Is Bob & Barbara’s the Most Iconic Bar In Pennsylvania? Yahoo Says Yes

Bob and Barbara's

We love Bob & Barbara’s, that classic Philadelphia dive bar at 1509 South Street. Bob & Barbara’s is the originator and home of the Pabst Blue Ribbon and Jim Beam “Special,” the city’s longest running drag show, a kickass karaoke night, and a diverse clientele ranging from neighborhood oldheads to bike messengers to gentrifiers to Wharton students (ugh) and everyone in between. But is Bob & Barbara’s the most iconic bar in the entire state of Pennsylvania? Read more »

Revolution Taco Coming to Rittenhouse Square

Carolyn Nguyen at Dish It Up | Photo via Women Against Abuse

Carolyn Nguyen at Dish It Up | Photo via Women Against Abuse

Food truckers Mike Sultan, Carolyn Nguyen (Street Food Philly and Taco Mondo) and Alan Krawitz (Say Cheese) are partnering up to create Revolution Taco. The brick-and-mortar taco/burrito spot just won zoning approval at 2015 Walnut Street.

Attendees to the recently held Women Against Abuse’s Dish It Up event were able to taste Nguyen’s ability, as she won this year’s Purple Dish Award with a heckuva taco.

The zoning approval clears the way for the opening of the 30-seat BYOB. The trio is aiming for a grand opening in Mid-Summer.

Revolution Taco [Foobooz]

Steakhouse Pulling Up Stakes?

Photo by Arthur Etchells

Photo by Arthur Etchells

HughE Dillon was the first to report that the Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at 260 S Broad Street is looking to relocate to the Sonesta Hotel at 18th and Market Streets. The location was the longtime home to Elephant and the Castle and has sat empty since March, 2014. Though the deal hasn’t been confirmed, all parties believe it will be soon.

Rumor: Ruth’s Chris Steak House is on the Move… [PhillyChitChat]

Farmer’s Keep to Bring Healthy Fast Casual to Center City

farmer-keep-940The one-story building at 20th and Ludlow has been a series of bars that have come and gone with questionable business models. Remember Xchange, where the prices were going to fluctuate based on demand?

But now the space is being transformed into Farmer’s Keep, a fast casual restaurant that will serve up healthy, natural foods that will avoid common allergens.

Owner Josh Bullock tells us that Farmer’s Keep will offer 25 or more composed salads that can be enhanced with a rotating selection of 5 to 6 proteins. There will be no nuts, shellfish, gluten, dairy or eggs in the restaurant. That should be good to eliminate 91% or so of the food allergies out there. The salads are sold by weight and then can be taken to go or eaten in the sixty-seat basement dining room. Farmer’s Keep will also have 30-seats outdoors when it opens in mid-April. And down the line, Bullock is looking to add a roof deck.

Recipes are being designed by chef Ian Natowsky, a Starr Events alum who is looking forward to highlighting the fresh and when possible, local ingredients at Farmer’s Keep.

Farmer’s Keep [Foobooz]

Ventuno Opening at 21st and Chestnut

ventuno-riverwestVictor Fellus, the owner of Mix and Victor’s Bar, is opening Ventuno, adjacent to those businesses, at the base of the Riverwest condominium at 21st and Chestnut.

According to Fellus, the restaurant is intended to open in about a month, with a menu focused on, “fun food, with 15 different homemade soups and a salad bar similar to saladworks.”

The restaurant will also serve grab-and-go style sandwiches and ice cream. Fellus said that he intends Ventuno to operate as a quick and easy lunch or dinner option for the neighborhood.

Waffles and Wedges Coming to Pine Street

waffles-wedges-squareWaffles and Wedges is the name of the Belgian waffle, French fry spot coming to 1511 Pine Street. Andrea Capecci and her partner Laura Judy are spinning off their food truck, Pbon’s Fresh Food of Philly food truck into a brick and mortar business in the former home of Mexico on the Square.

Waffles and Wedges are aiming to open in mid-to-late March and will be serving up liege waffles and baked fries. More than two dozen rotating sauces will enliven those potato wedges. Also on the menu, Pbon’s menu of melts, including crab and cheese, sausage and cheese as well as a cheesesteak melt will be coming inside.

Waffles and Wedges [Foobooz]

Tria Fitler Square Progress Report

tria-fitler-square-inside-940Tria posted a photo today of the progress they’re making at their new Fitler Square location. The Tria Fitler Square has been described as “almost on schedule” which should put the opening sometime in March.

The Tria on Fitler Square replaces Dmitri’s, and unlike the other two Tria Cafe locations, the restaurant will feature a full kitchen.

Check out the photos from a month ago »

Little Pete’s Future Discussed Tonight

Hudson Hotel and Little Pete'sTonight, the Center City Residents Association (CCRA) is holding a community meeting at 10th Presbyterian Church (17th and Delancey Street) at 7 p.m. On the agenda is the future development at the site of Little Pete’s. Clemens Construction will be presenting its plans for a Hudson Hotel at 17th and Chancellor. The property will need a zoning change to see the 300-room hotel built.

The proposed destruction of Little Pete’s has hit a nerve with Philadelphia residents, as well as some at least one famous comedian. Recently Joel Mathis caught up with “Little Pete” himself, Peter Koutroubas.

Read on for Mathis’s interview with Little Pete »

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