October 6, 2014 |
Motown was playing at a recent lunch at the Broad Street Ministry. "Stop in the Name of Love," to be specific. On many days, close to 400 men - mostly men - show up in the grand sanctuary here where the likes of department-store magnate John Wanamaker once worshiped, and where nowadays, in the shadow of the Kimmel Center, an experiment in "radical hospitality" has been running for more than three years. Pastor William Golderer, also a cofounder of the Rooster Soup Co. (along with restaurateurs Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov)
March 10, 2014 |
The next big show at the Kimmel Center is going to be one of its most expensive tickets: dinner. The performers? Celebrity Iron Chef Jose Garces and his team. The set? Volvér, a much-awaited jewel box dining room in the Kimmel Center. And not only will its tasting menus instantly become the city's priciest meal, with food alone fluctuating between $150 and $250, it will also become Philly's first restaurant to sell those seats online as a "ticketed experience," prepaid and nonrefundable.
December 20, 2012 |
DID LOU PETRO have a premonition? It was Thanksgiving, and many of his family members were gathered at his home in Ardsley. He took advantage of the opportunity to give a heartfelt talk about how much he loved everybody, how wonderful it was to have such a loving family, and what a great life he'd had. He concluded that if he checked out that night, he would be content. About 5 the next morning, he had a heart attack. After hospitalization and a return home, he died there Dec. 13. He would have celebrated his 82nd birthday Friday.
September 7, 2012 |
The hospitality industry, by its very nature, caters to paying customers - their dollars fuel the bars and restaurants, placing patrons and their happiness on a pedestal. But what about the individuals who toil in the back- and front-of-house trenches, those who inspire return visits through consistent cooking and sharp service? The owners of Center City's Good Dog had them in mind when they opened a new bar this summer. On-the-nose name notwithstanding, The Industry, nestled in Pennsport, panders to restaurant workers via discounts (a standing 20 percent off for anyone "in the biz," plus regular late-night specials)
April 27, 2011 |
Philadelphia has a lot of things going for it, but an abundance of jobs isn't one of them - which creates a unique opportunity for the hospitality industry to step up and fill that void, say planning, convention, and tourism officials. Alan Greenberger, the city's deputy mayor of planning and economic development and also its commerce director, said Philadelphia has 30 jobs for every 100 residents, while San Francisco has twice that, with more than 70 jobs for every 100 residents, and Washington has 115 jobs for every 100 people.
April 3, 2011 |
With a glittering $783 million Convention Center expansion to showcase, downtown hotels and other stakeholders in Philadelphia's hospitality industry have partnered with city agencies to deal with a highly complex, though hardly new, issue: How to curb aggressive panhandling and encourage the homeless in the Market East district to seek shelter and treatment services. "We need to make the area around the Convention Center more visitor-friendly," said Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.
January 10, 2011 |
Most salesmen pitch a product or service. As the new head of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jack Ferguson sells Philadelphia - its historical and cultural attractions, its hotels and restaurants, its sports teams. That's a tall order for anyone. But for this native Philadelphian, who has logged four decades in the hospitality industry, it seems to come naturally. "If he could dial up a job, this would be it. I don't think there is anything he ever wanted to do other than be president of the agency in charge of bringing conventions and tourists to the city," said Tom Muldoon, whom Ferguson officially replaced as president last Monday.
October 12, 2010 |
A memorial service is planned here Saturday, Oct. 16, for Molly McCaskey Rothgery, 40, a development specialist for the hospitality industry, who died in a murder-suicide Aug. 28 at her home in Bay Village, a suburb of Cleveland, police said. Last December, Mrs. Rothgery moved from Philadelphia with her family to Ohio to be closer to her in-laws. There, she took a job as retail development manager for Great Lakes Brewing Co. Her husband, Michael, 42, worked as a public-school teacher.
January 8, 2010 |
A former public-relations consultant for the African American Museum in Philadelphia is suing its president for slander, contending that a letter she sent to board members resulted in his being informally banned from work in the hospitality business. As the case began yesterday, an attorney for museum president Romona R. Benson acknowledged that the termination letter had contained an erroneous accusation against consultant Joel Avery. But Benson's attorney denied that the letter to nine board members had derailed Avery's once-thriving business or led to his being denied work by the close-knit group of major tourism organizations in Philadelphia.
March 23, 2009 |
As Center City hoteliers struggle to attract warm bodies to fill their accommodations, the Alexander Inn is luring guests by pricing a few of its rooms at $1 a night. The promotion, which started March 10, even has a name: "the Guest Stimulus Plan. " "It's just been amazing," innkeeper John Cochie said of the response. "People telephone us and ask, 'Is this for real, and how many nights do I have to stay to get the dollar rate?' They're shocked when they're told they just have to stay one night.