Dollar Store Heiress Dana Spain Sued Over Big Bar Bill

Dana Spain (center) with her loaded parents, Joan and Bernie Spain. | Photo by HughE Dillon

The last we heard from Dana Spain, the glamorous Society Hill socialite was considering a run for mayor of Philadelphia, back when multimillionaire Tom Knox was also thinking about making a play for City Hall. Now, Spain is embroiled in a lawsuit surrounding her Brewerytown restaurant, Flying Fish Crafthouse, the brewpub offshoot of the popular South Jersey beer brand. Read more »

Where Is Todd McKee?

Rehoboth Beach police are searching for Todd McKee.

This is a developing story.

The Rehoboth Beach Police Department has issued an alert for missing man Todd McKee, the partner of Welcome America president Jeff Guaracino, who was in charge of Philadelphia 4th of July festivities. Read more »

Is This a Pro-Trump Toynbee Tile In Philly?

The tile in question, at the intersection of Broad and Arch streets in Philadelphia. | Photo by Zach Kocis

On Tuesday morning, a photo began making the rounds on Facebook — well, in Philly Facebook anyway — showing what appeared to be one of those weird and sorta legendary Toynbee tiles, bearing a message that some think might be pro-Trump. Read more »

Dear Philly Bars: Watch Out for Aspen James

Left: Aspen James in his Philadelphia Police Department photo. Right: Aspen James photographed by a bartender at Manny Brown’s on Thursday night.

It’s been a while since we had a good tale of a person allegedly dining and dashing (or drinking and dashing) from Philly bars and restaurants. But lo and behold, we give you Aspen James. Read more »

Cue the Protests: Philly Theater Company to Stage Musical Comedy About Abortion

An early workshop showing of Lightning Rod Special’s musical comedy about abortion, with co-creator Alice Yorke, center of the middle row.

Normally, when we get a press release from a local theater company about its latest work, the press release includes, you know, the name of the play. But Philly theater company Lightning Rod Special bucked that trend this week went they sent us a notice announcing its musical comedy about abortion, which debuts in August at the Painted Bride. Read more »

The Hit List: The 10 Best Shows in Philly in July

Philly actresses Iman Aaliyah (left) and Charlotte Northeast in Shakespeare in Clark Park’s production of Coriolanus. Photo by Kyle Cassidy

1. David Blaine
The 44-year-old Manhattanite made a name for himself­ with televised stunts and illusions. But it is TV, after all, and we’re not supposed to believe everything we see on TV, right? So I’m more than willing to make the drive to Bethlehem to watch Blaine astonish and astound a live audience at the only local stop on this rare national tour. July 7th at Sands Bethlehem Event Center Read more »

The South Philly Tamale Queen Has Some Seriously Good Food Secrets

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. To read the previous Behind the Line, featuring Marc Vetri‘s thoughts on the soda tax and Olive Garden, click here.

South Philly’s Jennifer “Fear” Zavala hasn’t worked full-time in a kitchen in years, but she still manages to keep us interested and, well, entertained, whether she’s hunting down the perp who broke into her house and stole her son’s PlayStation, having the cops show up at her roving South Philly tamale truck, or getting paid to cook with cannabis. So we figured a conversation with her would be anything but boring.

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