April 28, 2016 |
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...
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.
April 16, 2016 |
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.
April 7, 2016 |
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.
April 1, 2016 |
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.
March 29, 2016 |
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.
March 23, 2016 |
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.
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.
March 17, 2016 |
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.
March 9, 2016 |
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.