PhillyWood: Spotted Adam Sandler, M. Night Shyamalan, Kate Winslet

It was a beautiful week to play hooky and steal a few hours at the beach. On Monday I announced I was back open for business, and it went very well. I immediately was hired to shoot two events last week, with three events coming up this week and an event next week. Several people are interesting in advertising and promotion of products. I’m excited to be back. Guess who else is back to work…

You might have heard Adam Sandler is set to star in Hustle, a basketball-themed Netflix movie involving the NBA that hails from producer LeBron James. The film began pre production last week and would be the first major production scheduled to shoot in Philadelphia since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Directing the Taylor Materne and Will Fetters film is local Jeremiah Zagar. James and Maverick Carter are set to produce under their Springhill Entertainment banner along with Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Zack Roth of Roth/Kirschenbaum Films, as well as Sandler and his Happy Madison banner. Jamal Henderson and Spencer Beighley of Springhill will serve as executive producers. (Source) Well Adam Sandler was spotted dining outside with a few folks at Chefs Jeff Michaud and Michael Schulson Osteria on Thursday night.

No doubt another spot he’ll go to is Schulson’s Elbow Lane, a popular sports and celebrity hang out which opens this week for private events. Ben Simpson and Kendall Jenner spent many a night bowling with friends here. Take me back to those days.

Actress Kate Winslet (a pic I shot in NYC) is expected to return to our area this week to finish filming her HBO series, “Mare of Easttown,” which was closed down due to the pandemic in the Spring. Filming will continue in the Aston, area which is where I took the photo on the right. The story is about a small-town Pennsylvania detective (Kate Winslet) who investigates a local murder, while her life is in shambles. It also stars Julianne Nicholson , Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, and David Denman. If you see them, send me a note. HughE@phillychitchat.com If you want credit I’d be happy to give it to you with a link to your SM or business. Thanks. Everything I’ve written about Kate & the movie here.

Earlier this month Apple TV’s series Servant the American psychological horror web television series created and written by Tony Basgallop, who also executive produced alongside M. Night Shyamalan and was filmed in Philly last year and earlier this year, started production again on the second season. After a successful first run, the show, which follows Dorothy and Sean Turner, a Philadelphia couple was picked up for a 2nd, but now Night’s hinted at a 3rd and 4th season on his SM. Stopped after filming 6 episodes because of COVID19 back in March, the cast and crew flew into Philly to continue the shoot earlier this month.

After 14 days of quarantining, filming resumed at a DELCO studio which Shyamalan built in an office complex, especially for the series with a complete replica of the 2100 block of Spruce Street in Philadelphia, where the Turner’s live. For season two Shyamalan only directs one episode and is the only male director and one of the only directors with TV experience. Both producers wanted to change up the direction and give the series a new voice, so they enlisted first-time TV directors, filmmakers Julia Ducournau (Raw) and Isabella Eklöf (Holiday), in season two as well. (THR)

Confident that Servant is in good hands, freed M. Night Shyamalan to begin work on his new project, a movie titled OLD. (Can we talk, to borrow that line from dear Joan Rivers, how crazy Night released the title to the movie, it’s very unusual for him as he normally has “working titles” when filming his projects, for example Servant’s alias was “CRUMPET” during production.) Seems Night has flown out of the country to begin post production on the new mysterious film, but I love the hour glass with people as the sand. The release date is less than a year away. Can’t wait. Thanks to Sharon Pinkenson and her team at GPFO for their continued work on bringing these productions to our area. Hope you all have an awesome day. See you on Social Media, and back here Tuesday.


Lancaster, a Surprising Gem of a City You’re Going to Love

Every Labor Day Weekend, Mike and I like to take a trip somewhere in Pennsylvania. Over the years we’ve gone to the Italian Festival in Scranton, Bethlehem, the Allentown Fair, Pittsburgh etc. Every couple months as most of you know we take a country drive out to Lancaster County, usually on Sunday. This year we decided to vacation in Lancaster. Originally I had planned for us to stay on a farm, but after a summer of staying in B&B’s in Cape May, Mike really wanted to stay in a hotel. We heard about Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square (tall building on right in the above photo), checked it out online and booked a room for two nights, planning to stay on the Amish Farm Sunday to Monday. I had no idea that Lancaster had a vibrant, walkable, quaint city. I always thought it was rolling countryside with Amish farms and outlets.

From their website: In the heart of historic downtown Lancaster, the integrated Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and Lancaster County Convention Center offers approachable grandeur and all the amenities discerning visitors expect. An exquisite combination of old and new architectural elements includes a 19th-Century Beaux Arts façade and breathtaking lobby with a city-block view down a magnificent interior street. All 299 luxurious guestrooms offer fantastic views (sunset views are best from the west side, which is where we faced.), 37-inch LCD flat screen TVs, granite countertops, and deluxe pillow-top bedding (Lots of Covid19 safety precautions were in place. I like the blue light cleaning procedure; Only one family to an elevator. Everyone wore a mask. Favorite part their beds are really comfortable. The bathrooms are big and have a rain shower head. The room was beautiful, and had a chair for me to sit up late and read a book.).

The hotel has two restaurants: The Plough and The Exchange. Both are delicious and run well, especially utilizes Covid19 safety protocols. You will feel safe there.

The Exchange

Brand new rooftop bar offering panoramic views of Downtown Lancaster and the inventive small plates and drinks to sip, savor and socialize. The Exchange (my photos are OK but definitely check out their website for the 360 view) is available for 21 years or older and space is first come first served (no reservations). Dress code: Smart Casual Phone: +1 717-207-4096

Both restaurants are headed by Executive Chef Ryan McQuillan who uses ingredients grown locally, relying on what their partner farms are producing to dictate what appears on the plate. Everything was so delcious especially my favorite dishes Deviled Eggs, Chicken Nugs, Burrata, Spicy Crab Bucatini, steak and well basically everything. Thanks to Nicole the GM as well. Super nice, and patient when answering so many questions I had. The Exchange is worth the 90 minute trip from Philly alone for a night out with friends, but you should just stay over and make a night of it.

After checking in I wandered around the Marriott to check out the nooks and crannies. It’s huge, with a large lobby where you can socially distant sit, chitchat with friends, read a book or people watch. When I was checking in I saw this long hallway and was wondering what is down there. It’s the Lancaster County Convention Center Josh Nowak, Director of Sales & Marketing  Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and Lancaster County Convention Center gave us a tour of the buildings, and how historical buildings were incorporated into the buildings. If you go you can walk this hallway and see how they incorporated two historic buildings into the construction of the convention center. One of the historic houses was owned by Thaddeus Stevens, where he lived with his long-time housekeeper Lydia Hamilton Smith, a prominent African-American businesswoman after his death. His house was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The photo on the left describes the basement which saved many lives of African Americans escaping to the North. In fact as I walked around the City there were many markers for the Underground Railroad as well as buildings were African Americans lived in the 1800s, a history of their lives and their businesses.

Visiting Lancaster City was such a breath of fresh air. It was very quaint, and even in Covid, a lot of shops and restaurants were opened, but people were socially distancing. One of the most popular attractions is the Lancaster Central Market which is the large red building in the center.

And just a short 15 minute drive away is the countryside which is so beautiful.

As much as Mike and I wanted to do the farm stay, ok just me, we made the right choice. Going forward we’re going to stay at the Marriott Lancaster and visit the farm. We really enjoyed Lancaster City so much we didn’t see too many sights to share. Maybe next time, or we might just stay in Lancaster City as we did earlier this month. Happy travels!!


Chestnut Street is Brimming With Business

Hope you had a great weekend. I caught this amazing sunset in Cape May on Saturday. Last week I attended a few re openings on Chestnut Street, which seems to be mostly open.

H&M is on the brink of re opening at 16th and Chestnut Streets
Steve Jamison is the Owner of Blue Sole Shoes speaks to guests at the ribbon cutting.

Three ribbon cuttings on Chestnut Street happened last week Joan Shepp, Blue Sole Shoes and Boyds Philadelphia opened their doors after 6 months at a joint press conference.

Ellen and Joan Shepp

Boyd’s is excited to be reopen and they just announced they’re opening a store in Suburban Square in Ardmore as well. Read the story at the Philadelphia Biz Journal. See you out and about in Rittenhouse Square.


ChitChat: Bella Hadid & Dua Lipa Spotted; Weekend Recommendations and Boo at the Zoo

Bella Hadid was spotted at Nina’s Waffles & Ice Cream in New Hope PA to get her go to cup of homemade ice cream and was happy to pose for a few photos for her friends, here with store manager Heather Lacey. She’s no stranger to the popular spot at 31 W. Mechanic St. as Bella has been staying on her mom’s Yolanda Hadid’s lavender farm in nearby Solebury with her sister Gigi who confirmed her pregnancy with boyfriend Zayn Malik, in April. While no one has seen Gigi or out and about in town, she has posted photos of herself at the farm on her Instagram account . Bella is due this month, some fans speculate she’s had the baby already as Bella posted a cryptic message the other day saying she can’t stop crying, and Gigi responded with lots of smile emojis.
Songstress Dua Lipa was just spotted at Liv & Charlie’s Real Food in New Hope today. I wonder if she brought a baby gift to Gigi? How is Dua connected to the Hadid’s? Well, the ‘Future Nostalgia‘ star has been dating Gigi’s brother, Anwar, since 2019.

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I do love so much about the New Hope area, especially in the fall. Did you know that Zac Posen’s family has a farm nearby as well. He goes there nearly every weekend. Another hot happening in New Hope is the Bucks County Playhouse. Last year we attended their gala hosted by actress and board member Marilu Henner who brought along her friend Tony Danza who performed a song and dance for the evening. This weekend they’ve pivoted to an online variety show show which looks terrific.

“Playhouse Live!,” the 30-minute, free Virtual Variety show produced by Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA, streams again this Sunday night, September 20 at 7 p.m. with an all-new program and added musical performances.

Hosted by the Playhouse’s trio of Tony-award winning producers (Producing Director Alexander Fraser, Executive Producer Robyn Goodman and Producer Josh Fiedler), this week’s installment will be co-hosted by television, stage and film actress, Didi Conn (“Grease!”). 

Highlights of this week’s show include an interview with Conn about her experiences filming the blockbuster musical “Grease!” Tony-winning actress, Linda Lavin, will introduce you to her latest character, internet sensation Yvette Slosch.  “Frozen’s” Mason Reeves and Playhouse favorite Sky Seals (“Million Dollar Quartet”) will provide musical performances. Richard Riaz Yoder (“Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway and the Playhouse’s “Ain’t Misbehavin”) will tap to Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose.”

“Playhouse Live!” is line-produced by Jeremy Ehlinger and Michael Traupman and made possible with support from the Playhouse Annual Fund and Re-opening Campaign donors. The Playhouse is especially grateful to season support from Bank of America.  Please check the website for upcoming dates and the Virtual show at BucksCountyPlayhouse.org;  on Facebook @BCPTheater;  on YouTube @BCPTheaterinfo.

Speaking of Grease !! Enjoy a modern take the classic movie (OMG classic I remember when it came out, my parents wouldn’t let us go see it because of a word in one of the songs, anyway) at Willow Grove Park’s, “Park and Play: Dinner and a Movie,” event. Engage in a night of family friendly fun, featuring food and drinks from Cheesecake Factory, Yard House, TGI Friday’s, Kamp for Kids, Cheesesteak Champs and Royal Zarasa; Music by Curran Entertainment; and a main feature that viewers of all ages will love – Grease! The $20 per vehicle ticketed event is sure to sell out,   Saturday, September 19th – Parking lot opens at 6pm (The drive-in will be located in Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s parking lot (Easton Road side), movie begins at 8pm reserve your spot today: eventbrite.com/e/park-and-play-grease-tickets.

Congrats to local PR maven Sharla Feldscher, President
FHPR – Feldscher Horwitz Public Relations on her new book KIDFUN book (KIDFUN: 401 Easy Ideas for Play). With all this free time we adults have, we could definitely use some ideas of fun as well.
Variety-the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley would love to be considered for one the 20 spaces that you are donating. Variety works to enrich the lives of children and young adults with disabilities through social, educational, and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepare them for life.
Speaking of fun things to do:
The Philadelphia Zoo announces the return of the annual Halloween celebration Boo at the Zoo – presented by Chase. This annual fall favorite for families and kids of all ages will take over Philadelphia Zoo this coming October for three weekends in a row.

On October 16-18, October 23-25 and October 30-November 1, families are invited to enjoy Philadelphia Zoo and enjoy a socially distanced Halloween celebration that features fall plants and foliage, spooky kid-friendly decorations, a COVID-friendly Halloween parade, not-scary extinction graveyard, photo opportunities, and special treats. Come dressed in your favorite costume and get ready to enjoy a not-so-spooky safari at America’s first Zoos right here in Philadelphia.

New for this year, post your families favorite photo on Instagram and tag @philadelphiazoo and hashtag #booatthezoophilly for a chance to win great prizes – and have your photo shared on the Philadelphia Zoo Instagram. One or more photos will be shared each day during Boo at the Zoo for an online, virtual costume “parade” via Instagram Stories.

Speaking of animals, local animal rescue group, Philadoptables, has released their 8th edition of the Hunks for Hounds charity calendar. All models posed with rescued pets from the Philadelphia metro area. All proceeds from the calendar help Philadoptables support Philly area animal rescues, especially the city’s open intake animal shelter, ACCT Philly. The calendar is produced at no cost to Philadoptables because everyone from the photographer, videographer, models, graphic artists and printers donates their time and services.  This year’s photographer, Alison of Alison Dunlap Photography, donated her services and is also an animal rescue volunteer. This year’s notable models include Jaxon- radio personality on 93.3 WMMR radio, Libre- puppy mill survivor and anti-cruelty mascot, and Suzy Pupman- local injured senior dog who walked into a home with an open door in the middle of the night. The shoot location, Thistle Dew Farm in Quakertown, offered their space at no cost to Philadoptables. Calendars are available for purchase at Philadoptables.org

Philly New Food and a fun spot to sit and dine

Now that the Philadelphia Museum of Art has reopened its doors to visitors, Constellation Culinary Group will operate its signature food and beverage offerings at the Espresso Bar located in the North Vaulted Walkway. The brand this week has also launched Prepped, a new outdoor food truck offering easy bites and prepared foods, which will live on the north side of the museum. HOURS: Wednesday and Friday 11am-6pm Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-3:30pm All Hours are Weather Permitting Closed Monday and Tuesday – In accordance with safe standards the art museum is now offering small, intimate events. For more information about how to book an event or to learn more about event capabilities, visit www.philamuseum.org/entertaining or contact entertaining@philamuseum.org

Next week a new, thought provoking exhibit opens at the Barnes Foundation, Elijah Pierce’s America. See life, faith, and politics through the eyes of an expert woodcarver. Check out their website for the safety measures they’ve put into place, as well as all the information you’ll need to visit their new exhibit as well as their wonderful collection.
Check out this years Fringe Festival before it ends: The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is a 4-week long, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny of Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts.
This year’s festival will be predominantly virtual, featuring over 120 works across genres and platforms. A handful of events will take place outdoors, and follow all city and state guidelines around social distancing and public health measures.
Except for the first and last photos, all of them were provided

It was good to see the Rocky Statue get a little love last week. Normally on any given day before the pandemic there’d be a long line to see the most famous movie prop in Philly, but for the past few months barely a raised fist. Best news, everyone was wearing a mask and nearly social distancing. Hope to see you around town this weekend, if not on Social Media. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO PHILLYCHITCHAT TOP Left
Have a safe, memory making weekend. Best HughE


The Coventry Deli Closes Because of Coronavirus Pandemic

Before there was Corner Bakery, Naf Naf Grill, Nooks Bakery, Mama’s Vegetarian, Wawa, or any number of eateries on Market above Broad Street there was The Coventry Deli. Located at 2000 Market Street. David Rovner said the pandemic killed his business. I was lunching there today with my friend Michael, and we were reminiscing about all the times we had eaten there especially while working at our first jobs in Philly,

David Rovner says they are closing on Friday after 26 years in business. I asked him what happened and he said they just couldn’t make it work because everyone is working from home these days. When a customer heard Dave and I talk about the closing she ask was it true, would it be forever. Dave said it might be, but he doesn’t want to rule out anything in the future; right now he plans to be back in 2021. Hopefully in January but it depends on on the virus and restrictions; would people come back to the office or would they work from home permanently? Let’s cross our fingers that this will happen. Here’s what is special about the iconic deli.

The Coventry Deli has been the premiere Mom & Pop Deli in the city for 26 years! Open Monday thru Friday from 6 am – 3 pm, The Coventry Deli is a center city staple for breakfast or lunch, as well as take out and catering. Their slogan of “If we don’t have it, you shouldn’t eat it.”
All of their food is made from scratch onsite, using the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Every order is made to order, and is made fresh before your eyes. The lines were long, but the wait was worth it.

Everyone went to The Coventry Deli from executives, to secretaries to people who worked in the file room like I did at my first job. I have so many memories going there, I always got the tuna salad with tomato’s or the BLT, which I had today.

Besides a great place to dine, The Conventry Deli catered many of the business meetings and lunches for the tenants in nearby buildings. No doubt the missing office workers hurt his business. Have you had their pickles?

If you’re downtown in the next two days, stop by The Conventry Deli and thank Dave for all the years of delicious breakfasts and lunches. Cross your fingers that next year people will return, and maybe he will too.


Things to Discuss: The New Normal Thanksgiving Day Parade, Celebs Dining Out, How to Watch the Local Emmys

It’s Wednesday. I still get confused even though now I am back to work. Over the past few weeks business opportunities have come to me and I’ve been trying to get back in the mode of working. It’s much harder than I thought as I’ve grown accustomed to having very little responsibility. Let’s discuss:

The 6ABC Dunkin Thanksgiving Day Parade has made its way down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and into the hearts of the community for 100 memorable years. Hundreds of thousands of spectators traditionally line the streets of downtown Philadelphia to watch as the Parade marches by. Last year I was fortunate enough to get a behind the scenes and see how the parade was put together as my friend AJ Matia was the strategy producer for the 100th 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade.

2020 continues to be a special kinda year:

InBox: Thanksgiving Day Shoebox Parade

This year, to ensure the health and safety of the community, the 6ABC Dunkin Thanksgiving Celebration will replace parade.However, make no mistake, the 101st installment of everyone’s favorite holiday tradition will be the most innovative show yet!

As part of the 2020 Thanksgiving celebration, 6ABC will host its first community Celebration Shoebox Float Parade. The Celebration Shoebox Float Parade is a wonderful way for everyone to get involved and celebrate the holiday together.
Use your imagination and get creative – submit your photo and don’t miss a minute of the broadcast as you just may see your float pass by!! We are so excited to see what our Scouting Family creates, and even more excited to come together in spirit to celebrate Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season.

Step 1 — Pick a theme: This is your chance to create whatever you can dream! Be as innovative and collaborative as possible and use your imagination.
Step 2 – Gather your materials Start with a shoebox or any similar shaped box as your base. Add clay, paint, markers, crayons, craft supplies, feathers, sequins, flowers, seeds, toys, photos pretty much anything to bring your vision to life.
Step 3 – Watch the 6ABC Dunkin Thanksgiving Celebration. Gather your family, friends and neighbors and grab your front row seat in the comfort of your own home and watch the Celebration and Philadelphia’s FIRST shoebox parade!
Visit COLBSA.org/parade for full instructions.

Pennsylvania has a massive shortage of poll workers that are needed for safe, in-person voting on Election Day. If we don’t recruit more poll workers, voters could face long lines at the polls and voter suppression.
The Voter Project is partnering with the national organization, Power the Polls, to recruit poll workers right here in Pennsylvania.
We need your help! This election matters and your participation will help people vote.

Saturday Night is Alright, now you can enjoy the local Emmy Award ceremony.

On Saturday, September 19, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ (NATAS) Mid-Atlantic Chapter will host the 38th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® Awards. This year’s ceremony will be entirely virtual and streamed on the chapter’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® Awards celebrates the professional accomplishments of the visual media community in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. This year, the Chapter received 743 entries in 78 Emmy® categories, of which 348 entries received nominations.

During the ceremony, NATAS Mid-Atlantic will induct seven individuals to the Silver Circle Society, a prestigious honor that recognizes individuals who have outstanding service in broadcasting for a minimum of 25 years, with the majority of it being spent in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Those who will be inducted at the 2020 Emmy® awards are Carl Abraham of WNEP; Charlene Horne of CBS3; Ralph Iannotti of KDKA; Brad Nau of CBS3; Dave Rupp of WGAL; Vai Sikahema of NBC10; and Renee Wallace of WPXI.

Crystal Pillar Award winners will also be announced, recognizing the talented video production work of higher education students.

Tuesday night I headed back to Steak 48 for opening night. The steak was as good as I thought, and I stand by what I said yesterday. It’s the best steak in the City. It was a busy night with notable Philly out enjoying Philly’s latest steakhouse.

Spotted dining near me was Herb Lusk, former American football running back who played for three seasons in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and Seth Joyner, is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos. Joyner is currently a football analyst on FS1 and on Eagles Pregame and Postgame Live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.


Steak 48 Opens Today, and it’s Delicious

Steak 48, an award-winning, upscale steakhouse concept brought by James Beard Award Nominated restaurateurs & brothers Jeffrey and Michael Mastro – officially opening for indoor dining TODAY, September 15th

Designed by Judith Testani of Testani Design Troupe, the warm, contemporary steakhouse will feature an upscale and energetic environment with a comfortable, yet sleek, sexy and stylish atmosphere. The 12,000-square-foot, ground floor restaurant will house a collection of intimate dining rooms and cozy corridors, including a spacious mezzanine with an impressive view of Broad street. Additional highlights include a vibrant bar, a floor-to ceiling glass expo kitchen, intimate dining kitchen suites and multiple private dining rooms featuring eye-catching architectural detail. At its full capacity, Steak 48 offers seating for up to 450 people.

To ensure Covid19 Safety Standards, they have reformatting the restaurant design and using stunning floral arrangements to ensure parties maintain at least 6’ distance apart from other parties, including while seated and while waiting for their table
Saturday night Dr. Thanuja Hamilton, Nicholas Perugino , Mike Toub and I were invited to dinner on Saturday night. What a treat. Everything was delicious.

Steak 48’s extensive wine program features a large collection of expertly-chosen varietals from around the world, including more than 48 wines by-the-glass and 650 wines by-the-bottle, spanning a wide range of options all best in class. Exclusive to Philadelphia, Steak 48 has partnered with Blanton’s Bourbon to select a signature single barrel of whiskey – curating the spirit’s flavor profile and aging sequence to pair with select Steak 48 menu items. A full menu of vibrant craft cocktails rounds out the beverage program boasting a broad selection of spirits hand-picked to perfectly pair with any meal.

At the helm of the kitchen is Philadelphia-native Executive Chef Robert Watson (previously of Dominick’s Steakhouse and Steak 44), with support from Chief Executive Chef Marc Lupino, who leads Steak 48’s culinary program and has been part of the team since the early 2000s. Together, the dynamic chef duo presents a bespoke menu of Steak 48’s signature USDA prime steaks, ultra-premium wagyu beef and locally-sourced seafood. Complete what’s sure to be a great meal with shareable appetizers and side dishes, creative salads and desserts guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds.

Steak 48 is located along the Avenue of the Arts at 260 S Broad St (corner of Broad and Spruce Streets), ideally positioned adjacent to the world-renowned Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and on the ground level of The Post Brothers’ new luxury apartment building, The Atlantic.
Head over to CBS3Philly for more photos, and at the end of the week at PhillyStyle Magazine.

Definitely the top 3 best steakhouse in Philly. It’s beautiful. The service was impeccable. Serious about social distancing. The bathrooms are individual. Seats 400, but during Covid no more than 100 per dining experience. Very impressive layout. Steak 48 is vibrant and a desirable place to be. If you’re afraid of heights, Steak 48 is going to be the next hot social scene in 2021 to be see and be seen, while enjoying the best steak served in Philly. Sorry Hugo’s Frog, if you’re a long time reader you know that was my king of steak for years.


InBox: ROSALIE Opens In Wayne Featuring Authentic Italian Comfort Food

Fearless Restaurants’ Rosalie opened on September 10, 2020, at the Wayne Hotel, 139 Lancaster Ave., offering Italian Soul Food. It is a labor of love deeply rooted in the formation of the restaurant for owner Marty Grims and Executive Chef Merick Devine that you can taste in the food!

Rosalie is currently opened for dinner only and opens for lunch on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Devine said, “Our goal is to cook real, Italian, comfort food. Food that has a soul, that just makes you feel good to eat. I am perpetually fascinated by the hyper rationality of Italian Cuisine and we plan to celebrate that. From Sicilia to Friuli, we are going to hit it all.”

The bar features a custom mural emulating the look of an old Italian street scene and trattoria styled booths in the bar dining area.

Rosalie is named for owner Marty Grims’ mother, a second-generation Italian immigrant. “The story of “Rosalie” is first and foremost about family. It is about generations of many families that have come together to bring Rosalie to life. It is about the families that will dine with us, that we will nurture, and treat as if they are our own. The notion of family is reflected in everything we do. The origins of the name and food, the way we treat our guests, it is ALL about family,” explained Grims.

Pizza Per La Tavola Fontal, Tallegio, Fig, Speck

Rosalie features 60 seats in Sala Grande, the main dining room, 60 seats on the Portico, the porch, and for private events, there are 32 seats in the Salotto, 30 seats in the Sala Piccola, 100 in the Atrio, the Lobby Lounge for cocktails or 150 in the Sala Grande. Rosalie is also available for buyouts and can seat 200 reception style.

“Rosalie will offer an international wine list of 120 bottles with a focus on Italian wine, the beer list will be a combination of local craft and international favorites and there will be Italian inspired versions of classic cocktails,” according to Fearless Director of Beverage Len Boris.
**I had a chance to eat at Rosalie last week with a few dozen friends in the media, and it was delicious. The food was fabulous, but the decor and ambiance of the newest mainline eatery was outstanding. I predict Rosalie will be the hot spot of 2021, but the expansive patio will be a big hit even sooner during this temporary new normal. As I told a reader on FB: It’s very nice. Peaceful. Beautiful decor, and it’s from the Fearless Restaurant group so we know it’s delicious. **
Make a reservation on Open Table for your next dinner.


Rittenhouse Row Reopens

Hello it’s Thursday and gloomy, but the news I’m writing about showcases a bright future for Center City. I’m happy to report that Rittenhouse Row is ready for for your return. So many stores are open now, restaurants are open, the oppressive summer heatwave has subsided and the streets and park are clean and inviting. Some of our favorite stores have closed, a few closed because of the riot, but the majority were affected by the pandemic. Some did close before the pandemic like Intermix, I know a lot of people are sad about that store. A few new stores opened after the pandemic. I will do a comprehensive post next week after the ribbon cutting for the reopening of Boyd’s and Joan Shepp.

After weeks of cleaning Mac Cosmetic store at 18th and Chestnut Streets will be re opening tomorrow. M-S 11-7; Sunday 12-6 (It’s not reflected on their website or Instagram, but the managers have reached out to me to give me the good news) . Nearby Sephora re opened last month at 1714 Chestnut St. Unfortunately superstore Ulta Beauty has closed for good on Walnut Street, but they have a nice store in the Fashion District on Market Street.

More good news, Butcher & Singer has opened at 15th and Walnut Streets. Now what’s going with Alma de Cuba down the street as it’s still closed?
Welcome back Swarovski, 1421 Walnut St, and Pandora at 1613 Walnut St. Tiffany’s Jewellery is opened across the street, and will be moving into their new space in late fall in the space which was Zara’s at 1715 Walnut.
LAGOS Jewelry on 1735 Walnut St is has re opened and Janice Waitkus and associates are excited to welcome you back.

Tumi looks to be opening soon as they have re stocked their store.

Nearby H&M on Walnut St. is still closed but they’ve finally painted their boards black after lots of my online complaining. Rumor has it that either this H&M or the one at 16th & Chestnut might close as they feel they’re competing with each other. Plus they’ve just opened a beautiful new store in the Fashion District.
Two weeks ago I reported the Wells Fargo bank on Walnut closed for good. Sadly the buildings at 1706 – 1712 Walnut St have been condemned as unsafe by L&I after the fire set on May 30. The wall and roof of the buildings have collapsed and their are notices on the building. It’ll be interesting to see what will happen with these four buildings.

Opened and waiting for you. Blue Sole Shoes

Kids Foot Locker has opened at 1510 Chestnut Street, but across the street Foot Locker has closed for good the store clerks have told me.
Stuart Weitzman 1711 Walnut St has closed, and as I reported weeks ago Allbirds is now open.

Center City is getting back to business, and is looking forward to seeing you. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news these past few months, but I want you to know that things really are looking good and opening up. I feel that it’s safe to come into the City, but of course always be aware of your surroundings. Be extra careful after dark, a lot of stores seem to close by 8pm and foot traffic is lighter at that time. The restaurant areas are packed, and when possible park as close to them, take an Uber or a cab, again it’s just because a lot of folks are still working remotely so there’s not a lot of foot traffic after dark. Wear your mask, if you can eat out, try and tip at least 25%. When a server comes to your table if you remember wear your mask, protect both of you. Be considerate, and kind. We’re all stressed out in this unprecedented time. See you social. Twitter and Instagram. Stay in touch with what’s going on on Rittenhouse Row here.


This & That: Bradley Cooper & Ben Simmons at the Jersey Shore; Adam Sandler; Sarah Megan Thomas, Movies in Philly

It was a lovely, strange summer, which actually might be endless for sometime for some of us. Our weekend in Lancaster was fantastic and I’ll write more about it on later this week.

Bradley Cooper was spotted several times this past summer at the Jersey Shore in Ocean City, and again in Longport and Margate this past weekend. Friday night he was at Catch in Longport, and Saturday at Steve & Cookies in Margate. Friends tell me his mother has a summer place in Brigantine and he is often spotted there as well. For most of the summer Cooper was renting a home in Fairfield Connecticut where he and his pal, another perpetual bachelor Leonardo Dicaprio were spotted sailing one afternoon. TODAY Cooper was spotted handing off his daughter to his baby mama and ex girlfriend Irina Shayk. Ben Simmons was spotted at the Longport beach, without on again, off again girlfriend Kendall Jenner. Seems she’s moved on SOURCE.

Congratulations to food journalist Alexandra Jones on the publication of her first book ” Stuff Every Cheese Lover Should Know.”

Congrats Alexandria Hoff and her husband Nathan Calvert who are expecting their first child in December.
Congrats to Vinnie G Radio who starts working as the host of the red eye shift at Midnight on PopRadio77. Travel back in time, relive memories. Tune to PopRadio 77 for the most “pop”ular music from decades past. Work hard, and be flexible and your dreams will come true. Happy for you buddy!!
Heery-Loftus Casting is looking for a few good people for the Adam Sandler/LeBron James Netflik’s flik filming in our area next week. Head on over to their FB page for specifics on what they’re looking for as well as the COVID19 precautions they’ve put in place to keep everyone safe.

Congratulations to Dr. Thanuja Hamilton, MD who was chosen by her peers as a top doc in South Jersey. I’m not surprised, Thanuja is not only a top doc, but an awesome friend to many.

Award-winning actress, producer, and writer Sarah Megan Thomas is about to debut her new film October 3, “A Call To Spy.” It’ll be the third film shot partially in Philly by the Havertown native. Her other films were Backwards (I was an extra) and Equity (I spent a day on the set).
SYNOPSIS: In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill orders his new spy agency – “SOE” – to recruit and train women as spies. Their daunting mission: conduct sabotage and build a resistance. SOE’s “Spymistress,” Vera Atkins (Stana Katic) recruits two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas), an ambitious American with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (played by Radhika Apte), a Muslim pacifist. Together, these women help to undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legac in their wake. Inspired by true stories, this original screenplay draws on SOE, OSS (pre-cursor to CIA), and CIA files, as well as interviews with living relatives.

Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner took a break from filming their new movie “Equity,” which is about women on Wall Street, to stop by the Best of Philly party 2015.

Producing a WWII drama on a low-budget was daunting, and it took me four years, states Sarah Megan Thomas. We shot “London,” “Scotland,” and parts of “France” in the greater Philadelphia area — where I grew up and where I have shot all my films (fun trivia: for the “stately home” where these spies historically trained, we shot inside the home of the family that inspired “The Philadelphia Story” – Ardrossan). For the richness and texture of 1940’s France, we shot for a shorter time in Budapest. To read more about the upcoming film head to the IndieWire story.

Thanks for stopping by today, see you on Social. My best HughE