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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
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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FOOD
June 12, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Explaining that "when one door closes, another door opens," Susanna Foo says Sunday will be the finale of her namesake restaurant in Radnor, which opened in 2006. Foo and her son Gabriel have decided to focus completely on SuGa , the upmarket Chinese restaurant they are building at 1720 Sansom St., which was Genji. It is expected to open in September. Brewpub for Jenkintown Downtown Jenkintown gets its own brewpub June 19 with the opening of Guild Hall Brewing Co. (208 York Rd., 267-287-8698)
BUSINESS
May 25, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Click on a Google map of East Passyunk Crossing, a South Philadelphia neighborhood a few blocks from the explosive restaurant and retail scene of East Passyunk Avenue. Then zoom in on the territory bounded by Broad and 11th, Tasker and McKean Streets. You're looking at one hot real-estate micromarket. Arguably, the hottest of all the spots south of Center City now jumping off the sale-price charts, as documented by local Realtors and residents, Philadelphia transaction records, and a database of city property information available at philly.com/prop.
NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles H. Gray, 85, of Mount Airy, a biology teacher and owner of the Rib Crib, a barbecue spot in Germantown that became a Philadelphia landmark, died Wednesday, May 6, at Einstein Medical Center after a series of strokes. Since opening the restaurant 47 years ago, Mr. Gray had played host to such figures as former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the actors Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, and the singer Patti LaBelle. Neither they nor the locals who lined up on the sidewalk outside the restaurant at 6333 Germantown Ave. could get enough of his sizzling-hot baby back ribs with homemade sauce - or of Mr. Gray.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
At a packed meeting Monday night, Devon residents showed a mix of excitement and concern about plans for Devon Yard, the long-stalled proposed Urban Outfitters development in Chester County. At the Easttown Township Planning Commission meeting, David Ziel, Urban Outfitters' chief development officer, announced a partnership between Urban and the Philadelphia restaurateur Marc Vetri. Devon Yard would host two Vetri restaurants, along with a cafe affiliated with Urban's Terrain brand.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU WANT to live more than 100 years, the key word just might be love . That's what Frances Vann Lewis would have told you. When asked to what she attributed her long life, she had one simple answer: "Love everybody. " Not always a simple assignment in a world of increasing stress, you might say, but Frances - called "Nana" by friends and family - would have insisted on it. After all, she did it. Frances Vann Lewis, who worked for a Horn & Hardart restaurant on South Broad Street and for the former Graduate Hospital, a devoted churchwoman and family matriarch, died Friday at age 102. She was living in the Riverside Presbyterian Apartments in Center City, but had lived most of her life in South Philadelphia.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Lynn Rinaldi grew up on "the Avenue. " Then she helped save it as a restaurant pioneer whose Paradiso (and later Izumi, the sushi bar she co-owns with husband and chef Corey Baver) helped spark a dining resurgence that has become the East Passyunk Avenue phenomenon. It has been only a decade since she and her father put the finishing touches on their rehab of a former furniture store. But it seems like a lifetime to those who've watched the street flourish into the city's hottest restaurant district.
FOOD
April 17, 2015 | By Victoria Mier, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everything in Laurel restaurant is chosen with precise care by chef and owner Nick Elmi. The wall sconces, of mottled brown iron and imperfect glass, were made by sous chef Eddie Konrad. Elmi built each piece of the rustic furniture and painted all the walls a creamy almond. One of the servers provides the fresh flowers that adorn each table. While the porcelain dinner plates weren't made by the staff, they were made especially for the Passyunk Avenue restaurant to Elmi's exacting specifications by a local ceramics studio, Felt+Fat . There's something about knowing the wares were made "just for us," Elmi said, turning a plate over and running his fingers across the Laurel engraved in the porcelain.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Rick Nichols, For The Inquirer
In her atelier, three flights up in a converted warehouse in postindustrial Kensington, silent occupants mark the long march of Meg Rodgers. There is the music stand (an early woodworking project). There are the cats (Sarah and Rocky, once local strays). There is the exquisitely handcrafted divan (from a furniture-maker friend). And shelves of books, among them The World of Islamic Art , still tagged on pages that inspired the colors for her 1994 breakout restaurant interior of the Striped Bass.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he was a child, George H. Phillips worked in the kitchen of his family's restaurant in Sea Isle City, N.J. "He opened clams, got a penny apiece," his wife, Linda, said. When ownership of the business - Busch's Seafood Restaurant - passed to him from his mother, Anna Busch, he was back where he started. "He was the cook; he kept the back of the house going," his wife said. Though the restaurant employed as many as 120 workers at its peak, she said, "he sweated like everybody else in that kitchen.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ON FATHER'S DAY 1992, Santiago Pedroso walked to a table in a crowded Germantown restaurant and fired five times at his wife's best friend, killing her, because he thought they were lovers, a prosecutor said yesterday. "He thought they were having an affair," Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax said. "He thought his wife and Delores Alvarez were lesbians and he was being left behind. " After the shooting at the Hathaway Inn, on Chelten Avenue near Wissahickon, Pedroso, then 50, fled, Sax told a Common Pleas jury in his opening statement at Pedroso's murder trial.
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