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August 9, 1994 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Carmela Strolli, who with her husband owned and operated the landmark South Philadelphia restaurant famed for its low prices and quality fare, died Sunday. She was 81 and lived in South Philadelphia. The former Carmela Amoroso and her husband of 62 years, John D. Strolli, operated Strolli's restaurant from 1947 until they retired 11 years ago and turned the business at 1528 Dickinson St. over to a daughter, Filomena Seiple. John Strolli died last November at age 81. The restaurant had a clientele that hailed from all over the United States and abroad.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 1987 | By Gerald Etter, Inquirer Food Writer
About this time of year, when all appears to have reached its bleakest, you begin looking for signs of new life. Such as a crocus cracking through the earth. Or a new restaurant. Bright, sunny and cheerful, filled with a spring-like promise of bounty. And guess what? I think I found one. It's called Alfio's. It's in Glenside, and it's only a month or so old. The place is named for Alfio Gaglianese, probably no stranger to many of the area's restaurant-goers. He was for nearly two decades the gracious and suave maitre d' of the DaVinci restaurant.
NEWS
May 9, 2005 | By Toni Callas and Tom Infield INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Patrons of Downey's restaurant, a well-known Irish pub at Front and South Streets in Philadelphia, were enjoying a Mother's Day brunch at 11:35 yesterday morning when shots rang out from an apartment above the dining room. Police said that Marco Centofanti, 33, shot and wounded his mother, Adele Centofanti, 60. He then fatally shot himself with a 9mm pistol. It was an attempted murder-suicide, police said. The mother was listed in guarded but stable condition last night at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
NEWS
May 7, 1987 | By Laurie T. Conrad, Special to The Inquirer
A man wearing a black ski mask and wielding a double-barreled shotgun robbed the Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken & Biscuits restaurant on Bethlehem Pike of more than $2,000 shortly before the restaurant closed Sunday, Springfield Township police said. The restaurant's manager was treated at Chestnut Hill Hospital for a head injury suffered when the assailant struck him with the gun, police said. They declined to release the manager's name. There were four employees in the restaurant when the gunman entered shortly before 11:30 p.m. with the shotgun concealed in a green trash bag, police said.
NEWS
July 10, 1986 | By PAUL MARYNIAK, Daily News Staff Writer
At the Hobo Pancake Kitchen, a rat recently jumped on a patron's lap. The basement of the Reading Terminal Market is infested with rats and mice. Pools of stagnant water and sewage teem with insect eggs, representing a potential health problem for the 60-odd food stalls located on the market level above. An alleged series of health code violations ranging from fly infestations to defective and dirty kitchen equipment has made H.A. Winston's Restaurant at 1500 Locust St. the target of six legal actions by the city as a result of 12 inspections in the past 14 months.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | By Michael Klein, Philly.com
Georges Perrier - shaking off notions of a post-Le Bec-Fin dotage - is coming to the aid of one of his former employees, a restaurateur who is recovering from a nightmarish situation: the jailing of a business partner accused of the sexual abuse of a child . Perrier is now chef-adviser at Crow & the Pitcher , on 19th Street just south of Rittenhouse Square. Michael Franco, who worked for Perrier as a sommelier and general manager for six years, opened the bar-restaurant last year with chef Alex Capasso and an investor.
NEWS
March 14, 1997 | CHRIS GARLINGTON/ FOR THE DAILY NEWS
Firemen hose down S.C. Toland's Restaurant, at Ridge Pike and Main Street, in Plymouth Township, which burned to the ground yesterday. Faulty wiring is suspected.
NEWS
July 21, 1986 | By Kurt Pfitzer, Special to The Inquirer
The Warminster Township Planning Commission has recommended that Cucci's Ristorante obtain a variance from the township parking-space requirements before it begins construction to double its seating space. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the commission recommended that the Board of Supervisors reject a plan to build an 80-seat, 15-by-55-foot addition to the restaurant at 41 N. York Rd. John Shihadeh, a Warrington contractor retained by Cucci's to build the addition, said the restaurant now has 80 seats.
NEWS
June 10, 1987 | By Rich Heidorn Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
From the Limoges porcelain and brass candlesticks to the $42.95 filet de boeuf Chasseur, nothing is cheap about Chez Robert restaurant in Westmont - except the owner, says the U.S. Department of Labor. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in Camden, the department accused the exclusive restaurant of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying its employees the minimum wage, failing to pay overtime and failing to keep records detailing employees' hours. The complaint listed the names of dozens of employees the department said had been cheated since at least June 1, 1984.
NEWS
May 12, 1986 | By Francie Scott, Special to The Inquirer
An 18th-century schoolhouse in Whitemarsh that has served as a restaurant since 1982 is expected to undergo another renovation as an office complex. The Whitemarsh Zoning Hearing Board approved using the building at 561 Bethlehem Pike for offices Wednesday when it granted an application from owners Ronald and Beatrice Kline to convert the building from a restaurant. Ronald Kline told the board that the offices would be a less intensive use and would create less traffic than the restaurant.
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BUSINESS
April 16, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Wawa is aging well. At 52, it has morphed from a convenience store to a full-service operation that is part store/take-out restaurant/coffee house, part bakery and gas station - and become a staple of the rush-hour landscape with its signature Wawa coffee. The chain with 725 stores and $9 billion in sales in 2015 announced that it is hiring 5,000 people company-wide by June 1. It is also opening a new Center City location with seating at 1900 Market St. by the end of the year. "Center City has responded," said Wawa president and CEO Chris Gheysens.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
When the Philadelphia health department asked Jack's Firehouse to close for several days in 2014 because of a mouse infestation, owner Mick Houston feared it would be "a terminal diagnosis" for the landmark eatery. But two years and thousands of dollars spent on improvements later, the restaurant is thriving. And, Houston and inspectors say, there's not a mouse in the house. Jack's Firehouse pioneered fine dining in the city's Fairmount neighborhood when Jack McDavid opened it in 1989 directly across the street from the derelict Eastern State Penitentiary.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Health Department in March asked dozens of restaurants and other eateries to "discontinue food operations" following less than glowing inspections. In previous months, a failing inspection would have earned a sterner-sounding order to cease-and-desist, a toothless demand that the restaurant was free to ignore. But following an agreement with the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections earlier this year, the health department is now reserving "cease-and-desist" for instances when the establishment refuses to close voluntarily.
NEWS
March 29, 2016 | STAFF WRITER
A carbon monoxide leak forced the evacuation early Sunday morning of a hookah lounge in Old City, along with a restaurant and some apartment units above. The Philadelphia Fire Department was called out to the 200 block of Chestnut Street at 12:46 a.m. after a resident of an upstairs apartment smelled gas, the fire department said. Police and PGW also responded to the scene. B Side Hookah Lounge and the nearby Barra's Italian Restaurant & Lounge were evacuated, as were the apartments.
NEWS
March 23, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Brickstone Cos. plans a restaurant, shopping and four floors of offices in a pair of buildings it's redeveloping on the 1100 block of Chestnut Street beside its big mixed-use project where a Target Corp. store is to open. The 20,080-square-foot Swartz Building development will incorporate a former furniture business at 1108 Chestnut St. that was most recently home to Armand's Record's. It will accommodate offices with ground-floor retail, Brickstone managing partner John Connors said.
NEWS
March 19, 2016
ISSUE | THE PHILLY SCENE Center City dining: From elegance to kitsch Craig LaBan's review of the Urban Farmer restaurant was spot-on (Sunday). The restaurant is in the new Logan hotel, which replaced the Four Seasons on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Urban Farmer relaced the iconic Fountain restaurant. My mother and I were devoted customers of the Fountain. We were there for lunch on its last day, June 6. We cried at the loss of such a fine restaurant and especially the displacement of such an excellent staff.
FOOD
March 17, 2016 | By Joy Manning, For The Inquirer
The area around the 3800 block of Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia offers limited choices for dining out. There's a run-down pizza shop, a bulletproof Chinese take-out joint, and not much else. But that's about to change. And Donnell Jones-Craven wants to tell the world. He is standing in front of the freshly painted facade of what will soon be EAT Cafe, Philadelphia's first pay-what-you-can community restaurant, where he will serve as the restaurant's chef and general manager.
NEWS
March 9, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, Staff Writer
A man eating dinner at a Tioga fast-food restaurant who became enraged because an employee was cleaning tables nearby pulled a gun Sunday and shot another worker, who had tried to calm him, police said. The incident happened at 5:30 p.m. at the Church's Chicken at 3650 N. Broad St. The customer began arguing with a 21-year-old employee as he cleaned tables, police said. When another employee, the table cleaner's brother, "attempted to squash the argument between both parties, the offender produced a large handgun and fired," hitting the would-be peacemaker several times, Police Capt.
NEWS
March 6, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Homicide detectives Friday said that they were looking for a "person of interest" in Thursday night's slaying of a 54-year-old woman who worked as a cook in a Vietnamese restaurant in South Philadelphia. Thoung Nguyen was attacked in the basement kitchen at Lee's Cafe & Bistro, 522 Washington Ave., about 9 p.m. She was preparing food at the time with another employee, a man 25 to 30 years old who goes by the name Noelle, police said. Police asked for the public's help in finding Noelle, who drives a white SUV. Chief Inspector Scott Small has said about four employees and five customers were in the restaurant when the killing occurred in the small kitchen.
NEWS
March 5, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Homicide detectives on Friday continued investigating the slaying of a 54-year-old woman who was found with her throat slashed Thursday night in the basement kitchen of a Vietnamese restaurant in South Philadelphia. Police said the victim, Thoung Nguyen, of South Philadelphia, was a cook at Lee's Cafe & Bistro, 522 Washington Ave. Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters "there were about four employees and about five customers inside" the restaurant when the killing occurred in the basement kitchen.
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