August 25, 1989 |
Tom Messer, 49, a worker at the Campbell Soup Co. plant in Camden, had been drowning his sorrows at Hank's, a bar a few feet from the plant entrance, on and off all afternoon. He wasn't alone. Scores of other workers who got the ax yesterday lined the red bar stools sharing gossip and misery. Later, they milled around outside the plant entrance, as though they didn't know what else to do, talking about the looming shutdown. The company announced yesterday it will close its manufacturing plant by next July, eliminating 940 jobs.
November 1, 2001 |
A Bensalem man was shot dead by his former stepfather yesterday morning at the small Bristol Pike apartment building where both men lived. Eugene Creely, 38, was found dead with a .30-caliber rifle shot to the head about 9:40 a.m. outside the ground-floor apartment of Frank Petillo Jr., 62, who told police he shot Creely in self-defense. Police found two folding knives at Creely's feet. Petillo, a barber who operates Frank's Barber Shop in the same building, was taken to Frankford Hospital-Torresdale Campus complaining of chest pains.
June 21, 1986 |
Joe Houghton, an unemployed barber raised in Southwest Philadelphia, and his relatives and friends seemed to be jinxed. They said accidents and other mishaps followed them wherever they went. There were falls off bar stools, collisions in traffic, thefts from cars and hotels, lost baggage, slips on sidewalks, entanglements in dog leashes; but Houghton and friends had plenty of insurance to cover their back pain, bruises and lost valuables. So much insurance that Houghton and his wife, Donna, managed to scrape up enough cash to buy a $400,000 home in Plymouth Meeting, a $300,000 beachfront retreat in Sea Isle City, N.J., a Mercedes Benz, a $35,000 yacht, fur coats and more than $100,000 worth of jewelry.
December 22, 1989 |
The Grapevine Cafe is a can't-get-there-from-here outpost that fairly dares customers to find it. Located on a block of Vine Street in Old City, surrounded by "Road Closed" signs and the cratered treachery of the Vine Street project, it opened bravely two weeks ago. The name summons up a cozy wine bar with French lace curtains and a bounty of wines by the glass. Well, it's not that. Inside, the Grapevine is a cavernous club with a dance floor bathed in flashing multicolored lights and three commodious bars.
July 8, 1987 |
The menu offered a list of appetizers, but Lois Vederman was really in the mood to nibble on a neck. Luckily, Neal Cohen had one handy. So, Lois sat on his lap. Neal cocked his head. Night fell. The breeze picked up. The boats rocked gently. And they left, arms around each other. For a little something, there is the Waterside Cafe, an outdoor bar and restaurant that opened last August on the Delaware River, in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge. With it's yellow-and-white striped tent, lanterns, and wooden deck, the Waterside Cafe is a popular evening hangout that holds 400 people, and frequently gets them.
May 17, 1989 |
Philadelphians may have an opportunity to taste some fresh beer this summer at what would be the city's - and Pennsylvania's - first brew pub. David Mink, owner of the Sansom Street Oyster House, and Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co., which brews Samuel Adams Beer, hope to open the Samuel Adams Brew House by July on the second floor of Mink's restaurant at 1516 Sansom St. A brew pub produces beer for on-premises consumption. Industry statistics reported 59 brew pubs in operation at the end of 1988, most in California.
October 6, 2008 |
From bar stools to living room recliners, Phillies red washed away Eagles green yesterday for a most unusual Sunday blessing: a professional baseball-football October afternoon. Except the Linc, where the Eagles dropped one to the Washington Redskins, many Philly sports fans left their green Brian Westbrook jerseys in the hamper and opted for crisp Ryan Howard tees as the Phillies won a fourth and deciding playoff game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Clothing choice was one thing.
July 12, 2015 |
F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said "there are no second acts in American lives," but Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire didn't think so when they penned Closer Than Ever , a two-act sung-through revue about how life goes on long after halftime. The pair cultivated stories from their friends and, in 1989, wrote Closer Than Ever , which catches the aftermath of the first generation that followed the nationwide passage of no-fault divorce laws. Four actors (two men and two women)
August 9, 2002 |
The kitchen may be the only room in the house where all the members of a modern family will eventually cross paths. So it makes sense that the kitchen should cater to youngsters as well as adults. That means it should be a hospitable, welcoming, accommodating and comfortable place to which they will gravitate to spend time with parents and older siblings. If you're remodeling an older kitchen or designing one for a new house, there are many options to consider. Kitchens that are open to family rooms and dining rooms allow children to maintain contact with adult cooks.
May 2, 2004 |
Because family and friends inevitably gravitate to the kitchen, does it make sense to cater to their needs first - even at the expense of monolithic appliances and cabinets galore? It can, if we acknowledge that the kitchen is the true hub around which much of modern daily life revolves. Then, comfortable seating that encourages lingering, fosters conversation, and promotes human interaction becomes a common-sense priority. Seen in that light, a kitchen designed primarily for cooking is a missed opportunity to give a home a genuine emotional center, a place where those who live there and those who visit can gather in a casual, relaxed and hospitable setting for extended periods of time.