December 2, 1988 |
Horn & Hardart plans to open a restaurant in Jenkintown by February, bringing to three the number of locations for the reconstituted company, a venerable purveyor of modestly priced, rib-sticking food. The 100-year-old company once served 800,000 customers a day in 80 restaurants in Philadelphia and New York. It opened the nation's first Automat in 1902 at 818 Chestnut St. By 1986, after two bankruptcies, the company was down to one restaurant, in Bala Cynwyd. But recently, Horn & Hardart has been on the move.
May 24, 1990 |
Horn & Hardart's restaurant chain had fallen into decline two decades before its branch at Jenkintown Square opened in February 1989, an almost- desperate effort to revive the century-old name. But the effort failed, and that Jenkintown H & H, the last Horn & Hardart restaurant, closed for good on Saturday. "Ever since fast-food restaurants came into existence, (Horn & Hardart's) have been dropping like flies," said David Strocen, the Jenkintown manager since November. "By the time I got here, it was already too late.
August 8, 1994 |
Creamed spinach, thick enough to stand a spoon in. Macaroni and cheese, crusty on top, rich and cheesy in the middle. Tapioca pudding, bursting with pearls the size of marbles . . . Memories of Horn & Hardart, which fed Philadelphians and New Yorkers for a century before sinking into bankruptcy. . . . Harvard beets, oozing with red juice. Rice pudding, studded with fat raisins. Chicken a la king, with peas in thick gravy . . . Fueled by nostalgia and keen taste buds, two entrepreneurs are reviving the company that for decades boasted that it fed one in eight Philadelphians on any given day. Aaron J. Katz and Albert A. Mazzone, after a year of painstaking research and tasting, re-created 12 of the classic H&H foods, which are now sold in a rapidly growing number of grocery stores and supermarkets.
December 4, 1988 |
Creamed spinach, stewed tomatoes and Salisbury steaks are back - and coming to Jenkintown. By February, Horn & Hardart is expected to be open for business in Jenkintown Square, in the spot where Gibson's restaurant operated until August - further evidence of the rejuvenation of the 100-year-old institution that once served 800,000 customers a day in 80 locations around Philadelphia and New York. Horn & Hardart, which two years ago was in bankruptcy and down to its last restaurant, in Bala Cynwyd, opened a second restaurant in the summer of 1987 on Street Road in Bensalem.
March 6, 2003 |
June Reynolds Mishultz, 82, a retired head waitress and hostess at former Horn & Hardart's and Williamson's restaurants who operated Pete's Variety Store in Fairmount, died Tuesday of sleep apnea at Abington Memorial Hospital. After growing up in the Baptist Orphanage at 58th and Thomas Streets, Mrs. Mishultz worked in a laundry in West Philadelphia as a teenager. There she honed her ironing skills, which she later put to use to starch her waitress uniforms "until they stood up on their own," said her daughter Jeannie Fogarty.
December 17, 1986 |
A National Paragon Corp. subsidiary that owns the Home Shopping Cable TV Program yesterday filed for reorganization under federal bankruptcy laws. Paragon, based in Philadelphia, said that Media Arts International Ltd., which owns and produces the shop-at-home program appearing on such cable television services as Black Entertainment Network, Lifetime, Nashville Network and USA Network, had filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code. Media Arts is based in Phoenix, Ariz.
October 20, 1988 |
Louis Shapson would make his way from table to table in the old-fashioned Northeast automat, shaking hands, swapping stories and telling jokes to the people who lived near Cottman Avenue and Large Street. To them, Mr. Shapson was the "mayor of Horn & Hardart. " And after Mr. Shapson, 78, died yesterday at his Castor Gardens home, it was the boundless spirit he brought to people at the former Horn & Hardart branch, and to others he met along the way, that those close to him recalled.
November 12, 1987 |
You are not entering the Twilight Zone. You are entering the timeless world of Horn & Hardart. Here, nothing changes. The customers are the same: "I've been eating at H&H since I was 6. That's 70 years ago," said Harry A. Caplen. "I've had my breakfast here every day for the last 18 years," added Irv Timbers. The waitresses are the same: "I started with the company 45 years ago . . . Geez, it seems like yesterday," said Mary Amblard. The cooks are the same: Making breakfast, using recipes developed almost 100 years ago, are Ike Grant, 40 years on the job; Jack Spicer, 39 years, and Eugene Savage, 43 years.
April 16, 1989 |
In 1954, Monroe Levin and Cameron McGraw were struggling musicians who survived on peanut butter, 55-cent lunches at Horn & Hardart and the money they earned for giving music lessons. Through the years, their diet has been upgraded, Horn & Hardart has gone and come again and the music lessons have evolved into a widely respected, 680-student music school in Jenkintown. Levin and McGraw founded the Jenkintown Music School 35 years ago, come September. In a recent interview, the two founders reflected on the path that has led to the school's incarnation as a Jenkintown branch of the Settlement Music School.
June 3, 1986 |
You couldn't really blame some of the passersby for being just a bit puzzled. After all, drugstores are surely not in short supply along the Chestnut Street Transitway - in some places, as many as three are found in a single block. And yet there was Mayor Goode on the sidewalk yesterday afternoon, cutting a fat red ribbon and hailing the opening of the new Thrift Drug at 818 Chestnut. But this was not just another grand opening of another Chestnut Street drugstore. For in opening its first Center City store, Thrift Drug also was unveiling its restoration of the elegant four-story building that Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart built in 1902 to house the nation's first automated restaurant.