May 17, 2014 |
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 |
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 |
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 18, 2014 |
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 |
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 15, 2014 |
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.
April 12, 2014 |
James A. Malick II, 59, of Pennsauken, a designer of fast-food restaurant interiors, died Saturday, April 5, at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill following a heart attack at Bonair-Nigorski baseball field in Pennsauken. "He was preparing the field for a game" for the Pennsauken Youth Athletic Activities baseball season when he was stricken, his son James III said. Mr. Malick was president of the PYAA Babe Ruth baseball division, for players from 13 to 16 years old, as well as an umpire for their games.
April 11, 2014 |
The operators of the Loews Philadelphia went far beyond the mere idea of swapping out restaurants as part of a renovation of the hotel. Designers cut a front entrance to Market Street and created a new lobby lounge out of part of the former SoleFood restaurant. This space has a large-screen TV and a bar that backs into the new restaurant, Bank & Bourbon (1200 Market St., 215-231-7300), which opened officially this week. Bank & Bourbon - the "bank" refers to the building's past as PSFS and the "bourbon" refers to a neat spirits program - is a contemporary, tastefully done showplace for chef Tom Harkins, whose American menu is built on local sourcing.
April 10, 2014 |
A 28-year-old man was seriously wounded early Tuesday when he tried to wrestle a gun from another man in a Chinese restaurant in Kensington, police said. Around 1:47 a.m., the man was waiting for his food inside the Good Good Chinese Store at 300 E. Cambria St. when another man walked in. Police said the man pulled out a handgun and racked the slide as customers looked on. "You know what this is about," he said. As he racked the slide, police said, the gun discharged, firing a .45 caliber bullet into the floor.
March 11, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. The Chatterbox, the iconic pink-facaded, family-owned restaurant in Ocean City, may soon have a new owner. Longtime owner Marie Repici has reached a deal set for settlement April 1 to sell to Maria and Bob Boyer of Sewell in Gloucester County. Terms of the pending agreement were not disclosed. The property was assessed at slightly under $1 million, according to tax records. "I'm sure I am going to miss a lot of the people, but it's time," Repici said. "I'm glad it's over.