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Archive: January, 2009

Phillie Phanatic wuz robbed!

Friday, January 30, 2009, 5:56 PM
Keep reminding yourself that the Phillies and not the Mets are sporting World Series rings. But Mr. Met nudged out the Phillie Phanatic for the top of’s annual list of sports mascots, released the other day. Voting was close, says Chris Anderson of the Marketing Arm, which polled... Read more

Slate's opening is delayed

Friday, January 30, 2009, 10:42 AM
Slate, the gastropub that I wrote about in yesterday's Table Talk, will open Wednesday -- not tonight (1/30). Owner Laurentiu Muras says he had some family issues. Read more

Gerard Butler, through the lens

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 1:21 PM
A news organization's main mission should be to serve the needs of its readers. And if the readers' needs include photos of Scottish-born actor Gerard Butler ... Inquirer photographer April Saul took these shots at a Jan. 23 City Hall ceremony at which Mayor Nutter gave Liberty Bells to "Law... Read more

Another "Last Airbender" casting call

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 3:44 PM
The Last Airbender, the new M. Night Shyamalan movie, has quite a list of requirements as it searches for extras: CRAFTSMEN, ARTISTS, DANCERS, PUPPETIERS, GYMNASTS, ATHLETES, SOLDIERS & GRANDPARENTS Basket weaving, Candle making, Painting, Ceramics, Needle Point, Whittling, Silk Screening, Jewelry... Read more

Almost dueling restaurant openings

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 2:35 PM
After months and months of designs and hammering and concrete pouring and general overall futzing, two significant Philly restaurants are preparing to open a day apart. Oh, and they're next door to each other, too. The eateries in question are Union Trust at 717 Chestnut St. and Chifa at 707 Chestnut... Read more

Exposed: The guy who snuck into the Phillies' clubhouse

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 2:06 PM
Mike "Lionel" Rodia's great talent is getting into places where he shouldn't be -- such as in the Phillies' clubhouse after they won the Series, where he kissed Jamie Moyer on the cheek, head-butted Matt Stairs and poured a bottle of champagne over the head of Ryan Howard. On today... Read more

And you thought rowhouse people were tough

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 10:10 AM
I always thought we rowhouse dwellers had an element of toughness: Philadelphia RowHome magazine, which targets South Philly, has postponed tonight's ribbon-cutting of its production facility because of a couple inches of snow and a little freezing rain. In fairness, the facility is in New Jersey... Read more

Mims ordered out of Mims

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 3:18 PM
John Mims has been run out of town, you might say. The chef-restaurateur, who earlier this month put the "Mims Food + Drink" name on the old Freehouse at 110 N. Wayne Ave. in Wayne, was booted from the operation by a judge. He's also been barred from working in much of the Main Line until... Read more

Artie Lange and Jim Norton on one stage

Monday, January 26, 2009, 12:34 PM
For the first time ever, morning show rivals Artie Lange (of Howard Stern fame) and Jim Norton (of Opie and Anthony) will take the stage together at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby. The show, expected to be announced on the air Tuesday, will be Feb. 21. Live Nation will put tickets on sale Friday... Read more

SnugBar coming to the Parkway

Monday, January 26, 2009, 10:05 AM
An orange sign has popped up on the spot in the Windsor (17th and the Parkway) that formerly housed Peacock on the Parkway, followed for about five minutes by Kujaku. Its name will be SnugBar, which sounds Irish. Fittingly, talk is that a former owner of Tir na Nog, the bar a block away in the Phoenix... Read more
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