December 8, 2013 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-2513
THE FIRST TIME someone robbed Ryan Zheng's South Philly sushi restaurant, he wasn't there. When the robber returned just two weeks later, Zheng panicked, telling his staff to run into the basement. But the third time, Zheng acted. He says the decision was made for him. "My family was in danger," Zheng, 34, said yesterday in Terryin Sushi Bar on Snyder Avenue near 4th Street. "My mind just went blank; all I thought was, 'I gotta protect them.' " Zheng said he was in the restaurant's bathroom Thursday when Tishon Jones, 19, walked in and pointed a gun at his wife.
December 6, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven restaurants in LOVE Park? That was the vision that Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke unfurled on Wednesday. He would pay for long-overdue upgrades to John F. Kennedy Plaza by leasing the rights to create 26,000 square feet of restaurant space in the iconic but aging park. Drawings Clarke's office commissioned show seven restaurant spaces - both open-air and enclosed - along all four sides of the park, along with a new stage for concerts and public events on the Arch Street side.
November 28, 2013 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
2 more restaurant/markets It's all the range: the chef-driven combo of market and artisan restaurant. Fresh off Talula's Daily on Washington Square, we now have Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market (1442 Route 70, Cherry Hill, 856-356-2282) and Tela's Market & Kitchen (1833 Fairmount Ave., 215-232-4710), both in their opening weeks. Farm & Fisherman expands the farm-to-table philosophy of chef Josh Lawler's posh Center City BYOB as he takes the former Andreotti's Viennese Cafe in a partnership with chef Todd Fuller (formerly of Treno and Tangerine)
November 23, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Moorestown's long prohibition against the sale of alcohol came to an end this week, and crowds are celebrating at Moorestown Mall with wine, cocktails, pheasant lasagna, wild boar Bolognese, fire-grilled octopus pizza, and monkfish osso buco. "We knew it was coming," said Bonnie Bornstein of Lumberton. She meant more than the right to sip martinis or Barolo in a Moorestown restaurant for the first time in 98 years. Bornstein was speaking of where she was sitting with her husband, Arnie: at Osteria, the celebrated restaurant created by Philadelphia chef and restaurant impresario Marc Vetri.
November 13, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLOUCESTER TWP. A bottle of top-shelf booze that perhaps sat on the shelf of a Camden County restaurant too long caused headaches for the owners, who were accused of cheating customers. State officials alleged this year that Villari's Lakeside Restaurant & Bar in Gloucester Township was among 29 businesses caught watering down drinks or substituting cheaper booze while charging customers for premium liquor. State officials have since documented that there was no evidence of such tampering at the family-run Villari's, which hosts happy hours at the indoor lounge and outside tiki bar, serves Italian cuisine in the restaurant, and offers catering services.
November 12, 2013
BAR and restaurant employees, easily one of the most underinsured groups in the American workforce, have been dealt a holistic hand by a small group of physicians who have made industry health care their priority. Founded in New York City in 2007, by Dr. David Ores - and in Philly since last fall, thanks to South Philly M.D. Bruce Hopper - the Restaurant Worker Referral Program is aggressively focused on the needs of workers "in the biz. " You can gather as much from the nonprofit's logo - serpents intertwined around a fistful of cutlery instead of a staff.
October 18, 2013
ALL YOU'VE got to do is punch the name of your favorite establishment into Google to realize just how many self-styled restaurant reviewers there are out there. Yelp. OpenTable. TripAdvisor. Urbanspoon. Blogs blogs blogs. Everyone's a critic, only half of them liked the scallop risotto and a fair contingent found the Nordic-inspired small plates to be "more miss than hit. " While plenty of people planning an evening out are able to rise above the e-racket caused by a bunch of overstuffed people screaming inside a tiny epicurean echo chamber, the question remains: How do those offering all these opinions distinguish themselves?
October 7, 2013 | By Christa Sywulak-Herr, For The Inquirer
I have a hard enough time compromising on "where/what to eat" with my two boys and husband when we are standing in the middle of the fifth-largest city in the United States, brimming with options. We may have our four differing opinions on what we want to eat, but we all agree good, tasty, healthy food trumps anything else. So it's no surprise that road trips pose a higher degree of difficulty in that process. On a recent nine-hour drive to Toronto, all of our time was spent on state turnpikes and thruways littered with the same fast-food chains that quite literally repulsed us at every turn.
September 13, 2013
* A fine weekend weather forecast pairs beautifully with the 17th annual Cape May Food & Wine Celebration, Saturday through Sept. 22 (609-884-5404, 800-275-4278, ) at locations around the Victorian-centric Shore town. Highlights include a Bourbon Tasting Dinner, Harvest Food & Wine Tasting, A Taste of Cape May at Convention Hall, Chefs' Dine-Arounds and a Cape May Clambake at Hawk Haven Vineyard. Prices vary. * Shiver our timbers. Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, probably at a bar near you but also at participating Krispy Kreme bakeries ( )
September 10, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Angelo Lutz is gambling again. This time, the ex-mob associate hopes to avoid prison. The former cook for mob boss Joey Merlino has found culinary stardom in South Jersey's BYOB capital, Collingswood, since his release in 2008 from prison, where he served seven years for racketeering, gambling, and extortion. Now, Lutz is wagering he has the recipe for even bigger restaurant success. He is moving his 11-table Kitchen Consigliere Cafe from cramped side-street quarters on Powell Lane to a venue three times the size a couple of blocks away at Collings and Haddon Avenues, in the heart of the business district.
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