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August 5, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Ellen Rose Tecosky Appelbaum, 87, of East Oak Lane, co-owner of the Chestnut Hill Spice Shop and later the owner of Ellen Rose Restaurant in Germantown, died Sunday, July 17, of complications from heart disease at Einstein Medical Center. Mrs. Appelbaum's passion for food was rooted in necessity. At age 11, after the death of her father, she became responsible for her family's meals. Bored by the daily fare she was putting on the table, she reached out to an aunt who had lived in France and had mastered French cuisine.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
Was the Democratic National Convention a boon for restaurants? It depends on whom you ask. The consensus among Center City restaurateurs interviewed Friday was that business was solid but not remarkable, given the 50,000 delegates, media representatives, and other attendees. Restaurateurs who booked private parties and caterers at established venues did very well. Coffee shops and other quick-service shops seemed to thrive. More important, they said the city seemed to show itself well to the visitors, which could augur return trips.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Otis C. Hicks was a strong-enough basketball center at Pennsauken High School that in his three-year varsity career, he scored more than 1,000 points, his brother Laverne said. Because Laverne Hicks had to repeat a year in elementary school, he played on the same basketball team with his younger brother, until he and Otis graduated in 1976. "He was always a leader, a guy you looked up to, a guy who took control," he said. On Thursday, July 21, Mr. Hicks, 58, of Pennsauken, a former restaurant manager, died of kidney disease at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
NEWS
July 23, 2016
A 50-year-old Philadelphia man was charged Thursday for the violent robbery of a Center City restaurant earlier this year, federal prosecutors said. During the May 15 heist at the Tavern on Broad, James Parker repeatedly pistol-whipped an employee before forcing him to open the business' safe and making off with about $8,000. Parker was charged with robbery that interferes with interstate commerce, and using a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted, he faces life in prison.
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
With a political convention's wheeling and dealing comes wining and dining. The 50,000 delegates, guests, and media representatives from around the country visiting later this month for the Democratic National Convention must eat. Restaurateurs are counting on all the visitors to shake the city's traditional summer doldrums, with delegates diving into dim sum in Chinatown, politicos gnawing on roast pork on South Street, and reporters slurping oysters...
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
A man was shot to death Saturday night during a fight outside a restaurant in Mayfair, police said. The shooting occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m. outside Reale's Restaurant and Bar on the 7200 block of Frankford Avenue, according to preliminary information from Philadelphia Police. A 34-year-old man was shot once in the neck and once in the chest during an altercation with another man, police said. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
FOOD
July 8, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 5, 2016: Craig LaBan: As you know, I was down the Shore working hard to make sure your summer eats list is in primo beach shape. (See article here. ) Reader: The Red Store in West Cape May is outstanding. What a meal. Has to be one of the best BYO's down the shore. Craig LaBan: No doubt, The Red Store is one of the best restaurants at the Shore. By the way, RS owners Lucas Manteca and Deanna Ebner also own Quahog's, my favorite from this year's roundup of good seafood places.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Dom Giordano
WHAT WOULD YOU say about a guy on a plane who comes to the aid of a family whose member is experiencing a heart attack and comforts them, stays with them when they get off the plane, gets their luggage and goes with them to the hospital? The guy who did all this is Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow. Many on Twitter and social media went wild when photos of Tebow leaked out of him praying with the stricken family aboard the plane. How dare Tebow pray with the family.
FOOD
July 4, 2016
Busch's seafood restaurant died a dozen near-deaths before the end actually came. So when it was finally sold in 2014 and the Townsend's Inlet icon slipped beneath the waves of history - after 132 years and five generations of family ownership - no one was surprised. It was a 425-seat whale to maintain, decidedly frumpy in look, and seriously out of fashion on the plates. Even so, I still miss it. From the rich she-crab soup to the deviled clams, perfectly broiled lobster, and juicy blueberry cobbler, Busch's produced the timeless flavors of a Shore seafood house with consistency and character that's hard to match.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I completely understand that people have very different expectations about who will pay at a celebratory "let's go out to XX restaurant" night. What I struggle with is how to know who will pay. I received an Evite from the birthday girl to join her at a restaurant with a hipster bar, and because I love her and want to celebrate, I RSVP'd yes. Because I am short of money, I planned to buy the b'day girl a drink, stay for an hour, give her a little gift, and head out. My plan was quashed, though.
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