The multicolored lights that enchanted visitors to Spruce Street Harbor Park last summer return in even greater numbers this summer. Photo | Matt Stanley
Mark your calendars for May 6 this year. That’s when Spruce Street Harbor Park, the pop-up park that’s turned Penn’s Landing into the place to be in summer, opens for an extended season.
The three-week head start comes courtesy of Univest Corporation and its local subsidiary Valley Green Bank, who are serving as the park’s presenting sponsors for the first time. Read more »
Spruce Street Harbor Park Returns | Photo via DRWC
Spruce Street Harbor Park is opening earlier than ever this year, Friday, May 6th. The Delaware Riverfront destination is also expanding its summer restaurant collaborations, adding Chickie’s and Pete’s fries and a Little Fat Ham to a lineup that already includes Franklin Fountain, Federal Donuts, Frozen Delights and Garces Group.
Kevin Sbraga, who just announced a second Fat Ham at the King of Prussia Mall is bringing The Little Fat Ham to the riverfront park. The shipping container-sized Fat Ham won’t be offering hot chicken but will be have hot fish sandwiches, plus pulled pork, beef brisket, spicy pork rinds, corn on the cob, homemade Southern sweet tea and old-fashioned lemonade.
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Jim Burke is back cooking in Philadelphia
Philadelphians have missed Jim Burke’s cooking since his restaurant James closed back in 2011. But this summer, the chef will be back cooking in Philadelphia as the chef-in-residence at Morgan’s Pier when it opens for the 2016 season on April 21st. Burke’s accolades include being a winner of Food & Wine’s Best New Chef, a nominee for Best Chef-Mid-Atlantic by the James Beard Foundation and a finalist for Bocuse d’or USA. After James, he worked in New York at Stephen Starr’s Caffe Storico and Daniel Boulud’s Bistro Moderne. He has also recently been working as a chef/instructor for Drexel’s hospitality program.
At Morgan’s Pier, Burke follows in the steps of Nick Elmi (Laurel), David Gilberg (Koo Zee Doo), George Sabatino (Aldine) and David Katz (Mémé) who have been past chefs-in-residence.
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The Palm Restaurant is closing for an extensive renovation that will see the Broad Street restaurant close on February 29th and not reopen until late in the fourth quarter at the earliest. With the extended closure, the Palm’s long tenured front-and-back-of-the-house pros were looking at an uncertain future.
Today, SugarHouse Casino and the Palm Restaurant have announced that SugarHouse will offer jobs to all of the Palm’s staff. SugarHouse is completing a $164 million expansion that will add seven food and beverage outlets that will include its own steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House.
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What’s been proposed for Penn’s Landing isn’t quite as dramatic as what Elizabeth Quay should look like once the development around it is complete, as in this rendering from Ashton Raggatt McDougall and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority of Perth. But the city and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation pin similar hopes for spinoff development on the proposed enlarged park.
While the planned Penn’s Landing makeover currently lives in suspended animation, perhaps we should not fret too much over the lack of visible progress. Sometimes it takes a while to get things right. Read more »
A construction worker died last night after falling off Pier 78 (left) in South Philadelphia, officials said. | Photo via Wikimapia
[Updated 2:30 p.m.] A construction worker died on the job Thursday night when he fell into the Delaware River off a pier in South Philadelphia, officials said.
According to a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department, police were called to Pier 78 last night around 8:30 p.m. when a co-worker returned from a break and spotted the man’s hard hat and goggles floating in the Delaware River. Read more »
The Lodge at Winterfest | Photo by Matt Stanley
Blue Cross RiverRink is now approaching its 22nd year as an outdoor ice-skating rink and this marks the third year of Winterfest – a seasonal park and winter wonderland.
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation teamed up with partners to transform Penn’s Landing into a majestic holiday landscape, which will be open to the public beginning Black Friday, Nov. 27.
The ice-skating rink surrounded by an illuminated winter forest, sits next to a chalet-style lodge with food and drinks from local Philly establishments like the Garces Group and Franklin Fountain.
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Outdoor drinking at La Peg.
Next week, Old City’s La Peg is having one final movie night on the patio before they shut down the outdoor beer garden and put away the fire pits for the winter season.
Tonight, Wednesday, October 14th, the French brasserie is playing classic drama-thriller, Jackie Brown, then next week, to get you in the Halloween spirit, their last showing will be Nightmare on Elm Street on Thursday, October 22nd.
Although one fun event is ending at La Peg, another is beginning with the launch of sweet deals on their new happy hour.
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View from the Crows Nest at Morgan’s Pier
The fall menu at Morgan’s Pier debuts tomorrow, Wednesday September 23rd. Among the fall bites from chef-in-residence Nick Elmi, tater tots poutine, smashed local squash with pumpkin seed, smoked kielbasa and more.
Also there’s been a change in Morgan’s Pier Guest Chef Series. Will’s Chris Kearse replaces Michael Solomonov on the weekend of October 10th and 11th.
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Labor Day has come and gone but Morgan’s Pier is keeping things interesting down on the Delaware River. The bar and restaurant remains open through Halloween and is adding some new programming to keep people heading to the riverfront.
Chef-in-residence Nick Elmi is creating a new fall menu; the venue will also be hosting Popeapalooza while Pope Francis is in town; Philadelphia chefs will be making appearances as part of a guest chef series; and after a transformation of the space into Fall Fest, the outdoor season will end with a Halloween bash on Saturday, October 31st.
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