February 5, 2013 |
SHORTLY AFTER 3 o'clock on a Thursday afternoon, two girls sit at a table doing their homework in a building that for nearly 40 years was a popular corner bar in Strawberry Mansion. Over the next 10 to 15 minutes, about a dozen more children, most of them boys ages 8 to 13, come bustling through the door in groups of twos and threes. "Hi, Mr. Kev," they say to Kevin Upshur, founder of the Strawberry Mansion Community Learning Center. "You got your homework?" Upshur asks. "Sit down and get your homework done.
December 6, 2012 |
Chef Eric Ripert is stepping away from his affiliation with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and its 10 Arts restaurant after nearly five years. He said a project in New York affiliated with his famed Le Bernardin required too much of his time. Ripert did say he will maintain his apartment next door at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Sous chef Nathan Volz, who manages 10 Arts' day-to-day operation, will continue to run the kitchen while Miguel Hernandez, the hotel's assistant food-and-beverage director, oversees the dining room.
October 23, 2012 |
Gus Tzitzifas and his wife, Effie, fell in love with the Old Swedes Inn in Swedesboro in 2006 when they stopped for dinner during Swedesboro Woolwich Day. As the saying goes, they liked it so much, they bought the place, though it took 4½ years to complete the sale. Then came the renovation, which took the 18th-century Gloucester County landmark down to the bare walls. Along the way, the Tzitzifases - he's a certified public accountant who also owns the Marlton Diner - were frequent patrons of Fork in Old City.
September 22, 2012 |
A brawl that ended in a shooting overnight at a Chester corner bar has left a man in his 30s dead, according to police reports. The shooting occurred at Ginn's Restaurant & Bar at 2nd and Kerlin Streets about 12:30 a.m., according to police scanner reports. The victim was shot in the head and went into cardiac arrest at the scene where he was pronounced dead at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, according to reports. The incident reportedly began as an argument or fight in Ginn's that spilled outside where the man was shot.
August 2, 2012 |
A Neapolitan pizzeria and a French bistro have joined Phoenixville's dining lineup. At Vecchia Pizzeria Napoletana (249 Bridge St., 610-933-1355), townsman Frank Nattle imports everything from Naples - the 00 flour, the San Marzano tomatoes, the bufala mozzarella, even the two stonemasons who built his oven from Mount Vesuvius stone. While working at the now-closed Brick Oven Bread & Cheese Shop down the street, Nattle experimented with pizza-baking after hours in the still-warm oven.
July 19, 2012 |
Cole (for Nicole) Mahon points out that her tattooed, formidably muscled arms have nothing to do with gym time; they're from long hours she puts in each week rolling out some of the tenderest pierogi dough in town. A pierogi menu wasn't part of the plan six years ago when she and her brother James took over the Green Rock Tavern, a corner bar with a bad reputation on Lehigh Avenue: "I grew up on ravioli," she says. But in deference to the Fishtown-Port Richmond neighborhood's Polish sensibility, she honed her pierogi moves at the table of a friend's mother.
June 26, 2012 |
A BARTENDER filling in for another worker early Sunday was stabbed to death while on the job in South Philly during a robbery. George Fox, 44, of South Philly, was killed about 1:15 a.m. at T-Barr's Bar, at 8th and Jackson streets. He was one of four people slain as of Sunday evening during a violent weekend in the city. Bar owner Tom Barr, 76, poured himself a glass of Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey inside the brick corner bar Sunday afternoon. "I need one today," he said.
May 13, 2011 |
A patron was shot and killed inside a corner bar in Point Breeze early today, police said. The victim, in his early 20's, was pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m. inside the Holiday Cafe on the 1800 block of South 18th Street, police said. He had been shot in the head. Investigators were seeking a description of the shooter and trying to establish a motive, police said. Contact the Inquirer Online News Desk at email@example.com or 215-854-2443. Follow the Inquirer at www.Twitter.com/PhillyInquirer and www.Facebook.com/PhillyInquirer
September 7, 2010 |
If I were telling this tale as a joke, I'd say it's the one about a bar, a priest, and the Last Rites . The last is the title of the debut production at the brand-new, 96-seat Waterfront South Theatre. It opens Friday at Fourth and Jasper Streets, a block off Camden's Broadway. "It's life, it's art - and it's how cities repair themselves," playwright Joseph Paprzycki says, welcoming me into the light-filled lobby of the tasteful, three-story structure. Outside, workers install railings on the front steps; on stage, designer Robert Bingaman applies finishing touches to the Last Rites set. It evokes the corner bar that stood on the site in 1967, when the nearby New York Shipbuilding Corp.
June 11, 2010 |
There is self-service for gasoline at the pump, soda at the fast-food joint, and groceries at the supermarket. Next time you're at a corner bar, how about you get your own beer? Tir na Nog, a pub in the Phoenix, at 16th and Arch Streets, recently rolled out a two-tap self-service beer bar that seats six to eight people, the first of its kind in the city, and among the first on the East Coast. "Everybody wants to be a bartender," manager Ken Merriman said Wednesday night as patrons pulled their own brews.