March 21, 2014 |
Time for new restaurants After a brief lull, the region's restaurant scene has come roaring back to life with new openings. Start with last weekend's rollout of the second location of the pizza/wine bar Zavino , in University City (3200 Chestnut St., 215-893-3195). This Zavino is three times the size of the original at 13th and Sansom Streets, with two ovens, a spacious charcuterie counter, an expanded menu from chef Carlos Aparicio, and all sorts of seating. Estia Taverna - the semicasual offshoot of Estia, Center City's luxest Greek restaurant - is soft-open at 140 W. Route 70 in Marlton (856-596-5500)
March 1, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The City of Philadelphia has agreed to put a hold on planned renovations at Weccacoe Playground in Queen Village - at least for the short term - after hearing from those worried about possible damage to the historic Mother Bethel burial ground beneath it. Leaders of a new coalition met with Everett Gillison, Mayor Nutter's chief of staff, about two weeks ago and asked for the moratorium. The cemetery occupies about a third of Weccacoe's three-quarters of an acre. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.)
December 17, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - With about $2 billion in new hotels and renovations in 2013 and continuing into the new year, Las Vegas wants to make sure its rooms are the nicest in the country, as competition for tourists intensifies. Casino hotels up and down the Strip have done more than freshen bedsheets. They've either remodeled, refurbished, or rebranded; added amenities and topflight chefs; or, as in at least one example, added a hotel within a hotel - to be different. "What makes Las Vegas a premier tourist destination is the fact that it is always changing, adding new attractions, and enhancing older ones with the goal of providing guests with a new or different experience with each visit," said Kevin Bagger, senior director of strategic research and analytics, at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority - the resort's chief marketing arm. As more states offer casino gambling, Bagger said, the upgrades were another way for Vegas to distinguish itself as a true vacation destination.
November 24, 2013 |
When Debbie and Bob Fleischman were considering where they might live as young marrieds, they surveyed the entire East Coast, looking for a city with vibrancy and culture - and a home in that city that was within walking distance of a synagogue. The couple, who met as Yale undergraduates, live Judaism fully and joyfully, and when they chose Philadelphia as their hometown in 1984, they also became affiliated with Beth Zion-Beth Israel Synagogue in Center City. Predictably, their first home was on Addison Street, near the synagogue.
October 21, 2013 |
In this post-housing-boom era, when prices still aren't what sellers want them to be, and there isn't a lot on the market, and a lot of folks are loath to move because of the uncertain economy, more people seem to be doing major renovations again - fixing up their houses for their own current use, or to update them for future sale. After several years of minor repairs and roof replacements, residential contractors say, they are once again getting big projects. Kim Pelkey and David Bushnell's undertaking, for example.
September 15, 2013 |
When the Eagles play their first home game of the Chip Kelly era Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, fans will see the first part of a major two-year revitalization of Lincoln Financial Field. The $125 million project is scheduled to be completed before the 2014 regular season, but the first phase, which cost $35 million, will be on display Sunday. It includes entrance-gate expansion and navigational improvements; a Wi-Fi system; concession-stand upgrades; expansion of the ProShop; Suites and Touchdown Club revitalization; and historical imagery - huge images of many of the Eagles' greats along the walls.
August 27, 2013 |
THE MOMENT Angela Sykes drove past Cedar Park Cafe on Baltimore Avenue and realized it had reopened, she immediately called her husband. "They reopened," Sykes said with childlike excitement, sitting at a table across from husband Darryl. "Here we are today. " The Sykeses, who live in Mayfair but attend Victory Christian Center in Cedar Park, were part of a large brunch crowd yesterday at the newly renovated cafe - eight months after the building was shuttered because of extensive damage from a fire at a lounge next door to the cafe and the lounge's subsequent demolition.
July 17, 2013 |
Retail shops and restaurants at Philadelphia International Airport will be hiring about 300 workers to fill jobs at the newly renovated Terminal F and concession openings in other terminals. MarketPlace Philadelphia Management, in conjunction with the city Division of Aviation, and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose district includes the airport, plan to host a job fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. Applicants must have a resume to enter the Linc and multiple copies to give employers.
July 15, 2013 |
The inside of the brick rowhouse on South 18th Street is furnished so minimally, it makes a Shaker dwelling seem opulent. "I'm a little compulsive about having things in order," Anthony Esposito says with a laugh. But the clean lines and muted color palette throughout lend an elegant serenity as soothing as a Zen garden. It took two major overhauls in six years to get it into its present incarnation, the result of love, sorrow, and endurance. When Anthony and his wife, Paula, bought their Packer Park house in October 2005, things could not have felt more blissful.
July 4, 2013
The Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center plans a $12.5 million renovation to create an outpatient facility, including urgent care, laboratory and radiology services, plus specialty care, including podiatry and optometry, the Veterans Administration announced. The outpatient suite will be built in 35,000 square feet of an underutilized building on the Coatesville campus. - Harold Brubaker