Supper knows that not everyone sees Friday nights as the second best night of the week to get blackout drunk (the best night, of course, being Thursday). That’s why the restaurant has made Friday night, Family Night. Chef and owner Mitch Prensky has added a Family and Friends dinner option ($35 for adults, $15 for kids) as well as an a la carte kids menu that sounds like one of the best kids menus anywhere.
We’ve been racking our brains to remember whether or not we’ve ever covered a Philadelphia home with a similar quirk, but have come up with zilch. It might be safe to say, then, that this is a first on Property: this trinity home on a sliver of Darien Street has a bathroom balcony.
Though maybe not a balcony balcony as much as it’s one of those tiny French balconies with little to no room for sitting and lounging. Still, it is a fairly unique trinity, one that’s been fully renovated and expanded. The private passageway leading to its entrance is newly designed, and the home itself was rebuilt by carpenters. Plus, in addition to having three floors of living space, the lower-level has been finished and has an access window/door and full bathroom–potential third bedroom? Office maybe?
If the surrounding amenities are any indication, this home is in a neighborhood that’s just as a lively as its interior. Situated within the Meredith School catchment, the home is within short walking distance to two parks and a playground, cafes, restaurants, and all the hubbub South Street has to offer. And guess what? Walkability aside, car owners can relax as it comes with driveway.
Of course if you’re like me and refuse to drive, there’s always the possibility of converting the parking space into a patio (barbecue season is upon us!). Inside you’ll find a finished basement that’s been fully carpeted, hardwood floors, an updated kitchen with granite tops and a breakfast bar, a third-floor master suite with vaulted ceiling, two closets, and a non-working brick fireplace, and–if the whole patio thing isn’t in your plan–a deck.
What would have been of this year’s mayoral race had Dana Spain resolved to run for office? Perhaps we’ll know the answer to that in a few years time, but for now all we can offer you is a peek (really a second peek) into the driven businesswoman’s glamorous South Philly digs, which recently had $500k cut from its original $4.25 million price tag.
I had dinner at Noord last night on East Passyunk Avenue, but before I left I made sure to bend Chef / owner Joncarl Lachman’s ear about what he has planned for his new location in the Italian Market.
First things first: They’re deciding between two names: Bistro Neuf or Restaurant Neuf. The name Neuf, because “neuf” means 9 in French and the restaurant is on 9th Street—in the former location of Argentinian steakhouse 943.
The menu will be North African with French influences. I’m told to expect hearty Moroccan tajines (yes, some with pigeon), braised meats and even bouillabaisse.
At Juniper Commons, where old newspaper headlines paper two walls in a triumph of microfilm and selective memory, there’s electricity in the air.
E. GERMANY OPENS BORDERS
SURGERY OVER, REAGAN IN CHARGE
PHILLIES RULE THE WORLD
Lionel Richie’s on the radio — along with Air Supply and Hall & Oates, all those smooth synthesizers washing over the occasional drum-machine downbeat of early LL Cool J. Votive candles flicker in amber ashtrays beneath globe lights fed by telephone-coil wire, and the lounge area goes back to the future with wingback chairs out of the Jetsons’ living room. Read more »
Renovations, particularly extensive ones that totally remodel a home’s interior, are always neat to see. Of course, the changes they bring about are especially striking when the exterior is super far from what you’d expect to see on the inside, as was the the case of Tylenol heir Hank McNeil’s Delancey mansion and this Bella Vista home.
Built circa 1915, the three-bedroom row house on Fitzwater Street now has a wholly contemporary interior that boasts the likes of high-end hardwood floors, an architectural staircase with iron railings, and a kitchen with elongated granite countertops and stainless steel appliances (that includes the vent hood). Above the kitchen island is designer pendant lighting, while across a set of sliding glass doors lead to the 30-foot deep garden.
There’s only so much a clean bathroom can tell you about a restaurant, but every now and then they speak volumes.
To face the poster of Olivia Newton-John wearing her “Physical” gear in the Juniper Commons men’s room is to know, conclusively, that there’s no escaping the 1980s there. The inexplicably unflattering powder-room lighting at the late, unlamented Avance — which had inherited perfectly good illumination from Le Bec-Fin — encapsulated the misguided priorities that sank the place. Even the community chalkboards lining Crow & The Pitcher’s facilities testify to that restaurant’s yearning to be adopted by a neighborhood that’s never really rallied behind a tenant at that address. (And where else but Miami Beach could have a setup like this?) Read more »
It’s been a busy couple of week for the Mural Arts Program. Not only have they announced a star-studded lineup of artists for their “Open Source” project that’s being billed as Philly’s biggest site-specific art exhibition ever, they are on the hunt for a fresh wall space in Bella Vista for a new installation entitled “Wellness” from staff artist James Burns, according to Passyunk Post.
If you know of a space for the new mural, the Bella Vista Neighbors Association wants to know about it as they are looking for a site “as soon as possible,” according to their website. Here’s more:
[T]he design for this mural is based on the Enso circle, which is a form of meditation. The inspiration for the design for this Wellness mural was created in part by participants in Wellness workshops at the Broad Street Ministry and other workshops held throughout the city.
You may recall that “Autumn”, a beloved mural on Bainbridge Street that was part of the Four Seasons in Philadelphia collection by artist David Guinn, was covered a few years ago by infill housing.
Mural Arts Program is looking for a Bella Vista wall [Passyunk Post]