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.
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 email@example.com .
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.
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.
July 19, 2012 |
Moon Krapugthong, who owns Chabaa Thai in Manayunk, is going the Japanese route with a second BYOB opening Friday just down the street. For Yanako (4255 Main St., 267-297-8151), she enlisted a team of designers that included new graduates of Philadelphia University architecture program. One of them, Jun Suh, is segueing into the general manager's role. Smashing job: The former boutique now has a two-story skylight. Birdcagelike light fixtures hang from the ceiling over a terra-cotta overhang.
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?
November 3, 1996 |
Perched high on the hill that bicyclists love to hate, BLT's Cobblefish is what guidebooks call a destination restaurant. What that means is that, unless you're shopping for a case of Bud Light (the restaurant's nearest neighbor is a beer distributor), you don't stumble on the place accidentally. You deliberately drive up and away from Manayunk's trendy-to-the-max Main Street. You look for the BLT's Cobblefish sign. You park at a cost of $2 in the restaurant's cobble-bumpy courtyard.
January 6, 1989 |
In June, the Joshua Slocum company of Manayunk trumpeted a successful turnaround, calling it the "Miracle of Manayunk. " But seven months later Slocum is calling it quits, saying sales at its Sparrs and Post Horn women's specialty stores have been so slow it is unable to cover operating costs. Today, the remaining 18 Sparrs and Post Horn stores are reopening under the management of a company that at a bankruptcy auction on Wednesday bought the rights to liquidate the inventory.