January 13, 1998 |
Diner on the Square, a Center City mainstay that kept night owls and early risers alike stoked on hamburgers, blueberry pancakes and other diner delicacies, closed Jan. 4. But die-hard fans and those looking for a deal on restaurant equipment will get their chance at 11 a.m. tomorrow, when the contents of the Rittenhouse Square restaurant go up for auction. The space at 19th and Spruce will eventually hold a Marathon Grill.
July 24, 1988 |
Sara Jean Knox Shannon, 66, who with her husband operated the landmark Meri-ney Diner in Rosemont, died July 16 in the Delaware County Memorial Hospital after suffering with cancer the last 10 months. Mrs. Shannon was born in Bryn Mawr. She attended Radnor High School and graduated in 1940. From 1939 to 1942, she was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Co. in Philadelphia. She worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. from 1942 to 1945 as a teletype operator, a job in which she occasionally directed trains.
August 27, 1989 |
It's been a year since headlines in Delaware County trumpeted news of the "Doomsday Cult," a group of followers of the Church of Our First Love in Drexel Hill. Most of the approximately 30 followers of the home-style church have moved on, either to South Carolina or western Pennsylvania, according to relatives and township officials. But a few minor annoyances - at least in Ridley Township's eyes - are still around. One cropped up again this month, when neighbors complained that two men were living in the Cedars Restaurant in Holmes, which is partly owned by a member of the church.
May 3, 1992 |
Although it may not look it from the outside, in truth the Valley Forge Restaurant & Bar is essentially an upscale, classy-looking diner. Marking its 30th year, the diner-restaurant has an unusual barn-like roof and greenhouse-like windows that give the appearance of an excursion train. The main dining area is paneled in attractive grooved oak, decorated with watercolors of country scenes. Big, recessed picture windows are filled with giant planters stuffed with prayer plants, lilies, spider plants and other greenery.
March 13, 1987 |
"Tin Men," a comedy starring Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barbara Hershey, Jackie Gayle & John Mahoney. Written & directed by Barry Levinson. Running time: 108 minutes. A Touchstone release. At area theaters. Like "American Graffiti," "Stand By Me," "The Flamingo Kid," "The Right Stuff," Barry Levinson's own "Diner" and several other recent movies, "Tin Men," Levinson's latest film, is set in the early 1960s. It's easy to see why filmmakers are drawn to this period. It's a dividing line, a cusp: Before it lies Ike's repressive '50s, and after it lies . . . something else.
November 23, 1986 |
At first, the people of the city's 17th arrondissement, or district, didn't think the new place on the Rue Pouchet was a place to eat. Actually, they thought that it looked more like a hair salon. But an American instantly recognizes the Rival Coffee Shop for what it is supposed to be: a diner, with 10 stools around a counter, booths, old Coca- Cola signs, '50s music on the speakers and coffee - American coffee - perking all the time. Claude Benouaich, 25, and Thierry Monnassier, 26, opened up not long ago because they had fallen in love with diners during six months or so in the United States and thought the French were ready for one. A lot of other people have thought lately that the French, those kings of cuisine, are ready for American food, because a small army of vintage, non- fast-food establishments have popped up all over the city, in many cases to standing room only.
December 14, 2006 |
August Wilson died last year after completing his cycle of 10 plays, each representing a decade in the 20th-century African American experience. Signature Theatre, whose mission is to focus each season on one playwright's work, is celebrating Wilson by presenting three of the less-frequently seen plays in the cycle. This new production of Two Trains Running, already extended twice, is solid and satisfying. It's 1969. In a diner in the same Pittsburgh neighborhood where most of Wilson's plays take place, the same people meet and drink coffee and talk every day. Over the course of 3 1/4 hours we get to know their habits and their preoccupations almost as well as they do; the measured pace of Lou Bellamy's direction establishes a profound level of realism that requires the kind of ensemble acting that this superb cast provides.
January 15, 1998 |
The Diner on the Square is history, following a feeding frenzy by buyers so hungry for bargains that they gobbled up all the restaurant's equipment. "It's a shame the auction had to happen, the result of high taxes and high rents that burden a small business," sighed disappointed owner Peter Bruhn. The economic facts of life in the 1990s forced Bruhn earlier this month to close the tile-and-chrome eatery he opened in 1986. But his voice was the only one tinged with disappointment in the shuttered diner yesterday as buyers looking for deals made bids on 118 assorted lots of items in 100 minutes flat.
August 23, 1990 |
The Country Squire Diner Restaurant, closed down by a fire Monday morning, served more than the usual assortment of family-style food. The restaurant also was renowned for its camaraderie among customers and employees. The cozy diner served luncheons for social clubs, breakfast for families after Sunday church services, rehearsal dinners for bridal parties and birthday parties for youngsters and had moderate prices for senior citizens. The diner has been operated by Gus Costalas and his family, who were at the site cleaning up after the fire and waiting for the insurance adjuster.
June 27, 1986 |
The world headquarters building of the Institute for Advanced Creative Thoughts & Stuff (IFACTS) was moved yesterday. Henceforth, it will be IFACTS- on-the-Delaware. The "world-headquarters building" is a classic old diner that for more than a year was at the southwest corner of 36th and Market Streets. All gussied up by Philadelphia artist Phil Simkin, in whose whimsy IFACTS exists, the diner was one of the attractions of a project of the University City Science Center (UCSC) to illustrate the link between art and science.