Zoë’s Kitchen — the Mediterranean-inspired chain restaurant where most of the food is grilled — already had three local spots (Collegeville, Marlton and Newtown) when it opened yet another outpost in the Greater Philadelphia market in May of this year in Bryn Mawr. That must have worked out because there are now four more to come: Malvern, Willow Grove, Cherry Hill and Wayne. It seems people like grilled food — especially when someone else is manning the grill.
There is nothing quite like this seven-bedroom, five-bath house in Cherry Hill, NJ–certainly not when it comes to available rentals. The vastness of the space and the stone floors, walls and ceilings gives it a hotel or casino vibe, and the surplus amenities–four dishwashers; a home theater; a wet bar; a DJ station; a 42-inch fireplace; a pool table; ping-pong; much, much more–makes it feel as though it’s time to get the party started, or at least install an old-school startup. The landlord would like to rent the place fully furnished.
Just like how yo’ momma’s so fat, that she has her own gravitational pull, the Cherry Hill Mall is so big, it got its own restaurant week. So for those of you who spent way too much money at the Apple Store, but are really hungry for some family-style pastas at Maggiano’s, things are looking up.
The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, California Pizza Kitchen, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Grand Lux Café, Bahama Breeze, and Bobby’s Burger Palace, Nordstrom Marketplace Café and the Bistro at Cherry Hill (yes, that throwback luncheonette in the middle of the mall) are all participating, offering special deals for both lunch and dinner.
Cherry Hill Mall [Official Site]
The contested Woodcrest Country Club was won at auction this morning by Cherry Hill Land Associates, which prevented Philadelphia’s Union League–as well as Camden County–from acquiring the land. The Union League had pledged to keep Woodcrest as a golf course, while the mayor and county officials were interested in preserving the land as green space.
This is a terrible blow for Cherry Hill’s mayor, who launched a fierce campaign to raise enough money for the bid. It’s unknown what the developer, a subsidiary of First Montgomery Group AMO, plans to do with the land, though they have said it won’t be golf-related.
The 1976 futuristic thriller Logan’s Run is known mainly for two things: miraculously bad acting, including that of Farrah Fawcett, and an ultramodern set that was miraculously not bad. In fact it was even, dare we say it, almost Kubrick-esque.
Of course, it hit all the right notes: all-white interiors; mirrors and metallics; perfectly symmetrical edges, whether rounded or flat; and the ridiculous one-piece clothing we’ll apparently all be wearing in the future. But it was also a product of its time, with some deliciously 1970s-era design motifs–including Michael York, who was a design motif of his own.
Chef Josh Lawler is looking to open his second restaurant this fall. Following the success of his Philadelphia BYOB, The Farm and Fisherman, The Farm and Fisherman Tavern & Market will bring a farm-to-table concept to Route 70 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The new project will feature a 100-seat tavern serving snacks, entrees and family style meals as well as craft beers, small-production wine and cocktails. The market will offer fresh and local products from sustainable meats and fish, fair trade coffee, craft beers and artisan cheeses.
Look for more details over the summer.
The Farm and Fisherman [Official Site]
In the wake of yesterday’s report that Philadelphia’s Union League will be one of the bidders at the May 20th auction of the Woodcrest Country Club, Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn and the Township Council announced that they too will bid for the club. As explanation, Cahn and members of the Council sent a letter to neighbors outlining their priorities.
A video of a Saturday-night throwdown at the Cherry Hill Mall has surfaced on YouTube, where it has been viewed many, many times—no doubt by parents worried about the future of their children, and certainly not by gawking enthusiasts of reality television. The good news? Apparently no weapons were used, and no injuries were suffered. Police are investigating, and mall officials stress that Cherry Hill Mall really is, no kidding, very safe except for this one thing. “We strive to create a safe, enjoyable experience for our shoppers and employees and that will not change as a result of this incident,” the mall said in an official statement. Left unsaid: The first rule of Cherry Hill Mall Fight Club is, well, you know. [CBS Philly]
A home in Cherry Hill that Muhammad Ali owned from 1971 to 1974 is up for auction. It touts five bedrooms and is listed at $1.9 million.
Among other features of the house, which is surrounded by walls and accessed through remote-controlled gates: a state-of-the-art kitchen with attached greenhouse eating area; an inground pool; tennis and volleyball/shuffleboard courts; a gazebo; a playground; a three-car garage; a glass hot-tub room, and au pair/in-law quarters with a separate entrance. [Inquirer]
Starting on Monday, July 9th and lasting until September 2nd, The Capital Grille is bringing back one of its most popular (and unbelievable) events: The Generous Pour Wine Event. For $25 with dinner guests can receive unlimited (and generous, of course) pours of nine different wines selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes.
That’s right: unlimited pours. Of nine wines.
It may sound too good to be true, but we assure you it is for real.
The Capital Grille [Official Site]