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.
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.
May 7, 2013 |
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.
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.
February 4, 2010 |
Main Line restaurateurs Win and Sutida Somboonsong have completed their takeover of the short-lived Maia (789 E. Lancaster Ave. in Villanova), which they began last summer with Azie on Main , a pan-Asian concept, on the second floor. Last week, they opened MIXX (610-527-0700), a comfort-fooder with a bar, on the first floor next to Summit Sports Training Center. MIXX is intended as a Main Line drop-in, with a menu of $8 and $9 burgers and sandwiches, $6 to $12 apps, pizzas, salads, and $12 to $16 entrees.
April 4, 1986 |
FOCUS ON HOUSING Blue Bell Woods Whitpain Township 646-2233 Blue Bell Woods, townhouses with three different floor plans, are under construction by Toll Bros. in Whitpain Township. Set on a 50-acre site, the townhouses are being built in three "villages" adjacent to large areas of woods and open space. Each unit, priced between $127,900 and $139,900, will have about 2,000 square feet of living space. Extra-cost options, including a basement and a loft, add considerably more living space.
September 11, 2011 |
This personal journey begins at the end. After 50 hours in New York City to get out of the neighborhood and take in a couple of plays, my wife and I returned home, where we had left our 19-year-old son Cale to his own devices. His older sister thought us crazy. And so began our second journey, an investigation, sniffing for clues about what happened during our absence. Clue No. 1: A strange car sits in the driveway. Clue No. 2: We get blasted by an overwhelming odor as we open the front door.
February 6, 1993 |
To his CB buddies, Steven Boozer is known as "Clamdigger" - his handle the last 20 to 25 years because of his passion for fishing and his time spent with the merchant marine. But for two days in October, nobody heard from the spunky 71-year-old as he lay bleeding and dazed in his Clayton home. Boozer, who wears leg braces and lives alone, had been knocked unconscious in his kitchen the night of Oct. 3. A friend who stopped by two days later to deliver Boozer's mail found him drifting in and out of consciousness and bleeding from a head wound.
August 31, 1986
I write, as a taxpayer interested in waste of money, about the houses in the Logan neighborhood that were built on unstable land. Instead of spending $35 million to repair them, tear them down. Build a playground. Then look around Philadelphia, as I have, and you will find 100 homes for sale in very good condition, three bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, dining room, living room, finished basement and garage, for less than $60,000. If the U.S. government and the city are sincere, they could buy these homes for under $5 million and convey them to the owners of the homes in Logan; they would continue to pay whatever they now owe on their Logan homes.
October 25, 1989 |
"Ten-pound looks," a defense lawyer called them - the cold angry stares of victims confronting Ralph and Anthony Birdsong. The brothers are charged with two killings, several pistol-whippings, a rape and the wounding of four people in an orgy of violence inside an Oak Lane rowhouse in July 1988. As their murder trial continued yesterday, the brothers seemed to ignore the courtroom stares from victims of the bloodbath, but defense lawyer Dick Brown noted the hostility. Witness Kim Glenn was throwing "10-pound looks," Brown said, and asked her, "You're angry, aren't you?"