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Bar Talk: Artists' community Castleberry Hill is expanding with a few much-needed drinking establishments. At the neighborhood's sole watering hole, pizza and martini bar Slice, the crowds on gallery opening nights can be unbearable. Look for Larry McMillon's M Bar & Lounge, at 257 Peters St., and Michael Jacob's Elliott St. Deli & Pub, at 51 Elliott St., to improve the Castleberry scene.

TV Talk: Yet another Atlantan is joining the throngs of regular Joes trying to make it big on reality TV. Heidi Standridge will be one of 16 contestants on the second season of Bravo's "Project Runway." The 25-year-old fashionista, who designs children's clothes for Atlanta-based Carter's, is in the running for $100,000 to launch her own line, as well as a fashion spread in Elle. The show, hosted by Heidi Klum, premieres Dec. 7 at 10 p.m.

Retail Talk: Vous Boutique swung open its doors last week with a party at the store's location on Miami Circle. With hard-to-find labels such as Clarendon, Je Lee, Lily McNeal, Second Denim, John Varvatos, Corey Lynn Calter and Plain Jane, owner Van Vu hopes to introduce us Southern belles to some West Coast and international style. The boutique will carry a host of designers out of Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.

Restaurant Talk: Local DJ Keiran Neely is turning restaurateur. He and chef Alex Friedman are opening P'cheen, an "international bistro and pub" whose name means "moonshine" in Gaelic. The restaurant will be located in Old Fourth Ward, in the Highland Walk mixed-use complex at Highland Avenue and Sampson Street. Neely is best known as a regular behind the turntables at MJQ, though he's spent years in the restaurant business. Friedman is formerly of Anis. In addition to an eclectic menu, P'cheen will boast a full bar and more than 20 wines by the glass.

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