April 12, 2014 |
James A. Malick II, 59, of Pennsauken, a designer of fast-food restaurant interiors, died Saturday, April 5, at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill following a heart attack at Bonair-Nigorski baseball field in Pennsauken. "He was preparing the field for a game" for the Pennsauken Youth Athletic Activities baseball season when he was stricken, his son James III said. Mr. Malick was president of the PYAA Babe Ruth baseball division, for players from 13 to 16 years old, as well as an umpire for their games.
April 11, 2014 |
The operators of the Loews Philadelphia went far beyond the mere idea of swapping out restaurants as part of a renovation of the hotel. Designers cut a front entrance to Market Street and created a new lobby lounge out of part of the former SoleFood restaurant. This space has a large-screen TV and a bar that backs into the new restaurant, Bank & Bourbon (1200 Market St., 215-231-7300), which opened officially this week. Bank & Bourbon - the "bank" refers to the building's past as PSFS and the "bourbon" refers to a neat spirits program - is a contemporary, tastefully done showplace for chef Tom Harkins, whose American menu is built on local sourcing.
April 10, 2014 |
A 28-year-old man was seriously wounded early Tuesday when he tried to wrestle a gun from another man in a Chinese restaurant in Kensington, police said. Around 1:47 a.m., the man was waiting for his food inside the Good Good Chinese Store at 300 E. Cambria St. when another man walked in. Police said the man pulled out a handgun and racked the slide as customers looked on. "You know what this is about," he said. As he racked the slide, police said, the gun discharged, firing a .45 caliber bullet into the floor.
March 11, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. The Chatterbox, the iconic pink-facaded, family-owned restaurant in Ocean City, may soon have a new owner. Longtime owner Marie Repici has reached a deal set for settlement April 1 to sell to Maria and Bob Boyer of Sewell in Gloucester County. Terms of the pending agreement were not disclosed. The property was assessed at slightly under $1 million, according to tax records. "I'm sure I am going to miss a lot of the people, but it's time," Repici said. "I'm glad it's over.
March 6, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The situation struck the restaurateur Stephen Starr as "sad" - a big-city public school system where teachers had to go begging for basic supplies for their classrooms. So Starr, who started paying attention after Mayor Nutter recently implored businesses to come to the beleaguered Philadelphia School District's aid, jumped in. Those who dine in the next month at any of Starr's 21 restaurants in the city should be prepared for an up-sell - not to a pricier bottle of wine, but to donate to the district.
February 28, 2014 |
Vetri venturing up Things are looking up at Vetri - Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin's tiny flagship restaurant at 1312 Spruce St. It is expanding upstairs, taking over the apartment that for decades has benefited from the aromas that wafted up not only from Vetri but from such gems as predecessors Two Quails, Le Bec-Fin, Chanterelles, and Ciboulette. The opening, pegged for May, will also mean Sunday dinner at Vetri, something that the restaurant has not offered in its 15-plus years.
February 14, 2014 |
Last week was something of a watershed for Nicholas Elmi: His victory on Top Chef New Orleans aired on Bravo, and - even more important, according to Elmi - his 3-month-old Passyunk Avenue restaurant, Laurel, was reviewed by The Inquirer's Craig Laban. Though Elmi had said he would "give up everything" for four bells, he had to settle for a three-bell rave. Over the past season, we learned that Elmi is both intense and intensely talented, that his desert island foods would be bread, butter and Pont l'Évêque (the latter, a cheese, appears on Laurel's dessert menu with chestnut honey)
February 10, 2014 |
KEY WEST, Fla. - I'm sitting in the audience at the San Carlos Institute on Duval Street in Key West, my stomach churning the glass of Montepulciano that I consumed to quell my nerves, surrounded by 50 or so aspiring writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. We're in Day 2 of our four-day workshop, led by such writers as poet Billy Collins, humorist Daniel Menaker, and novelist Susan Richards Shreve. While fellow snowbirds focus on their third mojito at Coyote Ugly or croon karaoke during the female drag show down the street, the auditorium where I sit is jittery with ambition and fear.
January 30, 2014
B ARBARA DEVAN, 32, of Southwest Philadelphia, is chef, owner and CEO of Tasties, a soul-food restaurant on 52nd Street above Girard in West Philadelphia. This month she got city approval to run a food truck in University City. She plans to open a second Tasties restaurant next month on Germantown Avenue near Queen Lane in Germantown. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Tasties? A: I started Tasties in North Philadelphia in 2007. But after a year, I took a break to really find myself.
January 12, 2014 |
RESTAURANTS Banana Leaf 1009 Arch St., 215-592-8288; bananaleafphilly.com This Penang spin-off has overtaken the original as my favorite Chinatown Malaysian due to consistency and vivid flavors. Don't miss the delicate roti canai pancakes with chicken curry, spot-on satay, steamed poh piah jicama spring rolls, crispy whole fish in tangy Thai sauce, fried squid with funky "special sauce," or the richly curried beef rendang. Bar-Ly 101 N. 11th St., 215-922-2688; bar-ly.com Come here to drink and watch a game more than to eat. But Chinatown's first craft-beer bar has 60 taps with a generally high-quality lineup (Great Lakes, Unibroue, Staropramen)