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.
January 29, 2016 |
When David Chan began keeping his Chinatown restaurant open into the wee hours in 1992, he knew of only a handful of other Center City eateries that did the same. The after-midnight scene was reserved for 24-hour diners, the cheesesteak giants in South Philly, and pizza by the slice. But steadily over the years, Philadelphia has become a late-night city, or at least a later-night one, with an increasing number of restaurants offering food and drink until midnight, and a number cooking until 2 a.m. The change is most clear at the city's core.
January 27, 2016 |
A RESTAURANT owner on West Philadelphia's beleaguered 60th Street commercial strip was beaten and robbed when she tried to open her shop Friday morning. Kum Kim, 54, was confronted shortly after 5:30 a.m. by a man in dark clothing as she tried to lift the security gate at the Uptown Grill, on 60th near Ludlow, according to police. The situation veered from unnerving to violent in a few seconds. The robber demanded that Kim hand over her pocketbook, then punched her in the face and knocked her to the ground.
January 22, 2016 |
A family affair When Xu Lin's father died two years ago, the longtime Chinatown community activist decided it was time to spend more time with his siblings. His siblings happened to be restaurateurs in Canada. Lin persuaded his brother Sean, his sister Ping and her husband, Edison Wang, to come to Philadelphia, where last week they opened Bubblefish , a contemporary BYOB in a former shoe store at 909 Arch St. in Chinatown (267-930-7634). The name combines the specialties: bubble tea and brewed teas (including sea salt tea, which has a creamy whipped salt topping)
January 17, 2016
By Elizabeth LaBan Lake Union. 316 pp., $14.95 Reviewed by Lari Robling Art imitates life in this first foray into "chick lit" by Elizabeth LaBan, wife of staff restaurant Craig LaBan. Despite the disclaimer that The Restaurant Critic's Wife is fiction, readers familiar with her husband's reviews will undoubtedly be scanning the pages for insight into the man who sets the standard for the area's dining scene. The microphone up the sleeve and the decibel meter we know as facts . . . but Dumpster diving to find the source of a sauce?
January 14, 2016 |
Joy Tsin Lau, the Chinatown eatery where 100 lawyers and law students were sickened in February, received another scorching helping of criticism last week from the city Health Department. The dim sum restaurant "does not have adequate refrigeration equipment [or the] capacity to maintain all refrigerated foods at a temperature of 41 degrees or below," inspector Thomas Kolb wrote Thursday. Temperatures over 41 degrees promote the rapid growth of potentially toxic bacteria. In his report, Kolb wrote that jellyfish, duck, and bean sprouts were being stored at temperatures of 50 degrees or more at Joy Tsin Lau. The inspector also cited the restaurant for two additional serious risk factors - an employee eating in the kitchen prep area and another who did not follow proper hand-washing protocols - and seven lesser infractions.
January 11, 2016 |
Elizabeth LaBan is taking a risk. She's publishing a novel about a subject that's close to home. Or rather, lives in her home. LaBan's husband is Craig LaBan, whose name you certainly recognize if you're reading this publication. Her latest novel is The Restaurant Critic's Wife , about Lila, a hotel crisis manager, and her food-critic husband, who is obsessed with not only his job, but keeping his identity a secret. So how true to life is it? LaBan, who appears at the Free Library on Tuesday, talks about separating fact from fiction and why she can't share pictures of her family on Facebook.
January 1, 2016
Ruby Cavanaugh, 93, the woman whose love for 1940s music and culture inspired her son to create a chain of diners in her name, died Sunday in Tustin, Calif. "Ruby was known for her quick smile, warm personality and inner strength," the Ruby's Diner restaurant chain said in a statement Tuesday. "Her friends could count on her for warm support during their own trials and tribulations, and more than anything she put family first. " Ms. Cavanaugh was born in Jefferson City, Mo., and moved with her family to California in 1936.
December 28, 2015 |
What follows is a summary of the restaurants reviewed this year, primarily on Sundays, but also in Thursday Food features. As always, there were second chances and revisits to a handful of restaurants to check for improvement. I went back to six places that seemed within striking distance of a rating change - those are designated with an asterisk. Good news there: One stepped up from two to three bells (Aldine), one moved from one to two (Ardé), another climbed out of the no-bells basement (Bonchon)