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.
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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]
744-46 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147
If you play along with our “House v. House” posts, we have an update for you: that Bella Vista house we pitted against an equally lovely (and similarly priced) home in Society Hill just got a price cut. The amount hacked off? $355,000.
Those who picked it from the get-go, yay! Those who didn’t…did this change your mind? Need we remind you, the home has a gorgeous side yard and superb kitchen, which the listing says won “Best Kitchen Renovation” at some point. Inside, flooring consists of original pumpkin pine, while some windows are made of stained glass. See the gallery below.
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Check out this photo of that Kevin Sbraga posted of his new Juniper Commons restaurant. The ode to the 80s that will offer dishes like Beef bourguignon will open this month at Broad and South Streets.
Juniper Commons [Foobooz]
610 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147
Keeping in mind that the listing photos are from a previous occupant and not the current one, we still wonder why this South Philly house hasn’t been taken off the market yet. It’s a cute trinity, it’s in a pretty sweet location and the kitchen has been recently updated.
So what’s the problem? The home was listed for $325,000 in August 2012, but was removed the following February. It was listed again this June and had its price reduced to $310,000 a few months later. Will it disappear from the market again if no one expresses interest?
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Starting on Tuesday, November 11th, St. Martin’s Day, and ending on December 21st, Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen will be preparing traditional a German Christmas Dinner for parties of eight or more. The dinner will feature a 10-pound whole roasted goose, served family-style, stuffed to the brim with house-made pretzel, apple and sage stuffing.
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Gene Giuffi, who brought you Cochon BYOB, comes Square Pie, the pizza and pasta joint that replaces Blue Belly BBQ at 6th and Catharine.
Square Pie opened today at noon today for lunch (serving through 2 p.m.) and will be open this evening for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.
It’s not an extensive menu, but it should offer some quality pork dishes and thick crust.
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Royal Tavern in Bella Vista has long been known for its burgers and it looks like it about to get a lot more notoriety for them. Starting yesterday and running for the next eleven weeks, the Royal is recreating special burgers that were mentioned on the TV show Bob’s Burgers.
First up is the “Jack-O-Lentil burger,” it’s a Lentil burger with pumpkin habanero aioli, wilted spinach, tomato and poblano salad, served on a brioche bun. New burgers debut every Sunday. Next up, “Mushroom with a View.”
Royal Tavern [Foobooz]
Hawthornes is coming back, and with a bang, people. After a fire above the Bella Vista bruncherie and beer store in February damaged the building, Hawthornes is expected to reopen around the end of November. The restaurant will return with new menu items, more seating, and more booze, thanks to a full liquor license. Along with the new drink options, more beer taps will be added, as well as a new growler station.
Hawthornes has also mentioned another beer surprise, “an ace up their sleeve,” that they feel will revolutionize the beer side of things.
The cafe has added a baking department, which will be whipping up muffins, rustic loaves of bread, and more, every morning. Not only that, there will also be an eight-seat breakfast counter, right next to a new and bigger fireplace.
Sunday dinners will also be available, and Hawthornes will also be opening for earlier hours during the week.
Blue Belly BBQ is becoming Square Pie.
Cochon’s Gene Giuffi is getting into the pizza game. He’s converting his former Blue Belly BBQ at 600 Catharine Street into a small pizza shop. Square Pie will serve up Sicilian-style pizza as well as pastas. Giuffi has worked with pizza in the past, and even offered brunch pizzas in the past at Cochon.
Like Cochon, pork will feature heavily on the menu. Look for Square Pie to open later this month.
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