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NEWS
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.
REAL_ESTATE
August 17, 2014 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Teresa Shields Westkaemper lives in a sprawling four-bedroom house in Jenkintown with husband Paul Westkaemper and their three daughters. She is an accomplished watercolorist with a master's degree in fine art, and a very specific artistic sensibility: She loves circles and the colors red and blue. "I can't tell you why I like circles, but I always have, and I express them everywhere," she says. It makes sense, then, that after a renovation that included demolishing and rebuilding the rear of the structure, the Westkaemper home is blue in the front and has a red caboose, so to speak.
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.
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.
NEWS
May 7, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Andreotti's Viennese Cafe opened in Cherry Hill in 1983, Marianne Andreotti would deliver her restaurant's seven-cheese spread to people sitting outside in their cars, waiting for a table. "We were so afraid they were going to leave," said Andreotti, whose father, Mark, started the restaurant on Route 70, then primarily a pastry shop with lunch seating. The patrons stayed, and the Andreottis expanded, over the years adding a dining room, piano, bar, and dance floor. The space evolved, but the traditions remained, including free hors d'oeuvres and desserts and music and dancing on Saturday nights.
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REAL_ESTATE
August 17, 2014 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Teresa Shields Westkaemper lives in a sprawling four-bedroom house in Jenkintown with husband Paul Westkaemper and their three daughters. She is an accomplished watercolorist with a master's degree in fine art, and a very specific artistic sensibility: She loves circles and the colors red and blue. "I can't tell you why I like circles, but I always have, and I express them everywhere," she says. It makes sense, then, that after a renovation that included demolishing and rebuilding the rear of the structure, the Westkaemper home is blue in the front and has a red caboose, so to speak.
REAL_ESTATE
June 23, 2014 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Looking down from the wall of the dining room of Fred and Elizabeth Walker's home in Wyndmoor are Jean Baptiste and Francoise Verdenal, who came to the United States from France in 1830 and made their way to St. Louis before ultimately traveling in a covered wagon to California, where they settled in 1852. "They were my ancestors, many generations back," Fred Walker says. "My mother gave me the portraits, which had been sitting in her attic for years, and we restored them and set them on our wall of our new house here.
REAL_ESTATE
April 14, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
At first glance, Darlene and Bart Ingraldi's Hainesport house looks like a well-designed and well-decorated traditional one, with contemporary touches. Look around some more, though, and it's clear that this house combines convention with whimsy, the pleasantly ordinary with the totally extraordinary. Bart Ingraldi is a collector of the old and unusual, most especially ephemera - those things not initially meant to be preserved, and particularly, but not limited to, paper items. "I inherited this happy madness from my parents, and even when I was a kid, I loved old things," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kitchen design used to be simple: It was all about the work triangle, allowing the cook to move efficiently from refrigerator to range to sink. Now, though, designers have more complex calculations to make. After all, the work triangle never accounted for the second island, the extra prep sink, or the double oven - or where to situate the love seat, fireplace, tablet-docking station, and flat-screen television. "It's quite a revolutionary time in kitchens," Philadelphia kitchen designer Joanne Hudson said.
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Marc Vetri has heard the jokes about battling for pizza dollars with Sbarro, his neighbor at the Moorestown Mall. He's heard the wisecracks about needing to accessorize with blinking pagers - and a Cheesecake Factory line's worth of waiting diners - if his new Osteria is to amount to anything in chain-crazy South Jersey. But Vetri, as much a master contrarian as he is a maestro of ethereal "Francobolli" ravioli and spit-roasted suckling pig, is ready to prove his doubters wrong. Again.
REAL_ESTATE
February 2, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
There are two contrasting points of view when it comes to the memories a home holds after a spouse or partner has died: "So many memories - I can't stay!" is one. "So many memories - I can't leave!" is the other. For Miriam Grossmann, who lost her husband of 59 years last spring, the latter emotion determined her plans. "We built this house together - we lived here so happily that it's really where I belong," Grossmann says of the Haddon Heights rancher she and her husband, Saul, had built back in 1961 on an open parcel known as the "Penn Hughes Tract.
FOOD
December 13, 2013 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Avance opening Friday Friday is opening night for Avance , the progressive-American restaurant from Roxborough-bred/New York-honored chef Justin Bogle at 1523 Walnut St. (215-405-0700). He and business partner Chris Scarduzio stripped the dining room and bar of its past as Le Bec-Fin 3.0. The sleek dining room features a dazzling ceiling fixture of old-fashioned bulbs set to varying heights, adding contrast to candlelit, unclothed walnut tables. Vertical strips of greenery trim the side walls.
FOOD
November 1, 2013 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
And for the next big act debuting soon on the Avenue of the Arts: Dinner in 16 one-bite acts? "The stage is set for Iron Chef Jose Garces," touts a blue banner draped across the Spruce Street flank of the Kimmel Center, where the marquee restaurant called Volvér is under construction for an opening by the end of the year. That the Kimmel Center is trying again to house a serious restaurant is only part of the story. The first attempt 11 years ago failed miserably with Cadence - the second-floor venue doomed by high prices, inconsistent cooking, and even more sporadic hours.
REAL_ESTATE
October 21, 2013 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
If it could talk, Diana Post's "little square house," as she calls it, would probably like to thank the letter carrier who delivered architect Shep Houston's New Yorker magazine to her by mistake about 10 years ago. As these things go, it was quite the fortuitous mail mishap. "Shep also lived behind my house in West Philadelphia," Post says. "I returned the magazine and found she was my neighbor just when I was looking for an architect. " Houston, she says, had worked with many Main Line homeowners who "love their old houses and want to improve them, not tear them down.
REAL_ESTATE
October 14, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
When Val Nehez and Anthony Tyler visited Falls United Methodist Church in 2006, after learning that the former East Falls place of worship and its adjacent rectory were for sale, "there were still prayer books in the pews," she says. The couple immediately made an offer, with plans to transform the church, which had closed a year earlier, into office space for rent and the rectory (half a twin) into their family home. "I was hesitant," Tyler says, "but Val had the vision. " It wasn't a leap of faith.
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