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FOOD
July 1, 2013 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
The fried chicken wings and Jersey cakes were flying from the kitchen with their customary speed at the Chicken or the Egg in Beach Haven. At Chef Mike's Atlantic Bar and Grill in Seaside Park, the lobster tamale could be nibbled with a grand picture window view of the Atlantic Ocean lapping at the beach below. In Margate at Steve & Cookie's, crisply dressed diners sipped pricey Manhattans and spooned through anise-scented bowls of bouillabaisse while "Happy Birthday" broke out for June Ross, the wife of a former Margate mayor celebrating her 83d year with a french-fried lobster tail.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Editor's Note: This column is sponsored by TD Bank. The opinions and analysis expressed here reflect the views of the authors alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TD Bank, N.A. or its affiliates. Bryn Davis ate his way to entrepreneurship. Davis, who lives in Horsham, says he entered college a "lean-as-you-can-imagine" 170 pounds. By his junior year, he was stressing the scales at 240. A doctor scared him into committing to a healthier lifestyle. Davis took it one step further: He started a business featuring only healthy fast food.
NEWS
June 14, 2013
A 40-year-man was arrested for a February armed robbery of a Subway restaurant in South Philadelphia, police said Thursday. Michael Showers, of the 2700 block of South Randolph Street, was charged with robbing the Subway at 330 Oregon Ave on Feb. 3. He allegedly asked an employee for cookies and then revealed a handgun and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police released surveillance video of the robbery and a tipster identified the suspect as Showers, police said.
FOOD
May 30, 2013 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Eagles tight end Brent Celek views his day job this way: "Football players have the easiest job in the world. " He and several silent partners, including teammate Todd Herremans, have opened Prime Stache , an American bistro, at 110 Chestnut St. in Old City. The site, with the same owners but under different management, previously was a bar called 879. Celek, 28, led a redecoration that included a marble-topped bar and reclaimed wood over a concrete floor. He rustled up a chef, Hee "Chino" Chang, who ran the kitchen at Redstone Grill in Marlton when Celek was a rookie and used to come in on Friday nights for feasts.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than two dozen bar and restaurant owners across New Jersey may have used cheap booze poured from top-shelf bottles to overcharge customers, the state Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday. Though none of the proprietors have been charged, details of the investigation - dubbed "Operation Swill" - will be released at a news conference Thursday. In the meantime, officials issued a statement that identified 29 licensed bars and restaurants they said were under investigation, allegedly charging customers for premium drinks made with cheap liquor camouflaged as high-end brands.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CHINO BERMUDEZ was a student at Bok Vocational High School when he heard his first rap lyrics. He was smitten. From then on, he spent his spare time rapping out rap lyrics. So, he was never a Biggie Smalls or a Sean "Diddy" Combs - his heroes - but Chino had fun trying. Music was a big part of Chino's life. Besides the rappers, he was also a fan of R&B, and singer/songwriter Keyshia Cole was his favorite female entertainer. A handsome, spirited young man, Eliezer "Chino" Bermudez's life was cut cruelly short by multiple sclerosis.
NEWS
May 18, 2013 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
On the menu for Jersey Shore dining this summer, along with the inevitable seafood dinners and boardwalk treats, there will no doubt be a lingering aftertaste of Sandy. Whereas most springs we can begin counting the exciting new restaurant projects about to open, this year the question is more one of survival: How many restaurants are left? "I'd say as many as 20 percent of the existing restaurants may be gone," says Ed Hitzel, whose weekly Table For One radio show, Channel 40 TV segments, and self-named magazine are dedicated to the South Jersey dining scene.
NEWS
May 7, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Andreotti's Viennese Cafe opened in Cherry Hill in 1983, Marianne Andreotti would deliver her restaurant's seven-cheese spread to people sitting outside in their cars, waiting for a table. "We were so afraid they were going to leave," said Andreotti, whose father, Mark, started the restaurant on Route 70, then primarily a pastry shop with lunch seating. The patrons stayed, and the Andreottis expanded, over the years adding a dining room, piano, bar, and dance floor. The space evolved, but the traditions remained, including free hors d'oeuvres and desserts and music and dancing on Saturday nights.
FOOD
May 3, 2013 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
It's the "trucker's" moment in Philadelphia's food world now - especially when it comes to lunch. That's when some of the area's most exciting new food options are making the scene, rolling in on four wheels with a griddle full of creativity and an entrepreneurial dream. Channeling a Shane Victorino craving for Super Spam musubi? Check. Tiny Poi Dog at Temple University is your new Hawaiian snack shrine. In need of stunningly rich peanut butter ice cream sandwiched between double chocolate chip cookies?
FOOD
April 12, 2013 | By Michael Klein, Philly.com
Today - my 20th anniversary writing "Table Talk" - I'll yield the floor to a few old guys. Too often, these veterans are pushed to the side by the flavor of the month. But in an industry famous for quick flameouts, experience counts for something. What has the experience taught them? "The one thing that I have learned is that the only thing that is constant is change," said John Foy, who with his wife, Bernadette, founded East Philly Cafe on South Street in 1978. In 1982, they renamed it for their baby daughter Bridget, who runs it now. "As fast as this business changes or evolves, the more it stays the same," said Kevin Meeker, who with his wife, Janet, has owned a series of restaurants since 1976 and now has Keg & Kitchen in Westmont.
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