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 »

Bella Vista Home Comes with Electric Gate for Secure Parking

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City

What’s two-car parking in the back worth if you feel even just a tad uneasy about leaving your trusty steeds unattended? This South Philly home might just quell your worries as it comes with an electric roll-up privacy gate for precisely that purpose!

Moving on from its vehicular accommodations, the home is also obliging in the entertaining department thanks to two decks (located on the second and third floors) and a hot tub with five-person holding capacity. Among its more practical details are dual-zone HVAC, radiant heated floors, and a kitchen with breakfast bar, SubZero fridge and Bosch dishwasher. The washer and dryer can be found with two of the bedrooms on the second level, while the master suite, which boasts a marble bathroom with double vanity and frameless glass shower, has the third level all to itself.

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New Friday Night Family Friendly Options at Supper

Supper's pastrami fried chicken

Supper’s pastrami fried chicken

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.

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Trinity Tuesday: Made Over Home In the Italian Market Has Bathroom Balcony

Photos by Kate Devlin

Photos by Kate Devlin

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?

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Driveway or Patio? This Bella Vista Home Has Room For One

TREND photos via Listhub / Plumer & Associates Inc.

TREND photos via Listhub / Plumer & Associates Inc.

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.

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Dana Spain’s Opulent South Philly Smart Home Has Had Its Price Reduced

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

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.

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Details On Noord Owner Joncarl Lachman’s New North African Restaurant in the Italian Market


Put down that Dutch Cookery book, Joncarl!

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. 

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