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)
May 25, 2015 |
Click on a Google map of East Passyunk Crossing, a South Philadelphia neighborhood a few blocks from the explosive restaurant and retail scene of East Passyunk Avenue. Then zoom in on the territory bounded by Broad and 11th, Tasker and McKean Streets. You're looking at one hot real-estate micromarket. Arguably, the hottest of all the spots south of Center City now jumping off the sale-price charts, as documented by local Realtors and residents, Philadelphia transaction records, and a database of city property information available at philly.com/prop.
May 17, 2015 |
Charles H. Gray, 85, of Mount Airy, a biology teacher and owner of the Rib Crib, a barbecue spot in Germantown that became a Philadelphia landmark, died Wednesday, May 6, at Einstein Medical Center after a series of strokes. Since opening the restaurant 47 years ago, Mr. Gray had played host to such figures as former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the actors Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, and the singer Patti LaBelle. Neither they nor the locals who lined up on the sidewalk outside the restaurant at 6333 Germantown Ave. could get enough of his sizzling-hot baby back ribs with homemade sauce - or of Mr. Gray.
April 29, 2015 |
At a packed meeting Monday night, Devon residents showed a mix of excitement and concern about plans for Devon Yard, the long-stalled proposed Urban Outfitters development in Chester County. At the Easttown Township Planning Commission meeting, David Ziel, Urban Outfitters' chief development officer, announced a partnership between Urban and the Philadelphia restaurateur Marc Vetri. Devon Yard would host two Vetri restaurants, along with a cafe affiliated with Urban's Terrain brand.
April 22, 2015 |
IF YOU WANT to live more than 100 years, the key word just might be love . That's what Frances Vann Lewis would have told you. When asked to what she attributed her long life, she had one simple answer: "Love everybody. " Not always a simple assignment in a world of increasing stress, you might say, but Frances - called "Nana" by friends and family - would have insisted on it. After all, she did it. Frances Vann Lewis, who worked for a Horn & Hardart restaurant on South Broad Street and for the former Graduate Hospital, a devoted churchwoman and family matriarch, died Friday at age 102. She was living in the Riverside Presbyterian Apartments in Center City, but had lived most of her life in South Philadelphia.
April 20, 2015 |
Lynn Rinaldi grew up on "the Avenue. " Then she helped save it as a restaurant pioneer whose Paradiso (and later Izumi, the sushi bar she co-owns with husband and chef Corey Baver) helped spark a dining resurgence that has become the East Passyunk Avenue phenomenon. It has been only a decade since she and her father put the finishing touches on their rehab of a former furniture store. But it seems like a lifetime to those who've watched the street flourish into the city's hottest restaurant district.