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Archive: August, 2009

Vick's pick

Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 8:03 AM
Staff at Union Trust steakhouse (717 Chestnut St.) say new Eagle Michael Vick and his fiancee, Kijafa Frink, insisted upon sitting in gen-pop -- the middle of the main dining room, and not in a secluded corner -- when they stopped in for dinner Tuesday (8/18). Dinner menu: fried shrimp, sirloin and... Read more

Reese Parcs it again

Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 7:55 AM
For the second night in a row, Reese Witherspoon wowed the crowd at Parc on Rittenhouse Square on Tuesday (8/18) simply by showing up for dinner. She was in the company of Paul Rudd and two others. Witherspoon had a glass of Sancerre and the beet salad; Rudd had a glass of Minervois with a burger... Read more

Alycia Lane gets job in L.A.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 1:58 PM
CBS3 alumna Alycia Lane signs on Wednesday (8/19) at KNBC, the NBC owned- and -operated station in Los Angeles, as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. The station announced today that Lane takes over for Kim Baldonado, who last month was promoted to anchor the middays and the weekly... Read more

Clark Gilbert going into Margot space in Narberth

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 12:34 PM
Clark Gilbert, whose background includes Taquet, Fountain at the Four Seasons, the Saloon and La Terrasse, is cooking up a BYOB at 232 Woodbine Ave. in Narberth, which last was Margot, also a BYOB. (Owner Margot McGinley told me that she closed her three-year-old bistro last month as the birth of her... Read more

Reese Witherspoon's dinner date

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 7:31 AM
Reese Witherspoon made an appearance at Parc on Rittenhouse Square last night, and she was not out with Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother, Betty, was in town. They had glasses of rose, plus salade verte, skate Grenobloise, and half-roast chicken with a side of seared spinach. The actress -- who signed... Read more

Indian pizza

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 7:29 AM
Wharton grad Munish Narula, whose Indian restaurant/delivery operation Tiffin is expanding far beyond its roots at 710 W. Girard Ave. on the western edge of Northern Liberties, has gone into the Indian pizza business. Get the door, it's Desio's? Tiffin etc. opens Tuesday (8/18) next door to his... Read more

Branching out in West Chester

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 5:05 AM
Doings in West Chester: Olive Branch (142 W. Gay St., 610-431-7141) is a cutesy BYOB from Jon Rusakov and Marie Cantatore. Breakfast menu includes breakfast sandwiches, waffles, eggs, and pancakes. Segues into tapas, salads, and sandwiches for lunch, and then adds a menu combining tapas-size and... Read more

Du Jour on Broad Street to revamp

Monday, August 17, 2009, 3:42 PM
Marty Grims is revamping his year-old fast-casual Du Jour in the Symphony House at Broad and Pine Streets. He'll call it Chew Man Chu, a moderate-price dumpling, noodle and wok bar-restaurant, with a menu of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes in a lively, fun, casual and fast-paced environment; it... Read more

Mary Stoker Smith is let go

Monday, August 17, 2009, 7:55 AM
CBS3 has not renewed the contract of weekend evening anchor Mary Stoker Smith, and her final newscast was Sunday (8/16). She joined the station in December, 2005. She came to the station from WPHL-TV, where she was coanchor of WB17 News at Ten since April 2005. Her bio said that before coming to... Read more

Con Murphy's: An Irish gastropub with a story

Monday, August 17, 2009, 5:00 AM
Con Murphy was a guy from Limerick you just wanted to be with. Maurice Collins wants his new pub, named after Murphy, to be a place you just want to be in. Collins and Liam Kelly, who founded Tir na Nog, are looking at mid- to late-September for Con Murphy's at 17th Street and the Parkway, in that... Read more
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