Sansom Kabob House Returning


The new Sansom Kabob House will be on South Street | Photo via a Tipster

Sansom Kabob House closed at 1528 Sansom Street last September after a successful 13-year run. The plan was to reopen at 13th and South Streets, but there’s been little progress to report since. But recently, awnings have gone up promising “Fine Afghan Cuisine” and a sign has been installed but is still under wraps.

The new Sansom Kabob House will be located on the southwest corner of 13th and South in a building that was long vacant, and in recent years nicely restored.

Sansom Kabob House [Foobooz]

Korean Pop-Up Dinner Happening at Little Fish

Little Fish | Photo by Mike Arrison

For two nights, Little Fish will be Little Korea | Photo by Mike Arrison

Little Fish is going to be quite the source of pop-ups in August. We told you about Rob Marzinsky’s pop-up lunches and dinners happening from August 13th through the 16th and now comes word of another pop-up dinner.

Little Fish sous chef Alexander Yoon is hosting a Little Korea Pop-Up Dinner on Monday, August 10th and Tuesday August 11th. The Philadelphia-area local has also worked locally at Serpico and Le Bec Fin 2.0. The Korean-themed tasting dinner will consist of five-courses for $55.

The event is BYOB but there will be some soju bombs served. Reservations can be made by phone (484-684-2805) or email,

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Tale of the Tape: Paesano’s Gizmo


Paesano’s take on the cheesesteak | Photo by Sara Schuster

If there were a “Sandwich Hall of Fame” (and there should be, and it of course should be located in Philadelphia) the entire menu of Paesano’s would be inducted. The Arista, Daddy Wad and Paesano are irrefutable stars of the sandwich world. Owner Peter McAndrews has said he doesn’t put a cheesesteak on the menu because he doesn’t want his sandwich shop to become just another cheesesteak spot. Understandable, but after tasting his other sandwiches, you just know he can make a great cheesesteak. And he does, periodically Paesano’s will tweet out about the Gizmo, the sandwich shop’s take on Philadelphia’s most famous sandwich is available as a special.

And today that sandwich was on special, and we couldn’t resist ordering it.

The tale of the tape »

Double Shot: Building Includes Bella Vista’s Bean Exchange, Decked Out Apartments

All images by TREND via Redfin

All images by TREND via Redfin

The building that houses the Bean Exchange, a popular coffee house at 7th and Bainbridge in Bella Vista, has just hit the market $779,000. Consider it a double-shot of an investment opportunity, as the two (pretty stellar, we might add) 1-bedroom apartments are also included in the deal.

The listing on Redfin states that both apartment units are on a month-to-month lease of $2,000/month, each with their own parking spot, washer/dryer in unit and private decks. The second floor unit above the coffee shop also has three sets of French doors with Juliet balconies overlooking 7th and Bainbridge streets.

It’s worth noting that the Bean Exchange isn’t selling their business, you’d just be their landlord.

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Headlines: Changes Are Afoot Near Nomad Pizza in Bella Vista


We were munching on some delicious wood fired goodness at Nomad Pizza this week and noticed one of those fire orange zoning stickers afixed to the outside of a warehouse directly across tiny Kater Street (and also across 7th Street from Good King Tavern). It turns out that a developer has plans to demolish the warehouse in favor of a new three-story building with a roof deck.

Four apartments with a yet-to-be-announced retail tenant on the ground floor would replace the warehouse. Naked Philly reports that the developers have already met with the Bella Vista Neighbors Association and needed the zoning variance because “the project calls for 100% lot coverage, same as the building the developers want to tear down.” It looks like the ZBA approved the application on June 23.

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The Good King Tavern Is Hosting Another Wine Dinner

good-king-tavern-back-banquette-400On Wednesday, June 24th, Chloe Grigri is hosting the Good King Tavern’s third Jardins de Provence wine dinner. The dinners bring together people to a communal table at the back of the Bella Vista restaurant to enjoy a taste of Southern France.

Sean Faeth of Artisan’s Cellar will also be onhand to pour and talk about the wine. The dinner is $65 per person for four wines and four plates.

Seats are very limited, call today to reserve your spot. 215-625-3700.

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Boot & Saddle Sign Will Soon Shine Again

UPDATE: Monday’s Boot & Saddle sign relighting has been postponed. Len Davidson says more work needed before the old boot glows again over Broad Street. Stay tuned.

Posted by Inga Saffron on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The two-story tall Boot and Saddle neon sign was recently taken and down and refurbished. This past weekend saw the sign get reinstalled at the Broad and Ellsworth bar, and soon it will be relit.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Inga Saffron, that was set for Monday, June 15th but that date has been pushed back.

In the meantime, read Saffron’s Good Eye column about the Boot and Saddle’s sign.

Boot and Saddle [Foobooz]

Natural Wine Dinner at the Good King Tavern

good-king-tavern-back-banquette-400The Good King Tavern is back with a second Jardins de Provence wine dinner on Wednesday, May 20th. And the news gets better as the price is dropping from $95 to $65. Granted, the dinner will be a bit less grandiose; four wines, paired by a plate (amuse, opener, entree, dessert), but good food and drink on a Wednesday night is always appreciated.

The Jardins de Provence showcases natural French wines paired with chef Paul Lyons’ cooking. This month Sean Faeth of Artisan’s Cellar and Chloe Grigri of the Good King will be pouring and talking wines.

The dinner will be held at 7:30 pm along the back banquette at a single long table. Reserve your space now.

The Good King Tavern [Foobooz]

Retro Week: Revisiting Ralph’s

Photo by Stephanie Viggiano

At Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, where a century’s worth of footsteps have buffed the dining room’s floor mosaic as smooth as the inside of an oyster shell, the idea of a regular customer takes on a genealogical hue. Five generations of the same family have owned and operated the place, which was founded by Francesco Dispigno in 1900 and has occupied its current location for 100 years. But one of their biggest points of pride is a clientele whose claim on the tables is almost as ancestral.

“We have three and four generations of families as customers,” marvels Jim Rubino, the 53-year-old great-grandson of Francesco, and grandson of Rafael Dispigno, whose Anglicized name the restaurant bears. “It’s a remarkable thing.”

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Hawthornes Is Throwing Its IPA Block Party This Weekend

hawthornes-logo-400This Saturday, May 9th, from 12 noon to 8 p.m., Hawthornes is throwing its 6th annual IPA Block Party. The party blocks off 11th Street between Fitzwater and Catharine Streets and is free to enter. The block party is also kid and pet friendly. All the beer is $5 (cash only) a pour. In addition to 36 IPAs pouring, there will be “over the top” street food, and live local music all day from New Pony, George Ugo Blues Band and Ill Swill.

For the Hop Heads, this event has all of the heavy hitters from the IPA world.
Beer List at Hawthornes IPA Fest »

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