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?

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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]

Where We’re Eating: The Good King Tavern

the-good-king-tavern-philadelphia-squareThe neighborhood let out a collective groan when, over the summer, Chick’s announced that it was closing. But the good news came with its replacement, The Good King Tavern—this excellent little brasserie with chef Paul Lyons (a graduate of Barbuzzo and Jamonera) in the kitchen. Fans of Chick’s cocktail program will be pleased to know that the list here features drinks like the Sazerac, Aviation and French 75, and there’s a wine list filled with relative bargains. Lyons’s menu is small and unambitious, but that’s okay. The octopus will make you forget about neighboring Dmitri’s, and the substantial $15 steak frites is understandably an early hit. And when your server tries to sell you on the crispy chickpea flatbread as a starter, just say yes. 

The Good King Tavern [Foobooz]

First appeared in the February, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Weekend Open Houses: Northern Liberties, Society Hill, Bella Vista

445 Olive Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19123
445 olive street philadelphia pa Open House: Saturday, January 25, 11am
Beds: 3
Baths: 1.1
Square feet: 1,515
Price: $389,000

224 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA, 19106
224 Delancey Place Philadelphia PA Open House: Sunday, January 26, 12pm
Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Square feet: 2,544
Price: $1,550,000

808 Carpenter Street #B, Philadelphia, PA, 19147
808 Carpenter Street #B Philadelphia PA Open House: Sunday, January 26, 12pm
Beds: 3
Baths: 3.1
Square feet: 2,700
Price: $698,000

Retro Hot Dog Dinner at Hot Diggity

We bet Hot Diggity's hot dog casserole will be more appealing.

We bet Hot Diggity’s hot dog casserole will be more appealing.

Hot Diggity is hosting a retro hot dog dinner on Wednesday, February 5th at 8 p.m. Keith Garabedian and company are going to be cooking up some wild hot dog recipes from the 1960s. The dinner is $20 and gets you four courses of retro hot dog cuisine including glaze hot dogs, pink potato and hot dog salad and Asian hot dog casserole.

Seating is limited and the dinner is BYOB.

UPDATE: A second retro hot dog dinner has been added. Thursday, February 6th at 8 p.m. has been added. Call 267-886-9253 to reserve your spot.

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Dana Spain’s Mediterranean Villa Hits Market for $4.25M

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DLG Communications head Dana Spain — founder of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Philadelphia Style magazine, and possible mayoral candidate — is selling her rather splashy home at Sixth and Fitzwater for $4.25 million. Perhaps it doesn’t fit in well with her political ambitions; a Mediterranean villa with formal gardens, a waterfall, and lighted fountains isn’t exactly populist.

Though its current market value is listed by the city as $1.92 million, Spain has put it on the market for $4.25 million. Seems like she’s aiming high to start with, and why not? The house has 10,000 square feet, and if she’s not in a hurry to sell, she can reduce later.

The listing reveals the house’s remarkable features, some of which are rarely heard of in these parts. For instance, Spain has sculptures made of Belgium black marble, better known as “noir belge.” The sleek, black stone — it’s actually limestone — is hard to get, as there’s only one active quarry today. It can be seen in Versailles — and at Dana Spain’s house.

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Tonight: Beer Can Christmas Tree Lighting at Percy Street

Photo via Percy Street Barbecue

Photo via Percy Street Barbecue

Tonight, Thursday, December 12th, Percy Street Barbecue is hosting its annual beer can Christmas tree lighting. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with a special Troegs happy hour featuring half-priced Perpetual IPA and Mad Elf. The tree, decorated with 400 beer cans and topped with a steel bucket will be illuminated at 7 p.m. The holiday mood will be set by Matt and Chris of Coal Town Rounders.

So get there early for the happy hour and make sure you also order a fried chicken biscuit or two.

Percy Street Barbecue [Foobooz]

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