Dan Gross: No sale, says Geno Vento

Kevin Bacon: He'll be in "Clips and Conversation" at the Kimmel Center.
Kevin Bacon: He'll be in "Clips and Conversation" at the Kimmel Center. (FILE PHOTO)
Posted: February 14, 2012

GENO VENTO, son of Joey Vento, the late founder of Geno's Steaks, says he's not selling the South Philadelphia landmark after which he was named.

Yesterday we mentioned rumors that he wanted out.

After unsuccessful attempts at reaching Geno, he left us a voice-mail saying "the restaurant is not up for sale."

Speaking of steaks . . .

Pat's King of Steaks, across the street from Geno's, ranks 26th on Gogobot.com's list of top-50 Foodie Faves nationwide. The travel site also picked Philadelphia as No. 2 on its Destination Hot List above such international cities as Montreal, Buenos Aires and Dublin.

Pauly D at The Pool

"Jersey Shore" star Pauly D is the new resident DJ at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Atlantic City. He'll spin there March 31, April 28, and a handful of other dates throughout the year.

Rumor has it

The female half of a local married power couple is raising eyebrows among underlings at the very major company she works for after entering into a business deal with a man with whom those underlings think she is cheating on her husband.

Kimmel's Bacon bits

Center City native Kevin Bacon sits down with former Inquirer film critic Carrie Rickey for "Clips and Conversation" about his career, from 7:30 to 9:30 tomorrow night at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. Tickets are $5 for students with valid ID or $20 general admission at the Kimmel box office, by phone at 215-893-1999 or at kimmel center.org.

Grammy goods

102.9 WMGK's Debbi Calton and Cyndy Drue are celebrating their Grammy win for best children's album. The pair contributed to "All About Bullies Big and Small," as did Hooters frontman Eric Bazilian and local musicians and voice artists such as John Flynn, Skip Denenberg, Helen Bruner, Terry Jones and Grover Silcox. The local Christian McBride Big Band won for best large jazz-ensemble album. Both awards were presented in a ceremony before Sunday's telecast. Congrats to all.

Stork report

It's diaper duty for CBS 3/CW Philly 57 anchor/reporter Ben Simmoneau. His wife, Eleni Garbis Simmoneau, delivered their first child, Melina Eleni Simmoneau, on Feb. 3. The little lady weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces.

Charitably minded

The 35th annual Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival takes place from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. Fans can meet and take pictures with Flyers players, view the Stanley Cup, and enjoy carnival games such as a dunk tank. Not sure which Flyers or alums will be brave enough to be dunked.

The event benefits Comcast-Spectacor Charities, which funds other organizations. Tickets are available by phone at 800-298-4200, at ComcastTIX. com or at the Wells Fargo Center box office.

* U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan will appear March 24 at Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County's High Heels and Hard Hats gala celebrating its 25-year history. Runyan will be joined by fellow former Eagles player Irving Fryar, a Mount Holly native who played football at Rancocas Valley Regional High, as well as Mario Henry, formerly of the Patriots. For more info, or tickets, call 856-303-8080 extension 215 or email at gala@habitatbcnj.org.

Funny Valentine

Vince Valentine - the actor who stars in "Defending the Caveman" Feb. 29 to March 4 at the Bristol Riverside Theater and April 18 to May 13 at the Prince Music Theater - arrived appropriately on Valentine's Day.

Happy 45th, Vince.

Joseph's ODDyssey

6ABC meteorologist Adam Joseph will participate in the ODDyssey Half Marathon on May 26 in Fairmount Park. The weatherman has previously run in the race, which debuted in 2010 and features a beer garden at the finish line and costume contests. For more info visit, ODDyssey HalfMarathon.com.
Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow @PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or email grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit philly.com/DanGross.

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