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May 11, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The developers of the 26-story apartment tower at 1213 Walnut Street are seeking tenants for the building's two ground-floor storefronts, one of which will be next to Fergie's Pub on the property's Sansom Street side. The tower is being built to accommodate a 5,920-square-foot restaurant - about the size of the El Vez or Jones restaurants nearby - facing Walnut Street and a roughly 1,300-square-foot shop or cafe beside Fergie's, according to Jacob Cooper, a managing director at MSC Retail Inc., which is marketing the space.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Lisa Scottoline, Columnist
There's a new restaurant in London and you go there to eat naked. I'm not making this up. This restaurant hasn't even opened yet, but it's already getting major attention, and not for the food. I went to the restaurant's website and it didn't even have a menu posted. Food isn't the point, would be my guess. Like nobody complains about the plot in porn. Even though there's never a twist and the ending is always happy. Step up your game, pornographers. You might think you would never go to a naked restaurant, but it has a waiting list of 30,000.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Restaurants will play a big role at the redeveloped Gallery at Market East, according to Santa Monica, Calif.-based Macerich Co., which is partnering with Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust on the revamp. The shopping mall - to be renamed Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia - will benefit from an influx of restaurant guests from the growing number of residential and hotel projects in Center City, Macerich chief executive and chairman Arthur Coppola said in a conference call with analysts Wednesday.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
ISSUE | RESTAURANTS Post inspections Kudos to the Inquirer and Philly.com and their Clean Plates web page for providing access to the results of inspections of area restaurants. However, the public may need more information. For example, I recently walked by a restaurant near City Hall that had 19 illness-risk and retail violations, yet it was doing a booming lunch business. Food poisoning is horrendous to recover from, and I urge the Inquirer to continue publishing restaurant inspection reports.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
Homesick Philadelphians need not go hungry in the Big Apple. Yes, I'm well aware Manhattan has a few nice places of its own. But, sometimes, a person just needs a little taste of the "215" to keep it real. And NYC has options. Some Really Big Philly Names, in fact, are just about to make more noise in the city, with hummus master Michael Solomonov and another Stephen Starr production set for May openings, plus a new Amada that Jose Garces opened last week. It's too early to know how those projects will fare.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, RESTAURANT CRITIC
NEW YORK - Just a few years ago, Philadelphia came into its own as a magnet for ambitious young chefs from around the country who sought their culinary fortunes in a city rich with restaurant opportunity. But the story line has now reversed, as Philadelphia's restaurant stars have begun exporting their brands, especially, at the moment, to Manhattan. These days, New Yorkers can find spicy dandan heaven at a Han Dynasty in the East Village. Or a Hickory Town breakfast sandwich at the new High Street on Hudson in the West Village.
NEWS
April 30, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
The spectacular view of the Cooper River remains the same at the new Cooper House restaurant, while the place has been given a complete makeover and new menu. More than a year after upgrades began to spruce up the once-popular Lobster Trap, the restaurant is only weeks away from opening. Besides its new name, the restaurant, closed since 2013, will have a new lease when it officially opens June 5. The building is owned by Camden County. There will be no TVs or stools at the bar, which will offer locally brewed beer and wines from South Jersey.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors have sued a South Philadelphia restaurant owner, accusing him of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, alleges that John Longacre repeatedly failed to respond to prosecutors' requests about accessibility at his South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St. It says the Tap Room's front entrance and restrooms, among other things, are not readily accessible to...
NEWS
April 24, 2016
Craig LaBan's review of the Little Lion restaurant in the Live Life Love section of the Sunday Inquirer was written and printed before the owners of the restaurant announced Friday that executive chef Sean Ciccarone had left as of this week following some temporary health issues. Sous chef Andre Davis will step up in the interim while a search begins for Ciccarone's replacement.  
BUSINESS
April 16, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Wawa is aging well. At 52, it has morphed from a convenience store to a full-service operation that is part store/take-out restaurant/coffee house, part bakery and gas station - and become a staple of the rush-hour landscape with its signature Wawa coffee. The chain with 725 stores and $9 billion in sales in 2015 announced that it is hiring 5,000 people company-wide by June 1. It is also opening a new Center City location with seating at 1900 Market St. by the end of the year. "Center City has responded," said Wawa president and CEO Chris Gheysens.
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