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April 7, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
When the Philadelphia health department asked Jack's Firehouse to close for several days in 2014 because of a mouse infestation, owner Mick Houston feared it would be "a terminal diagnosis" for the landmark eatery. But two years and thousands of dollars spent on improvements later, the restaurant is thriving. And, Houston and inspectors say, there's not a mouse in the house. Jack's Firehouse pioneered fine dining in the city's Fairmount neighborhood when Jack McDavid opened it in 1989 directly across the street from the derelict Eastern State Penitentiary.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Health Department in March asked dozens of restaurants and other eateries to "discontinue food operations" following less than glowing inspections. In previous months, a failing inspection would have earned a sterner-sounding order to cease-and-desist, a toothless demand that the restaurant was free to ignore. But following an agreement with the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections earlier this year, the health department is now reserving "cease-and-desist" for instances when the establishment refuses to close voluntarily.
NEWS
March 29, 2016 | STAFF WRITER
A carbon monoxide leak forced the evacuation early Sunday morning of a hookah lounge in Old City, along with a restaurant and some apartment units above. The Philadelphia Fire Department was called out to the 200 block of Chestnut Street at 12:46 a.m. after a resident of an upstairs apartment smelled gas, the fire department said. Police and PGW also responded to the scene. B Side Hookah Lounge and the nearby Barra's Italian Restaurant & Lounge were evacuated, as were the apartments.
NEWS
March 23, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Brickstone Cos. plans a restaurant, shopping and four floors of offices in a pair of buildings it's redeveloping on the 1100 block of Chestnut Street beside its big mixed-use project where a Target Corp. store is to open. The 20,080-square-foot Swartz Building development will incorporate a former furniture business at 1108 Chestnut St. that was most recently home to Armand's Record's. It will accommodate offices with ground-floor retail, Brickstone managing partner John Connors said.
NEWS
March 19, 2016
ISSUE | THE PHILLY SCENE Center City dining: From elegance to kitsch Craig LaBan's review of the Urban Farmer restaurant was spot-on (Sunday). The restaurant is in the new Logan hotel, which replaced the Four Seasons on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Urban Farmer relaced the iconic Fountain restaurant. My mother and I were devoted customers of the Fountain. We were there for lunch on its last day, June 6. We cried at the loss of such a fine restaurant and especially the displacement of such an excellent staff.
FOOD
March 17, 2016 | By Joy Manning, For The Inquirer
The area around the 3800 block of Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia offers limited choices for dining out. There's a run-down pizza shop, a bulletproof Chinese take-out joint, and not much else. But that's about to change. And Donnell Jones-Craven wants to tell the world. He is standing in front of the freshly painted facade of what will soon be EAT Cafe, Philadelphia's first pay-what-you-can community restaurant, where he will serve as the restaurant's chef and general manager.
NEWS
March 9, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, Staff Writer
A man eating dinner at a Tioga fast-food restaurant who became enraged because an employee was cleaning tables nearby pulled a gun Sunday and shot another worker, who had tried to calm him, police said. The incident happened at 5:30 p.m. at the Church's Chicken at 3650 N. Broad St. The customer began arguing with a 21-year-old employee as he cleaned tables, police said. When another employee, the table cleaner's brother, "attempted to squash the argument between both parties, the offender produced a large handgun and fired," hitting the would-be peacemaker several times, Police Capt.
NEWS
March 6, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Homicide detectives Friday said that they were looking for a "person of interest" in Thursday night's slaying of a 54-year-old woman who worked as a cook in a Vietnamese restaurant in South Philadelphia. Thoung Nguyen was attacked in the basement kitchen at Lee's Cafe & Bistro, 522 Washington Ave., about 9 p.m. She was preparing food at the time with another employee, a man 25 to 30 years old who goes by the name Noelle, police said. Police asked for the public's help in finding Noelle, who drives a white SUV. Chief Inspector Scott Small has said about four employees and five customers were in the restaurant when the killing occurred in the small kitchen.
NEWS
March 5, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Homicide detectives on Friday continued investigating the slaying of a 54-year-old woman who was found with her throat slashed Thursday night in the basement kitchen of a Vietnamese restaurant in South Philadelphia. Police said the victim, Thoung Nguyen, of South Philadelphia, was a cook at Lee's Cafe & Bistro, 522 Washington Ave. Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters "there were about four employees and about five customers inside" the restaurant when the killing occurred in the basement kitchen.
NEWS
March 1, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Downtown Camden, long regarded as an urban wasteland as soon as the sun goes down, will get two new restaurants this year, as well as a pop-up restaurant on the waterfront, city officials say. Could it be the beginning of a new food scene in Camden? The Newtown Kitchen & Lounge, forced to move from its location on MLK Boulevard last year due to a construction project, will reopen this spring on the 300 block of Market in a bigger space with a liquor license. A few doors away, plans are in the works to open a franchise of Marino's Bistro to Go, a chain of casual Italian eateries started by Collingswood chef Jim Marino.
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