December 24, 2013 |
One woman was sitting in a window seat at La Colombe, lost in a discussion about a Macy's sale, when someone snatched her wallet from her purse. Alyssa Abbott had just finished lunch at a Chestnut Street cafe when she noticed how light her tote bag felt. And Temple University student Rachael Young was packing up her laptop at Starbucks when she realized her wallet was gone. Pickpockets. Or, more precisely, the work of what police now call "sneak thieves. " If the best friend of the coffeehouse thief is distraction, then the holiday season, with its crowded shops of hurried shoppers, offers the pickpocket prime opportunities.
December 20, 2013 |
Cuban diner from Garces Rosa Blanca - Jose Garces' Cuban diner that opened this week at 707 Chestnut St. - might be his most ambitious restaurant to date. He and his crew are executing several different concepts. It's a diner, takeout shop, rum bar, and sit-down restaurant with dishes from chef Yun Fuentes, last at JG Domestic. Hours are 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, so there will be breakfast served in a part of town short on options.
December 20, 2013 |
AN UPSCALE Center City restaurant known for its hefty beer list is now barred by law from selling those brews. Pennsylvania State Police said yesterday that the liquor cabinet at The Farmer's Cabinet, on Walnut Street near 11th, was closed after investigators found the restaurant had been selling alcohol without a license since October. Matt Swartz, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Colleen, was arrested Wednesday after admitting to forging a temporary license used to justify its operations to investigators from the state's Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
December 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A city man suspected of a December smash-and-grab burglary spree was arrested over the weekend on charges he stole cash from four Center City restaurants, police said Sunday. Keith McClary, 56, was stopped by police Saturday on the 300 block of South 19th Street because they said he matched the description of the burglaries seen in surveillance videos. Detectives raided McClary's home on the 700 block of South Martin Street and found a leather jacket believed to be the one the burglar wore, police said.
December 8, 2013 |
THE FIRST TIME someone robbed Ryan Zheng's South Philly sushi restaurant, he wasn't there. When the robber returned just two weeks later, Zheng panicked, telling his staff to run into the basement. But the third time, Zheng acted. He says the decision was made for him. "My family was in danger," Zheng, 34, said yesterday in Terryin Sushi Bar on Snyder Avenue near 4th Street. "My mind just went blank; all I thought was, 'I gotta protect them.' " Zheng said he was in the restaurant's bathroom Thursday when Tishon Jones, 19, walked in and pointed a gun at his wife.
December 6, 2013 |
Seven restaurants in LOVE Park? That was the vision that Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke unfurled on Wednesday. He would pay for long-overdue upgrades to John F. Kennedy Plaza by leasing the rights to create 26,000 square feet of restaurant space in the iconic but aging park. Drawings Clarke's office commissioned show seven restaurant spaces - both open-air and enclosed - along all four sides of the park, along with a new stage for concerts and public events on the Arch Street side.
November 28, 2013 |
2 more restaurant/markets It's all the range: the chef-driven combo of market and artisan restaurant. Fresh off Talula's Daily on Washington Square, we now have Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market (1442 Route 70, Cherry Hill, 856-356-2282) and Tela's Market & Kitchen (1833 Fairmount Ave., 215-232-4710), both in their opening weeks. Farm & Fisherman expands the farm-to-table philosophy of chef Josh Lawler's posh Center City BYOB as he takes the former Andreotti's Viennese Cafe in a partnership with chef Todd Fuller (formerly of Treno and Tangerine)
November 23, 2013 |
Moorestown's long prohibition against the sale of alcohol came to an end this week, and crowds are celebrating at Moorestown Mall with wine, cocktails, pheasant lasagna, wild boar Bolognese, fire-grilled octopus pizza, and monkfish osso buco. "We knew it was coming," said Bonnie Bornstein of Lumberton. She meant more than the right to sip martinis or Barolo in a Moorestown restaurant for the first time in 98 years. Bornstein was speaking of where she was sitting with her husband, Arnie: at Osteria, the celebrated restaurant created by Philadelphia chef and restaurant impresario Marc Vetri.
November 13, 2013 |
GLOUCESTER TWP. A bottle of top-shelf booze that perhaps sat on the shelf of a Camden County restaurant too long caused headaches for the owners, who were accused of cheating customers. State officials alleged this year that Villari's Lakeside Restaurant & Bar in Gloucester Township was among 29 businesses caught watering down drinks or substituting cheaper booze while charging customers for premium liquor. State officials have since documented that there was no evidence of such tampering at the family-run Villari's, which hosts happy hours at the indoor lounge and outside tiki bar, serves Italian cuisine in the restaurant, and offers catering services.
November 12, 2013
BAR and restaurant employees, easily one of the most underinsured groups in the American workforce, have been dealt a holistic hand by a small group of physicians who have made industry health care their priority. Founded in New York City in 2007, by Dr. David Ores - and in Philly since last fall, thanks to South Philly M.D. Bruce Hopper - the Restaurant Worker Referral Program is aggressively focused on the needs of workers "in the biz. " You can gather as much from the nonprofit's logo - serpents intertwined around a fistful of cutlery instead of a staff.