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

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TREND images via

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

All images by TREND via Redfin

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.

Serpico [Foobooz]

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

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TREND images via

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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Coeur Promises Everyday Appeal

coeur-logo-400Coeur, the new restaurant from Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly have announced that the grand opening of their Bella Vista restaurant will be September 15th.

The restaurant, in the former home of The Mildred and James, will open with a grand opening party at 5 p.m. on the 15th. The event will include complimentary passed samples from the menu.

Maida says “we are all about affordability and accessibility. We want guests to say to themselves ‘Hey, it’s Tuesday, let’s go to Coeur!’ not ‘Hey, it’s our anniversary, let’s go to Coeur.'”

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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.

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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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