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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
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
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
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
August 20, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Good bye, Plaza. So long, Court. At 9:45 a.m. Thursday, King of Prussia Mall was officially declared "one mall" by owner Simon Property Group. Hello Bonobos and Calligaris. Bring it on, Jimmy Choo, Vince, and CH Carolina Herrera. The East Coast's premiere shopping mall just grew by about 500,000 square feet. It now includes a 155,000-square-foot connector that ties together the two former sections for the first time, and an added 250,000-square-foot wing, home to 50 new retailers and restaurants.
NEWS
August 17, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
As temperatures soared, a number of Philadelphia restaurants this month fought and lost battles with roaches, rodents and inadequate refrigeration. Roaches in particular thrive in the summer swelter, and there's been plenty of that in recent weeks. Add a little water and a smattering of food debris and it's a perfect recipe for an insect infestation. Restaurants are required to keep the bugs at bay. When the eatery fails, the health department can shut it down for a minimum of 48 hours.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
By this time, the Democrats have long come and gone, but Simon Powles, 51, chief executive of the Starr Catering Group, is still marveling at the sheer size and scope of the work his company handled for the Democratic National Convention. "This is the first time we've done something like this on this level," Powles said, sitting at a table at the CNN Grill during the convention. CNN rented the Victory Beer Hall within the Wells Fargo arena security area, rebranded it as the CNN Grill, and turned it into a pop-up restaurant and broadcast studio serving 800 meals a day, with catering and menu planning run by Starr Catering Group.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
In May 1979, Domenic Giancaterino Jr. decided to make his two-person engagement dinner to Evelyn Edgerly special, the way a jeweler such as he might. Before leaving for a South Philadelphia restaurant, "I gave her a ring that I knew she would not like," too insignificant, he said. But by the time they arrived at the restaurant, he recalled, "she had talked herself into liking it. " While having a drink before dinner, she put the ring onto a drink's olive, to show it off to him. But, Giancaterino said, he took the olive and "pulled out the real ring, put it on the olive, and gave it back to her - a carat-and-a-half round diamond.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Ellen Rose Tecosky Appelbaum, 87, of East Oak Lane, co-owner of the Chestnut Hill Spice Shop and later the owner of Ellen Rose Restaurant in Germantown, died Sunday, July 17, of complications from heart disease at Einstein Medical Center. Mrs. Appelbaum's passion for food was rooted in necessity. At age 11, after the death of her father, she became responsible for her family's meals. Bored by the daily fare she was putting on the table, she reached out to an aunt who had lived in France and had mastered French cuisine.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
Was the Democratic National Convention a boon for restaurants? It depends on whom you ask. The consensus among Center City restaurateurs interviewed Friday was that business was solid but not remarkable, given the 50,000 delegates, media representatives, and other attendees. Restaurateurs who booked private parties and caterers at established venues did very well. Coffee shops and other quick-service shops seemed to thrive. More important, they said the city seemed to show itself well to the visitors, which could augur return trips.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Otis C. Hicks was a strong-enough basketball center at Pennsauken High School that in his three-year varsity career, he scored more than 1,000 points, his brother Laverne said. Because Laverne Hicks had to repeat a year in elementary school, he played on the same basketball team with his younger brother, until he and Otis graduated in 1976. "He was always a leader, a guy you looked up to, a guy who took control," he said. On Thursday, July 21, Mr. Hicks, 58, of Pennsauken, a former restaurant manager, died of kidney disease at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
NEWS
July 23, 2016
A 50-year-old Philadelphia man was charged Thursday for the violent robbery of a Center City restaurant earlier this year, federal prosecutors said. During the May 15 heist at the Tavern on Broad, James Parker repeatedly pistol-whipped an employee before forcing him to open the business' safe and making off with about $8,000. Parker was charged with robbery that interferes with interstate commerce, and using a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted, he faces life in prison.
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
A man was shot to death Saturday night during a fight outside a restaurant in Mayfair, police said. The shooting occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m. outside Reale's Restaurant and Bar on the 7200 block of Frankford Avenue, according to preliminary information from Philadelphia Police. A 34-year-old man was shot once in the neck and once in the chest during an altercation with another man, police said. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
With a political convention's wheeling and dealing comes wining and dining. The 50,000 delegates, guests, and media representatives from around the country visiting later this month for the Democratic National Convention must eat. Restaurateurs are counting on all the visitors to shake the city's traditional summer doldrums, with delegates diving into dim sum in Chinatown, politicos gnawing on roast pork on South Street, and reporters slurping oysters...
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