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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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NEWS
September 21, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley and Michael Klein, STAFF WRITERS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2016 | By Jennifer Adams
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.
FOOD
September 16, 2016 | By Drew Lazor, For The Inquirer
'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.
NEWS
September 7, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
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.
NEWS
August 31, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, STAFF WRITER
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.
FOOD
August 26, 2016 | By Drew Lazor, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
August 21, 2016 | By Emily Babay and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
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.
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.
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