Lola Bean Set to Close After 3 Months in La Colombe’s Shadow

Photo via Lola Bean

Photo via Lola Bean

Lola Bean, which was seen as a gentrifying coffee shop when it first opened at 1325 Frankford Avenue is now closing after spending three months in the shadow of the latest symbol of gentrifying Fishtown, the mega La Colombe. Though the owners of Lola Bean didn’t mention La Colombe by name or allusion, it’s hard to imagine that the competition helped.

Lola Bean will be open through Friday. January 16th.

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Gran Caffe L’Aquila Is Indeed Grand

gelato-gran-caffe-laquilla-940Gran Caffe L’Aquila opened a week ago at 1716 Chestnut Street. The bi-level space is open from morning to night, offering Italian coffee, pastries, gelato, panini, wine and more. The restaurant shares more than just the name with the Abruzzo Gran Caffe L’Aquila. Local restaurateur Riccardo Longo has brought in World Cup of Gelato winner Stefano Biasini and Michele Morelli in on the project. They ran the Gran Caffe in L’Aquila, Italy, that was heavily damaged by an earthquake in 2009.

Upon entering the downstairs space you’re greeted with a gelato counter with 24 flavors. Beyond that is a coffee and pastries bar, followed by a panini case. Next to those options are the drinks and the cashier. In the back is an Italian-style (no seats) bar for enjoying wine and a bite. The opposite wall offers seating in two-and-four-tops.

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Keurig Recalls 7 Million Coffee Makers Due to Burn Injuries

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If you just bought a Keurig for the coffee lover in your life, I’ve got some bad news: The company has just issued a recall for seven million of their Mini Plus coffee makers due to burn reports. As NBC 10 reports, the “Keurig Mini Plus Brewing Systems, with model number K10, can overheat and spray water during brewing. Keurig says it has received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer, including 90 reports of burn related injuries.” Yikes.

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Nutrition Facts: The Best and Worst Seasonal Hot Drinks at Wawa

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‘Tis the season for escaping the cold by ducking into a coffee shop and ordering a piping hot cup of peppermint hot chocolate with extra whip and sprinkles. Or, in the case of many Philadelphians, ducking into a Wawa and doing just the same.

While I’m not here to needlessly rag on Philly’s most ubiquitous and beloved convenience-store chain (we did find lots of healthy stuff there, ya know), I’m betting that a lot of you have wondered, even once for a split second, just how many calories are in your favorite seasonal Wawa latte or hot cocoa drink. So in the name of fact-finding, we compared them side by side—looking only at stats for 12-ounce drinks, to keep it fair—to help you find the best choices and avoid the pitfalls.

Here’s to smarter holiday sipping.

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New La Colombe Planned for Independence Mall

dow-building-940The former Rohm and Haas building at the corner of 6th and Market Streets will be the home of a new La Colombe coffee cafe in 2015. La Colombe is leasing 1,700 square feet of ground-floor space at on Independence Mall. This will not be a mega La Colombe like the 11,000 square foot cafe recently opened in Fishtown.

The building has seen a rebirth of its public spaces since the joint venture of Keystone Property Group, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and Parkway Corporation took over the building. Over the summer, the building’s plaza and breezeways were the home of the successful Independence Beer Garden.

La Colombe has been focusing on expansion since raising $28.5 million in backing this summer. No exact word on an opening date.

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Little Spoon Cafe Is Now Open

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Little Spoon Cafe opened today at 15th and South Streets, in the former (and a bit weird) home to Baja Room. The space has been transformed into a super attractive cafe that is open for breakfast, lunch, and on some nights, dinner. We stopped in for a late lunch and enjoyed a BLT served with crispy bacon, on excellent bread.

The cafe is owned by area residents, Jeanne French and Julia McMeans. The chef is Lauren Geary, who was once the chef down the street, at the now closed Pumpkin Market. The cafe opens at 7 a.m. and offers quick breakfast options, plus breakfast sandwiches and burritos. Daily breakfast specials include a rotating selection of scrambles and galettes, a rustic pastry with seasonal filling.

Lunch offers soups, salads, sandwiches and a rotating choice of grilled cheeses. Little Spoon also stocks ice cream from Franklin Fountain, plus treats from Shane’s Candies.

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The Gold Standard on Fitz Is Now Serving

gold-standard-on-fitz-400The Gold Standard on Fitz is up and brewing coffee, as well as serving breakfast pastries, bagels, sandwiches and salads. The branch of West Philadelphia’s Gold Standard succeeds the Beauty Shop Cafe at 20th and Fitzwater in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

The coffee shop, which serves up Green Street coffee offers an a.m. special where a small coffee or tea and pastry is available for just $3.50.

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