PHS Beer Gardens Set to Open

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

At least two of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s three pop-up beer gardens for 2015 are set to open by Monday, June 1st and probably earlier.

The 9th and Wharton location has come a long way since it was an empty lot just three weeks ago. Today, we have been told that the beer garden backed by David Frank and Stephen Simons (Khyber Pass Pub, Triangle Tavern, Royal Tavern and the two Cantinas) will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29th. Look for cocktails, beer, wine, fernet and food borrowing from the Italian heritage of the neighborhood.

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Headlines: Queen of Jeans Sign Hung on East Passyunk

Yooooo! Coming summer 2015 y’all!! The Queen of Jeans!!! WUT WUT! Happy Sunday everybody! Pimp! @kidhazo

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The building that used to house the King of Jeans is officially down, but that doesn’t mean its spirit is gone. On Sunday, Philly artists Kid Hazo (giant PPA ticket, PAFA poop emoji and many more) and South Fellini gave a new twist to an East Passyunk icon, installing a sign to the fence of the development site at 1843 East Passyunk Avenue that reads “Queen of Jeans Coming Summer 2015.” Needless to say, it was a big hit on social media.

As Conrad Benner of Streets Dept. asked on Instagram, “Isn’t it about time a woman ruled the Denim Empire?” To which we respond with a resounding yes! You can check out more pics of the sign here. A new 5-story building will soon rise and house 3,000-square-feet of retail space, a floor of office space and 12 apartments, according to the Passyunk Post.

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First Look: Triangle Tavern

triangle-tavern-dining-room-940The Triangle Tavern has reopened in South Philadelphia and not much has changed. Yes, it is now owned by David Frank and Stephen Simons, who own the Khyber Pass Pub, Royal Tavern, Los Caballitos and Dos Segundos, but other than that, the space feels similar to what was there for the better part of the 20th century. It’s the same bar. Suzanne O’Brien, who consulted on the project (as well as redos at Trestle Inn, Jerry’s Bar), told me that the gum still remains on the underside. I took her word on that.

The reboot is rooted in the Triangle Tavern’s historic position as a neighborhood eatery. Refreshingly, affordability seems to be a key tenet in the redo. Entrees are all under $20, the house wine is $7 and there are even $6 cocktails on the list. The idea is that the 85+ seat bar and restaurant can be a frequent dinner destination for people living on and near Passyunk Avenue.

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Bright Lights, Big City: Palladino’s Reviewed

Pork osso buco and Stecchini Genoves | Courtney Apple

Pork Osso Buco and Stecchini Genoves | Courtney Apple

With all due consideration for sore thumbs and Kim Kardashian’s badonka-donk, nothing sticks out from its surroundings quite like Palladino’s on Passyunk.

The Italian chophouse rears up over the Avenue’s Broad Street gateway like a wedge of layer cake iced by an architectural prankster. Its banded black and white facade serves up an allusion to the medieval tower of Siena’s Duomo atop the Streamline Moderne curve of a sidewalk-sheltering hip roof, and the whole thing is capped off with a sky-scraping signboard that broadcasts the restaurateur’s name in lipstick red.

And you can hear Luke Palladino’s Philadelphia debut from nearly as far away as you can see it. Saxophone-rock solos and Super-tramp reverberate on the covered curb with a brashness compounded inside by crowds that can be as boisterous on a Wednesday evening as on a Saturday night. You can take a chef out of Atlantic City, but apparently you can’t take Atlantic City out of this chef. Read more »

Locations of All Three PHS Beer Gardens Announced

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PHS’s South Street beer garden is back in 2015 with a new look.

UPDATE: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society informs us that these beer gardens are not finalized as contracts have not been signed, Ts crossed and Is dotted.

In our Guide to Philadelphia’s Seasonal Beer Gardens, we told you that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) would be hosting three beer gardens this summer. And now we have the locations and details.

Last year’s South Street beer garden will return to 1438 South Street. This season will feature “Bohemian flair” as designed by designer Karen Regan of Tallulah & Bird. This year, the South Street beer garden will include wooden trellis, container gardens, large palm and banana trees and Jack-in-the-pulpit relatives that will rise five-feet tall. The space will also offer public and private spaces, a first for a PHS pop-up garden. Look for beers from Barren Hill Brewery to be offered throughout the summer. Barren Hill will also work with Wyndridge Farm, creator of PHS Cider on an exclusive beer for the garden.

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PHOTOS: Flavors of the Avenue on East Passyunk

A thousand revelers packed the big-top tent at East Passyunk’s annual Flavors of the Avenue culinary festival on Sunday. The sold-out event featured over two dozen East Passyunk chefs, a street festival with live music and the April Showers Craft Show hosted by Crafty Balboa at the Singing Fountain. 



Entertainment for the day included local bands We Are Fauna and The Star Band, who played in the picnic area; and DJs Linz and Mars spun at the Singing Fountain. The stars of the afternoon, however, were the dishes. I heard people raving about Ippolito’s lobster roll, a stinging nettle vichyssoise from Will BYOB and Tre Scalini‘s slow-cooked honey-roast tripe dish, trippi in umido.

East Passyunk Shufflings

EAST-PASSYUNK-AVENUE-JEFF-FUSCO-940X540East Passyunk is one of the most bumping of stretches in Philadelphia. And with that energy comes change.

Just this weekend saw the opening of Grace and Pat’s. The owner of Gennaro’s Tomato Pie, Michael Giammarino has opened another BYOB pizzeria at 1533 S 11th Street, across from the fountain on East Passyunk. Giammarino is serving up thicker pizza than the Neapolitan pies he serves at Gennaro’s, but it wouldn’t be fair to call it Sicilian-style.

Today marks the opening of the new location of the Bottle Shop. Previously located at 1837 East Passyunk Avenue is now it is located at 1616 E Passyunk, next to Green Aisle Grocery. The new space is brighter than the original spot. In common, hundreds of beers available by the bottle.

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Flavors of the Avenue Free Street Festival Is This Weekend

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Flavors of the Avenue on East Passyunk is this Sunday and though the culinary tour is sold out, you can still take advantage of the free street festival. Along with shopping and live music on the street, restaurants are offering drink specials all day.

Bing Bing Dim Sum will also open for special lunch hours. You can get a preview of what’s to come when the fun dumpling spot launches their lunchtime hours. They’ll be serving their full menu from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. with $4 Victory Summer Love drafts.

To check out the drink specials at the rest of the East Passyunk restaurants, look here.

The Revisit: Fond

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Every cook loves getting a bigger kitchen, and Lee Styer is no exception. Two-and-a-half years after moving Fond half a block from its original niche on Passyunk Avenue, he still remembers the liberation he felt.

The new liquor license was just the beginning. All of a sudden he had a walk-in fridge. Enough dry-storage capacity so that he could buy a whole case of onions at a time (rather than just five pounds). The days of sharing a single oven with his pastry chef (and wife) Jessie Prawlucki were definitively behind him. Read more »

Fond Debuts New Wine And Cocktail Tasting

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Sunday, April 12 kicks off a new wine and cocktail tasting series at Fond. David Snyder is a lawyer turned food critic turned back to lawyer who dabbles in the role of wine expert. Snyder is the man behind Fond’s wine list and is working with beverage manager Kristian Fidrych to create a tasting menu.

The series will occur monthly and each installment will have a different theme. The first event will be an introduction to the tastings, focused on spring flavors.

Light bites from chef Lee Styer will accompany the tastings and complement each wine and cocktail.

The tasting is $50 per person and begins at 2 pm. Give the restaurant a call at 215-551-5000 to make reservations.

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