One Liberty Place Getting Observation Deck and Restaurant

Liberty PLACE-JEFF-FUSCO-400One Liberty Place is getting an observation deck and that’s just part of the story. In a big presser yesterday, Mayor Michael Nutter announced that Montparnasse 56 Group (M 56) would operate the observation deck on the 57th floor of Philadelphia’s second tallest building (until Comcast’s Innovation and Technology Center opens in 2017). What wasn’t widely reported but was picked up by HughE Dillon, is that in addition to the cafe at the observation deck level, a restaurant will go in on the 58th floor.

The restaurant will open after the observation deck debuts in the summer of 2015 but it will eclipse Two Liberty Place’s R2L as the highest restaurant in the city. At least until the Four Season’s restaurant debuts in the new Comcast tower.

No details on what kind of restaurant it would be and who would run it.

Details of the New Observation Tower at Liberty One – Press Conference with the Principles, views, cafe news and more [Philly Chit Chat]

Famous 4th Street Deli on 19th Is Under New Ownership


This morning, HughE Dillon tipped us off that the sign at the Original Famous 4th Street Deli on 19th Street was being replaced with a “Kaufmans” sign. A worker inside the deli says that the business is under new ownership but the menu remains the same. However, she wasn’t able to shed any light on who the new owner is (Update below).

A call to the original Original Famous 4th Street Deli at 4th and Bainbridge verified that only the 19th Street location has been affected by the sale and business continues as usual.

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Abe Fisher Gets Three Bells


Photo via Abe Fisher

Craig LaBan is back on Sansom Street, just weeks after giving Dizengoff three bells, to test out Michael Solomonov’s Ashkenazic restaurant, Abe Fisher. LaBan is a fan of just about everything, from the pastrami smoked short rib to the bacon tinged take on the egg cream.

But Abe proved its worth in many ways. The uniquely creative menu is bolstered by outgoing, informed service. The excellent drink program was thoughtfully conceived, from well-crafted theme cocktails (the beet-stained and rummy Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition) to its $12 Cruvinet pours of intriguing food-friendly wines, from grenache blanc to bobal and negrette. This is easily one of the year’s most distinctive, well-rounded, and ambitious openings.

Three Bells – Excellent

Read Trey Popp’s review of Abe Fisher and Dizengoff from December’s Philadelphia magazine.

Abe Fisher [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Abe Fisher [Foobooz]

Tale of the Tape: Steve’s Steaks – Center City


Whenever Pat’s and Geno’s Steaks are mentioned, undoubtedly someone will weigh in with the seemingly erudite argument that they don’t pick a winner between those geographic rivals, but rather they prefer Steve’s Steaks. The Philadelphia cheesesteak joint has been Northeast Philadelphia royalty since opening in the early 1980s. In March of 2013, Steve’s opened a branch of cheesesteak kingdom at 16th and Chestnut Streets in Center City Philadelphia.

Today, we measured how Steve’s Prince of Steaks stacked up against the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia.

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City Tap House Opens in Logan Square


Oddly shopped renderings aside, the highly-anticipated City Tap House in Logan Square opened yesterday, with a full dinner menu and all the craft beers you could possibly want. For now, the Logan Square Tap House is opening at 4 p.m. daily and running as a dinner-only operation, but lunch and a bar menu will be added starting November 10, and brunch service is scheduled to begin some time in December.

In the meantime, check out the dinner menu below.

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New Bar from Nicole Marquis

Nicole Marquis
, founder of HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner. appears to be opening another spot with a liquor license. A license application in the window of the former Crumbs bakeshop at 133 S 18th Street has the name”Marquis Latin Philly LLC” and can be traced back to the address of HipCityVeg at 127 S 18th Street. A neighboring business told us they heard the business would be serve tacos.

The building is owned by Allan Domb, who is also Marquis’s landlord at the original HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner. We’ve reached out to Marquis for comment and will update this story when we have more information.

UPDATE: Marquis thanked us for reaching out but offered us no comment.

Though the location makes sense, it is interesting that Marquis is once again positioning her vegan spots near those of her former bosses, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Charlie was a sinner. is just a bit more than a block from Vedge and this location will just be a block from the just opened V Street.

Little Pete’s Could Make Way for Boutique Hotel

Late yesterday, news broke that a 12-story boutique hotel is being planned for the corner of 17th and Chancellor. That corner is also the home of Little Pete’s. And the demise of the diner has soured the news that a new 300-room hotel replacing a parking garage. Social media has been a chorus of “nooooooos” and laments of where to go after the bars close. Anger was swift. This is greed. It is a boondoggle. Where will the little old ladies of the neighborhood eat? Heck, where will our mayor eat?

But to all of this, I say, seriously? A parking garage with a 24-hour greasy spoon where you have to walk through the kitchen to get to the restroom is being upgraded to a brand new hotel with two floors of retail at the street, plus a rooftop restaurant, and that is a negative?

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