June 13, 2016 |
All things considered, it was just another Tuesday night in the City of Brotherly Love. It was Dec. 6, 1933: Repeal Day, the end of Prohibition, and Philadelphians weren't taking to the streets to celebrate. They were just casually doing what they had been doing for the last 14 years: getting their drink on. "Of course, no one who really wanted a drink at any time during the past 14 years was compelled to deny his thirst," the Inquirer reported on that day. The collective shrug at the historic repeal is surprising to me, considering that Philadelphians don't need much motivation to party.
March 4, 2016 |
Show up regularly enough for Friday night karaoke at Donna's, and the owners of this Polish corner bar in Port Richmond will give you a nickname. There's a retired mailman from down the street who steps into the narrow taproom and becomes Young Blood, a confident front man lacking only a band. There's Gary Bowie - named for his favorite rock star - who looks a bit like the Thin White Duke, if the Thin White Duke hailed from Salmon and Allegheny. There's Coco, the Barbie, Bob the Builder, and Big Al. There's a woman who goes by Fiber One, her nickname the product of a very complicated inside joke.
September 23, 2015 |
LaBrian Dale-Parker, 34, of Fredericksburg, Va., died wearing his group's colors. He had on a jacket emblazoned with the name of his motorcycle club, "Wheels of Soul," when he was fatally wounded in a burst of gunfire inside a Summerdale bar Sunday night. Three other club members were wounded, and Dale-Parker died less than a half-hour later at Einstein Medical Center. The motive for the gunplay inside Tangeray Tavern, 900 Pratt St., was "an argument," police said Monday. When officers responding to a call for shots fired arrived at the scene about 6:15 p.m., they found Dale-Parker in the bar with multiple gunshot wounds.
August 22, 2014
UP ON Tioga Street, in the vacant shadows of a postindustrial city, the sign above Kensington Pub declares, "Born Here. Raised Here. Still Here. " Inside, there's a life-size wall drawing of a guy pitching halfsies, the stickball game they used to play down the corner. The bar is mostly empty on this Friday afternoon. "Yo, what happened to the keg that guy brought in?" owner Kevin Konieczny asks his bartender. "What keg? The new stuff?" Nicole Kearney replies. "It's not on, yet. " "Well, what can we take off?"
July 10, 2014 |
QUICK! NAME a landmark bar on Robbins Street on the way to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Got it? Great. Now name a landmark bar on Robbins Street on the way to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge that isn't the original Chickie's & Pete's. If you said the Shore Road Tavern, pour yourself a frosty Bud to celebrate. No one seems to know exactly how long the Shore Road Tavern has been open for business on Robbins Street near Jackson, but for generations of Shore-goers, passing by it on the way to Cape May (or Wildwood or Ocean City)
December 6, 2013 |
Good King Tavern First-time restaurateurs Bernard Grigri and daughter Chloe are behind the Good King Tavern , a cozy yet upbeat French corner bar just south of South Street, at 614 S. Seventh (215-625-3700), in the former Chick's Social across from Nomad Pizza. They have enlisted Paul Lyons, a former chef de cuisine at Barbuzzo and Jamonera and more recently chef de cuisine at Morgan's Pier, to execute a brasserie menu that hits the favorites. With help from designer/restaurateur Owen Kamihira, they considerably lightened up the classic barroom interior with antique mirrors and old-fashioned lighting.
December 2, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The voice on the other end of the call that startled Eileen DiFrancesco awake that awful night three years ago belonged to a stranger. The woman with the Spanish accent didn't offer her name, only life-shattering news. "Your daughter's been shot," the stranger said. "They took her to Einstein. " Click. Lost in shock, DiFrancesco, then 75, woke her husband, Angelo, 80. It was July 1, 2010. The Upper Dublin couple only knew that their daughter, Leslie Delzingaro, had an appointment for her decorative lighting business that night with an Olney bar owner.
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.