July 22, 2016 |
HOW'S THIS for a head-scratcher: Apparently, out-of-state politicians and activists can be trusted to drink responsibly, but your average Philadelphian can't. For years, our state has endured some of the nation's most needlessly restrictive alcohol regulations, yet well-connected visitors to the Democratic National Convention next week will get special exceptions. State legislators in Harrisburg have implemented temporary "national event permits" for the duration of the convention, allowing select Philadelphia venues to sell alcohol later than 2 a.m., provide happy hour specials, and purchase their stock outside of state stores.
July 21, 2016 |
The longtime home of the Red Eagle Tavern near Cherry Hill Mall has sold on speculation of future development at the site, real estate services firm Markeim Chalmers Inc., which brokered the transaction, said in a statement Tuesday. Markeim Chalmers said the buyer, identified as a local developer, paid $2.2 million for the shuttered 10,465-square-foot bar and banquet hall on 2.5 acres at Route 38 and Chapel Avenue, inclusive of its liquor license. Kay's Red Eagle Tavern closed at the site in April after 65 years.
June 25, 2016 |
The Bellmawr Borough Council voted Thursday to renew the liquor license of Johnnies Liquors, the West Browning Road store implicated, along with a coin laundry across the street, in a May 26 drug bust that targeted two trafficking networks. "So we don't end up in a lawsuit costing us thousands of dollars, reluctantly, yes," Councilman James D'Angelo said when asked for his vote. The decision disappointed the protesters who have sought for weeks to shut down the businesses. The small group of residents has regularly stood outside the store and sometimes the laundry in an effort to deter patrons.
January 30, 2016 |
The property and liquor license for the defunct Coastline Bar & Grill, a popular Cherry Hill landmark, is expected to change hands soon after a federal bankruptcy judge approved the sales. According to court records, Judge Andrew B. Altenburg approved the sale of the liquor license for more than $1 million to the Village at Woodcrest, the company that owns and operates the Woodcrest Country Club and golf course, also in Cherry Hill. Altenburg approved the sale of Coastline's property at 1240 Brace Rd. for more than $2.5 million to Orens Development Inc., which builds senior living facilities.
November 20, 2015 |
Seasonal eats in Point Breeze Point Breeze, a slice of South Philadelphia that is seeing all sorts of new developments, is now the home of a neo-bistro. A neo-what? Neo-bistros, a thing now in Paris, are gastropubs specializing in seasonal foods. Buckminster's (1200 S. 21st St., 267-928-3440), replacing the shot-and-beer Burg's at 21st and Federal Streets is a snug, casual spot from Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello, who own Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taphouse, Bufad, and Kensington Quarters.
November 16, 2015 |
You may have seen the news story that one of the major big-box stores has applied for a liquor license, which would allow consumption on premises. In other words, you could drink while you shop. Yay! Happy days are here again! Reportedly, the store is doing this because it's expanding its grocery and food items, but I don't care why. Bottoms up! I already love shopping in big-box stores. Why? Everything is BIG! If you need to buy laundry detergent, the smallest bottle is 187 ounces.
September 14, 2015 |
A town center project slated for Harrison Township's Richwood section was for years the buzz about town. The walkable hub boasting major retailers and new homes - even a new elementary school and town hall were floated - would create a destination in the town known for its bucolic setting and charming, historic Mullica Hill. Lately, it's a lack of buzz that's got some talking. The same year ambitious details about the massive 370-acre Richwood project were announced, in 2008, residents in the Gloucester County town voted to allow liquor licenses for full-service restaurants and bars - ending Harrison's longtime status as a dry town.
July 16, 2015 |
A landmark Cherry Hill restaurant that for decades has served up seafood, Sunday brunch, dance parties, and charity events will soon close its doors. The Coastline Bar & Grill, which filed for bankruptcy two weeks ago, will close after the case's settlement, which likely will be early next year, according to a lawyer for the Brace Road restaurant. "They are - and I guess they still are - a great institution," former Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt said. "I remember it before it was the Coastline.
June 15, 2015 |
When Betty Ann Garnett was young, she and her friends were not allowed in the local YMCA, so the Star Social Club was one of their community hangouts. Her father, who was a member, would sit her in a booth and buy her a soda and potato chips. As a young woman, Garnett danced to the jazz of famous and local musicians at the West Chester club. Over the decades, its lineup was impressive: Count Basie. Fats Waller. Duke Ellington. B.B. King. "It was a jumpin' place, the Star," Garnett, 84, said.
May 27, 2015
LANSDOWNE The effort to restore and reopen the Lansdowne Theater got a boost last Tuesday when residents voted overwhelmingly to grant liquor licenses to performing arts facilities in Lansdowne. The liquor license would apply only to the theater. The vote, according to an unofficial tally on the Delaware County website, was 1,254 to 214. A nonprofit group bought the 1920s-era theater in 2007 and has been raising money toward its reopening in a few years. Supporters and Lansdowne officials say a reopened theater, especially one that can serve alcohol before, during, and after events, could attract visitors and economic development to the community of 10,000.