News & Gossip – Week of August 3

July 30, 2009

Viggiano's recently closed after nine years.  The owners of Spamps have taken over the lease for the entire building and will open Spampinato's in mid-August.  They are planning reasonably priced Italian dinners and to help ease the transition from BYOB to full bar service they will have a "Great Deals" section on their wine list featuring several bottles at just $15.00.  Viggiano's outdoor seating area will be rebranded The Grotto and will serve appetizers from both restaurants, plus cocktails.  Spamps will stay basically the same offering small plates, entrees and a sushi menu.

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Conshohocken resident Kirsten Young was profiled in the Philadelphia Daily News for competing in 10 triathlons and raising money for charity.

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Y2K was sold and the new ownership will be opening The Stone Rose in September.  They are aiming to capture the eclectic feel of Gypsy Saloon and will offer a wide range of local brews on tap.

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Blackfish and Bella Luna were mentioned in Table Talk last Thursday on Philly.com.  The "Burb" burger at Blackfish was also profiled at Phillyburbs.com.

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Conshohocken was well represented in Main Line Today's July 2009 issue which featured the Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs. In the Readers Poll, Blackfish was named Best BYO and the Fayette Street Grille was recognized for having the best Prix-Fixe Menu.  The magazine's critics named the Haverford location of Conshohocken-based Saxbys Coffee as the Best New Addition to Haverford, Spamps was recognized as the Place to Please All Palates and Budgets, Tataro's earned the title for Best Happy Hour Specials and RYAH Yoga and Health claimed Best Yoga Studio.

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Conshohocken also made a nice showing in Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly edition.  Kim Gider of Better Health Tanning & Nail Spa was named "Best Waxer."  Jeff Kellemer Private Jeweler at Four Falls was recognized as the best place for "Jewelry Repair."  Mike Gerber, who represents Conshohocken in the PA House of Representatives, was named the "Best Politician in the 'Burb."   While I don't think NBC10's Aditi Roy, who won "Best News Anchor," lives in Conshohocken, she takes piano lessons at the Music Training Center and I saw her once at Blockbuster.

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Nothing in Conshohocken was on the "Hot List" in Philly Style Magazine.  Devastating.  I guess I should go stand in line at one of their "Hot List" bars, Strongbox, which is "closed for the summer."

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Do Me A Flavor, a new ice cream, water ice and baked good shop, has opened on Butler Pike and is profiled in the Montgomery News.

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Conshohocken-based Quaker Chemicals exceeded expectations in the 2nd quarter with shares rising 18 percent.

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West Conshohocken has a new police chief.

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According to the LCB sticker on The Outback Steakhouse on Ridge Pike, the location has been sold from one Outback franchisee to another.

  • rita tierney

    The police chief of Conshocken recently retired. Chief of Police Dougherty. I do not know who replaced hin except he was a sargent of the conshy police before being promoted to Chief.
    I am shocked that Viggiano’s closed and my brother really got out of taking me. Okay, he did ask me 9 years ago but not when he recently was there.
    That building use to be Doanld Moore funeral home.
    Do you know much about the Farmers Market In Conshy. The last time I was there about 3 weeks ago there were only 2 stands. Is there requirements of what could be sold there. There are alot of farmers or at least vegetables this year in Conshy because of all the rain. Could a local resident sell their Tomatoes and vegetables? I saw they sold flowers and food. Do you know if someone can sell some crafts, maybe wreaths for the house. Or about now Homemade Haloween directions. Is there a contact for the famers market because it is a nice place to see people. I think the hours should be longer. If it was open when people were coming home from work and going up Fayette Street, maybe they would stop in before going home. Just a thought. The farmers market has very good ribs and they are cooking the food on the spot. It seems that there should be irradasent lights on the side of Colwell lane coming up to the stop sign on 6th Avenue. Or signs that indicate to slow down, like they have in plymouth and Whitemarsh townships. there should be a sign to slow down, children in area. Because of Alan Wood Steel being closed the traffic is being diverted down Colwell Lane and these are 18 wheeler trucks who are going to the trash to steam plant on Brooke Road—Which is almost directly accross the street from the Home Depot. Than at night when the business traffic stops the drivers just fly up colwell lane and do not do 25mph. If I have a child at my house and he runs in the street and gets hit it is because the signs are not there. My house was initially built to have a drive way onto Colwell Lane and than the borough said that it could not be done. Even though there are other driveways on Colwell Lane the 2 extra driveways that were asked for were denied, The children play out front because the back of the house is where cars are parked. We were told that other could have driveways in Conshy on Colwell lane because they were under the grandfather clause. Conshy sometimes has many discrepancies of who they tell what too. Maybe it would be a good idea if we could get residents to start going to the town meeting and not back down to our voted politicians, such as the mayor, the board, I know there is suppose to be some books and I have never been able to see them of when this grandfather clause started; I am sure it would be in writing. I cannnot get information from Council on this either. Now after living in this house for over 10 years, the borough put a no parking sign up. It cannot be seen because they never fixed the light accross from Ardmore tires. But the ironic things is they took the sign off a wood pole that was on 6th Avenue, same type of houses but they have garages. People better slow down because if a child runs out in the street they will die. things have happened before on Springmill Road and after the fact signs were put up.
    Thanks

  • Damian

    Longest most rambling comment… ever.