Romantic Friday night at the Water Works restaurant. Lights on the Schuylkill wink over the roaring falls. Soft music drifts over the restaurant's scenic breezeway.
Perfect setting for a proposal.
Better yet, four proposals.
The Water Works has seen 101 of them in its nearly 18 months in business, says owner Michael A. Karloutsos. The four on Friday set a record for one night.
Sunday, though, the total dropped to 100.
One of the prospective brides told Karloutsos that she had gotten caught up in the moment and said yes.
She wasn't ready. No wedding.
Thinking back, Karloutsos now realizes there was something odd about the would-be groom, who chugged champagne from the bottle.
Philly's poshest restaurant, Le Bec-Fin, and the bar beneath it, Le Bar Lyonnais, are suspending daily lunch service, starting in January. Lunch will be served only Fridays and Saturdays; dinner will continue as usual, Mondays through Saturdays.
Chef-owner Georges Perrier says through a spokeswoman that both rooms will be available for private lunch parties, and for occasional special-occasion lunches.
"The reason for this decision can mostly be attributed to chef Perrier's heartfelt dedication to his high culinary standards and his zest for life," says the rep.
Read into this three things: (1) Fine dining just isn't what it used to be. There's enough lunch business to support two days of service; (2) Perrier and partner Chris Scarduzio are preparing for the expected May opening of Table 31 in the new Comcast Center, and they can't be everywhere at once; (3) At 64 and with a new wife, Perrier wants more "moi" time.
attended Sunday's memorial service for
Thomas A. Wood
, former headmaster of Friends' Central School in Wynnewood. Clinton was with localite
. Wood was active in Democratic circles.
Time is drawing near for actor Mark Wahlberg's departure from Philly after his work on the movie The Lovely Bones. Makes sense, since on Saturday he bought a rather expensive watch for a friend at Jack Kellmer jewelers on Walnut Street.
Harry S. Truman High's cast of Rent will do two numbers from the show on the steps of the Academy of Music at 10:30 a.m. today. The Levittowners will attend a performance of the show, due here Jan. 4-6, and meet the cast backstage.
Eric Johanson, a third grader at Lansdale's Knapp Elementary, heard the Philly Pops perform his winning entry in Tastykake's jingle contest, for which local schoolkids had to write a second verse. It was part of the Pops' Saturday concert. Knapp will get $2,500 for its music program, and his class will get a party. His jingle: "A smile baked in each and every little bite you take."
Center City's Joe Carver - chief of staff at Abramson Cancer Center at Penn and director of Penn Cardiology Fellow's practice - has a creative outlet: cooking. He's a recent winner of the Philadelphia regionals in the Simply Manischewitz Cook-Off. His recipe for falafel pizza won him a spot in the finals to compete for a $25,000 grand prize package including a state-of-the-art GE Profile kitchen, cash and more.
Hot time at Comcast SportsNet's holiday party at the Hyatt on Penn's Landing. Attendees noticed many fire trucks and TV news vans parked outside. Not to worry. The fire department was only launching a fireboat on the Delaware nearby.