December 23, 2015 |
At 15, Amol R. Kohli began working as a server at his neighborhood Friendly's restaurant in Voorhees. While in high school, he scooped ice cream, washed dishes, and was a host, a cook, and eventually a shift supervisor before heading to college. Twelve years later, Kohli now owns 10 Friendly's restaurant franchises in South Jersey and Pennsylvania. He opened his ninth Friendly's on Monday at the Voorhees Town Center, and will open a 10th next month at the Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood.
December 20, 2015
In a review Sunday of the restaurant Kanella South, the name of the chef and owner, Konstantinos Pitsillides, was wrongly given. The section was printed in advance.
December 18, 2015
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: We just canceled our plans to go skiing in the Poconos next week because, well . . . there's no snow. We're still heading up there for a northern jaunt, and since I won't have much else to do but eat, I'd love some recommendations for good Poconos restaurants (is there such a thing?). I'll report back. Reader: The Poconos are a good 15 years behind the rest of the civilized world, but there's a really nice breakfast place called the Terra Cottage Cafe about a mile past the main entrance to Jack Frost/Big Boulder.
December 8, 2015 |
The doctors would look at Vince Iannelli's medical report and then up at him and wonder if they had the right guy. The man in the medical report was riddled with cancers that had invaded his prostate, lungs, liver, and bones. The smiling, happy-go-lucky man before the doctors didn't look as if he'd been sick a day in his life. "He had an inner spirit," his sister Donna Iannelli said. "I would say to the oncologist: 'Look at my brother. I see you don't believe the report.' " Vincent T. Iannelli, 68, who operated a pizzeria and bakery at Ninth and McKean Streets in South Philadelphia called Captain Pepperoni and the High Rollers, died Saturday, Nov. 28. At its height in the late '70s and early '80s, Captain Pepperoni's was possibly the liveliest eatery in South Philly.
November 13, 2015 |
In the scramble for the newest thing, the personal connection between chefs and diners can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. That's why some Philadelphia-area restaurateurs are taking inspiration from their own lives, both in their decor and cooking and in reconnecting with customers in interesting ways. From its inception, Midtown Village newcomer Bud & Marilyn's was conceived as a throwback to owner Marcie Turney's grandparents' restaurant in Wisconsin. "My grandfather was the cook, and my grandmother ran the front.
October 23, 2015 |
Linda Jeffers looked over the spring roll she ordered. "I don't see any bugs," she said drily to two friends as she bit into her appetizer. "Of course, we wouldn't know; they could be crunchy. " And with that joke, the ice was broken, and the three lunch partners seemed delighted to be back at a favorite Main Line haunt, Yangming Restaurant, which opened Wednesday for the first time since it was shut down for health violations two months ago. The three were among about 45 customers who showed up for lunch after the restaurant opened at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
October 23, 2015
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Oct. 20, 2015: Reader: I read in The Inquirer that health inspections in Philly restaurants are not published until 30 days after the inspection, as opposed to N.Y.C. and other large cities that are posted immediately. How can this be? What can be done to change this? How do you feel about this problem? I don't want to see others get sick from poor health inspection being withheld for 30 days. C.L.: The Inquirer has done a lot of work to present Philly's restaurant health reports for public scrutiny.
October 19, 2015 |
Restaurant pros are suddenly more passionately divided than ever on whether tipping should be a thing of the past. But most locals still plan to wait and see how influential restaurateur Danny Meyer fares with his game-changing new plans to raise prices and do away with gratuities at his 13 New York restaurants. Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin of the High Street Hospitality Group support the movement in theory. "The idea of eliminating tipping has been a very big conversation in our company lately as well," says Kulp.
October 14, 2015 |
Cristina Martinez arrives at work at 4 a.m., ties a white apron high across her chest, and starts preparing a lamb cooked in vapor for 10 hours. An hour later, she and her husband, Ben Miller, open their South Philadelphia restaurant, Barbacoa, serving premium tacos - and hefty sides of activism - in their bid to mobilize restaurateurs on behalf of the many undocumented immigrants who work in America's kitchens. Hosting organizational meetings and screening documentaries, the couple hope to spark a culinary crusade in a city famous for its restaurant scene - and pressure the deadlocked Congress to overhaul the immigration laws.