The Blockley Is Closing [UPDATED]

blockley-closingSince its debut in 2009, West Philadelphia music venue The Blockley has hosted the likes of Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Marco Benevento and the Mickey Hart Band, as well as many performances featuring popular Grateful Dead tribute act Splintered Sunlight. But soon those acts will have to find another stage to play in Philadelphia, because the Blockley is closing at the end of December, confirms the club’s management.

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Closings on South Street West

Photo: Naked Philly

Photo: Naked Philly

There are plenty of reasons to be bullish on South Street west of Broad but a couple established businesses are on the way out. The Philly Cupcake location at 20th and South has closed after nine months. The cupcake shop proprietors had a disagreement with their landlords and according to Michael Klein, there were suits and countersuits. The original Philly Cupcake remains at 12th and Chestnut. We’re with Naked Philly in hoping the next tenant chooses a more subtle color palette.

Also closing, is 15th and South’s Baja Room. The odd Mexican joint has been a mainstay at that intersection but we never got understood the Best of New York sticker in the window or the claims that celebrities ate there. According to Naked Philly, Baja Room will resurface at 1001 East Passyunk.

We’re intrigued to see what’s next for these corners.

In apparent landlord spat, Philly Cupcake closes on South Street [Naked Philly]
Another vacancy coming to another South Street West corner [Naked Philly]

Chestnut7 Closes in Chestnut Hill

chestnut7-signChestnut7 in Chestnut Hill has closed after a little over two years in business. Chestnut7 is part of the Public House Investments group that includes City Tap House, Public House, Field House, Pennsylvania 6 and several other concepts from New York to Las Vegas. The group also closed Mission Grill at 19th and Arch in August. But the group is getting close to open a City Tap House in Washington D.C.

Last Call for the Broad Street Pop-Up Garden


Photo by Jinnykk

It sucks that the last day of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Garden is this rainy Friday. But tonight at 5:30 p.m. will indeed be the last call at the at 313 S Broad Street. PHS chief of staff Nancy Goldenberg and University of Arts president Sean Buffington will make remarks and project some of the 1,00 images guests posted to social media over the past five months onto the garden wall.

The amazing garden has been visited by more than 28,000 guests who undoubtedly felt similar to Craig LaBan who wrote, “the sensation of stumbling upon an unexpected urban oasis is almost magical.”

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Taste Illustrated: What We’ve Gained, What We’ve Lost

Taste Illustrated: What We've Gained, What We've LostThis past summer was a particularly tumultuous one for the Philadelphia restaurant scene, with more than 50 notable restaurants opening or closing within a four-month time frame. Here, in chart form, is what we gained and lost (in terms of cuisine) from May to September of 2013.

First appeared in the October, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

C19 Shuts Down


A few weeks back, we heard a rumor that C19 in Rittenhouse Square was shutting down. So we did what we always do–made a couple calls, got one of the managers on the blower and asked him, point-blank, what was going on at the restaurant.

He told us that he had no idea what we were talking about, that there were no plans to shut the restaurant down and that we should really find better sources and be careful about what rumors we believe.

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