Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Bar Volver, High Street, Marky Mark, Questlove, Morgan’s Pier and the Spruce Street Harbor Park

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Chip Roman’s Treemont Is Now Open It’s the 4th restaurant for Roman (not counting Tradestone)

Morgan’s Pier Will Open May 1st And we have some more details

First Look: Bar Volver What to expect from the walk-in side of Jose Garces’s new operation

High Street Doing More Friends and Family Dinners, Headed for Night Market Because Eli Kulp never sleeps

Farm Fest Comes To The Parkway An egg hunt, a petting zoo and clog dancing

Foobooz After Dark: North & South Here’s what the menu will look like

Marky Mark Has A Burger Joint? Wahlburgers is coming to Philly

Questlove DJing the Great Chefs Afterparty And that’s not even the biggest news

How You’ll Spend Your Summer The Spruce Street Harbor Park

Memphis Taproom Celebrates 6th Anniversary & Beer Garden Opening

2013truckThis Saturday, April 18th, Memphis Taproom is celebrating its sixth anniversary and the return of its beer garden and hot dog truck.

The celebratory beer bash will include the debut of Memphis Taproom’s latest collaboration beer, UNITY, a Kölsch-style beer brewed with Hersbrucker hops by Victory Brewing Co.

Outdoors, the hot dogs will be grilling and the sun will be shining. There will also be some  new Memphis Taproom/DeDolle t-shirts for sale.

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What You’ll Be Eating At The Franklin Flea

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The Franklin Flea, Philly’s homegrown answer to the Brooklyn Flea’s departure, reopens tomorrow from 10 to 5 in the historic Strawbridges’s building at 801 Market street, and it’s worth bringing your appetite as well as your hand-sewn shopping bags.

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Weird Beer Alert: Hitachino Anbai Plum On Tap At Zama

hitachino-nest-logo-400For only the second time in Philly (and one of the very few times in the US entirely), Hitachino Anbai plum beer is showing up on a tap list. This weekend, Zama will be tapping the one small keg they were able to get their hands on and, odds are, it isn’t going to last longer than a couple days.

So what is this stuff? It’s Hitachino Nest white ale (already a rarity) that has been doctored with Japanese plums picked from Hitachino owner, Toshiyuki Kiuchi’s, private orchard. The plums spend six months soaking in the beer, then a little bit of natural sea salt is added to finish this strange, salty/sour wheat beer.

So if you’re one of those people who just can’t resist bragging about the rare and unusual beers you’ve tried, this is a can’t-miss event. The Hitachino Anbai plum is on tap now and will only be around for this weekend.

Zama [f8b8z]

How You’ll Spend Your Summer: Spruce Street Harbor Park

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Today, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has shared the details for its Spruce Street Harbor Park. The pop-up waterfront park is will bring a boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and misting areas to the Penn’s Landing Marina and for two months.

The pop-up park, which will feature floating barges complete with lily pad water gardens, restaurant and bar kicks off on June 27th and run through August 31st.

Groundswell Design Group, Interface Studios and Digsau combined to create the plan for the space. Groundswell’s David Fierabend says “We’re involved because we believe iterative placemaking is the future of urban development and city renewal. By creating these moments along the waterfront we’re reconnecting the city to this long forgotten asset. Not only are these spaces amazing, they’re cost effective and immediately attainable. Their ephemeral quality keeps us intrigued and our attention focused on what’s next.”

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Blue Belly BBQ Goes Belly Up

blue-belly-closedWe hoped it wasn’t true when Nikole Stever tweeted that there was paper up in the windows of Blue Belly Barbecue. But Meal Ticket confirms that Gene Giuffi’s global barbecue spot has closed. The “lack of lunch and weekday business” was the culprit. You can still catch Giuffi’s pork-centric fare across the street at his French BYOB, Cochon.

Sorry We’re Closed: Blue Belly BBQ [Meal Ticket]

Questlove DJing the Great Chefs Afterparty (And That’s Not Even The Big News)

BigAssMortadellaSo yes, the Vetri Great Chefs event is coming up on June 10. Yes, there’s going to be an afterparty at Alla Spina. And yes, Questlove will be DJing. VIP tickets (which are the only way to get access to the afterparty, short of becoming a Great Chefs sponsor) are $525 apiece and can be gotten through the Vetri Foundation website. Expensive, sure, but that’s the only way you’ll get to see Questlove, hang out with Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Jonathan Waxman, and feel like one of the city’s power players.

It’s also the only way you’ll get to taste Brad Spence’s 200lb mortadella cooked inside a Victory Brewing fermenting cask.

Wait, what?

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Sex Panther Obscures the Gaslight’s Potential

Adam Erace has some problems with the food at the Gaslight, but that’s nothing compared to what he had to say about the drinks. gaslight-cocktails-400

The Gaslight, the new bar/restaurant from Jason Cichonski, a chef whose reputation is built — fairly or unfairly — on equal parts scallop noodles and sex appeal. When he and Nick Elmi first encountered each other on the last season of Top Chef, Elmi looked at Cichonski’s pastel pink shorts and quipped, “You look like you just got off a yacht.”

I felt like I was on one at The Gaslight, that’s about how rocky the food was, but the cocktails were even weirder. This list appears to have been curated by a Cherry Hill bachelorette party, with confections bearing names like Pirate Hooker (a red currant Bellini, because who doesn’t want that at 9:30 p.m.?) and Hello Kitty, a martini whose fruity flavors (green tea, lychee, strawberry) make more sense together at Old City Frozen Yogurt down the street.

Tragically named cocktails aren’t the only missteps at The Gaslight [City Paper]
The Gaslight [Foobooz]

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