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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Morning Headlines: Realtors and Architects Excluded From Yesterday’s Elections

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Election results and the legalization of gay marriage have basically taken most of the headlines today, but let’s see what we can dig up on in the worlds of real estate and design.

Charlie was a sinner. Gets A Menu And Opens The Doors: new restaurant with enraging punctuation and syntax (though Fiona Apple would probably be into it) opens on 13th Street. [Foobooz]
Jon Stewart Slams Philly, Cheesesteaks, Art Museum, Phanatic: He won’t have those stairs to mock for long if Frank Gehry’s plan gets realized. [Philly Mag]

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Charlie was a sinner. Gets A Menu And Opens The Doors

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Charlie was a sinner.–the completely-bizarrely-named (and punctuated) new vegan bar and restaurant from HipCityVeg’s Nicole Marquis–is now up and running on 13th Street.

The Insider has been all over this place from the beginning and, although the website still appears to be on placeholder status, if you really want to check out what chef Mike Santoro and his crew have on the board, Michael Klein has a copy of the menu.

The menu at Charlie was a sinner. [pdf]

Charlie Was a Sinner. Is a Week from Opening

Photo via designer Mike Smith

Photo via designer Mike Smith

Michael Klein has been given inside access to chronicle Nicole Marquis’s Charlie was a sinner. (yes, that’s the official capitalization and punctuation). In his most recent report, Klein has details on what will be on the menu created by the Mildred’s Mike Santoro. What Klein doesn’t have, despite several requests, is the final menu. Inside access doesn’t mean all access. But we all should know what is on the menu when Charlie was a sinner. opens in the next week or so.

The making of Charlie was a sinner.: Menu sampling [The Insider]

Nicole Marquis To Open a Vegan Bar

Best Philadelphian Nicole Marquis of HipCityVeg. Photo for Philadelphia magazine by Nell Hoving.

Photo for Philadelphia magazine by Nell Hoving.

Back in April we told you that HipCityVeg’s Nicole Marquis’ name appeared on a liquor license at 131 S 13th Street, the former Full Moon Saloon, next to Vintage Wine Bar, or Danny’s Sex Shop if you prefer. Today Marquis gives us the details.

Marquis and real estate developer Allan Domb are opening Charlie Was a Sinner, a vegan bar in Midtown Village. Marquis tells us that she’s been doing research in and is looking to bring an elevated vegan bar to Philadelphia. Inspired by places like the Ace Hotel and Beauty & Essex in New York, the bar will serve cocktails made with elixrs and juices and serve up satisfying plant-based menu.

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HipCityVeg’s Nicole Marquis’ Name Appears on 13th Street Liquor License

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The 13th Street liquor license that earlier this week listed developer Allan Domb’s name on it, now bares the name of HipCityVeg owner Nicole Marquis. Though, neither Marquis or Domb would fully commit earlier this week that Marquis was going into the former Full Moon Saloon at 131 S 13th Street, Marquis’ name on the liquor license would indicate a second project from the owner of the popular vegan spot off of 18th Street is on its way.

We’ll have more news as the concept is revealed.