June 23, 2014 |
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.
October 28, 1994 |
The server was uncorking champagne almost as if she were taking part in a locker-room sports celebration. Between pops, she noticed a gentleman's empty glass - one she had filled only moments before. "Oh. I see your glass has a hole in it, sir," she said good-naturedly. "Yes," the diner agreed. "Could you fill it please?" And more bubbly was poured. The unlimited champagne was part of a $19.95 brunch held Sundays at Marriott's Seaview Resort on Route 9 in Absecon.
May 7, 2006 |
What we like: This Boyertown restaurant is unabashedly down-home, with a cheerful staff and casual atmosphere. The large, open dining room is paneled and beamed in a country version of chalet style. Plenty of seating awaits the mostly local crowd that wanders in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. What to watch for: A large waterwheel quietly churns in one of the three rooms. Installed 16 years ago, the wheel was made especially for the restaurant. Decorative plates featuring covered bridges - no two alike - line a ledge that rings the main dining room.
April 11, 2012 |
When Michael Vogel was studying architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, he would spend a lot of his free time building things in the school's furniture-grade wood shop. Ten years as an investment banker, first in New York and then in Philadelphia, did not dull the Elkins Park native's interest in woodworking. "I tried to get access to woodshops regularly, but always found closed doors," Vogel said. The shops he approached would cite wear and tear on the machines, or insurance concerns, or that Vogel would be getting in the way as reasons to shut him out. The alternative was signing up for classes at a woodworking school, thus having regular access to a shop, but his schedule would not allow him to commit to, for example, certain set hours every Monday night.
June 13, 2011
A 72-year-old man died in a house fire in Northwest Philadelphia Sunday night. The man was found in the dining room of his home in the 7000 block of Georgian Road in the city's West Oak Lane section. The house was fully engulfed in fire when firefighters arrived at 7:36 p.m. The fire was under control in under 20 minutes, according to police. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Jeff Shields
September 20, 2000 |
The landmark Mickey Rooney's Tabas Hotel was hopping again yesterday, but the scene was far different from the old days, when Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Bobby Rydell packed them in to Downingtown's version of a borscht-belt resort. Yesterday's crowd did not want to bring down the house - they wanted to take it with them. "Everything goes," said auctioneer Barry Slosberg. "If you see something you want, just yell out. " Helen Ekaro of East Lansdowne took the fountain in the lobby of the Lancaster Avenue landmark.
March 10, 1991 |
Some words of advice to the folks at the new Ritz-Carlton: Less is more, guys. Trust me on that one. At two recent review meals at the new Center City hotel, I kept hoping that the young and enthusiastic staff would just back off a bit, leaving us to enjoy our meals relatively uninterrupted by their eager attempts to please. And that the talented kitchen crew could do a little less in the way of decorating every plate to the point where I wasn't sure whether I should eat or frame some courses.
July 5, 2013 |
It was five years ago that a man and a woman were shot to death in the dining room of a Coatesville home. Authorities still are looking for the killer or killers. To mark the crime's anniversary, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Wednesday that Coatesville and the Citizen's Crime Commission are offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murders of Carnell Parker, 24, and Shontae Peterson, 21. "The Chester County Detectives and Coatesville Police Department continue to seek justice for the victims in this senseless, violent murder," Hogan said.
October 17, 1991 |
The lunch menu featured angel-hair pasta bolognese, with a side dish of marinated peppers that dazzled the palate. The wine was exquisite, the salad top-notch, and the bread as fresh as can be. The patrons, well-dressed professionals, seemed to push aside their workday concerns in the elegant but friendly atmosphere of a tastefully decorated dining room. Another chic Center City eatery serving three-martini lunches to expense- account yuppies? Wrong. None of these people would even consider going out to lunch on Friday, no matter who was paying.
July 31, 1998 |
MARIGOLD MAKES IT BACK The Marigold Dining Room, 501 S. 45th St. in University City, is up and running again under the new partnership of Richard DeMatt and Charles "Chaz" Covington. When Dish reported the deal in the spring, the guys weren't ready to reveal their identities till they quit their other jobs - DeMatt was a waiter at the Four Seasons' Fountain Room, Covington cooked at the Harbor League Club in New Jersey. Both were eager to see the Marigold restored to its long-running Americana style under previous owner Betty Rastelli, who still owns the quaint Victorian building.