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August 5, 2010


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With Under the Blue Moon for 20 yrs
After seven years away, Suzanne’s Deli reopen in Wyndmoor

Suzanne’s Deli at 918 East Willow Grove Ave. in Wyndmoor has replaced Flannery’s Deli, which was there for seven years.

Despite a leave of absence for Suzanne Leaming-Bagwell of Wyndmoor, her return to the delicatessen business on May 3 of this year, seven years after she leased it to another local resident, was more fate than anything else.

“Everything happened to fall into place,” she said last week.

For Leaming-Bagwell, 47, working in a restaurant is not just a passion; it is a family pastime. All of her nine brothers and sisters have worked in the restaurant business in one form or another over the years. For 20 years Suzanne worked in the late, much-lamented Under the Blue Moon, and four of her siblings also worked for that Chestnut Hill icon. “I really like dealing with the public,” she said. “I’m a people person, and I’ve been in the restaurant business my entire life.”



‘The Party’s Over’ for Chestnut Hill Hospital pigeons

As I was looking for my car in the Chestnut Hill Hospital parking garage the other day, I came across a sign which said that the facility has a “pigeon-deterrent system that periodically broadcasts (the) sound of predatory birds to discourage roosting.” I don’t know why they felt they needed to post a sign. I’m not a pigeon, and I wasn’t even thinking about roosting, but I nonetheless found the nonviolent technique intriguing.

While I doubt that most pigeons would think of Chestnut Hill as a destination spot, I suppose a few nonconformists must have been hanging around the garage and causing some sort of birdie mischief, or else why would the facility have gone to all the trouble of installing a state-of-the-art system.



Fin-tastic food along with a Fin-omenal ocean view

Fin is the only seafood restaurant in Atlantic City with outdoor seating right in front of the ocean.

I don’t get it. Every month or so, I read an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s business section declaring that revenues in Atlantic City casinos are down 10 percent or so from six months or a year before, due to the still-sputtering economy and the competing casinos and slots parlors that are popping up throughout Rendell-vania like daffodils in May. (I mention Rendell because he has been a tireless cheerleader in bringing casinos into our state, in return for which he has received big-time campaign contributions.)

However, despite these declining revenues in Atlantic City, somehow the casinos manage to come up with enough caviar to invest in new restaurants. For example, the Hilton Atlantic City Casino-Hotel has just opened four new restaurants in the past month, and on May 28 the Tropicana Casino & Resort opened the mammoth, upscale Fin restaurant, whose dining room is so long, the last row of tables may very well be in Margate.



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