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Restaurant notes: Two Eagles getting into sports-bar biz

Todd Herremans and Brent Celek's partners are calling the place 879 after their uniform numbers.

Two Eagles are putting the sports in sports bar.

Todd Herremans and Brent Celek are investors in 879, now operating at 110 Chestnut St. in Old City after it replaced the short-lived Crocodile Philly last week.

The name is a contraction of the players' uniform numbers, 87 (Celek) and 79 (Herremans).

The flat screens are operating now, while the bulk of the changeover (a new kitchen and a lounge upstairs) should be completed in about a month, said Bill Morrin, the project's lawyer.

Food will be handled by Michael Lane, who owns the Steak 'Em Up shops in South Philly and Collingdale.