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Archive: August, 2009

Blush closes

Thursday, August 13, 2009, 2:08 PM
Now who didn't see this one coming? One week after opening Verdad -- the Euro tapas-oriented restaurant on Bryn Mawr's main drag -- chef Nick Farina has closed Blush, his three-year-old upscale American restaurant/lounge on nearby Merion Avenue. Blush staff will move to Verdad. Read more

Meritage redux

Thursday, August 13, 2009, 11:30 AM
Thursday night (8/13) marks a new chapter in the life of Meritage, which has seen a few reconceptualizations in its five years at 20th and Lombard. A 10-day work order by owners Michele DiPietro and Irene Landy has yielded hardwood floors, new windows and tables, and high-top seating across from the... Read more

Mezza Luna's move

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 2:57 PM
Mezza Luna's move a block away, into the corner of Eighth and Christian Streets, is almost complete. Owner Pietro "Pete" D'abbraccio expects to open Thursday (8/13) for dinner; at midday Wednesday, he was waiting for the installation of a bar top. The liquor license is not yet in hand, so... Read more

The wrap on Kong

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 2:20 PM
Lots of last-minute hammering going on in Northern Liberties. Kong -- the Hong Kong-style street-food bistro from Michael O'Halloran and wife Sophia Lee (partnered with Old City's Luca Sena) -- is bracing for a Saturday (8/15) opening at 702 N. Second St., formerly Sovalo. There's a Chinese lion dance... Read more

More on Kerri-Lee Halkett's intruder

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 10:06 AM
Thursday morning on Fox29’s Good Day Philadelphia, anchor Kerri-Lee Halkett will deliver an advisory on self-defense, inspired by an incident two weeks ago in which a man tried to get into her hotel room in Bar Harbor, Maine, at 4 a.m. In a posting on her Facebook page only hours after the July... Read more

A peek at Parker's Prime

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 10:00 AM
Buoyed by the recent success of Azie on Main (which replaced the upper half of Maia in Villanova), Win Signature Restaurants is aiming for a Sept. 1 opening of Parker's Prime in Newtown Square. PP will fill the space at 4755 West Chester Pike left by Roux 3. The early look shows tile intermingled... Read more

"Dinner: Impossible" starts on a roll

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 9:45 AM
Philly-area locales will play heavily into this season's work on the Food Network show Dinner: Impossible. Wednesday's season premiere (10 p.m.) was shot in May in Wildwood at the Colossal Coastal Roller Derby Convention, hosted by the South Jersey Derby Girls. Chef Robert Irvine prepared a meal... Read more

Koo Zee Doo coming to Northern Liberties

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 5:30 AM
The very well-traveled husband-wife team of David Gilberg and Carla Goncalves (Matyson, Loie, Coquette, Ugly American) is taking over the Northern Liberties storefront at 614 N. Second St., which previously housed Copper Bistro and Aden. Their BYOB will be called KOO ZEE DOO, the phonetic pronunciation... Read more

Q102's Diego gets into the bar biz

Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 10:38 PM
Diego Ramos, released from Q102 in January after 19 years, is getting into the bar business next week with Diego's, at 2670 Bridge St. in Bridesburg, near the Bridge Street exit off I-95. The place is currently Scruffy's. He starts Monday but plans to spruce up the facade and do a grand opening in... Read more

Skate with Seth Green

Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 7:15 PM
This is how Seth Green and Matthew Senreich roll: If the creators of the loopy Adult Swim animated sketch comedy Robot Chicken seem a bit groggy this week, it's because they've been riding on a tour bus to plug the DVD release of Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II. At each stop, they strap on... Read more
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