Blue Anchor: Floating Pop-Up Restaurant and Bar

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Summer was already looking awesome with the imminent opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park. But not only is the Penns Landing pop-up going to feature hammocks, an urban beach, boardwalk and much more. But now we have the details on Blue Anchor, the floating pop-up restaurant and bar. The Blue Anchor, which is being run by the Garces Group will open Friday, June 27th.

The food menu, which will feature items like burgers, salads and fries, was put together by Jose Garces and will be executed by the Garces Events’ Chef Adam DeLosso. Drinks available will be a wide range of local beers, red sangria and daily cocktail selections.

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Peter Woolsey’s FringeArts Brasserie Gets a Name

La Peg at FringeArts

La Peg at FringeArts

We’ve known Peter Woolsey who owns Bistrot La Minette is opening a brasserie at the FringeArts building on Delaware Avenue for awhile now. But some new details (and renderings) have emerged. The restaurant will be named La Peg, an homage to Woolsey’s French father-in-law, whose nicknames for his daughters have been adopted by the chef. Woolsey’s explains, “he calls my wife ‘La Peg’ and my sister-in-law “La Minette.’”

La Peg is being designed by architect Richard Stokes and Groundswell Design Group under David Fierabend. The restaurant, which will have 100 interior seats, full bar with seating for twelve, plus outdoor seating for 40.

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Morgan’s Pier Opens for 2014 and Here’s the Menu

Beauty shots of the Ben Franklin Bridge from Morgan's Pier, with or without a clutched can of craft beer (usually Hell or High Watermelon) in the corner to taunt your friends who are still at work.

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Morgan’s Pier opens for the season this evening with David Gilberg, formerly of Koo Zee Doo manning the kitchen. Gilberg has described his menu as “things we like to cook and eat outside.” That means the menu features items like watermelon with mint, lime and honey; spare ribs, grilled vegetable kabobs, cheeseburgers and pulled pork.

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Development Coming to Delaware Riverfront in Bensalem

A rendering of the project, courtesy of the developer

A rendering of the project, courtesy of the developer

A new partnership may soon begin construction on Waterside, a planned riverfront development in lower Bucks County on the former site of the Elf Atochem chemical plant. The first phase will consist of 176 neo-traditional townhomes and twin and detached homes, with 25 percent of the land preserved for a park and trails. Per a township ordinance, the development will offer riverfront access to the public.

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How You’ll Spend Your Summer: Spruce Street Harbor Park

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Today, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has shared the details for its Spruce Street Harbor Park. The pop-up waterfront park will bring a boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and misting areas to the Penn’s Landing Marina and for two months.

The pop-up park, which will feature floating barges complete with lily pad water gardens, restaurant and bar kicks off on June 27th and run through August 31st.

Groundswell Design Group, Interface Studios and Digsau combined to create the plan for the space. Groundswell’s David Fierabend says “We’re involved because we believe iterative placemaking is the future of urban development and city renewal. By creating these moments along the waterfront we’re reconnecting the city to this long forgotten asset. Not only are these spaces amazing, they’re cost effective and immediately attainable. Their ephemeral quality keeps us intrigued and our attention focused on what’s next.”

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Morgan’s Pier Will Open May 1st

Morgan’s Pier will return for its third season on Thursday, May 1st. As we told you previously, David Gilberg will be the “executive chef in residence.” Gilberg was the chef and owner of the critically acclaimed, and sorely missed, Koo Zee Doo.

Gilberg’s menu will encompass “things we like to cook and eat outside; whether in the context of a backyard barbeque, a stroll along a boardwalk, or a simple picnic on the waterfront.” Look for lobster rolls, Piri Piri chicken, crab cakes and vegetable kababs. Also, look for salads, elotes and a day-boat fish entree steamed in corn husks.

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Morgan’s Pier Gets a New Chef

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Morgan’s Pier, which opened on the Delaware riverfront two summers ago has made a splash each year with a significant name in the kitchen.

In Morgan’s Pier inaugural year it was David Katz of the much loved Mémé who ran the restaurant operation. Last year, the ownership group that includes Avram Hornick and Sean Agnew tapped George Sabatino who had just made a name for himself at Stateside.

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Can a Waterfront Car Dealership Actually Be Cool?

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The Mercedes House in New York, an apartment building anchored by a car dealership, offers Piazza-like amenities such as outdoor movie screenings. Image via mercedeshouseny.com

Waterfront Square residents may not have completely grasped the details, but just about everyone in attendance at the Jan. 27 meeting of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) Zoning Committee found a lot to like about an innovative mixed-use project being put forth by auto dealer Gene DiSimone, developer Michael Mattioni and ISA Studio Architects.

The proposal, which currently takes the form of an eight-story, 100-foot-tall building at the southwest corner of Delaware and Fairmount avenues, combines a cafe, apartments and an auto showroom.

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Peter Woolsey Stepping Away from the Kitchen a Bistrot La Minette

Peter Woolsey | Photo via COOK

Peter Woolsey | Photo via COOK

Peter Woolsey has been the face of Bistrot La Minette since it opened almost six years ago. But with another restaurant project on the horizon, Woolsey is turning over the day-to-day running of his restaurant to Kenneth Bush, a longtime employee who also has had experience working for the Garces Group.

Woolsey wouldn’t go into details regarding the new project but we have previously reported that Woolsey has been tagged as the man in the kitchen for the restaurant coming to the FringeArts space at Delaware Avenue and Race Street.

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New Schedule for Winterfest

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Here in the Mid-Atlantic, the weather is not our best quality. Spring and fall are okay, but summer is like living in the mouth of a panting dog, and winter? Perma-gray with occasional, delightful snow flurries followed by sad slush piles and icy sidewalks that seem custom made for crippling old men and women in high heels.

But in a valiant attempt to reframe our scuzziest season, Four Corners Management teamed up with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation to host Waterfront Winterfest–a month-long pop-up party at the Penn’s Landing skating rink. In the event that you haven’t yet paid a visit, Winterfest features fire pits, a craft market coordinated by Art Star, and The Lodgean indoor space built from shipping containers to house dance parties and concessions. There’s also the skating rink, of course, and lots of twinkly, outdoor space to enjoy a beer with friends.

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