September 21, 2016 |
Driven by demand, a younger clientele, and a challenged retail landscape, restaurants are powering many of the region's real estate deals. One in four retail real estate transactions these days is for a spot to eat and drink. From trendy, chef-driven venues in Center City to outposts of national brands at suburban shopping centers and malls, restaurants have become go-to tenants, filling new spaces and former anchor stores and providing landlords with rents that are often higher and more reliable.
September 17, 2016 |
Q: My husband and I are planning to remodel our kitchen, and we absolutely love the high-end restaurant-kitchen look. We both enjoy cooking. We also entertain a lot, so it makes sense. What can you tell us about those big, high-arched faucets for home use? The ones I see in big-box stores seem smaller and don't have that spring. - S. A: I also love the commercial look for kitchens, and this functional style is still as popular as ever. Stainless steel is a classic and durable finish that isn't going to go away.
September 16, 2016 |
'I think anyone who works in restaurants has a love-hate relationship with it in general," Gianna Lozzi says. "Everybody likes to complain about it, but there's a reason none of us ever leave. " Lozzi, a Girard Academic Music Program graduate with a theater degree from Arcadia University, has always had a passion for stagecraft, and for the years she has logged in restaurants. She explores the relationship between her interrelated vocations with her new original play, Right Behind , debuting Thursday at Connie's Ric-Rac as part of the 2016 Fringe Festival.
September 7, 2016 |
Audubon's heart is stirring. New and expanding businesses, the start of renovations of a prominent mixed-use property, and the recent sale of a former bank headquarters have West Merchant Street buzzing. "I bought the building because I love it. That's the truth," new owner Michael Yacovone says, showing me around the onetime Audubon National Bank. Most recently used as an auction house and music venue, the handsome brick landmark at Merchant and West Atlantic has high ceilings, hardwood floors, and a working fireplace.
August 31, 2016 |
Police on Monday released new details on last week's violent robbery of a Juniata Park Chinese restaurant in which two workers were pistol-whipped. The robbery happened just before midnight Wednesday at Honey Garden Chinese restaurant, 1401 E. Lycoming St., police said. Authorities on Monday said three men cut through a screen door at a side entrance and surprised two employees, a 36-year-old man and 34-year-old woman. One of the attackers then pointed a handgun in the employees' direction, demanded money, then began whipping them with the gun. Police said both employees, whose names were withheld, suffered facial injuries.
August 26, 2016 |
Every Monday at noon on the dot, the intoxicating cooking smells wafting out of the kitchen of American Sardine Bar are met with a little olfactory competition: burning incense. A few feet from the fryer and flattop grill, a small group of practitioners do their part to convert the top floor of the Point Breeze beer bar into a temporary yoga studio, bending and stretching on the hardwood floor per the directions of instructor Maria Cuscavage. Though it charges no admission, it's an exclusive club - open only to the employees of ASB and its sister bar, the South Philadelphia Tap Room, where Cuscavage has worked for the last seven years.
August 21, 2016 |
Authorities are looking for the man who set a fire at Branzino, a popular Italian BYOB near Rittenhouse Square. Investigators have determined that the July 26 blaze at 259 S. 17th St. was arson, and video surveillance shows a man inside and outside the restaurant before the fire started around 8:45 a.m., said Steve Bartholomew, a spokesman for the Philadelphia division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Bartholomew declined to say how the fire was set. Images show a man, dressed in dark clothes and wearing a hat, carrying a backpack.
August 20, 2016 |
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.
August 17, 2016 |
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.
August 7, 2016 |
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.