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NEWS
September 4, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
LEEDS POINT, N.J. - It was raining on the last official day of the unofficial summer season, but that didn't stop Bob Barron of nearby Absecon from tying up his 20-foot Grady-White on the docks at the Oyster Creek Inn for an early dinner. "I wouldn't miss it," said Barron, 57, who admitted he was unsure whether it was the food, the rustic ambience, or simply the adventure of getting to this place, situated at the edge of the salt marsh, that gave him such determination to get himself and two of his friends there by boat on Labor Day. "We could have driven here by car, I guess . . . but that's not our Labor Day tradition," said Barron.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It takes a network, it seems, to open an up-to-date restaurant in places like Wayne and Wilmington these days. Scott Morrison , a veteran Main Line restaurateur whose more successful partnerships include Nectar in Berwyn, and software entrepreneur Vince Schiavone , who lives near Wayne but commutes every week between his two companies, ListenLogic , in Conshohocken, and Akuda Inc. , in San Jose, Calif., have taken on "community partners"...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I am a twice-divorced woman who has never been good at choosing the men in my life. Two years ago, I met a man who is 12 years my senior. He is sweet, thoughtful and caring, and would do just about anything for me. What started as companionship has turned into a full-blown love affair. The problem is that he is married. His wife has a chronic disease and other medical problems. The way he cares for her is what attracted me to him in the first place. He spends what time he can with me, but mostly he is there for his wife.
FOOD
August 9, 2013 | By Michelle Dembo, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 200 Chinese takeout restaurants in the city's poorest neighborhoods - most with kitchens behind bulletproof glass - are participating in a program to reduce the salt in their cooking, according the City Department of Public Health. In an effort to lower high blood pressure, and, in turn, the number of heart attacks and strokes, the health department is partnering with Temple University's Center for Asian Health, the Asian Community Health Coalition, and the Greater Philadelphia Chinese Restaurant Association to encourage some of the city's 400 Chinese takeout restaurants to use less salt.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The jury is still out on whether consumers pay attention to calorie counts posted on fast-food menus, but some early evidence suggests that the restaurants do - or at least want patrons to think that they do. With nutrition labels on chain menus set to go nationwide by the end of the year, the effectiveness of an approach that aims to reduce obesity simply by increasing awareness is of keen interest to scientists. The results of a new pilot study, among the first to examine how fast-food chains have responded nationally, are intriguing but mixed.
NEWS
July 21, 2013 | Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A two-alarm fire in Bensalem on Friday morning destroyed a restaurant on Street Road, authorities said, but no injuries or casualties were reported. According to Fred Harran, Bensalem director of public safety, the fire, which began about 6:40 a.m. at Nifty Fifty's, blazed for roughly 90 minutes before firefighters got it under control. The restaurant is a standalone building, Harran said, and everyone inside was quickly evacuated without problems. It was unclear whether those evacuated included customers, Harran said.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
EATS BEAT * Old City's Serrano (20 S. 2nd St., 215- 928-0770, tinangel.com) normally closes for vacation in July. The restaurant has been open Thursday through Saturday this year, featuring casual, discounted street food, specially priced drinks and entertainment. Kenn Kweder performs Saturday, 7-10 p.m. * From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Devil's Den (1148 S. 11th St., 215-339-0855, devilsdenphilly.com) celebrates the Tour de France with an Ommegang Beer Brunch with special drafts and food, and the finale playing on the telly.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
Company description: "With so many premier dining destinations in one location, Cherry Hill Mall is an ideal venue to host a restaurant week," said Lisa Wolstromer, mall marketing director. It's the mall's first. Location: 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill. Complimentary valet parking for all restaurants along Bistro Row. The deal: Eight chains and one independent at the iconic mall have special menus and prices through Saturday. Reservations encouraged. Nutrition: We know Seasons 52 prides itself on menu items that are no more than 475 calories.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
The theme for Shore dining this year has been a soggy one so far, as the birth story of nearly every new restaurant project began, quite literally, under three feet of water. But if Sandy's wrath was profound and far-reaching, slowing the pace of new openings - let alone re -openings - to sluggish levels not seen since the beginning of the recession, the forecast is finally brightening. Just as many of the coast's veteran restaurants have bounced back with shiny new post-hurricane kitchens, several of the season's newcomers have launched in crisply rebuilt dining rooms, too, their transitions actually hastened by the storm.
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