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    what a nice surprise!
    (the restaurant thing, not the mail order bride thing.)

    Shakeup in Chestnut Hill

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    POSTED: Monday, February 11, 2013, 11:47 PM

    A big deal in Chestnut Hill, and a shocker on the side:

    Al Paris, Benjamin Bynum and Robert Bynum have signed a deal to install Paris Bistro, a '30s-style French bistro with a bar upstairs and a jazz cafe downstairs, in the former spot occupied by the Melting Pot in the Chestnut Hill Hotel on Germantown Avenue.

    Paris - who will be chef, as he is at Heirloom, a BYO up the street at the Top of the Hill - said he expected it to open in the late spring. (Last fall, I told you about an Italian-leaning bistro called Bardea that would take over that space; that deal fell through, said the owner, Scott Stein, who said he was looking elsewhere in Chestnut Hill for a spot.)

    Now for the shocker: Jonathan's Best, a gourmet shop that's been at the side of the hotel since the 1980s, is closing at the end of March. The Bynums are installing Green Soul - their health-food cafe now in Ogontz - in that spot; Paris said they were unsure what they would do with the original location.

    Jonathan's owner, David Schieber, said he was not at all unhappy to be leaving Chestnut Hill, as he has a location at Reading Terninal Market to fall back on.

    This is a man with a new sense of purpose. Several years ago, after the death of his wife, Janet, he said he was ready to die. He climbed the steps of the Art Museum in a rainstorm and called to the heavens to ask God and Janet to take him. If not, he said, he would live a good life.

    "They didn't take me," he said.

    He told me that he met a woman in the Philippines through Skype. After long chats, he flew her to Philly and they married six months ago. He's 67, and added with considerable pride, she is 29.

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    I'm very excited for this. I hope it is executed well.

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    The Green Soul place sounds really good... Paris Bistro, I'll wait to see what the menu/prices are looking like before I get excited.

    Quote Originally Posted by jen View Post
    He told me that he met a woman in the Philippines through Skype. After long chats, he flew her to Philly and they married six months ago. He's 67, and added with considerable pride, she is 29.
    but this? lol whut?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsun187 View Post

    but this? lol whut?
    It means that he'll disappear and never be found once she convinces him to bring her brother into the states.

    In other news, they plan to expand their restaurant empire into france, with a restaurant called 'Jersey Diner'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jen View Post
    what a nice surprise!
    (the restaurant thing, not the mail order bride thing.)

    [url=http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/the-insider/Shakeup-in-Chestnut-Hill.html]Shakeup in Chestnut Hill[/url

    He told me that he met a woman in the Philippines through Skype. After long chats, he flew her to Philly and they married six months ago. He's 67, and added with considerable pride, she is 29.
    No wonder I can't find a new husband. They want twenty-something chippies from the Phillipines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMama View Post
    No wonder I can't find a new husband. They want twenty-something chippies from the Phillipines.
    It would explain why the 3 waitresses I dated from Heirloom were, err, twenty somthing chippies.

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    Default Green Soul yum!

    I'm so glad Green Soul moving up the Ave, and not closing the restaurant for good.
    The sweet potato salad was lip-smacking good! Healthy and delicious renditions of soul food classics!

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    This woman will be really upset when she finds out there's a drug called viagra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMama View Post
    No wonder I can't find a new husband. They want twenty-something chippies from the Phillipines.
    Something tells me you're better off without that guy. How does he not know he is just a sponsor? I guess self delusion is how we all get through the day. He would have been better off if god and his deceased wife had taken him off those wet art museum steps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geno View Post
    Something tells me you're better off without that guy. How does he not know he is just a sponsor? I guess self delusion is how we all get through the day. He would have been better off if god and his deceased wife had taken him off those wet art museum steps.
    I totally agree with you. There's one born every minute.
    On the other hand, it's really sad is that some of these women come here and have no idea they'll be little more than servants.

 

 

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