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May 9, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Voters in "dry" Ocean City on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to permit consumption of alcohol by patrons in local restaurants, which would have been a first in the Jersey Shore resort's 125-year history. About 3,200 of the 4,600 people who voted - more than the number who showed up in the November election here - said no to a ballot question that sought to permit the practice called BYOB, ending the town's ban on bringing beer and wine to eateries.
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April 15, 2012 | Robert W. Patterson
Robert W. Patterson is editor of the public-policy journal Family in America, and started vacationing in Ocean City, N.J. with his parents and grandparents in the 1960s Twenty-six years ago, Ocean City voters succumbed to merchants' demands to repeal the town's century-long restraints on Sunday commerce. Residents who valued the "founding principles" of America's Greatest Family Resort feared that the 1986 referendum would lead to rethinking the town's other signature ordinance: no sales or public consumption of alcoholic beverages.
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March 6, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Local voters will likely decide May 8 whether diners will be allowed to bring their own beer or wine to restaurants in parts of "America's Greatest Family Resort" beginning this summer. City Clerk Linda MacIntyre confirmed Tuesday that proponents of allowing restaurant patrons to "Bring Your Own Bottle" (BYOB) had garnered enough signatures - 351, or 10 percent of the number of voters who cast ballots in the last general election - to have a binding referendum on the question on the next general-election ballot.
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May 8, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
OCEAN CITY, N.J. — Voters in this traditionally "dry" Cape May County resort will have their say Tuesday on a ballot question that could allow diners to bring their own bottles to local restaurants within days. For weeks, supporters and opponents of allowing customers to tote wine or beer into Ocean City eateries have offered their perspectives in an onslaught of public discussions, door-to-door visits, letters to the editor, and news releases. The Ocean City Restaurant Association began a campaign last year to overturn rules that prohibit BYOB service.
NEWS
August 4, 2011 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
OCEAN CITY - Proponents of allowing customers to bring their own bottle of wine or beer to restaurants in this historically alcohol-free Jersey Shore resort delivered a petition containing 583 signatures to the city clerk on Thursday afternoon that, if certified, would mean a question would be placed on the November ballot about whether to allow such imbibing in public. BYOB, and the sale of alcohol of any kind, has never been allowed in this Cape May County town, founded in 1879 as a Methodist camp meeting resort by the Lake brothers.
NEWS
July 21, 2011 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Less than two weeks remain for proponents to gather support for posing a November ballot question that could turn this famously dry Shore town into a haven for fans of BYOB restaurants. If they can't gather 747 signatures from local voters by Aug. 3 to call for a referendum, the issue will recede, as it has several times before. If they are successful, the battle over whether to allow diners to bring their own beer and wine to eating establishments could shift into higher gear as foes campaign to preserve the town's family-first brand.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
If some members of the Pennsylvania Senate have their way, you won't be able to "brown bag" a bottle of your favorite wine or six-pack of beer when you go for a meal to the new restaurant in the neighborhood that doesn't yet have a liquor license. Their proposal is to outlaw the practice of allowing diners to BYOB (bring your own bottle) at any restaurant that isn't licensed to sell the stuff on its own. Obviously it means a lot to these senators. Certainly, it must be on a par with lowering auto insurance rates, cleaning up the state court system and adequately funding public transportation.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
OCEAN CITY, N.J. — It had been a quiet victory celebration, with no popping of champagne corks or rousing cheers. Yet Andrew Fasy said he felt a little hung over Wednesday, the morning after residents of this Cape May County resort took a stand in a historic referendum against allowing alcohol to be consumed at local restaurants. The proposal, rejected by a more than 2-1 ratio, would have allowed diners to bring in their own bottles of beer or wine. "Essentially, nothing has changed here today ... and we're happy about that," said Fasy, chairman of the Committee to Preserve Ocean City, an anti-BYOB group formed after an association of restaurateurs collected enough signatures to have the question put on the general-election ballot.
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NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
The unofficial start of summer - Memorial Day - is not a secret date. And any restaurateur with common sense and a measure of luck will do all they can to open a new restaurant before the gates bust open at the end of May. After that, the beach crowds come fast and hungry, and with none of the patience for early errors they'd afford at a new restaurant back home. Yet, there are the slowpokes who tease us well into early July with luscious social-media pics of dishes "in the works" and promises of "opening soon" while the sight of active work crews stoke a more skeptical view.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
Here are five featured seafood houses, old and new, visited this summer at the Jersey Shore by Craig LaBan. Crabby Paddy's 1415 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom; 609-342-1506; crabbypaddys.com . Breakfast, lunch and dinner. BYOB. No Reservations. (Call 30 minutes in advance.) Doc Magrogan's Oyster House 8600 Landis Ave. (in the Dunes), Townsend's Inlet, Sea Isle City, 609-478-6082; docmagrogans.com/sea-isle-nj . Dinner only. Dock's Oyster House 2405 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, 609-345-0092; docksoysterhouse.com . Dinner only.
FOOD
June 17, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of June 14, 2016: Craig LaBan:  Here's one notable update from the Department of Disappointments: Isn't it especially sad when a longtime reliable favorite begins to slip and then keeps going? Such appears to be the case with Tiffin, the once stalwart Indian take-out specialist. . . . Tiffin hit a new low when we decided to give it one more try via take-out last night. . . . Food was not very hot, and it had even less flavor.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Lisa Scottoline, Columnist
There's a new restaurant in London and you go there to eat naked. I'm not making this up. This restaurant hasn't even opened yet, but it's already getting major attention, and not for the food. I went to the restaurant's website and it didn't even have a menu posted. Food isn't the point, would be my guess. Like nobody complains about the plot in porn. Even though there's never a twist and the ending is always happy. Step up your game, pornographers. You might think you would never go to a naked restaurant, but it has a waiting list of 30,000.
FOOD
February 12, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Feb. 9, 2016:   Reader: Which is a worse dining holiday - New Year's Eve or Valentine's Day? Craig LaBan:  Wow. That's a tough one. I prefer to dine out neither of those nights because of limited, overpriced fixed-price menus, and expectations that are rarely met. I guess I'd go with Valentine's Day over NYE because you have a chance of getting creative with something off-the-grid (provided the object of your affection is down with that)
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Philadelphia's chefs looked to nostalgia for new inspirations in 2015. They took whole-animal cooking to new heights. They turned on some bright lights in emerging neighborhoods and brought modern riffs on traditional Asian flavors to more established dining zones. And many of them also headed south, as more than a quarter of the restaurants I reviewed this year were in South Philadelphia. But from the ever-growing nexus of new restaurant energy on East Passyunk Avenue to the Great Northeast and the bucolic hills of Chester County, the local dining scene showed absolutely no sign of slowing ambitions.
FOOD
December 11, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Moorestown Mall now has the region's first outpost of Yard House , which offers a staggering 110 beer taps and a pub menu only slightly smaller than most cities' phone book. The Irvine, Calif., chain boasts that it has five miles of individual beer lines encased in stainless steel. Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft, and Brendan Kelly (Memphis Taproom, Local 44, Strangelove's, Coeur) have opened Clarkville (4301 Baltimore Ave., 215-387-4992), a bar across from Clark Park in West Philadelphia, just a few blocks from Local 44. The colorful drop-in serves 11 beers, 5 wines, no bottles, no liquor.
FOOD
November 26, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Back in the swim Mike Stollenwerk, one of Philly's most visible seafood chefs before stepping out of the scene nearly two years ago, is back with 26 North BYOB (26 N. Third St., 267-239-5900). With the revived Bistro 7 down the street - where Michael O'Halloran has gone for romance with a renovation of his 11-year-old dinner-only, French BYOB - this is an intriguing time for the slice of Old City north of Market. At 26 North, the Jersey Shore-bred Stollenwerk (Little Fish, Fish)
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November 13, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Vietnamese BYOB StreetSide , a low-key, budget-priced Vietnamese BYOB at 165 W. Girard Ave. (267-737-9165), across from the liquor store in Northern Liberties, joins a small collection of nearby Viet storefront eateries, including SameSame in Northern Liberties and Stock in Fishtown. Co-owner My Huynh, who grew up in South Philadelphia, has 14 seats on the ground floor. There's seating upstairs for a couple dozen more people. The easy-to-decipher, somewhat politically incorrect menu includes vermicelli bowls, fried spring rolls, rice paper rolls, dumplings, banh mi, baked mussels, edamame topped with "Viet crack" (chili salt)
FOOD
September 4, 2015 | Craig LaBan
Crab-Apple Salad Season There's a reason Audrey Taichman hasn't been seen much lately during the dinner hour around 20th and Spruce, the corner where nearly two decades ago she helped launch the minimalist chic spirit of Philly's BYOB boom with her iconic Audrey Claire. She's been putting kids to bed. Within the last three years, she had a baby boy, adopted the young twins of her sister, Leslie, who tragically died of cancer, and then became stepmother to two more sets of older twins through marriage this year.
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