Neil Stein dead at 77

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    Neil Stein, trailblazing restaurateur, dies at 77 |

    Neil Stein, 77, the trailblazing, jet-setting restaurateur who helped ignite a sleepy Center City dining scene and brought sidewalk dining to Rittenhouse Square, died Oct. 25 at his Center City apartment, apparently of natural causes, said one of his daughters.

    Mr. Stein, son of a grocer from Mount Airy, created such destinations as the Fish Market, Marabella's, Rock Lobster, Striped Bass, and Rouge in a career that spanned several decades. His empire began collapsing in late 2001, when a bank and, later, tax authorities came calling. Mr. Stein pleaded guilty to tax evasion and in 2006 served 10 months in state prison. In recent years, he had been plotting a return to the business.

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