A.D. Amorosi

The Borgata Turns 15. What's next for AC's signature casino?

During the first week of July in 2003, I visited the press and VIP-related pre-opening for the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. At the time, Atlantic City's first casino debut in a minute, plopped down in its then-bourgeoning Marina District, was built upon the ideal of a premier Las-Vegas style...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 3:30pm

The Roots Picnic success, Kate Gosselin's engagement ring

Philly's hometown heroes The Roots owned the weekend. Along with Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter doing his GrassROOTS “Roots Rock Run 5k” at Lingelbach Elementary school on Saturday morning and Questlove spinning Lee Jones' Sundae party at City Tap House, there was The Roots Picnic at Festival Pier....

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:17pm

TLC cancels the Duggars Philadelphia appearance

Television host/producer Marc Summers has plenty to be thankful for. Diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia in 2010, Summers did two years of chemo, is in remission and "feels like a million bucks." That's good because he's crazy busy executive producing “Restaurant Impossible” for the Food Network,...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 12:17pm

Boldface May 19: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

Sad news from Philly's nightclub scene: Club owner and manager Clark Maloney passed away Friday due to complications from a kidney transplant. Maloney ran 1925 Lounge on 17th Street (once known as G-Lounge) and Coda (formerlyWhisper), and had long-closed clubs Xero, Shampoo and Rock Lobster. "I'm...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 9:16pm

Boldface May 14: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

Last weekend was a bloodbath where potential Philly restaurant closings and property sales were concerned. Though it’s doubtful whether Stephen Starr’s Buddakan will have to vacate, its property at 325 Chestnut is listed for sale via Kaiserman Co. Downey’s Irish bar at526 S. Front St., however, is...

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 11:52pm

Boldface May 5: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

Now that plans for Comcast’s $45-billion merger with Time Warner Cable have been scrapped, what's next? Insider dirt has Philly's cable giant starting an short-form video service to compete with YouTube and a subscription fee-based multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) by September....

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 12:12pm

Boldface April 29: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

The mustached part of Hall & Oates, one-time Philly native John Oates, revealed two things over the weekend: First is that he signed a book deal with St. Martin’s Press for a detailed memoir. The other, which he told www.vanyaland.com is how much he hates the name "Hall & Oates."Fishtown's...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:23pm

Boldface April 21: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

One-time Devil’s Alley manager Chris Younge and entrepreneur Jason Dills will start to roar this July at their new spot, the Little Lion, which opens at the long-vacant corner space that once housed Haru (241 Chestnut). While no executive chef or bar manager has been hired, owners are saying that...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:44am

Boldface April 14: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

Expect Thursday’s press conference with Mayor Nutter, Live Nation executives, and developer Michael Samschick and his LA-based partners to be about the opening of the cornerstone of the Canal Street North project: The 3,000-seat Fillmore Theater. In the works since 2012, the Filmore, located at the...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:47pm

Boldface April 7: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

Jason Evenchik just opened Heritage in Northern Liberties, and is currently tweaking its menu and live jazz schedule. But he’s still found time for his other spots. Evenchik bought out his partners in Growlers in Bella Vista and it putting together a new menu of "chef-driven, neighborhood pub fare...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 9:14pm

Boldface March 31: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

South Street’s 84th Easter Promenade gets “some extra razzle-dazzle” on April 5, says host Henri David. This year, the event is produced by Philly Gay Pride boss Fran Price. Come for the Philadelphia Freedom LGBT band, which played President Obama’s inauguration, and costume contests, including...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 2:16am

Boldface March 24: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis is having a great month despite being an offensive tweet from a (now-dismissed) Bloomsburg University baseball player. Davis released a book, "Remember My Name," and signed copies at Rittenhouse Square's Barnes & Noble on Saturday. The Disney Channel...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9:07pm

Boldface March 17: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

It was sad to watch the partial demolition of Chestnut Street's Boyd Theater on Saturday, considering the Friends of the Boyd's decade-plus fight to preserve the Art Deco movie palace.But there was happier construction news too. The Kimmel Center held a party, with fireworks, in Hamilton Garden...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 9:41pm

Boldface March 10: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

After going dark in November 2014, Chestnut Street's Prince Music Theater was just purchased by the Film Society of Philadelphia, with financial help from the Wyncote Foundation.J. Andrew Greenblatt's Film Society will split screening duties between the Prince and thePFSTheater at the Roxy. "We'll...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 8:31pm

Boldface March 3: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

Everybody loves "How to Get Away with Murder.” The ABC series, set in Philly but filmed in LA, aired Season 1’s cliffhanger finale last week. Afterward, star Viola Davis tweeted "Onto SEASON 2 BABY!!" We know they shot the pilot here in March 2014 using City Hall and Ursinus College exteriors, but...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 9:46pm

Boldface February 25: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

Sometimes gossip is as much about what isn’t happening as what is. After signing its deal last fall to open on 15th and Sansom, Tin Roof — a Nashville-based chain of country music saloons — has stopped operations on its Philly outpost. Apparently, neighborhood businesses believe the block already...

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:13am

Boldface February 17: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

Local comedian Shannon DeVido is having a good month. First, the wheelchair-bound comic (she has spinal muscular atrophy) appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” This weekend, she filmed her role in “Difficult People,” an upcoming Hulu series produced by Amy Poehler and...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:53pm

Boldface February 10: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

Last summer, Center City’s club scene looked bleak. G Lounge on South 17th and Whisper on Walnut Street both closed in order to re-conceptualize. G Lounge’s Mark Marek reopened that space quietly around Thanksgiving as the burlesque-lite 1925 Cocktail Lounge (with Clark Maloney, Whisper’s one-time...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:33pm

Boldface February 4: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

WIP SportsRadio fanatics feeling adrift since host Anthony Gargano left the station in December can relax. It was announced during Friday’s 23rd annual Wing Bowl that Philly radio veteran Tony Bruno and WIP’s Josh Innes snagged the slot.Brauhaus Schmitz’ Jeremy and Jessica Nolen are finally ready...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 6:30pm

Boldface January 27: A.D. Amorosi rounds up the local gossip

Celebrity sightingsAl Pacino, guest star of the Academy of Music’s anniversary concert and ball, seemed to have as much fun onstage as he did at its white tie and tails post-party at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. He even recited some Shakespeare before conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 7:00pm