January 31, 2012
The trouble with using a liquor-by-the-drink tax to support the Philadelphia public schools is that there's a natural temptation to look for ways to keep tavern patrons perched on their bar stools longer. So, along comes a proposal from City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown to let bars stay open an extra hour - until 3 a.m., rather than the 2 a.m. closing time that's the rule in most cities across the country. Brown estimates the extra 60 minutes at the brass rail would mean the city raises an additional $5 million each year through its 10 percent per glass tax on retail sales of liquor, wine, and beer.
July 2, 2007 |
He opened his restaurant on June 13, 1973, under an auspicious full moon. And that evening, the 24-year-old astrologist who had spent a few years in L.A. as an actor began making his mark in Philadelphia's culinary history - and romantic life. "I thought, this is so insanely, fabulously perfect!" recalled Reed Apaghian, the owner of Astral Plane, one of the city's legendary and - as of yesterday - bygone restaurants. Over the years, under the influence of Mars and Venus, he said, the funky little place at 17th and Lombard has drawn lovers in all stages of smitten.
February 17, 2012
SO, YOU and I are on a pair of bar stools, big screens all around. We are doing what we should be doing amid such a scene: watching, opining, and above all, fixing. Yeah, fixing. No matter what our favorite sport, we're all repairmen at heart. At one time or another, each of us has been outraged by something that hurts our favorite team, dulls the action, or simply makes no sense. At one time or another, each of us has come up with an improvement or two or 20. So without further ado, here are some of the fixes my barstool friends and I have proposed over the last few months.
September 4, 1987 |
Cal Thomas wrote a fine column (Aug. 17) about a male going back to an old- fashioned barber shop. Oh, how I wish we males could return to an old- fashioned male bar! Back in the early '70s, Stouffers' Men's Bar was one of the most popular watering spots for male members of the legal profession, advertising world and business men who used Pennsylvania Railroad to diverse points like Ardmore, Lansdowne, Cynwyd, Levittown and spots along the Octoraro Branch. It was at the bottom of 2 Penn Center, on the level where dependable locals welcomed commuters and wended them to their neighborhoods.
September 20, 2013 |
THE EXCITEMENT of the Eagles offense has fans rolling off their bar stools. But one fantasy expert warns that there is a long season ahead. "While [ Michael Vick ] seems to be quite comfortable in this offense, especially with increased read-option elements, he will always be an injury risk," Scott Engel, of RotoExperts.com, said before last night's game. Engel had Vick at No. 14 in his preseason rankings and has moved him up four spots after the Eagles' first two games. "Plus," Engel said before last night's game, "Vick has never had a good fantasy season from start to finish in his career, so I do remain somewhat skeptical and not reactionary.
June 25, 2004 |
From the pandemic poverty, to the drugs and prostitution, to the gap-toothed city blocks of blighted buildings and empty lots - there are plenty of reasons to despair in Chester. And then there is basketball star Jameer Nelson. The elusive point guard with the relentless work ethic has, for years, been a rare source of pride for this struggling community. It started in March 2000, when he led Chester High to the state championship. It continued in college. In April, after he carried St. Joseph's University to an undefeated regular season and was named college player of the year, Chester handed him the keys to the city.
April 23, 1987 |
They arrived shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday - scores of casually dressed men and women with the hungry, anxious expressions of bargain-basement shoppers. They came to pick over the remains of what had been one of South Jersey's premier roadhouses, Cinelli's Country House Restaurant in Cherry Hill. "As my dad would say, it's the same crowd you get for a public hanging," said the auctioneer, Daniel F. Comly of Philadelphia. Off and on for 52 years, the rambling structure was expanded as the Cinelli family's business flourished.
October 17, 2012 |
An aggressive President Obama confronted his Republican challenger from the first moments of their second debate Tuesday, attacking Mitt Romney's business record and accusing him of trying to hide his most conservative positions. "Gov. Romney says he's got a five-point plan. Gov. Romney doesn't have a five-point plan - he has a one-point plan," Obama said, in reply to the debate's first question. "That plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. " Obama said that Romney had made money as a private-equity investor by investing in companies that outsource jobs overseas and in corporate takeovers that lay off workers and "strip pensions" to increase profits.
January 14, 1999 |
He may easily be America's favorite barfly, so it seemed only natural to meet him across a bucket of suds in a local watering hole. George Wendt is his name, but to the millions of people who tuned in weekly for 11 years to watch "Cheers" on TV, he'll always be the salty beer-guzzler Norm Peterson. Sitting near the window of the small bar next to the Royale Theater, where he is appearing in the prize-winning play "Art," Wendt turns out not to drink suds at all. "Coke, mixed with club soda," he orders.
November 12, 1990 |
An argument over a bar stool in a Logan nightclub early today erupted into a shooting that left one man dead and two others wounded. Fifty patrons of the club - the Stinger Discotheque at Broad Street and Belfield Avenue - looked on in horror as one of the men in the argument pulled a handgun and began firing wildly shortly after 1 a.m. When police arrived minutes later, summoned by a telephone call from the bar, they found one of the shooting...