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 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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Two Bells for the Good King Tavern

lights-good-king-tavern-400Craig LaBan finds that the Good King Tavern does a heck of a job channeling Southern France, even if chef Paul Lyons might be better served by honing his menu than expanding it with specials.

“Eggplant “3 ways,” though, was my favorite, a multi-technique display that didn’t forget to showcase the ingredient. Baby eggplants were tenderly cooked sous-vide before a finishing pan char. Pickled cubes of eggplant added tangy little bursts. And a silky “eggplant caviar” puree at the base of this colorful medley (which also crunched with shaved raw sunchokes and purple rounds of watermelon radish) had a Mediterranean richness and a sneaky prickle of spicy heat.”

Two Bells – Very Good

A taste of Southern France in South Philly [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Good King Tavern [Foobooz]

Boot & Saddle Revamps Menu, Adds a Burger

Photo by Arthur Etchells

Photo by Arthur Etchells

Boot & Saddle and executive chef Christopher Davis have revamped their menu for spring and due to popular demand has added a burger. The B&S Burger comes topped with smoked Gouda, braised pork belly and chili relish for $13. Also new on the menu, smoke rainbow trout salad, chilled spicy roasted beet sandwich and crispy chicken wings.

The full Boot & Saddle spring menu » 

Splendiferous Interior: Restored Carriage House in Bella Vista


Among the charms of living in this greene country towne you can count streets nearly narrow enough to touch both sides simultaneously and the occasional carriage house remaining in a row of homes. This darling property on Kater boasts both and also includes a garage big enough for three-car piggyback parking in case you need a little more than colonial delights.

Above the cavernous garage is a loft-like living space with with exposed bricks, refinished pine floors and high wood-beam ceilings. The space has two large skylights and several windows that help break it up into separate areas. The single bathroom features a custom industrial sink and a very cool restored door. The kitchen is situated in the middle, open to the living and dining areas. And there is a wall of closets for the sleeping area in the back.

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Blue Belly BBQ Goes Belly Up

blue-belly-closedWe hoped it wasn’t true when Nikole Stever tweeted that there was paper up in the windows of Blue Belly Barbecue. But Meal Ticket confirms that Gene Giuffi’s global barbecue spot has closed. The “lack of lunch and weekday business” was the culprit. You can still catch Giuffi’s pork-centric fare across the street at his French BYOB, Cochon.

Sorry We’re Closed: Blue Belly BBQ [Meal Ticket]

Is There A Wegmans Coming To Center City?


And wait, before you say anything, go check out the legwork just done over on the Property blog. They’re trying to get to the bottom of this story, and while it appears that the whole Wegmans-in-Center-City thing is one of those rumors that just won’t die, there may be some truth to it. Or if not truth, then certainly the possibility of truth. Or, you know, something…

Anyway, go check it out. Because while a Wegmans would be an (arguably) awesome addition to Center City, the one thing we know for sure is that it’s going to take some time.

So What’s All This About a Wegmans Coming To Center City? [Property]

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