Sample Prison Food… Without Prison

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The popular event is back this year, featuring a dish that most likely won’t end up having you beg for the recipe. This Saturday and Sunday, June 14th and 15th, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern State Penitentiary is hosting Prison Food Weekend. And on the menu this year is the controversial Nutraloaf, an item that is served as a punishment for many American prisoners today. The event is giving participants a sample of Nutraloaf that was made using the official recipes from Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Maryland. Visitors will also be able to check out sample menus, prison reports and more.

Nutraloaf is generally accepted in prisons as a form of punishment, though the issue does remain controversial. After you’ve sampled the product, you can write your thoughts on a taste card and decide for yourself whether or not it is cruel punishment. So while it may not be the tastiest event we’ve ever written about, you’ll get a sample of something you’ve wanted to know about, but hoped you’d never have to.

Prison Food Weekend [Official]

Lemon Hill Shuts Its Doors

lemon-hill-bar-400Lemon Hill at 25th and Aspen Streets in Fairmount closed suddenly last night. The bar and restaurant from the Franklin Mortgage team came onto the scene back in early 2012 with Mitch Prensky in the kitchen. Prensky didn’t last too long and there always seemed to be movement in and out of the kitchen and management of the establishment.

General manager Aaron Siak posted the following on Facebook:

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Morning Headlines: Jon Bon Jovi’s New Soul Homes Open in Fairmount

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A 55-unit mixed-use housing project by Project HOME will open its doors to many of the city’s formerly homeless this week — thanks in large part to Jon Bon Jovi and his unlikely partnership with Sister Mary Scullion.

Scullion recently told Philly Mag’s Joel Mathis how that relationship evolved:

“Jon was the co-owner of the Soul (Arena Football League) team at that time, and he was staying at the Ritz Carlton on Broad Street. He looked out his window and saw someone just out in the bitter cold and got his sound engineer and said to him, ‘Can you find me an organization in this area that we could partner with to do something about this? It’s an intolerable condition.’”

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PHOTOS: Fairmount Art Crawl Kicks Off the Spring Street Festival Season With Kids, Art and a Birthday Party

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On Sunday afternoon, the Fairmount Community Development Corporation hosted one of the city’s first block parties of the season, the 10th annual Fairmount Arts Crawl. The event seeks to “convert local businesses, bars, stores, cafés, restaurants and sidewalks into temporary galleries in order to showcase local artists, vendors and musicians.” It was a great day for it, with families flooding the streets to take part in crafts, face paintings, gallery crawls and other art-filled activities.

More photos after the jump

End of the Road for Route 6

lobster-route-6The closing of Stephen Starr’s Route 6 has long been rumored. But today, Michael Klein has the official word that the seafood spot on North Broad will close on Thursday, March 20th.

Starr says he will reconceptualize the space and open something new this fall.

Starr to Close Route 6 [The Insider]

Fairmount Home Includes Six Months of Paid Parking

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If you’ve lived in Fairmount, you know that one of the challenges to making your home in the leafy, fireworks-adjacent neighborhood is the parking situation. Which is probably why sellers at this North 25th Street home are throwing in six months of pre-paid parking at a nearby lot with the deal. Six months without having to drive in concentric circles around the Art Museum while stalking pedestrians and hoping they are about to get in a car and drive away could be worth a lot to the right buyer.

If the half year of free parking isn’t enough enticement, the home itself is lovely. It features many period details like high ceilings with intricate medallions and plenty of interesting woodwork as well as a decorative fireplace. One of the three bedrooms features an original arched doorway and an enormous bay window bench positively begging for the newspaper and a cup of coffee. And of course the charming old-timey details are paired with a thoroughly modern kitchen, replete with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Read more »

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