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.
March 6, 2016 |
Homicide detectives Friday said that they were looking for a "person of interest" in Thursday night's slaying of a 54-year-old woman who worked as a cook in a Vietnamese restaurant in South Philadelphia. Thoung Nguyen was attacked in the basement kitchen at Lee's Cafe & Bistro, 522 Washington Ave., about 9 p.m. She was preparing food at the time with another employee, a man 25 to 30 years old who goes by the name Noelle, police said. Police asked for the public's help in finding Noelle, who drives a white SUV. Chief Inspector Scott Small has said about four employees and five customers were in the restaurant when the killing occurred in the small kitchen.
March 5, 2016 |
Homicide detectives on Friday continued investigating the slaying of a 54-year-old woman who was found with her throat slashed Thursday night in the basement kitchen of a Vietnamese restaurant in South Philadelphia. Police said the victim, Thoung Nguyen, of South Philadelphia, was a cook at Lee's Cafe & Bistro, 522 Washington Ave. Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters "there were about four employees and about five customers inside" the restaurant when the killing occurred in the basement kitchen.
March 1, 2016 |
Downtown Camden, long regarded as an urban wasteland as soon as the sun goes down, will get two new restaurants this year, as well as a pop-up restaurant on the waterfront, city officials say. Could it be the beginning of a new food scene in Camden? The Newtown Kitchen & Lounge, forced to move from its location on MLK Boulevard last year due to a construction project, will reopen this spring on the 300 block of Market in a bigger space with a liquor license. A few doors away, plans are in the works to open a franchise of Marino's Bistro to Go, a chain of casual Italian eateries started by Collingswood chef Jim Marino.
February 26, 2016
This week alone will bring the announcements of three significant restaurant projects planned this summer by out-of-town operators: Scarpetta , a splashy Italian out of New York, coming to the Rittenhouse Hotel; Tasty Tuscan , billed as a four-star Italian (by Italian businessmen) with a marketplace, coming to the former Tashan space at 777 S. Broad St.; and, if scuttlebutt is correct, P.J. Clarke's , an offshoot of the century-plus-old New York City saloon, setting up in the Curtis Center on Washington Square.
February 12, 2016 |
Center City's residential growth is being fueled in part by empty-nester suburbanites seeking bright lights. Susanna Foo, the chef/restaurateur who raised her two boys on the Main Line and shut her namesake restaurant in Radnor last summer, not only has bought a condo in Rittenhouse Square, but she will work there, too. Foo and her son Gabriel expect to open SUGA - a portmanteau of "Susanna" and "Gabriel" - in the next two weeks at 1720...
February 3, 2016
Police are searching for three men who were caught on video brutally assaulting a 29-year-old man inside a Chinese restaurant in the city's Logan section late Saturday night. In the video, released by authorities Monday, the men can be seen pushing the victim inside Lucky Garden Chinese Food at 4901 N. Broad St. around 11:40 p.m., then pummeling him with punches to the face, chest, and back. One of the attackers stabbed the victim multiple times with a knife, police said. Before leaving, police said, the assailants took the victim's watch and belt.
January 30, 2016 |
The property and liquor license for the defunct Coastline Bar & Grill, a popular Cherry Hill landmark, is expected to change hands soon after a federal bankruptcy judge approved the sales. According to court records, Judge Andrew B. Altenburg approved the sale of the liquor license for more than $1 million to the Village at Woodcrest, the company that owns and operates the Woodcrest Country Club and golf course, also in Cherry Hill. Altenburg approved the sale of Coastline's property at 1240 Brace Rd. for more than $2.5 million to Orens Development Inc., which builds senior living facilities.