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.
August 24, 2015 |
Hello there There she was again. Whenever Denine catered a Choral Arts Society event, a certain woman caught her eye. One spring night in 1999, Denine saw her at a reception at the Academy of Music, the flash of her movement from one group of important people to another momentarily distracting Denine from keeping up with the buffet. "There was an aura about her," Denine remembers. "I liked her looks, but it was more than that. It's like I was star struck. " She wanted to talk to her but didn't know how to make it happen.
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.
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 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.
February 22, 2016 |
As he made his way to the start of the Manayunk parade route Saturday morning - weaving among plumes of feathers, floats, and Mummers tuning their instruments - Tom Loomis could hardly make it two feet without being stopped to shake a hand or give a hug. "It's going to be a great day!" an event organizer in a golf cart yelled at him as she came to a brief stop. "It's going to be a beautiful day," Loomis, president of the Philadelphia String Band Association, said before she sped off. By all accounts, it was. The event, a Mardi Gras celebration with performances from all 17 of the city's string bands, drew an estimated 12,000 to 14,000 people, according to organizers.
February 15, 2016 |
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was right at home amid a breakfast crowd the morning of his most recent political triumph. Just before 9 a.m. he escaped the freshly fallen snow to enter the iconic Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, N.H. Then the son of a postman from McKees Rocks, Pa., just outside Pittsburgh, set about greeting patrons lined up on bar stools in a venue that is an obligatory stop on the way to the White House. Since 1922, the Red Arrow has changed little, remaining open 24 hours a day except for closing 16 hours each Christmas.
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.