July 22, 1987 |
Philadelphians are the first folks east of Chicago to get a taste of what that city's dining critics call "dashboard cuisine at its finest. " Dock's, an 11-outlet chain of fried fish restaurants, has opened two stores in former Church's Fried Chicken locations on Broad Street - one at the corner of Catharine and the other at Parrish. There are plans for four more stores here and another three in Chicago by year-end. The planned Philadelphia locations will be 52nd and Thompson streets in West Philadelphia; 22nd street and Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia; on Limekiln Pike at Cheltenham Avenue, and Washington Lane and Stenton Avenue.
July 17, 2014 |
Just across from the Liberty Bell, another homage to America's roots opened Tuesday afternoon: a beer garden highlighting the country's own brews. Independence Beer Garden, located on the west side of Independence Mall at the foot of the Dow Chemical building, served its first glass just before 4 p.m. Michael Schulson, a 41-year-old chef who also owns Philadelphia's Sampan restaurant, always wanted to open a beer garden. Now, after a few hiccups that delayed the opening, he finally has. With 20 American beers on tap, the "garden" is big - approximately 22,000 square feet.
December 21, 2003 |
The Terrace Restaurant at Longwood Gardens brings to mind those informal but genteel eateries one often finds in a major art museum. The decor is understated here, and the cuisine has the civilized trappings, from the fris?e salad to the caramel apple tart. There are actually two restaurants at the Terrace: a cafe/buffet and a linen-and-candlelight, fine-dining room. Still, the style is casual, in part because the service is neighborhood-bar friendly. "We're sort of the back-end of the gardens," executive chef Frank Perko said.
March 11, 2005 |
Telling lies to save someone from a painful truth isn't the worst of sins, but in the small Scottish drama Dear Frankie deception takes its toll: on the mother who perpetuates the lie, and on its recipient, the title character, a keen-eyed, deaf, 9-year-old boy. The directing debut of Shona Auerbach, a British-trained still and film photographer, Dear Frankie is set in the down-but-not-quite-out working-class precincts of a seaside town, where...
June 13, 1997 |
"The Van," the third in a series of movies based on books by Irish writer Roddy Doyle, is the least of the three pictures. After a rousing start, this story of two unemployed Irishmen who start their own fast food business falters badly, limping toward a downbeat and unsatisfying conclusion. Colm Meaney, who appeared in the first two installments - "The Commitments" and "The Snapper" - stars as Larry, a jobless father of three whose employment status is beginning to gnaw at his family and at his own bubbly spirit, which is buoyed by frequent trips to the pub. When Larry's best buddy Bimbo (Donal O'Kelly)
December 3, 2000 |
It took 11 months for Black Sheep owners Matt Kennedy and James Stephens to convert the space at 247 S. 17th St. into a replica of a 1850s pub, but they did it - amber sconces, Brazilian black cherry wood floors, textured, leatherlike wallpaper and all. The result is an Irish bar from heaven, where young people in wool sweaters and Doc Martens mingle easily with Main Liners. With brogues as thick and sweet as the head on a Guinness, Belfast-born Kennedy and Stephens of Cavern describe the work they put into transforming the place.
February 16, 1995 |
If you can't find something to like at the Greater Philadelphia Mid-Winter Scottish and Irish Music Festival and Fair (whew!), then you'd better make tracks back to the Old Sod - because there's just no pleasin' ya. The two-day festival, which is to start Saturday at the Valley Forge Convention Center, will offer music, dancing, arts and crafts, vendors, classic cars, military re-enactments, a tartan display, whiskey tastings, and lots of food....
June 30, 1994 |
HOW FISH AND CHIPS CAME TO SYMBOLIZE NORTH AMERICA "Pizza G-7" as originally constituted was a little too hot for some diplomats to handle. Seems the special pizza tossed up for next month's Group of Seven (G-7) summit in Naples was behind a bit of a diplomatic flap. The Lombardi brothers' pizzeria in the southern Italian port had concocted the special Pizza G-7 featuring ingredients for each nation involved in the summit. But Pizza G-7 wasn't quite to Canada's taste.
January 3, 1992 |
The Samuel Adams Brew House was brand new when I last visited for reviewing purposes. That was two years ago. Since then, this pub in the 1500 block of Sansom Street has expanded its seating, added a bar game or two and devoted a good bit of its wall space to photographs of Big 5 basketball greats. On Saturday afternoons in the fall, the bar was a gathering spot for football fans who liked company while watching a game on TV. But the place can also be a haven for Center City shoppers who want a midafternoon bite without spending a bundle.
September 10, 1987 |
Old Original Bookbinder's is going to the Taj Mahal. Not to Agra, India, but to Atlantic City, where Resorts International's $800 million, 1,200-room, Taj Mahal convention hotel is slated for completion in the fall of 1988. New York developer Donald Trump, who bought a controlling interest in Resorts earlier this year, flew into Philadelphia by helicopter yesterday to join Albert and John Taxin - owners of the Philadelphia landmark - upstairs at Bookbinder's to announce the joint venture.