Happy 3rd Birthday, MilkBoy!

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MilkBoy turns three. And what better way to celebrate than with a three-day party; $3 beers, drinks, and shots; and no cover charge?

From Thursday the 14th to Saturday the 16th, the celebrations will take place. The first floor will be open for regular hours (7 a.m. to 2 a.m.) and the second floor will open at 8:30 p.m. And in true MilkBoy fashion, each night will bring a new band, including the national act The Ataris. Headliners will be The Black Landlord (14th), The Ataris (15th), and The Lawsuits (16th).

MilkBoy [Official]

Petruce et al’s New Cider Program

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Petruce et al. is adding to their list of et al’s with a new cider program. In addition to wine, beer and cocktails, Petruce has gotten serious about cider. Tim Kweeder, general manager and wine director, introduced the program a few weeks ago and has since been building up the list of ciders.

Though subject to change, so far Kweeder has received products from Spain, Germany, and Michigan, each with a different taste. From Spain’s Basque Country, Kweeder has a small-production cider with a note of green apple; from Germany, a cider made from 100% Speierling apples; and from Michigan, an American-produced cider available on draft. Kweeder is only offering ciders made from 100% juice and fermented with natural yeast. To see the full list, click here.

Guests can enjoy the cider in 3 oz. tasting pours, full 5 oz. pours, or by the bottle. Prices range from $5 to $46.

Petruce et al. [Foobooz]

Check Out Talula’s Daily’s Summery August Menu

Photo by Jaeson Han

Photo by Jaeson Han

Yesterday’s dinner consisted of an heirloom tomato salad, grilled corn on the cob and some watermelon snagged off a friend’s dish. It was summer in a meal. Much like what is being offered at Talula’s Daily all month. The monthly tasting menu is all about  buttery lobster rolls, sweet corn soup, Lancaster porchetta with homemade beans and other summer barbecue standards. 

Talula’s Daily’s August dinner is a prix fixe affair, $55 per person with a beverage pairing available.

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Jake’s Sandwich Board Gets a Refresh

New design elements implemented by Eimer Design.

New design elements implemented by Eimer Design.

Jake’s Sandwich Board, which has been open at 12th and Sansom for four years is getting a facelift with the help of Eimer Design. The sandwich shop will be closed now till through Monday, August 11th to make the changes. When Jake’s reopens on Tuesday, August 12th, Jake’s will have a new look, roasting ovens, carving station and expanded hours that will include evening-only pig, brisket and turkey roasts.

To celebrate the renovation as well as Jake’s anniversary, on Tuesday, August 12th, $3 sandwiches will be available all day. And with every $3 sandwich purchased, diners will also be able to enjoy a complimentary Sly Fox Route 113 IPA.

After 5 p.m., customers are also invited to BYOB for the first time, as Jake’s will expand from a sandwich shop into a laid-back BYOB restaurant and cafe.

This fall, Jake’s Sandwich Board will be opening a second location in University City.

Jake’s Sandwich Board [Foobooz]

Morning Headlines: The Gallery Is Getting A $106 Million Makeover

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Well, we can’t wait to see this! Yesterday, PREIT announced Macerich Co, a mall developer from California, will invest $106.8 million into redeveloping the Gallery.

Macerich owns fifty-five locations throughout the country, including the Deptford Mall. The Inquirer’s Joe DiStefano says the company, which is putting up funds along with PREIT on “on a 50/50 basis,” will be getting 50% interest out of the deal.

And what will we get out of it? Here’s what DiStefano reports PREIT’s CEO had to say: Read more »

Restaurant Review: Charlie Was a Sinner

Charlie Was a Sinner | Photos by Jason Varney

Charlie Was a Sinner | Photos by Jason Varney

Just how much sinning do you like to do over dinner?

That’s a good question to chew on at Nicole Marquis’s mysterious new bar on 13th Street, where you can drink bourbon and absinthe beneath a looming hardback edition of In Cold Blood, watch sultry projections of Marilyn Monroe flicker upon the ruffles of a diaphanous wall curtain, and soak up your alcohol with food completely untainted by animal products.

In an era abounding with culinary hobgoblins—gluten for him, fructose for her, GMOs for the guy down the street—veganism still reigns unrivaled as the diet of the ethically upright. But the plant-only jawn feels a little racier at Charlie Was a Sinner, and not just because it’s next door to the last surviving porn shop on this once-seedy strip. Marquis, the woman behind HipCityVeg, named her lounge the way Elmore Leonard started crime novels. Who’s Charlie? Has he—or she—repented? Exactly what sort of sin are we talking about here?

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Coming Soon: Petit Roti

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A reader provided us with a tip (and a pic) showing signs of progress at Petit Roti at 248 S 11th Street.

Set to open the doors in September, chef Olivier Desaintmartin, chef and Owner of ZINC and Caribou Cafe, hopes to bring a taste of France to Philly (again), but this time with a new spin. Desaintmartin will highlight France’s rôtisseries - a feat that seems more realistic when you hear that he has imported two authentic rotisserie machines from France. And along with the impressive machinery, Petit Roti will also have a pantry full of vinegars, oils, jams, olives, and more to emulate the French épiceries.

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Sutton’s Parlor Today

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HughE Dillon (PhillyChitChat) was walking by Sutton’s Parlor, the “temporarily closed” bar run by Matt Swartz when he snapped the above photo. The name has been covered over, the menu removed and the inside of the bar has been cleaned out. This is just the latest note in the  Swartz saga. His Farmers’ Cabinet closed for a “summer cleaning” and was to reopen after July 11th. As of now, that hasn’t happened.

The Farmers’ Cabinet closes for ‘summer cleaning’ [Philly Insider]

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