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No too long ago, Jared Brey wrote an appreciation of the Midtown III diner that also served as a eulogy for the Midtown II, which had just closed. In it, he lamented the loss of so many of Philly’s iconic diners as they make way for hotels (as with Little Pete’s) or condos or, in the case of the Midtown II, nothing. At least for about six months.
But that’s all changed now.
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Rittenhouse Realty Advisors this week announced the $3.85 million sale of the recently shuttered Midtown II restaurant location in Center City. The Midtown Village/Washington Square West spot, at 122-124 South 11th Street, is directly across the street from Jefferson University Hospital and had been the diner’s home since 1974. Read more »
The awning at Little Pete’s at 17th and Chancellor streets in Center City | Photo: Dan McQuade
Little Pete’s has a closing date.
The diner, one of only a handful of diners left in Center City, has been told it needs to vacate its 17th Street premises by the end of August. Plans call for the beloved diner to be replaced by a Hyatt Centric hotel. The parking garage on the parcel, as well as a City Nails location and the flower shop Blossom, will also be demolished.
Co-owner John Koutroubas, who owns Little Pete’s with his brother Pete, confirmed the closure date while working the register yesterday. He said the diner may move out earlier than the end of August. Read more »
Breakfast burrito at Metro Diner
Someone’s bullish on diners. Despite the closing of Center City’s Midtown II and the near constant threat that Little Pete’s will be torn down or forced to relocate to make way for a hotel, Metro Diner out of Florida is anxious to prove the diner concept isn’t dead yet. There are 13 Metro Diners out there and ten more that have been announced. The first area location is set open in Bensalem, PA.
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A tease of the breakfast menu at Fourth & Cross.
Fourth & Cross opened today at 1527 S 4th Street. The diner from Andrew Michaels serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Andrew Michaels has over 20-years of experience in the food business and previously owned E’s coffee shop on East Passyunk. Michaels wants to create a welcoming place for the Pennsport neighborhood, serving simple and solid food.
The restaurant is BYOB and will be expanding its menus with specials as it gets going. The hours are: Monday to Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fourth & Cross [Foobooz]
Yesterday the Classic Diner tweeted out the following tease:
Yes, the Malvern-based diner is opening a second location in West Chester. But where?
UPDATE: The Classic Diner will be coming to 16 East Gay Street in West Chester, the former home of Jack’s Steaks and Shakes, right next to Side Bar & Restaurant. Luckily for the Classic Diner people, the building is in good shape and they’re expecting to open in November.
Classic Diner [Official]
Chef Timothy Spinner and Brian Sirhal who own the Feliz Restaurants (Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz and Taqueria Feliz) are opening their first non-Mexican concept. Beast & Ale, an “updated greasy spoon” at 4161 Main Street in Manayunk is opening today.
Beast & Ale is taking over the former Gemelli/Bisou. The bi-level spot has a full bar and two-floor dining room that includes a second floor deck.
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Last night fire ripped through Crystal Lake Diner in Westmont, New Jersey. By morning, Twitter photos showed that much of the interior was destroyed.
Philly.com reports that the fire took more than two hours to bring under control.
Fire rips through landmark S.J. diner [Philly.com]
Less than two weeks after we confirmed that Port Richmond’s Aramingo Diner was closing, the restaurant has officially locked the doors for good. Read more »
UPDATE 3/31: The Aramingo Diner has closed.
From the Department of Say It Ain’t So comes news that the Aramingo Diner is closing. One employee told me early on Tuesday, “We may be closing.” And now a manager confirms that the end is near for the storied Port Richmond diner, which originally opened its doors in 1957.
“Not enough people understand good food,” says manager Kathleen (she declined to provide her last name) of the impending Aramingo Diner closing. “They want Applebee’s. They want Kentucky Fried Chicken.”
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