Inqlings: Runyan in huddle on bistro

Chef Matthew Levin, above, who recently left Lacroix, says the Eagles' Jon Runyan is on board as an investor in a planned restaurant.
Chef Matthew Levin, above, who recently left Lacroix, says the Eagles' Jon Runyan is on board as an investor in a planned restaurant.
Posted: December 16, 2008

Where does a 6-foot-7 offensive tackle fit into the restaurant business?

We may find out. Chef Matt Levin hung up his apron last week at Lacroix, the posh spot at the Rittenhouse Hotel, and he said he was planning a restaurant.

Levin identifies Jon Runyan, the Eagles' iron man, as an investor in his bistro, to open next year. Runyan's agent Craig Kaplan confirms the talks.

Levin and Runyan, who met in April when both judged Glen Macnow's Ultimate Cheesesteak Challenge on WIP-AM, are scouting locations and seem to favor a spot in Northern Liberties. No name has been selected.

Says Levin, who plays on Runyan's charity softball team and in his golf tournament: "He's vicious on the field, but probably one of the nicest guys I've ever met."

But how will he be when you call him for a last-minute table on Saturday night?

Stensland speaks

Fox29's Dawn Stensland sat for an interview with Vicki Glembocki for January's Philadelphia Magazine. Topic: How Stensland kept it together while the feds were probing and prosecuting her husband, Larry Mendte, and as her own station was among those covering the story. Headline: "Dawn's Dark Days." Gutsy move: Stensland, who spoke on her husband's behalf at his sentencing last month, could be called as a witness in Alycia Lane's civil suit against Mendte and CBS3, their former station.

Filmdom

Mayor Nutter will host tomorrow's screening of "Free the River Park," Rob Stuart and Tara Nurin's documentary about the grassroots movement to get pedestrian access to the Schuylkill River Park over the objections of CSX railroad. The Great Unknown, which performed on the film, will entertain at the screening, which will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room in City Hall.

What if 9/11 conspiracy theorists were right? Lower Merion native Dave Herman - working under the pseudonym Paul Krik - muses on this point in his noir drama Able Danger, which will screen at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and at 5, 7 and 9:11 p.m. Thursday at the Wayne Theater. Sander Hicks, whose book The Big Wedding: 9/11, The Whistle-Blowers & The Cover Up is seen in the film, will join a Q&A after Thursday's last screening. The film gets its title from a secret program of the same name that destroyed 2.5 terabytes of intelligence data in March 2001.

Briefly noted

The Kimmel Center will sell tickets to nine Kimmel Center Presents and Broadway Series shows at half-price through the end of the month. Details at www.kimmelcenter.org/half.

I referred to NBC10's Jamison Uhler as an anchor in Thursday's column. He's properly a reporter and fill-in anchor.


Contact columnist Michael Klein at 215-854-5514 or mklein@ phillynews.com. Read his blog, "The Insider," at http://go.philly.com/insider.

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