August 17, 2015 |
Papal visit security measures are causing a giant case of heartburn among restaurateurs, cafe owners, and even operators of Reading Terminal Market, the very businesses that are among Philadelphia's most celebrated amenities and tourist draws. With inbound vehicles barred and public transit sharply curtailed for the better part of three days when Pope Francis visits next month, the eateries that normally thrive on big crowds are struggling to figure out how to stay open and have enough food and workers to function.
August 4, 2015 |
IF POPE FRANCIS is a wrestling fan, you gotta believe he roots for WWE star Titus O'Neil. The pope is a huge advocate for the poor and homeless so he'd no doubt give his blessing to what O'Neil - whose real name is Thaddeus Bullard - did this weekend. That's because O'Neil/Bullard, who played at the University of Florida under Steve Spurrier before going on to a career in the Arena Football League, took homeless people out to dinner not once, but twice. On Friday, he took two homeless people to dinner at the Yardhouse in San Diego and was unhappy with how they were treated.
July 31, 2015 |
A notable month Luis Lorenzo and Nora Portugal, who started with one Nora's taco cart at 38th and Spruce Streets on the University of Pennsylvania campus and recently added a second one nearby, have gone the brick-and-mortar route. Earlier this month, they not only opened Nora's at 248 South St. (267-758-2413) but had a baby. Days after delivering little Nora, Portugal was working again. Lorenzo, who is from Mexico, has front-of-the-house experience at Capital Grille and Buddakan; Portugal is Peruvian and has been cooking Latin as a caterer.
July 30, 2015 |
Two Philadelphia men were arrested last week in an attempt to burglarize Saloon, the venerable Bella Vista steak house, police announced Tuesday. After the arrest, police said, one of the men, Tony Kimhong, 24, was accused of participating in burglaries at a host of other city restaurants between April and July, including Stogie Joe's, Bing Bing Dim Sum, Birra, and the Bainbridge Street Barrel House. The other suspect, Chhoeuth Kim, 31, was accused of burglarizing Bridget Foy's with Kimhong on July 16, police said.
July 30, 2015 |
Georges Perrier - shaking off notions of a post-Le Bec-Fin dotage - is coming to the aid of one of his former employees, a restaurateur who is recovering from a nightmarish situation: the jailing of a business partner accused of the sexual abuse of a child . Perrier is now chef-adviser at Crow & the Pitcher , on 19th Street just south of Rittenhouse Square. Michael Franco, who worked for Perrier as a sommelier and general manager for six years, opened the bar-restaurant last year with chef Alex Capasso and an investor.
July 27, 2015 |
Philadelphia's bustling restaurant scene has been generating plenty of buzz. In fact, on busy nights, it can be almost unbearable. To the chagrin of diners nostalgic for the hushed, white-tablecloth dining rooms of decades past, the city's current generation of trendy eateries - with their polished-concrete floors, bare tables, and echoingly high ceilings - has been accompanied by a considerable din. The acoustics are partially a function of...
July 18, 2015 |
Back in 2002, with at least 85 people sickened by Salmonella , Bucks County health inspectors discovered that kitchen workers at a Lone Star Steakhouse on Route 1 were washing tomatoes and raw chicken in the same sink. They shut the place down until an additional sink could be installed to prevent cross-contamination. "We thought we had it nailed," recalled Bill Roth, who oversees food safety for the county health department. Not exactly. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed victims' stool samples, Roth recalled, they noticed something completely different: The same strain of Salmonella had been found elsewhere.
June 30, 2015 |
IT WAS BACK to the 18th century at Century 21 yesterday after a power outage left the department store and 300 other Center City customers without electricity for eight hours. The outage, which stemmed from a problem with an underground cable on 9th Street near Race in Chinatown, occurred about 7:30 a.m., PECO Energy Co. spokeswoman Liz Williamson said. With crews working on it throughout the day, power was restored to all but three customers as of 3:30 p.m., Williamson said.
June 26, 2015 |
Summer Openings The summer restaurant scene will bring but one blockbuster opening: Cheesecake Factory's first Center City location, which opened Tuesday at 15th and Walnut Streets. Also, Cheesecake's internationally focused Grand Lux Cafe opens this week at the King of Prussia mall, across the mall property from another Cheesecake Factory. Together, the two new restaurants employ more than 500 people. On Thursday, the Main Line gets a b.good (Wynnewood Shopping Center, Wynnewood)
June 12, 2015 |
Explaining that "when one door closes, another door opens," Susanna Foo says Sunday will be the finale of her namesake restaurant in Radnor, which opened in 2006. Foo and her son Gabriel have decided to focus completely on SuGa , the upmarket Chinese restaurant they are building at 1720 Sansom St., which was Genji. It is expected to open in September. Brewpub for Jenkintown Downtown Jenkintown gets its own brewpub June 19 with the opening of Guild Hall Brewing Co. (208 York Rd., 267-287-8698)