November 28, 1993 |
"Everything's up to date in Kansas City," goes an old song. And, at Manayunk's new steakhouse, everything is also prime. Kansas City Prime manages to be low-key and dazzling in both food and service. Even in the restaurant's first week, it was first-class. The location is the old Jamie's, just down Main Street from Sonoma, Kansas City Prime's sibling and last year's Manayunk mega-hit. Kansas City Prime's designers have not tried to disguise the restaurant space's long, narrow storefront configuration or the structural supports that obviously couldn't be removed.
February 19, 1988 |
This probably is not the best season to go exploring new restaurants along the slippery slopes of Mt. Manayunk. However, if there's a little Sherpa in you, strap on the snowshoes and clomp over to the 4-month-old Jake's. Manayunk, for those of you just emerging from a time capsule, is the blue- collar enclave that has become as trendy as sun-dried tomatoes. A good indication on a recent snowy Friday night was the attire of the female patrons. There was enough fur to insulate One Liberty Place.
December 7, 2013 |
Alex Horanzy was fast asleep that fateful Sunday morning. The Army private had just finished a week of combat training on the northern end of Oahu and slipped into bed at 2 a.m. at the Schofield Barracks. A few hours later, he woke to a nightmare: concussive bomb blasts and automatic gunfire from low-flying Japanese Zeros, smashing aircraft at adjacent Wheeler Army Airfield and Navy warships at nearby Pearl Harbor. "You could see the pilots very plainly right at the rooftops, doing their dirty work," said the 91-year-old Horanzy, who grew up in Manayunk and now lives in Northeast Philadelphia.
November 26, 2012 |
A 6-inch water main burst in Manayunk early Sunday, flooding the intersection of Carson and Main Streets. The break left six homes and one business without water for about 10 hours. Philadelphia Water Department spokeswoman Laura Copeland said the rupture was repaired and service restored around 3 p.m. Crews were still working Sunday evening to pump water out of a few basements, Copeland said. It was unclear what caused the break, she said. Contact Jessica Parks at 610-313-8117 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
November 15, 1986 |
Over most of his long career, Francis Speight has been taken too much for granted. This makes the superb exhibition here in honor of the artist's 90th birthday particularly welcome. Four decades of Speight's work, done from 1926 to 1969, hold up remarkably well under scrutiny at the Taggart, Jorgensen & Putnam gallery. Speight is known in the Philadelphia area as the foremost graphic poet of Manayunk. He has handled the theme well over the years, yet locally there have been few opportunities to examine his paintings of the area.
November 22, 2013 |
Le Chéri , the sibling of South Philadelphia's BYOB hit Bibou, opened this week inside the Art Alliance (251 S. 18th St., 215-546-7700). Pierre and Charlotte Calmels opted for a sleek look with a muted color palette for their classic French bar-restaurant, whose price points are lower than Bibou's; figure on $22 to $30 an entree (quenelle, skate wing, short ribs Bourguignon). Chef de cuisine Waldemar "Val" Stryjewski has a varied background, including Brasserie Perrier, Le Bec-Fin, ¡Pasion!
July 2, 1990 |
Not all home construction in Philadelphia has stopped dead in the water because of the current real estate slump and credit crunch for developers. Some developers are adjusting sails to suit lighter breezes. Among those who've found bank financing and have a project under way are developers Stan Godorov and Richard Woldow. With Royal Bank of Pennsylvania money, they're turning 26 Civil War-era millworker rowhouses in the Manayunk section into a European chateau-style village.
January 19, 1990 |
Manayunk does not live by Jamey's, Jake's and Green's alone. Sometimes natives and shoppers alike want something quick and inexpensive, particularly in the afternoon. New since November is the Main Street Bread and Cheese Factory. The Guerrilla Gourmet normally avoids any eating place that calls itself a factory; however, there is nothing factory-like about this spotless little gourmet shop. (Yes, Virginia, Manayunk is looking more like New Hope every day.) Soup, sandwiches, pastries, breads and coffee supplement the store's line of fine cheeses and fancy foods.
November 22, 1988 |
Joshua Slocum, a Manayunk designer and retailer of women's clothes, said yesterday that it had filed for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Joshua Slocum, which operates 21 stores under the Sparrs and Post Horn names, will continue to operate while it tries to reorganize its finances. The company was started in 1977 by the J. G. Hook Apparel Co. and was purchased eight years later by a group of investors. The company has been in trouble since at least December.
September 4, 1988 |
When you've been to as many Manayunk restaurants as I have and each seems to be better than the one before it, you look forward with great excitement to visiting new arrivals. The competition is super keen in this neighborhood of diverse dining pleasures. Surely anyone anticipating opening a new restaurant here would know that and be ready with a knockout package of food, service and decor. Then how do you account for Melvo's, downtown Manayunk's first full-fledged seafood house?