Hawthornes Returning Bigger, Better, Warmer and Offering More than Ever

hawthornesHawthornes 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.

Hawthornes [Foobooz]

Square Pie Coming to 6th and Catharine


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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A Bella Vista Duplex That’ll Make Unclogging Toilets Worth It

TREND photo via Keller Williams

TREND photo via Keller Williams

Here’s a Bella Vista duplex with two one-bedroom apartments that’s likely to be a good investment. The reason? The location: an area that, no matter its transformation and influx of new, young residents — both single and with small children — remains safe, stable and filled with the house-proud. There are still plenty of renters, like the two people who currently live in the building, and given how hard it is to find good rental units in South Philly, these are probably highly coveted. As you can see, the first-floor unit has plenty of charm, with hardwood floors, a backyard and a wood burning stove, for god’s sake. The upstairs unit also has hardwood floors, a full bathtub and a roof deck — and both units have a washer/dryer.

The building is on a triangle of land bordered by East Passyunk Avenue, Christian and 7th Street. Residents are right by Shot Tower Coffee, which is a very nice place to be, as well as other neighborhood conveniences. Take a look at the gallery below.

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Either/Or: Two Charmers In Bella Vista

Left to right: Living rooms of 750 and 763 South 9th St.

Left to right: Living rooms of 750 and 763 South 9th St.

Unlike the South Third row houses from weeks ago, these two aren’t neighbors. But they are on the same block: South Ninth Street between Fitzwater and Catharine. Both offer garage parking, bi-level roof decks, and a minute-walk to the Italian Market. Here are the deets:

750, which consists of two separately deeded properties sold together, includes a main house with wide-plank cypress wood floors (the interior is French farmhouse-inspired), second-floor family room with built-in office and bedroom suite, and roof decks with built-in seating (1st level) and garden and drip irrigation system (2nd level). Outside the kitchen, a brick patio and walkway lead to the rear property made up of garage and guest house.

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Fire Won’t Stop Hawthornes 5th Annual IPA Block Party


Despite a fire closing down Hawthornes earlier this year, nothing can stop the beer cafe from enjoying a full day of beer, food and music.

This Saturday, July 5th, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. join Hawthornes as they host the 5th Annual IPA Block Party. With drafts from all over, great food and live music going on the entire day, you should start getting excited for the weekend now. Entry is free – just pay as you go (cash only) and enjoy all this party has to offer.

Check out the official draft list below.

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The 806 Experiment: A Collaborative Business Model For Peddler Coffee and Koliyan


Fresh on the heels of the news that one Philly food collaboration is changing gears, another one is just gearing up. In a little storefront at 806 South 6th Street, where East Passyunk hits Catharine, Peddler Coffee and Koliyan Cambodian Desserts have opened up shop. Though early rumors labeled the space a coffee shop, and though there is frequently cold brew and coffee beans available for sale (through online pre-order), the space is resolutely more collaborative than that.

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Blazingly Fast Sale in Bella Vista?

TREND photo courtesy Plumer & Associates

TREND photo courtesy Plumer & Associates

Just yesterday we told you about about this terrific Bella Vista home owned by Haviv David, founder of Mama’s Vegetarian. It went on the market June 11th, and is now off of Zillow.com and listed as “Pending Sale” on Redfin. Now, it’s possible that it’s simply been removed from the MLS, but it’s also equally possible that the combination of this terrific home and the scarcity of inventory in Bella Vista combined to create the perfect storm for the seller.

In case you’ve forgotten, the gallery is below:

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Nina’s Trattoria Does A Really Late Night Delivery


Yesterday, I got home from working late and stumbled upon something really interesting. I was hungry, it was 1:30 in the morning, and I was scrolling through GrubHub’s suspect list of restaurants open for delivery late at night.

Nina’s Trattoria, yes the little BYOB in the Italian Market, was hidden amongst all the chinese takeouts and gross pizza parlors. I called to make sure they were open, and to my surprise, somebody answered. I ordered my food, it came within the hour, and the bliss I felt chowing down on their penne bolognese with a side of meatballs at 2:30 a.m. is a feeling you can only experience for yourself.

David Neukirch, one of the two brothers that own Nina’s explained, “working in the industry, you get out late at night, and you end up eating junk. So we’re giving people some good food to eat late at night.” He mentioned that they’ll soon be adding to the late night menu as well—pizza to be specific.

They’re open late for delivery Tuesday-Sunday until 2 a.m. on weekdays, and 3 a.m. on weekends (Nina’s encourages placing your order before 1:45 a.m. on weekdays, and 2:45 a.m. on weekends, and a call ahead won’t hurt either).

Sometimes, good news just falls in your lap.

Nina’s Trattoria [Official]

Falafal Maven Sells Bella Vista Home

TREND photo courtesy Plumer & Associates

TREND photo courtesy Plumer & Associates

In general, “sunny” can be relied upon to be real-estate code for “this place is dumpy but at least there are windows!” That is not the case with this Bella Vista row home owned by Haviv David, founder of Mama’s Vegetarian restaurant. Between the central skylight showering light throughout all three floors and the glassed-in sunroom, this home is sun-filled in the best sense of the term.

The entryway to the home is custom-made concrete and tile, leading to a first floor that includes a laundry room and powder room in addition to living room and kitchen. The kitchen is finished with a five-burner Napoleon ventless stove as well as an LG dishwasher, and a Jenn-Air refrigerator.

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Kaleidoscopic Mansion in Bella Vista with Chandeliers, Stained Glass and Hot Tub

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

There is a fine line between pattern and color interplay reading as sophisticated and eclectic and as “I’m Edie Bouvier Beale and I live in Grey Gardens.” This enormous Bella Vista home skirts Edie territory but mixes half of ROY-G-BIV in a series of saturated paint colors, intricate floor patterns and seriously intense wallpaper. We are especially keen on the peacock hallways.

Built in the 1860s, the home retains Victorian details like light fixtures, crown moldings, center ceiling medallions and ornamental marble fireplaces and cornices. The entryway includes marble wainscoting and antique tile and leads to a living room with the first of several antique chandeliers. The kitchen has been through a series of modern updates, including high-end appliances, pendant lighting and quartz counters. A spa room leads to the garden and includes more stained glass and a hot tub.
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