June 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Alfred Lubrano, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
A ping from the stolen cellphone of a woman who had been raped in her Rittenhouse Square apartment led police Tuesday to declare the sexual assault solved. Authorities arrested Milton Mateo Garcia, a 28-year-old kitchen worker from Honduras who is here illegally and had already been deported at least once, on Monday night and charged him with grabbing the woman early Saturday on Spruce Street, forcing her into her own apartment, and raping her. "For the residents of Rittenhouse Square, we have this guy off the street," said Capt.
June 12, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three months ago, Stephen Starr gave patrons at 21 of his Philadelphia eateries the option of adding something extra to their bills to support one high school and two elementaries. Those tips amounted to more than $100,000. Tuesday, students and principals who will benefit from the public's largesse gathered at Jones, one of Starr's Center City restaurants, to thank him and his team for exceeding the campaign's goal and helping the schools afford multimedia labs, playground programs, and summer internships.
June 3, 2014
J ANET STECHMAN, 57, of South Philadelphia, co-owns Anastasi Seafood in the Italian Market. Her co-owner and brother, Salvatore Anastasi, is the buyer, while she runs the restaurant and oversees human resources and financials. The family-owned business also includes a fish market. Stechman recently finished the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at the Community College of Philadelphia that helps businesses grow. Q: What did you learn during the program? A: It was the first time I actually left the business to work on the business.
June 2, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
NEW YORK - Of all the glamorous landmark restaurants in this glamour-obsessed town, only Tavern on the Green survives. Windows on the World was vaporized in the 9/11 attacks. The Rainbow Room stilled its revolving dance floor in 2009. So, when it came time for the city to auction a new lease for that storied Central Park institution, it was assumed that Tavern's mantle would naturally pass to one of New York's own. Maybe a bold-faced restaurant titan like the Gramercy Tavern's Danny Meyer.
May 17, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Shore dining in 2013 was dominated by restaurateurs singing the Hurricane Sandy Blues. Will 2014 be the summer they play the Bounceback Boogie? With the exception of an unusually quiet casino scene, the early buzz is promising. From Long Beach Island to Stone Harbor, new projects, new operators, and a new spirit seemed to be perking in mid-May, with a number of intriguing places opening around Memorial Day or shortly after. The area around Long Beach Island, among the hardest hit by Sandy, has at least a couple of sizable new attractions just about to open.
May 16, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Pizza proliferation in Wayne Early this summer, two well-regarded Neapolitan pizzerias will set up second locations across the street from each other on Wayne's restaurant row: Ardè Osteria & Pizzeria will be a new concept from the crew at Pizzeria DiMeo's in Andorra Shopping Center. Vecchia Pizza Napoletana will be a second location for the Phoenixville parlor. At Vecchia (134 N. Wayne Ave., between Great American Pub and Paola's), owner Frank Nattle imported Neapolitan craftsman Giuseppe Foglia to work with bricks, stone, volcanic ash, and sand to construct the wood-fired oven.
April 18, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Volvér, the first prepaid, ticketed restaurant in the city, debuted Wednesday night at the Kimmel Center with Jose Garces at the stove serving his guests Siberian sturgeon caviar and Wagyu beef cooked on embers, as part of the priciest tasting menu in town. The concept of paying big bucks in advance before diners even know what's for dinner is a novel experiment, not only here, but across the country. Volvér's menu was announced just on Wednesday morning. About 40 percent of the available seats have been sold through mid-June, said Scott Steenrod, vice president of restaurant operations for the Garces Group.
April 18, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
    Wawas weren't the only places to get free coffee on Wednesday. The Upper Darby Police Department hosted its first "Coffee with a Cop" event at the McDonald's on State Road and Landsdowne Avenue, where residents were invited to sit down over a cup of Joe and chat. "I loved it," said Jerry Karalis, 35, a morning regular at McDonald's, adding he believes police are doing a "fantastic job. " Jazzmyn Pruett leaned back as far as she could go to get a photo of Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood flanked by her daughters Brandi, 8, and Jordyn, 6, as they sat across from her in the booth.
April 18, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-4225
THE OLD MEN of the "Can't Remember S--- Club," or the CRS Club, as they like to call it, have been frequenting the same Upper Darby McDonald's every morning for 20 years. Yesterday, their breakfast routine was scrambled by nine Upper Darby cops who came to the restaurant for their first-ever "Coffee with a Cop" program. "It really messed us up," CRS clubber Pete McEneaney, 81, said with a smile. "Today, they come in and make all this hullabaloo!" Coffee with a Cop is a national program started in 2012 that more than 175 departments in 36 states have adopted.
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
So what happened, I asked Loews Corp. co-chairman Jonathan Tisch , to Sole Food ? The former fancy fish-themed street-level restaurant at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Center City's third-largest, was replaced last week by Bank & Bourbon , part of what Loews says is a $25 million improvement, including room upgrades and a lot more places to plug in your devices. "It was a concept we thought reflected a period when people were trying to eat lighter," said Tisch, whose father and uncle founded the Loews chain 70 years ago. Loews has found that Americans talk low-fat but still prefer to eat and drink "heartier," as Tisch put it in a visit marking the upgrades.
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