CVS To Stop Selling Cigarettes … But Is That Enough?

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Wednesday, drugstore chain CVS announced that it will no longer sell tobacco products. (And now people want Walgreens to follow suit.) The move will cost them upward of $2 billion in revenue and is part of an effort to be more of a healthcare company. Many are applauding the move. I agree. But why stop there? Ever been to a CVS? There are plenty of other products that they sell that should also be taken off the shelves. I can think of 16 right of the top of my head.

Shampoo.  Nope, haven’t used the stuff in years. And you wouldn’t believe what I save on barber visits. Someday I’ll sit you down and explain to you some of the benefits of being bald. I see a lot of bald guys around like me. Not sure what all that shampoo fuss is about.

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Drastic New Pennsylvania Smoking Ban Proposed

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Those of you who still like to smoke cigarettes in dives like McGlinchey’s and Locust Bar or light up cigars on the deck or patio of your favorite restaurant may soon be out of luck thanks to a Pennsylvania smoking ban proposed by State Senator Stewart Greenleaf and State Representative Mario Scavello. Read more »

Rumor Mill: Stephen Starr’s Fishtown Biergarten?

BY VICTOR FIORILLO

Yesterday, Phoodie reported that Stephen Starr might be installing another Stella or a German beer garden concept on still-ratty Girard Avenue, right across the street from Johnny Brenda’s. So, I wonder, how are the Fishtown neighbors — who put up quite a fight over JB’s, delaying its opening for many months — going to feel about the king of glitz invading their turf? And, more important, where the hell is everyone going to park? When I get the answers to these questions, I’ll let you know.

Rumor Mill: Stephen Starr’s Fishtown Biergarten?

BY VICTOR FIORILLO

Yesterday, Phoodie reported that Stephen Starr might be installing another Stella or a German beer garden concept on still-ratty Girard Avenue, right across the street from Johnny Brenda’s. So, I wonder, how are the Fishtown neighbors — who put up quite a fight over JB’s, delaying its opening for many months — going to feel about the king of glitz invading their turf? And, more important, where the hell is everyone going to park? When I get the answers to these questions, I’ll let you know.

The Best of Foobooz: May 7, 2009

Little Fish Begets Bigger Fish
It’s official: Accolade-winning Mike Stollenwerk is going to open a bigger sequel to his beloved Little Fish. Read the Full Post on Foobooz

A Look at a Couple of New BBQ Spots
There’s a serious new barbecue place in the Italian Market. Read the Full Post on Foobooz

Spring Menu at Mémé
A foie gras burger and sauteed skate are among the new dishes on the spring menu at David Katz’s Mémé. Read the Full Post on Foobooz

PA Smoking Ban Becoming Reality


The Pennsylvania State Senate has approved a bill to ban smoking in public spaces across Pennsylvania. The bill will not weaken Philadelphia’s ban and it is expected that Governor Rendell will sign the bill into law.

There are also exceptions for “bars that have 20 percent or less in annual sales of food, as well as cigar bars, tobacco shops and private clubs whose officers agree to it.”

Pa. smoking ban clears last hurdle to becoming law [Philadelphia Inquirer]

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