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Archive: July, 2010

POSTED: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 10:59 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk
  • The Mainland Inn, the old-school destination off the Lansdale exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in central Montco, is closed "at least temporarily," as reported in this morning's Reporter. Phone number has been busy all morning. Its website says it's closed for "improvements" -- though I'm afraid that might refer to the economy.  
  • Alfredo Giannaccari of the Newtown Grill (aka Alberto's) in Newtown Square (and Sole in Stone Harbor) tells me he's taking over the former Trattoria San Nicola in Berwyn with a BYO called Alfredo. "Very reasonably priced comfort food from Naples -- ragu, short ribs, fresh fish, antipasto bar, local ingredients," he said. Workers are chiseling out San Nicola's old mural; the decor will be rustic and wood-y. Opening is projected in early September. (San Nicola's Paoli location is still around.) h/t MainLineDine
  • Those Washington Square "pop-up" collab dinners July 27-29 featuring Kanella chef-owner Konstantinos Pitsillides are about half sold-out, Starr folks tell me. They'll also serve a limited menu and drinks on the porch and at the inside bar if people don’t get reservations. And you should know that Kanella will be open those nights.
  • Music promoter Matthew "Feldie" Feldman email-blasted to seek public support for his Lucky Old Souls restaurant-club project at 1713 McKean St. in South Philly. There's a Liquor Control Board hearing on his liquor app at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4 at Eighth and Market Streets, and he's hoping to muster a crowd of supporters. Email him at
POSTED: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 5:16 PM

The Twitter-verse blew up this afternoon after it was noticed that the website of the Khyber in Old City indicated that it would no longer be programming live music after July 31.

The Khyber closing? A sale??

To get the answer, I bothered to call owner Stephen Simons, who said he merely had fired the booking agent, effective July 31.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 10:38 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk
  • "September 1" is the newly expected opening of Jet Wine Bar near 16th and South Streets, as owner Jill Weber says she's been finding new surprises with every stage of construction in the century-old building at 1525 South St. (She's an archaeologist and should be used to such stuff.) And guess what? Chef Matt Zagorski, who left the Rouge/500º fold and is chef at El Camino Real in Northern Liberties, is developing Jet's menu. Meanwhile, Zagorski is working on El Camino Real's menu and is about to add chicken-fried seitan, which owner Owen Kamihira calls awesome.
  • Jason Cichonski of Lacroix and Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre will square off in series of "friendly" culinary competitions Saturday and Sunday (demos at 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.) at the Promenade at Sagemore in Marlton, part of a Cadillac product showcase. Details here .
  • Mixto, the Latin at 1141 Pine St. in Wash West, got the OK to extend hours till 2 a.m., and it's doing so Thursdays to Saturdays. It's scheduled a late-night fiesta for July 22, including comp Cruzan rum mojitos and Sauza margaritas from 10-11 p.m. (they're $3 each till closing that night).
  • Want to dine at the forthcoming Speck in Northern Liberties? Probably should leave your pooch at home.
POSTED: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 9:54 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk
Sosa, Pitsillides

Through the magic of Facebook, Starr Restaurants has sprung details of its next "pop-up" restaurant at Washington Square (210 W. Washington Square).

It's here. Menu of Middle Eastern-inspired small and large plates is here.

Guest chef, as you know, is Konstantinos Pitsillides of the Greek Cypriot BYOB Kanella at 10th and Spruce.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6:50 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk
The bakery counter at Avril has replaced a chef's table, which has been moved to another corner.

Avril, which opened last August in Bala Cynwyd, has tweaked its operation, expanding from a conventional BYOB dinner operation into a more casual cafe, still with a Euro focus.

Starting Tuesday (7/20), hours start at 7 a.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays with breakfast (crepes, omelets, quiche, challah French toast, etc.). Lunch brings soups, sandwiches, and a few specialties. There's afternoon tea. For dinner, which wraps at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. on Saturdays),  chef Christian Gatti adds in mussels, pastas, fish, steak, and chicken; entrees are a more wallet-friendly $18 to $22. Sunday brunch/lunch service runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Everything's been simplified," says Gatti's wife/co-owner, April Lisante. 

POSTED: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6:00 AM
Windsor Johnston

WRTI morning newswoman Windsor Johnston, who worked at WHYY from 1999 to 2004, was spotted lunching the other day with several former colleagues as well as new WHYY news director Eugene Sonn.

The colleagues' impression: that a return to 'HYY may be in the works.

Asked about it Tuesday, Johnston told me: "I love WRTI, but if WHYY offered me something, I'd give it serious consideration."

POSTED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 11:17 PM

CBS3 anchor Susan Barnett delivered a boy Tuesday afternoon.

Name: Steele Thomas Persichetti.

Her colleague Dave Huddleston broke the news on his Facebook page. The station later confirmed.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 10:36 PM

American Idol is coming back for Season 10, and the auditions start July 21 in Milwaukee.

The closest audition site to Philly is East Rutherford, N.J., where Fox cameras will pan the crowds outside the Izod Center on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Preregistration will be Aug. 1 and 2. Wristbands will be distributed to auditioners starting about 7 a.m. Aug. 1. Once auditioners obtain their wristbands, they will be asked to return to the stadium by 5: a.m. Aug. 3 to line up for their audition.

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