The taps at Bar Hygge
This week (Wednesday, February 3rd will NOT be the day) will see the opening of Bar Hygge at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. The brewpub is a collaboration between two couples, brewer Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver (Earth Bread + Brewery) and Julie and Stew Keener (West Conshohocken’s Bagataway Tavern).
Hygge means a sense of happiness in the present moment or conviviality in Danish. It is pronounced HOO-ga and makes Bagataway seem like a simple name in comparison. But Hygge is definitely a word worth seeking out and the bar was already warm and comfortable on a pre-opening Friday afternoon where Team Foobooz was lucky enough to check out Baker’s opening six taps.
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Chef-Owner Townsend Wentz opens A Mano with exec chef Michael Millon
Townsend Wentz has received a ton of accolades at his East Passyunk Avenue restaurant Townsend (#5 on the new Best Restaurants list), and he will debut his second restaurant, A Mano in coming weeks. A Mano is a casual Italian BYOB at 2244 Fairmount Avenue, in the Fairmount neighborhood. Wentz is bringing in Michael Millon as executive chef. Millon has worked with Wentz for ten years, including as Wentz’s opening sous chef at Townsend. More recently, Millon, a Lansdowne native, has been at A Voce, a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant on Columbus Circle in New York.
A Mano will offer regional Italian fare, moving from northern to southern Italy throughout the year to reflect what is fresh and available in Philadelphia. When the restaurant opens this winter that means dishes inspired by northern Italy including Alto Adige. As the weather warms, southern Italian dishes will make up more of the menu.
Handmade pastas will be integral to the menu where prices range from $8 to $28 per plate.
A Mano’s dining room features big windows that open wide to the street, plus wood topped tables (no tablecloths here), hardwood floors and bright grass-green banquettes.
A Mano [Foobooz]
Picture this: You’ve crossed the finish line at the Philadelphia Marathon, proudly hung your medal around your neck and wrapped yourself in one of those reflective space-blanket thingys. So, now what? It’s time to celebrate, duh.
What better way to toast your big finish than with a beer and a big ol’ pile of pancakes. That’s what you’ll find at these bars and restaurants within hobbling distance of the finish line. Read more »
Carolina Shrimp and Anson Mills lobster grits | Photo by Emily Teel
The first time I had chef Paul Martin’s food, I was standing in the street. Or a parking lot, maybe. Under a tent and the night sky. We both were—the two of us in attendance at some food festival or another—and though I don’t recall precisely what he was serving (shrimp for sure; some kind of sauce as smooth and rich as velvet), I do remember its effect. I couldn’t stop talking about it, demanding that people drop whatever they were eating and go, immediately, to taste what Martin was cooking. Eventually, I’d annoyed enough people and driven away all my friends and was free to just circle Martin’s table alone like a fat shark, pathetic but happy.
Martin was cooking at Mamou then, a Cajun-Creole place over on 13th Street, and though it was one of those restaurants that seemed to be overlooked by pretty much everyone, I went there, ate, drank—hoping only to get more food and more of those hot, immediate stabs of joy I’d experienced on the street.
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Head a few blocks north and west from the former trinity home of David Lynch near 24th and Aspen, and you’ll find this lovely expanded Father, Son and Holy Ghost home set near the intersection of Taney and Poplar streets.
This particular residence on the edge of Fairmount and Brewerytown has the added benefit of having been redone over the summer, and is priced at $249,000.
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The North Star Bar will close its doors for good on Saturday, October 17th after 30-plus years. The live music venue is in the process of being sold to Joanna and Howard Pang, operators of the Trocadero in Chinatown. Pang has been involved in the North Star since 2000, but is buying out the other principal who goes by the name Sloan.
After a brief overhaul, the Brewerytown standard will be reborn as an as yet unnamed bar/restaurant and beer garden, that according to the North Star’s website, will feature “even better food, ‘more better’ beer and lots of cool fun stuff.” What the new spot won’t have is live music.
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Despite having an extremely un-Googlable name (you try typing “south restaurant Philadelphia” into the search field and let me know how it goes), South–the latest offering from restauranteurs Robert and Benjamin Bynum and chef Paul Martin has opened on North Broad Street. The Bynum brothers, previously involved with jazz venues Warmdaddy’s and Zanzibar Blue, as well as Chestnut Hill’s Paris Bistro and the recently shuttered Heirloom, are sticking to what they know with this one: homey food and live music.
Photos and menu details, right this way…
Robert and Benjamin Bynum (Warmdaddy’s, Heirloom, Paris Bistro and back in the day, Zanzibar Blue) are getting close to opening their New Southern cuisine and live jazz restaurant on North Broad. If all goes well SOUTH will be open in a couple of weeks.
Chef Paul Martin, a Lafayette, Louisiana native who has worked at Catahoula, Heirloom and with the Starr organization will bring the Southern food to life. Look for authentic Southern ingredients like Carolina wreckfish, Anson Mills grits, Sea Island red peas and Carolina Gold rice.
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Under normal circumstances we’d hesitate to show you a home standing near a prison. (Trust us.) Fortunately, the correctional institution in question has long ceased to hold inmates. In fact, it’s now one of the city’s most historic sites and a fun destination during the Halloween season if you don’t mind the long lines – that’s right, we’re talking about Eastern State Penitentiary.
Completed in 1836, the facility was an architectural marvel that drew crowds on horse and buggy all the way from Philadelphia, which was then situated a mile away, according to Eastern State’s website. This restored gem on 23rd is about two blocks from the site and if you’ve ever been in the neighborhood, you know homes in that area are a far cry from the giant’s gloomy past.
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From its hardwood floors to its pedestal sink, you’d think this bi-level condo in Fairmount was one of the more conventional properties we’d feature here. Instead, though, we’re given the tiniest of surprises in the form of tinted cove lighting, which – and maybe we’re wrong here; it’s a judgment call – gives the home an unexpected club vibe.
This quirky detail aside, the home includes a granite-topped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, new cabinets and patio access; bedrooms with walk-in closets; and a basement common area with a coin-operated washer & dryer. Specs and photos below.
Also, here’s a completely gratuitous music video we thought would complement the home.
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