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Back on the Market: 1352 Lofts, With Fresh Design Notes

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Whether it’s staging by this unit’s designer-owner or simply  the everyday decor, the interior design of unit 314 at 1352 South Street has a few fresh details we really like. And if any building could use a fresh look, it’s 1352 Lofts, which was unfortunately compromised by the housing crash. Of the 72 units in the building, 42 went to sheriff’s sale. The fact that they’re back on the market now, as the Inquirer’s Al Heavens points out, is ”another sign of the recovery of the Center City condo market.” Hurrah!

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Is Kenny Gamble Becoming a Blightlord?

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Photo by Smallbones via Wikimedia Commons

Part of one of Philadelphia’s most beloved cultural landmarks, the Royal Theater, may soon be demolished–despite the fact that it’s owned by Kenny Gamble, who professed he would pay tribute to its legendary history by transforming it into the anchor of a new South Street West entertainment mecca. That was 13 years ago, and the building–the first black-run theater in the city, and one that played host to acts like Bessie Smith and Fats Waller–has been in decline since then, with Gamble having done nothing to act on initial promises.

On July 9, the Daily News’ David Gambacorta wrote an article about the Royal that cast a critical light on Gamble’s stewardship of the building, and his current desire to tear it down for commercial development. Now the City Paper’s Ryan Briggs takes a look at much more of Gamble’s real estate portfolio as Universal Companies, which was co-founded with his wife, Faatimeh.

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South Street’s Mixed Plate Is for Sale, Liquor License and Apartments Included

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It hasn’t been open that long, but Mixed Plate restaurant, at 216 South, is already for sale. The turnkey establishment with liquor license features seating for a total of 109, two bars, two commercial kitchen and the following:

- walk-in freezer
- walk-in refrigerator
- walk-in beverage cooler
- two offices

In addition to the restaurant/bar/catering facility, the property also has a third floor with two rental apartments. They’re separately metered two-bedrooms with new appliances and washer/dryers in each.

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Bye Bye, Bakelite: Sixth Street’s Antiquarian’s Delight Is Closing!

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Bakelite bangles. Tintypes. 1970s silk scarves. Books, furniture, jewelry, clothing, paintings, maps, figurines, games–used to be you could find anything and everything at the Antiquarian’s Delight on Sixth Street. But as Racked Philly puts it, “the store’s really taken a nosedive over the past year, attracting one-star Yelp reviewers who aren’t too happy about the shop’s $1 entrance fee.” Surely can’t help the vendors that it’s become so easy to score vintage finds on Etsy and ebay.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the building, which is owned by a generic ownership LLC headquartered at the Bella Vista Beer Distributors Inc. When we called Bella Vista to speak to the Antiquarian Delight building’s owner, we were told he’s currently in Greece. The owner is almost certainly a member of the Fetfatzes family, which owns Bella Vista Beer, Hawthorne’s, the Cambridge (aka Tritone’s) and the Bainbridge Street Barrel House.

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Kenny Gamble’s Petition to Demolish Royal Theater Due to “Financial Hardship” Faces More Opposition

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Photo by Smallbones via Wikimedia Commons

Kenny Gamble’s attempt to demolish most of the historic Royal Theater on 15th and South, an African-American landmark, faces more than just the approval of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. It faces a state challenge that he himself put into place, according to Eyes on the Street: In 2006 Universal Companies was awarded a $50,000 Keystone [...]

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Lorenzo & Sons Pizzeria Reopens on South Street

LorenzoJust a quick note to alert the faithful that Lorenzo & Sons–the best pizza on South Street–is back after a terrible fire in June 2012. For those who weren’t tuned into Lorenzo’s frequency, foobooz explained its appeal in the wake of the tragedy:

Lorenzo’s opened in 1988 and has served giant slices to South Street regulars and weekend revelers. The shop has been famous for its gruff service and no toppings policy. It wasn’t till just over a week a go that the takeout spot even offered grated parmesan cheese. In an NBC 10 interview, owner Giuseppe Pulizzi who had to escape the flames from a second floor office, vowed that Lorenzo’s will return.

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Stephen Starr and Questlove to Open Chicken Joint on South Street? We Can Dream…

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Sixth and South, looking west, in 1930. Philadelphia Dept. of Records, via phillyhistory.org

As the countdown continues to the opening of Serpico–the much-hyped Stephen Starr restaurant that has foodies in a lather–real estate watchers are hopeful but puzzled. The new restaurant will be at 604 South Street, right in the middle of, well, Sixth and South. Can Starr work his magic there?

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