The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has announced its designers and culinary teams for its two PHS Pop Up Gardens this summer. PHS returns to 15th and South for a third year on June 1st. The garden is being designed by Karen Regan of Tallulah & Bird. Regan created last year’s garden and this year is planning aged woods, inventive planters, antiques, flea market finds and curiosities to conjure a magical retreat. Plantings will include roses, fragrant herbs, cocktail cucumbers, a canopy of pink crape myrtles, climbing vines of hops, wisteria and clematis. As a centerpiece, there will be an illuminated, towering mulberry tree.
Chef Val Stryjewski, who has been on staff at Prohibition Taproom since January has rolled out his spring menu with new items like cheese and charcuterie boards (a plus of being in the same restaurant group as Kensington Quarters) plus an extended snack section. Stryjewski, who has had stops at Lloyd, Le Cheri and a.kitchen among other spots, is also offering a Plate of the Day, which brings a comfort food classic to the forefront each day.
This Tuesday, May 10th, ProTap is hosting PhoTap 2. $10 gets you a bowl of pho (lamb or ramp and onion) with either a Neshaminy Creek Trauger Pils or Highwater Hefeweizen.
Brian Ricci is getting the most out out of Brick and Mortar’s rotisseur via a weekly on-the-spit menu, called the 4th Spit, a reference to the fourth option beyond Ricci’s standards of pork belly, chicken and lamb. Each week, Ricci debuts a new protein and features it in three dishes (that are usually cooked on the spit, yes realize that whole fish isn’t on a spit) that can be ordered individually or combined into a three-course meal.
DesignPhiladelphia, the city’s best known architecture and design festival extending for up to nine days, kicks off in about two weeks, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Instead, let’s bring your attention to one of the events included in the DesignPhilly itinerary: the Rail Park Tour.
According to DesignPhilly, these walking tours – scheduled for October 10, 11 and 14 – will be held at street level by Rail Park board members and will be designed to “deliver an understanding of possibilities of the entire proposed 3-mile linear park and recreation path.” What’s more, a Rail Park spokesperson tells us the tour will include access to the entrance of Phase One at 13th an Noble Streets. Ticketing and event info here.
Relatedly, the spokesperson said construction of Phase One, anticipated to take 12-18 months, is expected to begin in 2016. The Center City District will manage the Phase One project.
But Tuesday isn’t the only day that Bufad offers something special. On Wednesdays, the 13th and Spring Garden Street pizza spot is offering Meatless Midweek. For $35 a couple, you get a four-course dinner to share.
Situated near the corner’s edge of Spring Garden and 11th, the old Lawsonia Building stands in anticipation of a pending renovation and three-story addition. The news, which we heard from GroJLart on Hidden City Daily, is great, considering the property has been vacant for well over a decade. Harman Deutsch Architecture is designing the mixed-use development, he says, which will include ground level commercial space. Currently, zoning issues have the project on hold.
According to GroJ, the structure has been in the neighborhood for eighty-five years and started out as the manufacturing headquarters of the Woodward-Wanger plumbing supplies company. The facility was actually a $45,000 construction built on the site of the original factory, which had consisted of five combined row houses that operated for fourteen years before burning down in 1929. The newer colonial revival building, he writes, lasted a little longer, with seven decades and a stint as a hand-crafted furniture workshop (Lawsonia Manufacturing Company) under its belt. It was vacated in 2002 and has been empty ever since.
This Sunday, August 16th, Prohibition Taproom is hosting a barbecue of brats. For $15 per person, you get a housemade bratwurst sandwich with beer mustard, kraut and pickles, plus sides of corn on the cob, macaroni salad and slaw. And wash it all down with a glass of Yards Philly Pale Ale.
There will also be cornhole games and German beers on special.
The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. at 501 North 13th Street.
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The long-awaited Rail Park project in Callowhill is now $3.5 million away from reaching the $8.6 million goal required for construction. According to PlanPhilly’s Jim Saksa, this last boost came from the City of Philadelphia, which Councilman Mark Squilla says is pledging $1 million to the project, a sum separate from the $1.8 million it pledged originally.
The rest of the funds currently “in the bank,” so to speak, are courtesy of private donations and the William Penn and Knights Foundations, who pledged $1 million in March for landscaping.
The June 5th Memorial wasn’t the only project to take a step forward yesterday. Almost a month after having granted conceptual approval for the Rail Park design by Studio Bryan Hanes, the Philadelphia Art Commission went on to give final approval for the anticipated park’s design on Wednesday as well, reports PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas.
Here’s how Phase 1 was described during yesterday’s presentation. From PlanPhilly:
Brick and Mortar will finally open to the public this Thursday, June 4th with a benefit in support of Friends of the Rail Park. The opening night kicks off with cocktail party, followed by after party.
Brick and Mortar is located just steps from the proposed aerial park and is raising money for this greening project. Tickets to the grand opening benefit bash are $100 and includes passed hors d’oeuvres, complimentary cocktails, beer and wine.
The cocktail reception takes place from 6 pm to 8 pm, with an after party starting at 8 pm. The follow-up shindig also benefits the Friends of the Rail Park, it’s cost is $25, and includes 3 drink tickets.
Tickets are available at therailpark.org.
A full cash bar will also be available all night and a select menu from chef Brian Ricci will also be served from 9 pm to 1 am.