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August 17, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Thursday, 4,500 people dressed in white, having paid for the privilege of lugging their own tables, chairs, and picnic dinners, will gather at an as-yet-undisclosed location in Philadelphia, then ceremoniously wave their napkins and share a meal. It's the fourth annual Diner en Blanc, Philadelphia - a radical act of public dining that has been polarizing in a city where the preferred alfresco meal is still a cheesesteak. Yet, 30,000 people have joined a wait-list (those who previously attended or were invited get first dibs)
NEWS
January 13, 1998 | Inquirer photographs by Michael S. Wirtz
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.
NEWS
July 24, 1988 | By Laura Fortunato, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
August 27, 1989 | By Cynthia Mayer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 3, 1992 | By John V. R. Bull, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1987 | By BEN YAGODA, Daily News Movie Critic
"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.
NEWS
November 23, 1986 | By Steve Twomey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
The Midtown II, a landmark diner and bar that has thrived on the edge of the city's Gayborhood for 43 years, will close its doors for good next week, the result of a series of financial setbacks that landed its owner in bankruptcy court. According to documents filed last week in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, the diner's owner, Gus Hionas, has agreed to relinquish ownership of the Midtown II and its liquor license to its creditors to settle at least $4.2 million in debts. Hionas, who founded the Midtown II in 1974, declined to comment on the bankruptcy.
NEWS
December 14, 2006 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | Staff Report
A two-alarm fire in an adjoining diner forced the evacuation of a Days Inn hotel in Chester city overnight, officials said. No injuries were reported in the blaze at the Grape Leaves diner, 1301 Edgemont Ave. The fire broke out about 3 a.m. and heavy smoke forced officials to evacuate the hotel, officials said. Firefighters brought the blaze under control within a half-hour. Guests were allowed to return to the hotel by 6:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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NEWS
August 9, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
Whenever a South Jersey diner closes, its customers lament. Whether it's a fire that destroys the building, financial woes, or owners' exhaustion, the New Jersey staples are missed by regulars. Olga's Diner in Marlton opened in 1959 and shut down in 2008. The sign remains outside the abandoned building. The Freeway Diner in Deptford, open since 1978, shut down in May 2015. The Crystal Lake Diner in Haddon Township opened in 1990 and hasn't reopened after a two-alarm fire back in 2014.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Erin Serpico and Michael Klein, STAFF WRITERS
Geets Diner, a landmark in Williamstown for nearly 75 years, abruptly closed its doors during a routine lunch hour Monday. "It was where you had your hometown people," said Monroe Township Mayor Dan Teefy. "It was 15 minutes of saying hello to everybody before you sat down. " On the morning of the diner's closing, owner NJK Hospitality L.L.C.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition was converted to Chapter 7, which calls for liquidation of assets. Teefy said a bankruptcy court order called for the immediate closure.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
The Midtown II, a landmark diner and bar that has thrived on the edge of the city's Gayborhood for 43 years, will close its doors for good next week, the result of a series of financial setbacks that landed its owner in bankruptcy court. According to documents filed last week in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, the diner's owner, Gus Hionas, has agreed to relinquish ownership of the Midtown II and its liquor license to its creditors to settle at least $4.2 million in debts. Hionas, who founded the Midtown II in 1974, declined to comment on the bankruptcy.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITER
The vice president slipped into a booth at the Mayfair Diner next to a trio of middle-aged women. "I don't mean to interrupt you," he said, grinning. "In fact, I did mean to interrupt you. " For the next half-hour, Biden worked the tables inside the narrow diner on Frankford Avenue with his trademark charm. He was on hand to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty, who introduced herself to diners as "a good Northeast girl" with the accent to prove it. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D, Pa.)
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
Ohio Gov. John Kasich made his way from booth to booth at the Penrose Diner on Monday, interrupting breakfasts, posing for smartphone photos, and asking questions. At one point, he teased a young girl about her "nutritional choices. " She was eating bacon and buttered toast. The Republican presidential candidate was on the hunt for votes in Philadelphia the morning after his campaign and that of rival Sen. Ted Cruz announced an unusual divide-and-conquer alliance, in an attempt to deny front-runner Donald Trump the 1,237 delegates needed to win the party's nomination.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By John N. McGuire, Staff Writer
When Joan Browning, 74, started her shift at 6 a.m. Wednesday, the last thing she expected to see was the mayor of Cherry Hill with a proclamation for her. "I was just shocked," Browning said later that morning from behind a well-kept counter at Ponzio's, the restaurant where she has worked since February 1966. About five months ago, the landmark diner's owners, John Giambanis and brothers Nick and John Fifis, decided to put up banners and bus stop posters in the township to celebrate Browning's 50th anniversary as a waitress at Ponzio's - almost as long as the diner has been where Routes 70 and 41 meet.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | Staff Report
A two-alarm fire in an adjoining diner forced the evacuation of a Days Inn hotel in Chester city overnight, officials said. No injuries were reported in the blaze at the Grape Leaves diner, 1301 Edgemont Ave. The fire broke out about 3 a.m. and heavy smoke forced officials to evacuate the hotel, officials said. Firefighters brought the blaze under control within a half-hour. Guests were allowed to return to the hotel by 6:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
NEWS
March 14, 2016
The Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Bellmawr Police Department are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who attempted to rob a Bellmawr diner Friday night. The suspect entered the Club Diner on North Black Horse Pike in Bellmawr just before 6:30 p.m. and gave the cashier a demand note, according to police. The cashier refused to open the register and the suspect fled the scene. The man, who has short, dark hair and was wearing dark sunglasses, didn't display a weapon.
NEWS
February 17, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
South Philadelphia's iconic Melrose Diner, a favorite of mobsters, drag queens, and Philadelphia celebrities from Fabian to Kevin Bacon, was hit last week with 29 health violations, 13 of them serious. Among the violations the inspector spotted were raw eggs and Canadian bacon held at bacteria-friendly temperatures, a kitchen employee drinking from an open cup, and uncovered foods in refrigeration units. He also noted graffiti written on a urinal partition. "It was literally minor, very minor things," said Renee Sheeran, a manager at the landmark eatery where Passyunk and Snyder Avenues meet 15th Street.
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