May 16, 2014 |
Pizza proliferation in Wayne Early this summer, two well-regarded Neapolitan pizzerias will set up second locations across the street from each other on Wayne's restaurant row: Ardè Osteria & Pizzeria will be a new concept from the crew at Pizzeria DiMeo's in Andorra Shopping Center. Vecchia Pizza Napoletana will be a second location for the Phoenixville parlor. At Vecchia (134 N. Wayne Ave., between Great American Pub and Paola's), owner Frank Nattle imported Neapolitan craftsman Giuseppe Foglia to work with bricks, stone, volcanic ash, and sand to construct the wood-fired oven.
March 15, 2014 |
Pat Shannon purses his lips into a frown with each clip of the scissors and stroke of the razor, the lines across his face a testament to decades of repetition. Tucked in a tiny storefront in Wayne, Pat's Barber Shop has kept the same business model for more than 35 years: No appointments, no credit cards, and no frills. It will remain the same "as long as I have people coming in," Shannon said. In a Main Line town that boasts of fine dining and boutiques, Pat's Barber Shop is the place that gentrification forgot, a reminder of the past on North Wayne Avenue.
July 29, 2013 |
Joan Shepp talks shop standing near the display window of her iconic Walnut Street boutique, her voice shifting from uncharacteristic, unsure whisper to typical fashion-savvy confidence. She's in a pickle. Her self-named specialty store, with its curated selection of high-end designers from Rick Owens to Ann Demeulemeester, has played a major part in shaping Walnut Street - west of Broad through 19th - into Philadelphia's poshest place to shop. But it's her success, and that of other chic independents along five Rittenhouse Square blocks, that has helped spike the value of commercial real estate in the last two years and, ironically, has led to her exit - at least off the best blocks in the strip.
May 18, 2013 |
Le Bec Fin - a name synonymous with fine dining in Philadelphia for four decades - will "retire" in mid-June. Finis . In its place will be a new restaurant - still unnamed - serving progressive American cuisine. Its chef will be Roxborough native Justin Bogle, who at 28 was one of the youngest chefs to receive two Michelin stars for his work at Gilt in Manhattan, which closed in December. Chef Chris Scarduzio, who has had a long association with Le Bec Fin through its founder, Georges Perrier, will be the restaurant's director of operations.
October 18, 2012
Midtown Village has a wealth of cuisines, but Szechuan was not one of them until recently when Jack Chen, who owns Chinatown's Sakura Mandarin, moved in with Spice 28, a restaurant-lounge just a few steps off the 13th Street restaurant row. Spice 28 cooks a credible dan dan noodle and kung pao chicken, but the Asian-fusion appetizers, made for pairing with cocktails, are the stars. Blue crab fajitas look like stuffed flat sandwiches whose crab-spread filling provides a cool counterpoint.
May 29, 2012 |
People say the Franklintown neighborhood is changing, but that's not true. It's being transformed. An area that's become chock-a-block with quality housing, good restaurants, stores, and attractions is going to get more, and soon, encouraged by the opening of the Barnes Foundation and its own surging momentum. "We're getting ready for prime time, our prime time," said Mel Seligsohn, who lives in the stylish Tivoli townhouse complex. At the same time, "it's a little sad, losing control.
May 4, 2012 |
Restaurants want to be where the action is, and 18th Street from Market Street to Rittenhouse Square is one of the busiest restaurant corridors in Center City. Like the proverbial birds of a feather, a growing clutch of eateries, approaching two dozen, is catering to the lunch crowd. In the last week, a soup/salad/sandwich place called Brodo took a spot in the United Plaza building, just south of Market. Across the street, a Japanese soup restaurant called Nom Nom Ramen opened in March, and the vegan takeout HipCityVeg opened two weeks ago just north of the square, next to what may become a Crumbs Bake Shop . The week-old Rittenhouse Tavern , in the Art Alliance at the southeastern corner of the square, expects to join the lunch fray.
October 21, 2010 |
"Salvatore De Cristofaro" should translate to "well-traveled," as a peek at the chef-restaurateur's resume discloses. In his 35-plus years in the United States, he's been affiliated with such restaurants as Pinocchio, Kristopher, San Remo, Ristorante De Cristofaro, Avanti, Arrivaderci, and Sandro, and held high-ranking chef's posts with the Sands and Trump Taj Mahal casinos in Atlantic City. At this stage of his career, rather than slow down, he has launched a business importing food products from his native Apulia, Italy, and, with Christina and Robert Pirello of the TV show Christina Cooks , is about to start production of his own public-broadcasting show, to be shot in Italy.
August 5, 2010 |
If northern Indiana winters hadn't been so brutal, Susanna Foo and her husband might never have opened the Center City restaurant that made her famous. But while she eventually was named "truly one of this country's best chefs" by Gourmet magazine, E-Hsin Foo was the one, she said, who kept the Susanna Foo restaurant running for much of its 22 years, until a rare ailment afflicted him. E-Hsin Foo, 68, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Bryn Mawr Hospital after a fall at their Radnor home.
July 24, 2010 |
Georges Perrier is going to say "Au revoir!" to Le Bec-Fin, his landmark Center City French restaurant, some time next year. Unless, of course, he changes his mind. Which he might. Unless he doesn't. "I'm a little tired of doing the same thing. I think we will probably close in the spring," Perrier said last night. Moments later, he added: "I don't know. You never know. You can always change your mind. " What is known for sure is that Perrier put both the restaurant business and its building, at 1523 Walnut St., up for sale earlier this week.