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July 25, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Radnor Township police have arrested a McDonald's employee who they say sold crack cocaine from the restaurant's parking lot in Wayne. Allen Trammell, 29, of Philadelphia, worked at the McDonald's restaurant on Lancaster Avenue and sold packets of the drug while at work, police said Wednesday. After receiving a tip from a confidential informant, undercover officers purchased packets of crack cocaine from Trammell on four dates in June and July, police said. Police said there was no evidence that Trammell, who was arrested Tuesday, sold drugs inside the restaurant, but the investigation will continue.
NEWS
July 15, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Florence Matthews, 80, of Mount Laurel, beloved local restaurateur, accomplished cook, crack bartender, and hostess extraordinaire, died Wednesday, July 2, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. She was in the hospital for dehydration, her oldest daughter, Judy Dress, said. She had been receiving treatment for colon cancer. Mrs. Matthews, better known as Flo, spent her professional life in hospitality, and she learned it by doing it. At 15, she was waitressing at a diner in the nation's capital called the Dollhouse.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sonic . The word denotes megaspeed, the speed of sound, to be precise. Indeed, it was speed - of service - that a small Oklahoma chain of burger-and-root-beer drive-in restaurants wanted to convey by adopting Sonic as its name in 1959. Today, with orders roller-skated to customers in their cars; a full-service, made-to-order menu offered all day; and a dizzying selection of drinks - there are 1.3 million possible combinations, frozen and otherwise - Sonic Corp. is publicly traded, with 3,500 drive-in restaurants in 40 states.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
FOOD
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.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 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.
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