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May 23, 2010 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
If you happen to live or work in a dining wasteland, as I once did, it helps to pray to the food gods for an accidental restaurant row to appear. One day, you're eating drippy burritos and chicken Caesar salads from a lunch truck. Then - poof! - the next day you're slurping uni-topped oysters alongside sizzling stone bowls of bibimbap in a room of spa-like tranquillity. The recent arrival of Doma - and its tasty neighbors on the suddenly bustling dining strip of Callowhill Street - proves that such miraculous things can happen in an unlikely place.
NEWS
May 21, 2010 | By CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com 215-313-3134
Margate City, the tony community just a poker chip's throw from Atlantic City, has been keeping revelers "at bay" for decades. But these days, the scene along the Amherst Avenue strip is a far cry from the wild and woolly times baby boomers fondly remember. The strip where a youth-oriented bar scene once roared is today an acclaimed restaurant district catering to adults with sophisticated palates and the means to satisfy them. "At one time [the neighborhood bordering Beach Thoroughfare - aka "The Bay"]
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2009 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
If you are craving predictability on the restaurant row (Eastern Division) that is the 700 block of Chestnut Street, you might want to walk right on past Chifa, the newest Jose Garces contender: The prime steaks are next door at the vaulted-ceilinged Union Trust; the comfort food is at Jones across the street, where "Thanksgiving Dinner," should you have missed it (or have an off-season hankering for it), is on the menu every night. At the Peruvian-Chinese hybrid called Chifa you will find, instead, bowls of chaufa rice, a stir-fry dotted with chorizo and topped with sweetly tender soy-glazed scallops, and diminutive ceviches far more complex (and the flavors far more balanced)
NEWS
August 9, 1996 | by Theresa Conroy, Daily News Staff Writer
Now the spotlight is on Tony Clark. "Everybody's looking at me, to see if I'll be successful," Clark said. "I want to see if I'm right. " If he is right, Tony Clark's, his slick new bistro and dining room at Broad and Sansom Streets, will lead the emergence of a new restaurant row, expanding the trendy eating frenzy on Walnut Street. If Clark is wrong, and his restaurant fails, he'll be in a wicked jam. And so will the Avenue of the Arts, the city's $300 million cultural development project on Broad Street.
NEWS
August 5, 2010 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
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.
NEWS
September 30, 2006 | By KITTY CAPARELLA caparek@phillynews.com 215-854-5880 Daily News columnist Dan Gross and staff writer Simone Weichselbaum contributed to this story
Legendary Chinese restaurateur Susanna Foo knows how to deliver a dish with a powerful punch. Yesterday, Parking Authority officer Juanita Lewis, 38, got some of it takeout. Foo, 63, saw Officer Lewis ticketing a delivery truck in a "No Parking Anytime" zone on Sydenham Street near Walnut outside the exclusive Center City restaurant that bears her name, said a police source. Foo started yelling at the parking officer and then allegedly shoved her, then struck the officer about the head and stomach numerous times, police said.
NEWS
July 3, 1998 | John McCalla, For the Daily News
NOT ANOTHER RESTAURANT, BUT CLOSE New owners signed on last week to the old Rittenhouse Grocers location, 20th Street and Rittenhouse Square. Many looked at the location (including Xando and Rindelaub's), but the takers of the estimated $300,000-plus property are brothers-in-law Jason Nusbaum and Gary Waxman, owners of Great Scot's Rittenhouse Market at 18th and Spruce, and of the building that houses the two-year-old Audrey Claire Cafe, 20th and Spruce. Nusbaum and Waxman will operate their new building, and not depart too far from the old Rittenhouse Grocers' style of serving prepared restaurant-quality take-out food.
BUSINESS
November 26, 1997 | by Jenice M. Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer
Cars slow, looking for parking spaces. Couples stroll arm in arm, stopping to look at menus posted outside restaurant doors. The sounds of live jazz fill the air. It's a typical Saturday night in Manayunk, right? Wrong. Try Fairmount. That's right. Fairmount, the slowly gentrifying neighborhood near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is becoming something of a restaurant mecca. Okay, so Walnut Street doesn't have to worry about losing its Restaurant Row status just yet. And Fairmount doesn't come close to packing them in like Old City and South Street, let alone Manayunk.
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FOOD
May 16, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 29, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
NEWS
May 18, 2013 | By Michael Klein, PHILLY.COM
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.
FOOD
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.
NEWS
May 29, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 4, 2012 | By Michael Klein, PHILLY.COM
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.
FOOD
October 21, 2010 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
"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.
NEWS
August 5, 2010 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 24, 2010 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA & CHRISTINE OLLEY, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
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.
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