BarOne: A South Philly Family’s Bar

barone-940The fifth generation of the family who brought you Ralph’s now brings you a casual Italian bar and eatery across the street from the South Philly institution. Siblings Ryan and Gabrielle Rubino, managers of the family restaurants, present BarOne, whose grand opening is set for Friday October 21st.

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Stove & Tap Team Opening Two New Restaurants Next Month

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Al Pastor: Opening in Exton

I was a big fan of Lansdale’s Stove & Tap when I reviewed it a couple months back. It’s a large, ambitious space in the ‘burbs, run by two industry vets, serving food that’s better than what most people expect to find outside the city.

And now, owners (and Starr alums) Justin Weathers and Joseph Monnich are expanding in a big way. They’ve got two new restaurants scheduled to open next month, both of them in the Eagleview Town Center in Exton. We haven’t got a lot of information yet, but here’s what we know…

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Neuf Celebrates Birthday, Opens for Brunch

Restaurant Neuf

Restaurant Neuf

Sometimes we wonder how a restaurant could possibly improve–and then it opens for brunch.

If you have never started your morning with shakshuka, a middle eastern dish of tomato sauce, poached egg, vegetables and bread for dipping, you have been doing morning incorrectly. On Saturday October 1st, when Neuf opens for brunch in celebration of its one year anniversary, you will have the opportunity to correct this. Or to indulge in some Paris-brest pain perdu (that’s french toast), a number of elaborate omelettes or an open-faced baguette (which are the same in English).

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Jawdropper of the Week: Una Bella Vista in Bella Vista

1101 Washington Ave. #V2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1101 Washington Ave. #V2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Looking to rise above it all?

You can go higher than this, but you won’t have a view as all-encompassing as the one from the roof deck of this ultra-modern, ultra-stylish bi-level penthouse at 11th Street and Washington Avenue.

That roof deck, by the way, is one of three levels of outdoor space this unit contains. With a total of 1,100 square feet of terraces and decks, including a wraparound terrace on the main floor with beautiful views to the east and south, this apartment has more outdoor space than some luxury units have indoors.

And what this condo on the Lofts at Bella Vista’s “Villa level” has indoors is also very nice indeed. Read more »

Coeur Turns One and Celebrates with Beer

Bella Vista's Coeur turns one

Bella Vista’s Coeur turns one

Bella Vista’s Coeur turns one on Thursday, September 15th and is partying with some breweries that have a special place in its (ahem) heart.

And in even more good news, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Coeur is offering pints of Yards Philly Pale Ale for just one dollar.

Coeur is also kicking off its birthday week with new weekly specials that include:

  • Tuesday: Half-Price Coeur Burger
  • Wednesday: Half-Price Wings
  • Thursday: Beer-n-Beer (Brisket Sandwich and a featured pint for just $15)

And Tuesday through Friday, Coeur is offering a happy hour of all local beers for just $3. And that is accompanied by happy hour food for $4.

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First-Time Find: Ready to Fly Solo in Bella Vista

706 S. Schell St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images via Solo Real Estate

706 S. Schell St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | Images via Solo Real Estate

Recall that yesterday, we said we usually don’t feature trinities as First-Time Finds?

Today, we’re making an exception to that rule, for there’s a trinity on the market that is so well-suited for the first-time home buyer that it would be a crime not to feature it here.

It’s especially well suited for someone who’s finally ready to move out from under his or her parents and experience the joys of living solo. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Big and Beautiful in Bella Vista

1132 Webster St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Usually, you can count on a trinity to have one or two bedrooms, one bathroom — and maybe a half bath if you’re lucky — and less than 1,000 square feet of interior space.

This expanded trinity has none of these things. Instead, this Bella Vista beauty has three (that’s right, three!) bedrooms, two full baths, and a whopping 1,344 square feet of space inside.

It’s also been polished to a high gloss thanks to a top-to-bottom renovation two years ago.

You’ll notice the difference the moment you walk in the front door and see both the extended stairway to the second floor and the high first-floor ceiling. The owner even installed a chandelier in the eat-in kitchen to add a dash of elegance to the open plan main floor. Read more »

Bella Vista Ranked “Best Place to Live in Philadelphia”

 

Bella Vista, home to the Italian Market, received the highest grade in Niche.com's first-ever ranking of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia. | Photo: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Bella Vista, home to the Italian Market, received the highest grade in Niche.com’s first-ever ranking of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia. | Photo: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Thanks to the “open data” movement, it’s now possible for those outfits that rank the best of everything to turn their gaze to individual city neighborhoods. Niche.com, which produces annual rankings of the best schools and best communities to live in in the country, has now added new rankings of the “Best Places to Live” in American cities.

And in its first ranking of Philadelphia neighborhoods, Bella Vista took top honors. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Big Little Beauty in Bella Vista

724 S 7th St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

724 S. 7th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

The little home with the blue door. You’ll see it right away, but you won’t forget it as easily.

Tree-lined, quiet and quaint, the Bella Vista street this Colonial trinity sits on is enough to win your heart over. It’s not just the street, however. The living room inside this home gracefully showcases an open floor plan, with a wide arched passageway that opens into a charming kitchen boasting a hand-painted tile floor, tons of cabinet space and cozy storage nooks. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Home for the Wanderluster in Bella Vista

802 S 6th St. #D, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Plumer & Associates, Inc.

Don’t have the budget to explore the world just yet? Enter through the gated European-style courtyard to get to this trinity home and experience the sensation of travel right here in Philadelphia. A wonderful adventure awaits you in the form of a three-story-plus stucco home with curb appeal, nestled on the border of Queen Village and Bella Vista.

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