The eventual layout of TrumpStreet, which was presented to the Gaming Control Board in a presentation.
Pennsylvania lawmakers had voted to approve casinos. But celebrities were going to bring them to Philadelphia.
They tried to, at least. In the fall of 2005, multiple celebs testified before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis sent in video messages supporting casino bids. Robert Johnson, billionaire founder of BET, said Michael Jordan would be a partner in the proposed Pinnacle casino.
But the biggest celebrity who showed up in person was current Republican presidential contender Donald Trump. He had an entourage with him, too: Trump was joined by Quincy Jones, former 76ers president Pat Croce and Boyz II Men member Nathan Morris. They were all there to pitch the TrumpStreet Casino.
Trump was an outlier in his bid for a Philly casino. Every other proposed location — including the one that was actually built, SugarHouse — was on the waterfront. This is odd, of course, as gambling halls have traditionally been places that box their customers in. (Indeed, SugarHouse doesn’t have much of a waterfront presence currently.) But Trump wanted to build a casino at the former Budd Company plant in Nicetown. Read more »
Tony’s Baltimore Grill has filed for bankruptcy protection but remains open.
Tony’s Baltimore Grill in Atlantic City has filed for bankruptcy. Co-owner Christopher Tarsitano tells the Atlantic City Press that a $715,000 bill for withdrawing from a pension fund is to blame. In 2014, the business left Local 54, the Atlantic City hospitality workers union and the National Retirement Fund. Tarsitano says the business was paying$10-15,000 per month for ten employees to receive health and pension benefits. By withdrawing from the fund, the business is on the hook for a “withdrawal liability.” That’s where the $715,000 comes from. Tarsitano tells the Press, the business will not close and remains open as it has since 1927.
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Motorists who use the Falls Bridge will need to scope out detour routes for the month of February, when the bridge will be closed for emergency repairs. In addition, some of them should plan on using those detours for the next six years while the Streets Department prepares to fully rehabilitate the span. Read more »
Spring is finally here, which means restaurants will be revamping their menus to feature bright fare and light cocktails.
And In Riva, at 4116 Ridge Avenue in East Falls, is one of the first to get a spring menu rolling. The new board offers pizzas like crab & chile and mushroom with zucchini, along with new cocktails like the Dinale (sparkling wine, basil, cucumber) and Savini (strawberry cider, elderflower).
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Let’s take a trip down the rabbit hole that is the Philadelphia Reddit page for a moment.
A user recently posted a video that will simply make you say, what the hell was that? The that is a video slideshow on Youtube that claims to show the (possible) childhood growth chart of American icon and East Falls native Grace Kelly, her siblings and even her dog. To top it off, the whole thing is set to a heavy metal track. Yes, you read that correctly.
Here’s the description via Youtube:
This is inside the Grace Kelly House in Philadelphia!! The back of the door the family used to chart Jack, Liz Anne, Grace, and the dog’s growth through the 1930s and 1940s. This has never been seen by anyone else but my family in a LONG time.
Her childhood home, located a 3901 Henry Avenue in East Falls, was recently at the center of a animal hoarding investigation. In April, owner Marjorie Bamont plead no contest to 14 counts of animal cruelty and was ordered to give up 12 of her cats, a dog and pay a $7,000 fine to the Pennsylvania SPCA.
The video is available after the jump.
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3306 Warden Dr, Philadelphia, PA, 19129
Less than five minutes from Grace Kelly’s childhood home stands this French Normandy stone beauty. Built sometime in the 1920s, the home has seen updates over the years but has fortuitously had its original character and architectural detail preserved.
Among its more standout traits are its turret entry, rooster weathervane, casement windows and a Juliet balcony overlooking the front path. (We’re sure anyone would feel like royalty from that vantage point.) Interior highlights include a curved staircase, sunken living room with central fireplace, sizable master suite, new master bathroom and new kitchen with mosaic tile backsplash, granite counters and an adjoining breakfast area.
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Falls Bridge art work at In Riva
Arthur Cavaliere’s In Riva in East Falls turns three today. And the Italian restaurant and pizzeria is celebrating with $3 Margherita pizzas. From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., just say “Happy Birthday” to your server and receive a pizza for just $3.
Limit one per table and not available for takeout.
Congrats to Cavaliere and In Riva for proving the riverfront location was not cursed but simply needed the right concept executed well.
In Riva [Foobooz]
Have a cold brew at a house party that celebrates the newly renovated Hohenadel House in East Falls! This Saturday, the party will include recreated Hohenadel brews by local homebrewer Tom Coughlin, live music, and a pop-up museum with “period-appropriate furniture” and other artifacts. Further event details below.
Back in the mid-nineties, Hohenadel Brewery in East Falls was an endangered landmark that went on to be demolished in 1997. The home of the defunct brewery’s owner seemed to be heading in the same direction.
According to Philly.com, the historic mansion that once housed the Hohenadel family was in such a state of disrepair that graffiti artists, squatters, and a whole other slew of blight connoisseurs had taken over. One day, someone stepped in: Read more »
On Saturday, celebrate the 4th annual Dance On The Falls Bridge in East Falls. Tickets are $50, but that includes a $5 voucher for any of the food trucks offering grub (The Tot Cart, Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream, Kami, The Dapper Dog, Just Jackie’s, Local 215 and Poi Dog Snack Shop) and complimentary wine and beer all night. There’s going to be live music, a photo booth, a cigar lounge (because why not?) and, of course, dancing.
The action starts at 8pm. Get your tickets and more information at the link below.
Dance On The Falls Bridge [Facebook]