July 26, 2011 |
WE'RE NOT sure if Ed Rendell describes all his friends as "stunning," but he did use the term yesterday about Peruvian-born beauty Lucia Zapatero, with whom he was spotted brunching Saturday at Parc on Rittenhouse Square. Zapatero, 33, is director of marketing for Knowledge@Wharton , an online business-analysis journal of Penn's Wharton School of Business, and we're told she and Rendell, 67, have recently begun seeing each other. Reached by phone yesterday, Rendell insisted that the pair were only "good friends.
July 25, 2008 |
Talk about a deluge. In an instant - the time it took Donovan Preddy, 30, and his micro-goateed pal to gulp down their old-fashioneds at the back of the zinc bar at Parc - the scene at Philadelphia's newest and most buzzed-about restaurant was transformed from a cafe on the square to a cafe on the banks of the Seine. With five inches of water coursing southward down 18th Street - drenched greeters huddled beneath the front awning, sidewalk diners fleeing inside, guarding their half-finished plates of duck confit - it was, perhaps, time to reflect.
October 30, 2008 |
On a Tuesday evening, it can be subdued in the understated bistros and cafes that lay claim to the corners south of South Street where the western edge of Queen Village gives way to Bella Vista. But on one Tuesday last week, not all of them were in character. At tiny Salt and Pepper, at Sixth and Fitzwater, for one, the doors were wide open and health experts from as far away as Oslo were sipping a lovely BYO zinfandel and taking hacks at cheeses set out on the counter. One of the cafe's regulars, Henry Glick, had reserved the entire (20-plus-seat)
October 13, 2011
Bistrot La Minette 623 S. 6th St 215-925-8000 www.bistrotlaminette.com Parc 227 S. 18th St. 215-545-2262 Vintage 129 S. 13th St. 215-922-3095 www.vintage-philadelphia.com Zinc 246 S. 11th St. 215-351-9901 www.zincbarphilly.com
July 1, 2016 |
A restaurant may not be able to be all things to all eaters, but there is a new breed of eateries in the city that are giving it a go - offering meals morning, noon, and night. Unlike the traditional diner, these breakfast-lunch-and-dinner restaurants of the moment not only offer more ambitious cooking, but they often visually transform over the course of a day. Hungry Pigeon, a charming storefront in South Philadelphia, starts out as an airy cafe serving morning coffee and biscuits with sausage gravy, then moves to salad and wine lunches.
March 30, 2011 |
Tidying of the East Passyunk area - where cleanup was suspended nearly two years ago after the fall of former state Sen. Vince Fumo - began again Monday under a new civic group. Fumo's Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, lavishly funded then plundered by Fumo, spent most of the funds remaining after Fumo went to jail on legal fees to defend its board of directors, said Sam Sherman Jr., director of Citizens Alliance's successor, the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corp. What's left is rental income from 14 properties, all storefronts and apartments that Citizens Alliance owned debt-free, leaving PARC a budget of about $450,000.
January 29, 2016
Guess from these photos where restaurant critic Craig LaBan ate this week. (Answers below.) 1. Agedashi tofu. 2. Quiche Lorraine. 3. Pickle Boat. For a fresh serving of Craig's Crumb Tracker quiz, join him 2 p.m. Tuesdays on his online chat: inquirer.com/ labanchats Answers: 1. Fat Salmon (719 Walnut St.) 2. Parc (227 S. 18th St.) 3. Martha Bar (2113 E. York St.)
July 24, 2008 |
Three days into its world premiere on Rittenhouse Square last week, Parc, the French bistro, was still four deep at the zinc bar, awash in first-wave beautiful people, at work on its sea legs. "Table 406?" the waiter inquired of owner Stephen Starr, approaching his curbside table with bowls of what looked to be trout amandine. "No," Starr said. He'd been chatting with a guest, studiously ignoring a cutting board - already served - heaped with country pate, salami, prosciutto and mustard: " This is Table 407. Table 406 is behind me. " Behind him, stretching half a block north on 18th Street, and almost as far around the corner on Locust, the cafe tables under crenelated awnings lent a distinctively - persuasively - Parisian mood to the place.
October 10, 1995 |
The Philadelphia Area Religious Coterie thinks it's high time to add another g-word to the usual October list of ghost, ghoul and goblin, and that g-word is gospel. Composed of radio announcers, record promoters and retailers, the three- year-old organization declared this month Gospel Music Month in the city and came up with a slate of activities in celebration. "We know that June is Black Music Month, but gospel music is not recognized as much as the secular side - such as jazz and R&B - during that time," said PARC first vice president Linda Timmons, who spins gospel on WHAT-AM every Sunday from 6 a.m. to noon.