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November 5, 1989 | By John V. R. Bull, Inquirer Staff Writer
While newer hotel restaurants generally emphasize quality of cuisine, the Haymarket dining room in the Mount Laurel Hilton sticks to the tried and true. Unfortunately, the old ways no longer seem so good. The unexciting decor in this brightly lighted restaurant seems little changed over the years, while the cuisine is a throwback to the days when steak houses were in vogue. With bookshelf-lined walls, the cavernous dining room has something of a library atmosphere, although it would have more appeal if the lighting were more romantic.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1998 | By Gerald Etter, INQUIRER FOOD EDITOR
It's not quite ready to be called the Restaurant Row of Queen Village, but with the opening of the New Wave Cafe's dining room, Third and Catharine Streets now has two restaurant attractions. For those not familiar with the area, New Wave is directly across from Dmitri's, the very small Mediterranean BYOB where long lines of patrons endure the no-reservations policy to savor the now-legendary fresh fish dishes. It was, the story goes, this policy that helped give birth to New Wave's serious dining room.
NEWS
March 23, 1986 | By John V. R. Bull, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's nice when a restaurant improves but oh, so sad when the reverse occurs. Unfortunately, that is what has happened to the elegant cuisine and dining room at the former Tall Pines Inn in Sewell. Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski took over the restaurant and surrounding golf course nearly two years ago, renamed it the Eagles' Nest Golf and Country Club and downgraded the restaurant to an informal dining room with little character and modest food. Now called Mulligan's, the restaurant seems as much a sportsman's hangout as a public dining room.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1991 | By Maria Gallagher, Daily News Restaurant Critic
The name of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel's most formal restaurant is simplicity itself: The Dining Room. The generously-proportioned room, with its crystal chandeliers and discreet piano music, is quite proper and restrained. The service is correct and unobtrusive. By now, you may be thinking: Uh-oh, here it comes. Boring food. On the contrary. Alsatian-born chef Philippe Reininger is turning out dazzlingly beautiful, original dishes that tickle the imagination as well as the palate.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2015
Q: My husband and I can't agree on something we need to deal with very soon. We have a lot of dinner parties but are having more than usual the number of people over for Thanksgiving and can't fit them all in the dining room. My husband wants to make our living room the dining room, and not just for the holidays. He wants to put a couple of picnic tables in the middle of the living room, even though we rarely use the living room. I prefer a more formal setting. Please help. - Nita A: Are you against switching the rooms, or you just don't like the casualness of picnic tables?
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWO MEN WERE gunned down inside a Harrowgate home yesterday, police said, slain in cold blood mere feet from where one victim's family eats its meals. Last night, that family filed back into the home as the streetlamps clicked on over Jasper Street near Pacific. The aunt of the man who lived there declined to comment and didn't wish to disclose his name. Police provided only his age, 20. It was more than they knew last night about the other victim, a man whom they hadn't identified but whom they estimated to be in his late 20s or early 30s. A neighbor called 9-1-1 about 3 p.m. after having trouble reaching the 20-year-old, according to Chief Inspector Scott Small.
FOOD
June 18, 2009 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
In one breath, Susanna Foo explains that she is leaving these elegant digs on Walnut Street, closing her eponymous landmark of a dining room - the wellspring of her groundbreaking style of French-Chinese fusion - because she needs to "simplify. " She is vigorous still, at 65. But she was stressed from splitting herself - sometimes it almost seemed literally - between the Center City kitchen and her sleeker, newer (since 2006) Radnor restaurant, which will remain open. There's another reason to stay closer to her Main Line home: Her husband's health is not what it once was; a worrisome unsteadiness has crept into his gait.
BUSINESS
December 7, 1998 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Bryn Kaufman has gone from selling microcomputers from the dining room in his father's house to running a $35 million reseller of computer hardware, software and other equipment in the last 13 years. Kaufman moved his company, CMPExpress.com Inc., in October from Broomall to a second-floor office in the Hilltop Professional Building in Brookhaven. The young entrepreneur talks about tripling his 40-person workforce during the next year and getting ready for an initial public offering.
FOOD
July 23, 2000 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
There are no windows in the luxurious dining room of the newly christened Westin hotel Grill Room. Its walls are so padded with posh green upholstery and dark wood accents that it feels like eating inside a Victorian sofa. Alone. That's right. There are virtually no customers in this dining room. And it is Friday night. What a strange sensation to sit in a space so lavish, decked with fine linens and crystal, an orchid on every table, the antique breakfronts filled with china, and watch all these gracious padded armchairs remain empty.
NEWS
May 18, 2007 | By Alan Jaffe FOR THE INQUIRER
Longtime visitors remember Wida's, a mainstay built in the 1920s that in more recent years billed itself as "an old-fashioned seashore hotel like grandmother used to frequent. " Well, grandma, Wida's is gone. But unlike the island's cedar-shingled bungalows that were torn down and replaced with vinyl-sided seamonsters, Wida's has undergone a face-lift, an update, and a name change. Say hello to Daddy O. Martin Grims, the restaurateur who owns the Moshulu and several Main Line bistros, has turned the old Brant Beach structure into a 22-room boutique hotel and dining room aimed at the hip, urbane patron.
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NEWS
March 2, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
THE THOUSAND or so hand-painted faces looking down from the buttery walls of the Palm restaurant are full of smiles, for the most part. Mr. T isn't happy, of course, and it's hard to tell how the collies (Dixie and Pumpkin) feel, but most faces are beaming, from Rob Lowe's brother, Chad, to former Eagles linebacker Dhani Jones and the actor Lorenzo Lamas, who played Lance Cumson on the 1980s TV show Falcon Crest . Chad who? Falcon what? Isn't Donnie Jones the Eagles' punter? That's been the problem lately at the Palm.
REAL_ESTATE
February 29, 2016 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Worcester Township one recent winter day: a landscape of neo-Colonial homes with white siding and stone fa├žades on large lots piled with snow. But then, down a bucolic road, a Tuscan villa appears. Has the traveler been transported to sunny Italy? The pale-amber stucco structure with arched windows and an elegant portico belongs to Bill and Donna Minor, who built the house nine years ago. "I didn't want just another box," Bill says. Donna had been to Tuscany and was fond of the Spanish- and Tuscan-influenced homes in Southern California, where she lived for 20 years.
NEWS
February 17, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
The Palm, one of Center City's longest-running steakhouses, will close for what is billed as a major renovation after business on Feb. 29. The restaurant, in the Hyatt at the Bellevue at Broad and Walnut Streets, is due to reopen late in the fourth quarter of 2016 or early 2017. The parent company said the Philadelphia restaurant will be the seventh to receive a new design. The Palm opened in 1989 and quickly became a power room that helped usurp the city's private clubs. Of late, though, it has been upstaged by newer competitors.
REAL_ESTATE
February 7, 2016 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Timing is everything for Josh and Jen Hilbert. They lived in their 3,500-square-foot Radnor home for about seven years before renovating it. "We received three sets of plans from our architect, Jim Cassidy, soon after we moved in 2007," Josh says, "but we didn't proceed until we thought it was the right time and we were comfortable with the proposed changes. "I think it is important to get to know a house before you change it," he says. "We tweaked the plans over the years, but last year decided to finally go ahead and do it. " The couple, who met at Council Rock High School in Bucks County, have two children.
REAL_ESTATE
January 25, 2016 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Dave and Carol Spacht could be living in a bygone era. Several mornings a week, the couple lock the Dutch door of their early-19th-century farmhouse and go to work - he to his nearby sawmill, she to her job as a seamstress, wearing a ruffled cap, a long dress, an apron, and a shawl. Instead of traveling from their Blue Bell home by horse and wagon, though, Carol Spacht hitches up her skirt and gets behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla. Dave Spacht drives a Dodge truck. Still, this is a couple who value age. "We've never owned a new car," Carol says.
REAL_ESTATE
December 21, 2015 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Step into Ann Keith Kennedy's house in Haddonfield at this time of year, and you find yourself in the midst of a very modern celebration of Christmas. The living room is swathed in red and white, from white stars of Bethlehem in the windows to red cushions and ribbons on the furniture. A tree glowing with white lights guards toy trains and a Nativity scene, the gift of a great-grandmother in Alabama. The red-and-white motif stands out against shining wood floors, taupe walls lined with white bookcases designed by Kennedy, and comfortable yet simple furniture.
REAL_ESTATE
December 14, 2015 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Even from the street, Joyce and Donald Sico's Tudor on a corner in Riverton leaves no doubt that the holiday season is upon us. From its front porch to its upstairs balconies, the house is ablaze with lights that suggest a warm glow indoors as well. But seeing is believing, and a visit a few weeks before Christmas reveals a holiday enchantment inside that has been spun gracefully, without overpowering the home's innate charm. Joyce, 62, and Donald, 61, are both from New York state.
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWO MEN WERE gunned down inside a Harrowgate home yesterday, police said, slain in cold blood mere feet from where one victim's family eats its meals. Last night, that family filed back into the home as the streetlamps clicked on over Jasper Street near Pacific. The aunt of the man who lived there declined to comment and didn't wish to disclose his name. Police provided only his age, 20. It was more than they knew last night about the other victim, a man whom they hadn't identified but whom they estimated to be in his late 20s or early 30s. A neighbor called 9-1-1 about 3 p.m. after having trouble reaching the 20-year-old, according to Chief Inspector Scott Small.
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