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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.
REAL_ESTATE
September 23, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Marsha Weinraub and Stuart Schmidt embarked 17 years ago on the transformation of a barber shop and brownfield into a dramatic home with two gardens. At the time, the couple were living with two young sons in a small rowhouse in Fairmount. "I was carrying babies up and down steep steps," Weinraub recalls. Seeking more space, they checked out a storefront corner house and two overgrown lots for sale nearby in Spring Garden. Three rowhouses had been built on the site in the mid-1800s.
FOOD
September 6, 2013 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
After a frenzied six-week renovation, Peppercorn (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-964-2588) has opened at Eagle Village Shops in the spot that for 12 years was a Georges Perrier restaurant known as Le Mas Perrier, Le Mas, and georges'. The Main Line building's bones are the same. It's a series of rooms, including a rustic, high-ceilinged bar, a sunny rear garden room, a hushed main dining room, and assorted nooks. Where Le Mas Perrier aspired to the look of a farmhouse in the south of France, Peppercorn has opted for an overall feeling of warmth and luxury.
NEWS
August 23, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernard Perrier, 65, of Moorestown, an unassuming, self-taught intellectual whose love and appreciation of lively conversation, fine wine, and French cuisine helped define the acclaimed Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec-Fin for 40 years, died Sunday, Aug. 18, at his home. The cause of death was heart failure, said his wife, Linda Oliver Perrier. Known to his family as "Bear," Mr. Perrier worked closely for most of his life with his brother Georges, the restaurant's chef and founder.
REAL_ESTATE
July 29, 2013 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
Six years ago, Liz Donaghy got the chance few get, and even fewer take: She reinvented herself. Her midlife metamorphosis consisted of the following: She and her partner, Jamie Mullen, exchanged their first-floor brownstone apartment in Philadelphia's Fairmount section for a bungalow in Longport, at the Jersey Shore. Liz, now 42, stopped selling investments and began growing sweet peas, sorrel, and more than 250 other plants on the couple's new property, many of them for her new gardening business.
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