October 2, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat Of Sept. 29, 2015: C.L.: There has been story after story about the disappointing dining crowds and miscalculations that contributed to what restaurateurs say was their worst September weekend in memory. (There were some bagel cafe and burger shop exceptions, as Michael Klein noted.) Some misplaced derision has been leveled at "greedy" owners who dared to complain, as if it were their moral obligation to forfeit a weekend's revenue.
September 8, 2015 |
It's not a secret garden. But people are still surprised to see it - sprouting from a parking lot, the vines climbing a cinder-block wall in Chinatown North. "I used to think it was just flowers when I walked by," said Joyce Randell, who lives not far away. Set between a Shell station and a Catholic school, this small, corner-store-sized farm has big ambitions: to provide food to the homeless, purpose to the aimless, and satisfaction to everyone willing to get their hands dirty.
August 14, 2015 |
Crepes filled cone-style Sweet and savory crepes are the specialty of the high-energy, NYC-based T-swirl Crepe , which just opened its first Philadelphia location at 150 N. 10th St. in Chinatown (215-238-0111). Ordering is done at the counter for the wraps made with naturally gluten-free rice flour batter. The crepes are filled cone-style and wrapped in clear plastic to go. Seating is available along the side wall. Among the 11 sweet varieties ($6.50 to $8.75) are banana chocolate, blueberry cheesecake, lychee, and caramel Fuji apple.
June 12, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of June 9, 2015: Craig LaBan: In one of the more unexpected turns of restaurant news, talented chef Ezra Duker left the Mainland Inn just a few weeks after earning three bells in a fairly spectacular display of true modern farm-to-table cooking. Duker told me by phone his ultimate goal was to open his own place. He and his pastry chef (and life partner), Sandy Tran, were heading out to travel in Asia, and then decide where to open their own place - in the Bay area (where they met)
May 22, 2015 |
THE CITY has filed a lawsuit threatening to shut down Joy Tsin Lau, the Chinatown mainstay where nearly 100 lawyers and law students were sickened in February in one of Philadelphia's largest reported outbreaks of food-borne illness. The victims, many of them personal-injury lawyers, were laid low for several days with severe vomiting and diarrhea after a Lunar New Year banquet. The eight-course dinner was a fundraiser for a group of Temple University law students, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.
May 10, 2015 |
A pedestrian was killed this afternoon in Chinatown when she was run over by a Ride the Ducks trolley. The accident happened about 5:15 at 10th and Arch Streets. The woman, whose name wasn't available, was declared at the scene. It was not clear immediately how the accident happened, but the scene was filled with rescue personnel and investigators. email@example.com 215-854-2617 @DonSapatkin
April 5, 2015 |
Developers of a long-planned $75 million residential and office tower in Chinatown are using Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother, Anthony Rodham, to help market the project to foreign investors. The proposed 23-story Eastern Tower Community Center, planned for 10th and Vine Streets, is to have 143 residential units, as well as ground-floor retail shops, a second-floor community center, and three floors of office space, developers say. A firm created in 2013 to find wealthy Chinese investors for the project, Global City Regional Center, says Rodham is responsible for international marketing and promotion, and "all governmental relations matters" for the firm.
February 20, 2015 |
Pho has become a thing, all right. Add a new Lower Northeast Philadelphia branch of South Philadelphia's Pho Ha Saigon to the mix. The new location (575 Adams Ave., 267-538-5600) is a contemporary Vietnamese BYOB with a ballroom-size dining room and an easy-on-the-budget menu of large-portioned dishes as well as the signature soup. A takeout counter is on the way, too. The same family also is behind the two-week-old Pho 20 in Chinatown (234 N. 10th St., 215-413-2020), a more spartan BYOB that replaced the long-running Charles Plaza.
February 19, 2015 |
After school, Alexis Lin gets ready for basketball practice in the Chinatown apartment where she lives with her mother. Her mother is not home. Her mother works 16 hours a day at a Center City deli. Monday was a big practice - it was the last one the Philadelphia Suns, the Chinatown youth and sports association, would hold before the Chinese New Year celebrations that begin Wednesday at midnight. After basketball drills, the kids would do a final rehearsal of the traditional Chinese lion dances they will perform Sunday in Chinatown's New Year's Parade.