Coeur Launches Free Wine School and Wine Friendly Happy Hour

The bar and vintage Admiral TV at Coeur | Photo by Emily Teel

The bar and vintage Admiral TV at Coeur | Photo by Emily Teel

On Thursday, October 22nd, Coeur is welcoming Jason Malumed of Chalkboard Wine + Spirits for a wine tasting. The FREE tasting kicks off at 6 p.m. and features a guided tasting by Malumed of selections from the Chalkboard portfolio including Benoit Roseau, Bernard Vallette, La Sorga, Domaine du Val de Saone. Reserve your spot by emailing Coeur directly.

Wine School isn’t the only time to enjoy wine at the Bella Vista bar and restaurant. Coeur has added a weekday happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $4 select draft wines and beers. And on Monday and Tuesdays, the happy hour is repeated from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

And if you’re a mother in need of “Mommy Juice,” bring your own stroller and enjoy a glass of wine or beer between noon and 3 p.m.

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Could This Be the Dark Knight of Philadelphia Houses?

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Is the Bruce Wayne of houses in Passyunk Square?

To be clear, the comparison between this 7th and Wharton home and Bruce Wayne/Batman applies solely to the home’s exterior. From the front, the Scott Larkin-redesigned residence appears as your average South Philly row house. But past the airy interior rooms and out the glass garage door exposure is something none of us expected: a sleek, black façade that might just beat out that Dark Knight-esque Wawa in Princeton.

It’s a close call, but this Loft District home warrants some consideration for the title, too. What do you think?

The property is a winner regardless, though. Exposed brick and frosted glass doors are throughout, with American walnut, steel stairs and built-in wall pockets laying claim to space as well. The master suite, located on the third level, vaunts desk space, a walk-in closet with washer & dryer hook up, plus, a mini fridge pocket. “Originally selected in part for its southern exposure,” adds the listing, “the home takes advantage of the sun’s natural path.”

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Trinity Tuesday: Lovely Bella Vista Home Redone in Last Few Months

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Holy moly, we so want this house! Constructed in 1850, this Bella Vista oldie has stood tall through the years in true trinity form. Luckily, in the last few months, the timeworn residence has been graced with a meticulous restoration and renovation so that it’s anything but and leaving it with a slew of beautiful details, so much so that we don’t honestly know where to start.

Perhaps its exterior is a good place to begin. For one, the home has a traditional brick façade that’s polished up by the added planters. Though in addition to the curb appeal, it’s also in pretty sweet neighborhood: Bella Vista, as we noted in a previous trinity house, has a very active neighborhood group that spearheads events for area denizens.

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Growlers Closes to Reconceptualize

la casa de tu madreGrowlers Bar at 8th and Fitzwater has closed. The bar by Jason Evenchik opened in mid-2012 as the successor to Vesuvio and Little Bar.

Evenchik confirms to us that the space will undergo a short overhaul and be turned into La Casa de tu Madre (The House of Your Mother), a Mexican bar and restaurant.

Michael Thomas will remain as chef, he has been running specials over the past month testing out different dishes that will be on the menu. There will also be a tequila and mezcal list behind the bar. Evenchik tells us he’s been doing some research and development for the concept on the Yucatan Peninsula and would like to get some Mexican craft beers into the bar but it has been difficult to secure an importer. So at the get go, it will be a list of local draft beer.

The overhaul, which comes on the heels of Coeur’s opening down the block, is scheduled to take two-to-three weeks.

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Coeur Opens in Bella Vista

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Coeur opens with a party tonight.

Coeur, the new Bella Vista bar/restaurant from the team behind Local 44, Strangeloves and Memphis Taproom is opening at 8th and Christian with a celebration this evening, Tuesday, September 15th.

Coeur will be passing out free bites from the menu all night long. The party starts at 5 p.m. The full menu goes live on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

The menu from chef Andy Tessier has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, but also offers some meaty options like a poutine burger, brisket on rye, bacon wrapped rabbit porchetta and rotisserie chicken.

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Trinity Tuesday: Hidden Bella Vista Dwelling in the Middle of Everything

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It’s easy to slip into hyperbole when writing about distinct homes, but in the case of this South Philadelphia trinity house we promise we’re not exaggerating when we say it is perfectly situated. Seriously, WalkScore this joint and you’ll see it’s almost within equal walking distance to four parks and playgrounds and it’s got a bevy of neighborhood, bars, shops, and restaurants surrounding it.

What makes it really unique though is that in spite of being in the middle of everything, it’s not lacking in privacy. In fact,  it’s on the 800 block of twee Kater Street, so there’s almost little to no traffic most of the time.Tack onto that the fact that it’s a rear unit with an alley entrance and you’ve got your self a charming concealed haven in the city. Here are some of its interior features:

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Bella Vista’s Bean Exchange Building Sells; Coffee Shop Shutters

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All images by TREND via Redfin

There’s a double-shot of an update regarding the building that housed the Bean Exchange at 7th and Bainbridge in Bella Vista. After being listed in July for $779,000, the building–which includes the retail space and two renovated 1-bedroom condos with parking–sold this week for $800,000, according to listing agent Kathleen Conway’s website (and Redfin).

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Serpico Adds Happy Hour

Photo by Mike Persico

Serpico | Photo by Mike Persico

South Street’s Serpico has launched happy hour. From Sunday to Thursday (closed Mondays) between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., the restaurant is offering all glasses of wine and specialty cocktails for $10 each. A savings of up to $5 a glass.

Chef Peter Serpico’s food gets in on the deals too, with Deep Fried Duck Leg (hoisin, cucumber, Martin’s bun), the Korean Fried Chicken Wings (chili, white sesame, kimchee), Duck Liver Mousse (caramelized beets, bone marrow, black pepper), and Wagyu Breseola (black cherry, sumac, horseradish) all for $10 each.

The deals are available throughout the restaurant, not just at the bar.

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Trinity Tuesday: Bright-Eyed Abode in Bella Vista Includes Bedroom Deck

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You know how some people say when you marry a person, you marry their family? Well, the same could be say about buying a home, but instead of a family, you’re committing to a neighborhood. And this tidy trinity on narrow Mildred Street? Well, it’s in one of Philly’s best.

See, the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association goes the extra mile to provide several events ranging from “environmental walks to garden tours to happy hours,” according to the listing. Plus, the home is within walking distance to South Street and the Italian Market, and right around the corner from the soon-to-open restaurant, Coeur, a Montreal-inspired bistro from the owners of Memphis Taproom.

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