South Street’s Hot Diggity Closes

Menu boards by Hawk Krall

Menu boards by Hawk Krall

Keith Garabedian is closing his South Street hot dog shop after three-and-a-half praise filled years. Hot Diggity immediately seemed like it had always been on South Street and I never considered it would close. Garabedian shares a wonderful thank you letter to his customers, co-conspirators, chef friends and more.

Hot Diggity will be missed.

Read the entire letter on Facebook.

Hot Diggity [Foobooz]

The Mildred Will Become Coeur

coeur-hard-400Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly, the triumvirate behind Local 44, Strangelove’s and the upcoming Clarkville in West Philadelphia have just signed a lease for yet another new concept. The trio will be taking over the former Mildred at 8th and Christian in Bella Vista. They’re promising a “classic, back-to-basics menu a la Montreal,” that will of course offer craft beer but also wine on tap. The name is Coeur, French for “heart,” and it promises to be cozy, intimate and friendly. Hartranft says he wants the place to be the kind where “local couples frequent regularly and wind up saying to each other ‘Did you ever notice that we always go home and have sex whenever we eat there? Weird, right?'”

Coeur is aiming to open in September of 2015.

Coeur [Foobooz]

Juniper Commons Launches Brunch

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Juniper Commons adds brunch to its repertoire, just a week after adding lunch service. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Sundays are particularly special with complimentary champagne and a jazz band from 12 p.m.to 2 p.m. The 1980s inspired restaurant is of course offering quiche as well as strawberry compote but has a full menu of breakfast and lunch dishes to get you excited.

You can also expect several Bloody Marys to choose from as well as a list of cocktails made with sparkling wine–because what would an ’80’s restaurant be without sparkling wine coolers?

Full menus »

Juniper Commons Is Now Serving Lunch

juniper-commons-gourmet-bon-appetit-940Kevin Sbraga’s Juniper Commons has started serving lunch. Now your lunch can feature ’80s highlights like peel-and-eat shrimp, a tableside Caesar,a hot roast beef sandwich, pastrami reuben or Fettuccini Alfredo.

Check out the full lunch menu below and look for brunch to start this weekend. Sunday brunch will feature complimentary champagne and a jazz band.

Juniper Commons lunch menus »

Bella Vista Abode Boasts Rooftop Hatch

All photos by TREND via Caldwell Banker - Old City

All photos by TREND via Coldwell Banker – Old City

Bella Vista, we simply love to check in on your bevy of gorgeous houses.

This newly listed home located at 605 Clymer Street, a secluded side-street just off of S. 6th Street, between Fitzwater and Catharine Street, has seen a recent top-down renovation that makes it lovely to view from the sidewalk–see the brick walkways, 8-foot front door made of reclaimed wood and professionally landscaped planters with drip irrigation.

On the inside is where this place really shines.

Read more »

Meat Week and All-You-Can-Eat Ribs at Percy Street

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I really think that headline says it all. First, Percy Street is trying to beat back the winter blues (and bulk us all up with plenty of pork fat) with an all-you-can-eat rib deal on Wednesdays, beginning January 7. For $27, you get all the ribs you can eat, plus french fries, coleslaw and cornbread. Deal starts at 5pm and runs ’til close so, you know, plan on spending some time.

Second, Percy Street is going to be celebrating Meat Week from January 18 through the 30th (Center City Restaurant Week counter-programming). What is Meat Week you ask? It’s the week where you can share a family-style spread of BBQ chicken, pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, cornbread, macaroni & cheese and sides for just $20 per person–basically the same deal they offer on a normal night but, you know, Meat Week. And still a better deal than Restaurant Week.

Percy Street is recommending you make reservations for the festivities. We’re seconding that wisdom. The meat sweats you’re going to have to deal with on your own.

Percy Street BBQ [Official]

The New Hawthornes Will Deliver Beer

hawthornes-logo-400Yesterday we told you that Hawthornes is close to coming back and was teasing a big announcement. We assumed that it would be related to passing a health inspection or something similar.

Turns out it’s much bigger than that. Hawthornes will be delivering beer. Dribs and drabs of a recent PLCB decision to allow licensed restaurants to also have a Transporter-for-hire (delivery) license have been popping up. Turns out that decision was reached because of petitioning from Hawthornes owners, Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico. You can read the whole opinion rendered here.

So when Hawthornes reopens during the first week of January, Hawthornes Quick Sip will have a fleet of motorbikes that will deliver beer on ice.

How is that for a happy new year?

Hawthornes [Foobooz]

Logo Throwdown: Hawthornes Beer Cafe

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Hawthornes, which has been closed since a fire in March is teasing that today is a big day as they close in on reopening. If we had to guess, we’re thinking it might be final inspection before they get the go ahead to reopen. The beer cafe also debuted a new logo which has inspired us to play another game of Logo Throwdown.

So which do you like, the old or new look?

Vote now »

First Look: Juniper Commons

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Kevin Sbraga’s third restaurant, Juniper Commons is now open at Broad and South Streets. The restaurant is heavily influenced by the 1980s and Sbraga intends to make that a good thing. There are table-side Caesar salads, baked potatoes, house-made wine coolers, prime rib and so much more.

But this is more than just kitsch, the restaurant is Sbraga’s biggest yet, and the 1980s vibe is just a jumping off point. To any child (or adult) of the 80s, the soundtrack will be hard to resist. And that music selection goes a long well in setting the mood. So does the bar program which is aiming to stock over 150 gins and offer a cocktail menu exclusively of gin-based cocktails. That isn’t to say there isn’t a full bar selection available but the bar is definitely obsessed with gin. And what’s gin without tonic? Juniper Commons is stocking 24 tonics, including six that are made in house.

Read more and check out the photos » 

Hot Diggity Rolls Out Another Regional Sandwich

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In late October, Hot Diggity debuted the first of its regional sandwich specials with the Chow Mein sandwich. Now owner, Keith Garabedian is back with the Juicy Lucy. It’s a specialty of Minneapolis and features a half-pound burger stuffed with two ounces of cheddar cheese and topped with lettuce, tomato and sauteed onions.

It’s available now but only for a limited time.

Hot Diggity [Foobooz]

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