October 3, 2014 |
Chops - the steak house that started in Bala Cynwyd and expanded to Washington Square before shuttering last year - is back in business. Alex Plotkin's brand occupies the former Table 31 at the Comcast Center at 17th and JFK Boulevard. Chops' outdoor operation on the plaza in front of the Comcast Center opened in the spring. Eimer Design redid Chops' two-story bar area, opening it up to the outside windows on the 17th Street side and adding a gas fireplace. The dining room is more colorful.
August 19, 2014 |
THE 'SEINFELD' fans among us no doubt remember the episode in which George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander) declared the "Summer of George. " Well, it may be accurate to proclaim this the "Summer of Guy. " Last month, Guy Fieri, the tatted-up, spike-haired star of Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" opened Guy Fieri's Chophouse at Bally's Atlantic City. Last night, he saw the second-season debut of "Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off," a competition series he co-hosts with another TV-foodie titan (and his close pal)
June 11, 2014 |
The Eagles signed first-round pick Marcus Smith to a four-year deal on Monday, making the linebacker out of Louisville the final rookie to sign a deal with the team. "I knew everything was going to get done," Smith said. "I'm just happy that I finally got it done, go out there and play and do the things I love. " Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but it is similar to the four-year, $7.7 million deal with a nearly $4 million bonus signed by the No. 26 pick in last season's draft.
May 30, 2014 |
A REPRESENTATIVE for One Direction says the band's lawyers are dealing with a video showing band members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking what the singers referred to as an "illegal substance. " Not in Colorado. The London Daily Mail posted the clip, shot by Louis last month in Peru, on Tuesday. "This matter is in the hands of our lawyers," their publicist said yesterday. In the video, 22-year-old Louis says "joint lit, happy days," and asks his bandmate, "What do you think, Zayn, about that kind of content?"
March 20, 2014 |
TWO WEEKS ago, Geno Vento stood in the back of the the Penn's Landing Playhouse. It was the VIP performance of "The Calamari Sisters' Big, Fat, Italian Wedding," and Vento, wearing a short beard, thick gold chain and T-shirt beneath a loose-fitting gray suit, unobtrusively watched the wacky musical comedy's two characters, Carmela and Delphine Calamari, sing, dance, crack jokes and cook sausages. The 42-year-old cheesesteak heir, the guy named after his family's South Philly steak shop (and not the other way around)
October 4, 2013 |
Carolyn Stewart, a mother of five, has lived all of her life in rough neighborhoods in North Philadelphia. "This is what we live around - shootings every day," said Stewart, 32, as she stood outside the Sumo Steaks restaurant Wednesday afternoon. She joined neighbors who gathered in front of the steak house at 22d and Somerset Streets with music blasting as boxer-turned-promoter Damon Feldman and local boxing legend Meldrick Taylor called for an end to the city's crime and bloodshed.
July 17, 2013 |
Alarmed by a demolition notice posted on a distinctive 19th- century firehouse in South Philadelphia, City Councilman Mark Squilla and Pennsport Civic Association representatives have arranged to meet with the owner in the hope of saving the building. Very little is known about the company's plans for the quirky, gabled Engine 46 building on Reed Street, wedged between I-95 and the Riverview Plaza movie theater complex. Cedar Realty Trust, the developer that owns both the firehouse and theater complex, has refused to respond to inquiries from city officials or reporters.
December 17, 2012 |
Arthur "Rocco" Shore, 92, a restaurateur and businessman who operated a steak house in Center City and a chain of men's stores in Northeast Philadelphia, died Sunday, Dec. 9, at his home in Northfield, N.J. Mr. Shore operated Dave Shore's, a Jewish steak house, at Camac and Walnut Streets. It was named for his father, the co-owner, who started the business. The restaurant was launched in the 1930s at Fourth and Lombard Streets and moved to Camac Street a few years later, his daughter, Susan, said.
November 8, 2012 |
As dawn breaks over the city, the meat men pull up at restaurant back doors, dropping off steaks, ground beef, and other cuts. More of these trucks now bear a 201 or 646 area code on their doors. Pat LaFrieda and DeBragga & Spitler - New York-rooted butchers who enjoy cult followings among chefs who rave about their dry-aging - have recently begun nibbling at the wholesale-beef business in the region. Their appearance in Philadelphia has everything to do with the price of real estate in Lower Manhattan.
November 2, 2012 |
THE Brothers Grigg had just started a frozen-food company to make, among other things, french fries. But what to do with the scraps of spud left behind? These potato pieces were too small for proper fries, but there were too many of them to be discarded. One day in 1953, F. Nephi Grigg came up with a delicious solution: He chopped up the potato scraps, shaped them into bite-size cylinders, then fried them golden and crunchy. Thus were born Ore-Ida Tater Tots. As the last almost 60 years have proved, Grigg's little brainstorm - a plug of shredded potato 1 1/2 inches long, 7/8-inch in diameter - has been an enormous success.