January 31, 1986 |
They have increased the portions and lowered the prices at the Fish Market. They have hired cheerful waiters and waitresses. They have updated the menu. The changes are laudable. Now, if they would concentrate on the basic things . . . how to cook rice, how to make soup, how to grill tuna. On one visit the rice was littered with raisins, a terrible idea. The next time there were no raisins, but the rice was dry, hard and lukewarm. Seafood chowder was a tomato-based soup with bits of too-chewy clams.
February 9, 1986 |
Halfway through a recent lunch at the Fish Market, the restaurant's chef, Peter Howell, appeared at our table. A member of the staff had issued a critic alert, and Howell had responded by letting us know that we'd been spotted. Such candor is unusual and much appreciated. The same straightforward style seems reflected in the restaurant's food since Howell took over last summer. Each of his new menus has incorporated a few old Fish Market favorites but, for the most part, the dishes are new and pleasantly uncomplicated, the portions ample and the prices scaled down.
December 13, 1990 |
Leonard Christopher Jr., a fish-store handyman, yesterday was found guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Frankford woman in an alley behind the fish market where he worked. "I was railroaded," Christopher, 38, blurted as he was escorted in handcuffs by sheriffs' deputies through a City Hall corridor after the verdict. "I didn't kill Carol Dowd. I did not even know Carol Dowd. I was implicated by prostitutes, that is, pipers, that the police put up. " A Common Pleas Court jury deliberated eight hours over two days before announcing a verdict on evidence that the prosecution acknowledged was circumstantial.
August 2, 1986 |
Three fish-market workers were arrested yesterday and charged in the theft last year of $7.9 million from a Wells Fargo depot, the largest cash robbery in U.S. history. Joseph Coffey, 49, Paul "Little Paulie" Mazzarese, 58, and John "Beansie" Campanella, 44, all of New York City, were ordered jailed until a bail hearing Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Ruth Washington. The robbery took place April 29, 1985, when four masked men surprised Wells Fargo guards after midnight at one of the firm's facilities and took an estimated $7.9 million from the vault.
August 20, 1986 |
Food is big business in the 1980s - the ever-growing number of gourmet food shops and takeouts attests to that. And more are on the way. One of the most visible blossomings has been at the Reading Terminal Market, where the newest addition, the Reading Terminal Deli, will open in October. The market recently added a package checking service and curbside pickup. General manager David O'Neill says it is planning home delivery and an improvement program that could have the market air-conditioned and with new restrooms by next summer.
July 22, 1987 |
The venerable Fish Market restaurant, 18th and Sansom streets in Center City, recently joined the prix fixe early dinner trend. The particulars: For $11.95 a person, you get a pre-selected first course (soup or salad or appetizer, depending on what chef Peter Howell dreams up), a choice of main course (from three seafood entrees), a pre-selected dessert, and coffee or tea. Menus change weekly. On a recent visit to the restaurant, the meal began with wonderfully chewy rolls from a bakery in South Philly and a light (some might say thin)
May 4, 2014 |
Walter Moody, 93, of Philadelphia, who partnered with a friend on a chain of small grocery stores and went on to found other businesses, died Saturday, April 26, of heart disease at Lankenau Hospital. A graduate of Central High School, he grew up on Myrtle Street in North Philadelphia in the 1920s. At the time, the area was a melting pot for families of different nationalities. Mr. Moody befriended Irwin Rosenzweig, whose father ran a dry goods store. The friendship endured; when Mr. Moody wanted to act on his belief that a man should own a business, he turned to Rosenzweig for help.
January 27, 1995 |
Several more blighted Center City properties owned by the late Samuel Rappaport, including the site of the old Fish Market restaurant at 18th and Sansom Streets, might soon change hands. Real estate investor Ralph Heller said yesterday that he and a partner, Leroy Kean, had agreed to purchase the Fish Market building and a row of run- down properties in the 1600 block of Sansom Street. The deal, while not complete, is another indication that Rappaport's estate is acting to erase some of the blight associated with the speculator's vast inventory.
January 12, 2012 |
To say the region is in a brewpub frenzy is no understatement. Iron Hill just opened its ninth location, in Chestnut Hill, and is planning a 10th in South Jersey in 2013. In Ambler, Forest & Main Brewing Co. is due to open toward the end of the month. A bit further off is Ardmore's Tired Hands Brewing Co. Opening last month: Bill Mangan's third McKenzie Brew House , a bright, tasteful transformation of the Charlie Brown's Steakhouse in Valley Fair Shopping Center off Route 202 (324 W. Swedesford Rd., Berwyn, 610-407-4300)
June 3, 2014
J ANET STECHMAN, 57, of South Philadelphia, co-owns Anastasi Seafood in the Italian Market. Her co-owner and brother, Salvatore Anastasi, is the buyer, while she runs the restaurant and oversees human resources and financials. The family-owned business also includes a fish market. Stechman recently finished the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at the Community College of Philadelphia that helps businesses grow. Q: What did you learn during the program? A: It was the first time I actually left the business to work on the business.