April 10, 1993 |
The way community residents describe a nearby taproom in West Philadelphia, the joint sounds like a mirror-image of the wild scene in the film, "Gremlins," where nasty creatures take over a barroom and misbehave in every humanly imaginable way. But unlike the scene from the 1984 Steven Spielberg movie, residents complain, real-life characters who operate and patronize the 6151 Lounge, on Market Street near 62nd, have no comic qualities. Patrons shoot guns, fight and stab each other, throw beer cans outside, drink and urinate on the sidewalks, flash passers-by, sell drugs, gamble, solicit prostitution and play loud music, to name just a few faults.
October 21, 2010 |
An off-duty police officer shot and critically wounded an alleged bandit during an armed robbery at a bar in the city's Mayfair section Tuesday night, police said Wednesday. The wounded man, Joseph Orr, 20, and three others were arrested and charged with robbery and related offenses, said Lt. Ray Evers. Around 11 p.m., a young male walked into McNally's Tavern on the 3300 block of Brighton Street and ordered a drink, Evers said. About six other people were in the bar, including two off-duty officers.
January 9, 1999 |
What people say in bars never ceases to amaze me. I think I'm hard to shock, having spent an unusual amount of time in taprooms even before I hit the legal drinking age. At 18, I started cocktail waitressing at The Barn in Finch Hill, Pa. The Barn - a name that said it all. I then proceeded to bartend my way through college at the Scarlet D, a sometimes rough-and-tumble tavern in Mifflinburg, the heart of central Pennsylvania's cow country....
April 15, 1997 |
Two robbers who started a blazing gun battle in a Kensington bar that left two patrons and a holdup man dead on Sunday may be the same pair responsible for at least six other taproom robberies in the area, police said yesterday. But the holdup inside Pier One Bar & Grill at G and Tioga Streets shortly before 11 on a chilly Sunday night was the most violent in a string of similar crimes that began Thursday. In addition to the three dead, two patrons were wounded in Sunday's shooting, one critically.
April 12, 1993 |
The son of U.S. District Judge James McGirr Kelly was shot to death early yesterday when three men robbed a taproom in the city's Overbrook Park section, officials said. Christopher Kelly, 35, who lived with his family in Overbrook Farms, was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 2:47 a.m., 23 minutes after police were called to the bar. He had been shot once in the left chest. Detectives last night offered few details on the shooting, which occurred inside the Famous Bar and Restaurant, a small neighborhood establishment in the 7500 block of Haverford Avenue.
April 14, 1997 |
Two bar patrons and a stickup man died in a frenzied Kensington barroom shootout last night, police said. At least two other patrons of the Pier One bar, at G and Tioga streets, were wounded in the 11 p.m. carnage. The two stickup men who burst into the corner taproom got nothing but woe for their trouble. One soaked up a fatal bullet. He staggered to the sidewalk, where he collapsed dead. Cops left his corpse there early this morning while they began their investigation.
October 3, 1996 |
Paul DiMatteo and Dennis McNamara were relatives, best friends, business partners. Yesterday, money and a 9-mm pistol came between them. DiMatteo, 73, owner of a popular Delaware County nightspot, and McNamara, 47, the bar manager, finished their quarrel in a bloody heap inside DiMatteo's Bar, on MacDade Boulevard in the Milmont Park section of Ridley Township. Police said it was a murder-suicide. As morning traffic thrummed on the busy highway outside and the taproom lights remained dark before opening for the day's customers, DiMatteo and McNamara, his nephew, argued fiercely over financial matters related to the bar, said police.
December 24, 1998 |
They tried to hide in plain sight - surrounded by the bright lights, sounds and smells of the holiday season. But the final two teen-age suspects in the Monday-night robbery that left a retired cop bleeding to death inside a Northeast taproom were captured yesterday. Police said the pair, who netted $500 in the fatal heist, were collared yesterday afternoon in the food court at the Franklin Mills mall. Alito Collantes, 19, and Robert Ramirez, 17, were arrested without incident after a shopper or employee spotted them and alerted police.
October 16, 1989 |
Joseph Keenan Jr., 59, owner of the Frontier Saloon and Dining Room in Folsom, died Saturday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. He was a resident of Wallingford. Mr. Keenan was born and raised in Chester and was a 1949 graduate of Chester High School. Active in community affairs throughout Delaware County, Mr. Keenan was known not just for the friendly atmosphere he set at his taproom, but also for his generosity toward others. He led fund-raising events for a variety of organizations and was deeply involved in the state beverage industry.
June 12, 1986 |
A Nicetown taproom owner shot and killed a man Tuesday after the man had quarreled with a barmaid over the price of a beer and later threatened her husband with an ax handle, police said. Police said that Ashton Smith, 50, owner of Joe's International Bar at Clarissa and Dennie Streets, shot Rich James, 30, three times in the chest with a pistol at 11 p.m. Tuesday. Police took James, of the 1900 block of West Brunner Street, to Temple University Hospital, where he was declared dead shortly after the shooting.