an Irish bar

Sunday, May 9, 2010, 6:41 PM
Sunday night is last call at Swanky Bubbles' Cherry Hill location, which has been open in Short Hills Shopping Center since early 2007. Ran out of effervescence, you might say. The Old City original will remain. Ira Zipper, who's been helping to run Cherry Hill, can be found at his "other"... Read more

De Niros do Butcher & Singer

Sunday, May 9, 2010, 12:31 PM
Robert De Niro, here shooting The Dark Fields, escorted his wife, Grace Hightower, to a late-ish Saturday dinner at Butcher & Singer steak house at 15th and Walnut Streets. The couple were recognized by at least one neighboring table, whose occupants respectfully didn't cause a scene. Restaurateur... Read more

A Philly-style "Jersey Boys" wedding

Sunday, May 9, 2010, 11:19 AM
The Broadway smash Jersey Boys -- which detailed the creation of the Four Seasons with Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi -- had a happy ending. So does this story about Gaudio's daughter Lisa, who is in jewelry sales. Twenty-six years after she and Havertown-raised Jimmy Kazanjian... Read more

Free pork sandwiches

Saturday, May 8, 2010, 3:49 PM
Jake's Sandwich Board opens Monday (5/10) at 122 S. 12th St., near Sansom. (See previous.) They'll give away free pork sandwiches from 11 a.m. till the pig is kicked. In the video below, owners Gary Dorfman and Sean Stein go shopping at the Italian Market, and host a sandwich-tasting attended by... Read more

Restaurant notes

Friday, May 7, 2010, 6:00 AM
Call it case of bad, bad timing plus bad, bad luck. That's the story behind the recent closing of Jasper in Downingtown. In May 2008, literally the day before the web-posting of a rock-solid two-bell from The Inquirer's Craig LaBan, chef-owner Nick DiFonzo was stricken with a brain aneurysm. DiFonzo... Read more

Why is Bradley Cooper smiling?

Thursday, May 6, 2010, 1:40 PM
Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro set the intersection of 16th and Market Streets on fire at lunchtime Thursday by shooting a scene for the movie The Dark Fields. The crush of onlookers, on a beautiful workday, was huge. The two were filmed walking in and out of the KPMG office at 1600 Market St. Later... Read more

Opening: Bar Stella

Thursday, May 6, 2010, 1:06 PM
Stephen Starr's Pizzeria Stella (Second and Lombard Streets) is getting a bar next door, in the former pilates studio on the Second Street side. It opens Friday (5/7) and workers are in those furious final hours. Hence, the photo of the floor, a retro-looking marmoleum, because the rest of the joint... Read more

(Finally) opening: City Tap House

Thursday, May 6, 2010, 11:06 AM
After 14 months in the making, what's a few more days? Monday (5/10) is the public opening of City Tap House on the Radian Balcony (3925 Walnut St., 215-662-0105) as owners Brian Harrington, Gary Cardi, Chris Coco, and Frank Falesto want to hit Penn graduation weekend. The partners also own Mission... Read more

Fish's Stollenwerk has a Beard date

Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 11:23 PM
Mike Stollenwerk of fish (1708 Lombard St.) has a cheffing date with the James Beard House in NYC. It's Aug. 25, and Palateur Imports will sponsor the wine program. The price has not been set; it's not yet on the James Beard site. Hors d’oeuvres - Peeky toe crab fritters - Tuna ceviche, sherry... Read more
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