Garces Alums Are Spreading Their Wings

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El Poquito on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill

This week we’ve seen two sets of Garces alums open new restaurants. Former Garces director of operations, George Atterbury has opened El Poquito in Chestnut Hill. The Mexican restaurant takes over the Chestnut 7 property ad Atterbury has hired former JG Domestic chef de cuisine, Andrew Sabin as executive chef. El Poquito is open for dinner seven days a week.  Michael Klein reports that Atterbury already has a deal in place for a second location in a new development by the Christina River in Wilmington. Check out El Poquito’s menu here.

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Enjoy the Food of Santa Fe in Chestnut Hill

roam heirloomHeirloom in Chestnut Hill is hosting a series of events highlighting different regional cuisines from across the United States. Next up is Santa Fe. Available only tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10th, the BYOB will offer a three-course menu for just $24.95.

The special dinners coincide with Chestnut Hill’s Stag & Doe Nights where local shops stay open later and refreshments, roasting chestnuts and carolers add to the holiday scenery.

Heirloom will also be exploring the cuisine of  the Mississippi Delta, Savannah, Georgia, Oregon and the Borderlands.

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Homes with Names: “High Hollow”

101 W Hampton Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19119

101 W Hampton Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19119

If you had looked into acquiring this home last year, you would have found the property listed as a rental asking for $10,000 a month. The Chestnut Hill estate, after all, was designed by the illustrious George Howe, the fellow who helped designed the iconic PSFS building that adorns our skyline.

Now, the residence is up for sale. It has a gated entrance, stone driveway (which surrounds the front entrance) and 4.3 acres of greenery that backs up into Fairmount Park. Inside you’ll find a marble staircase, Palladium French doors and separate caretaker’s apartment. There’s also a pool and two-story kitchen.

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iRunTheHill: New Facebook Group for Chestnut Hill Runners and Cyclists

Photo via iRunTheHill

Photo via iRunTheHill

We have to admit, you guys, that it tickles us pink every time we hear about a new way you all are connecting with one another to make Philly a healthier, happier place to live. First there was the Run215 Facebook group to provide Philly runners with a central hub for all things, well, Philly running. Now some folks out in Chestnut Hill are doing the same thing with a new Facebook group called iRuntheHill.

Founded by Indigo Schuy owner Schuyler Nunn and local runner/triathlete Amy Martine-Carolla, the group is free and open to join, and serves up content for anyone who loves to walk, run or bike in and around Chestnut Hill and Lafayette Hill.

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Jaw-Dropper of the Week: Mermaid Lane Residence with Gothic Dining Hall

615 W Mermaid Ln,  Philadelphia, PA, 19118

615 W Mermaid Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19118

As the story goes, in 1889, financier Edward W. Clark Jr. commissioned George T. Pearson–an architect noted for his “eclectic Victorian taste“–to design him a home. The result was “Keewaydin,” an anchor estate in the St. Martin’s neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.

Today, Keewaydin is no more. But when it did exist, the massive property vaunted a main house and two sizable ancillary wings; one for the ballroom, the other for the kitchen and service quarters. According to James Garrison, each branch of the residence was connected at the basement level only, which made subdividing each into separate homes easy in 1958. (Read the home’s full story here.)

It’s this Jaw-Dropper, the former Keewaydin ballroom, that is on the market now.

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PHOTOS: Harry Potter Festival 2014

This past weekend Chestnut Hill turned into Hogsmeade as the fourth annual Harry Potter Festival transformed Germantown Avenue into the magical world of witches, goblins, and wizards.



Kicking off the weekend on Friday night there was a pub crawl and costume contest. Saturday morning saw the “Hogswarts Express” filled with Harry Potter characters. The trolley arrived at Chestnut Hill West for a 10 a.m. opening ceremony conducted by Professor Albus Dumbledore (Walt Maguire) and Students from Chestnut Hill Colleges’ Mask & Foil Thespian Club dressed as J.K. Rowling’s famed characters. Chestnut Hill college student Dan Lemoine played Harry Potter to a tee for the third year in a row.

After the ceremony the characters and fans, many of who came dressed as Harry Potter characters or at least sported a witches hat or scarf, enjoyed one of the last days of Indian Summer, taking in the sights as well as all the Harry Potter activities that lined the street, like wand-making, dragon fire-breating and face-painting. Chestnut Hill restaurants offered Harry Potter-inspired edibles, like Golden Snitches and butter beer.

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