Philadelphia is a quintessentially American city. We have the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Even more important, we have some of the best pies in the country — and there is nothing more American than pie. Here are six of the best places in Philly to get a slice.
The future of the hulking Delaware Station looks like it’s about to get interesting. Joe DiStefano of The Inquirer reports that Bart Blatstein has “signed a contract with Exelon Corp.” to buy the iconic site adjacent to Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown. Blatstein, whose post-casino plans also include a mixed-use tower at the vacant lot at Broad and Washington, has partnered with caterer Joseph Volpe on the deal. Volpe owns Cescaphe Event Group, which took over and renovated the Down Town Club at the Public Ledger building in 2013.
The deal would include the station, 1,000 feet of Delaware River waterfront and the pier. So, what does he have in mind for the space?
And that pretty much says it all. If you haven’t been there yet, maybe this is the excuse you need.
Kensington Quarters [f8b8z]
If I were to add up all the hours I’ve spent in Fishtown since moving to Philadelphia in 1993, I think that number would round up to seven at most. Of course, that’s mostly confined to visits to Johnny Brenda’s–but I digress.
This home, a classic two-story brick rowhouse in the heart of Fishtown, makes me think the area warrants a closer look. With three bedrooms, plus a rarely offered detached garage, the listing notes the previous owner has added numerous custom features to the property. The open living room is charming–featuring a spacious layout, hardwood floors and even a light atop the railing to the staircase. The wainscoting and clawfoot tub in the bathroom are also fine touches to the home.
The real winner here (besides you) is the garage space, which opens up to the large backyard and garden area. You simply don’t see an outdoor space of this size offered in densely populated Fishtown all too often–let alone the fact that you’ll never having to worry about parking.
See the gallery below (Or see it in person this Sunday!).
Lola Bean, which was seen as a gentrifying coffee shop when it first opened at 1325 Frankford Avenue is now closing after spending three months in the shadow of the latest symbol of gentrifying Fishtown, the mega La Colombe. Though the owners of Lola Bean didn’t mention La Colombe by name or allusion, it’s hard to imagine that the competition helped.
Lola Bean will be open through Friday. January 16th.
This month, Kensington Quarters is opening its second-floor classroom space for weekly and monthly hands-on classes. Initial classes will focus on butchery and charcuterie, later expanding into preserving, pasta and cocktails. The butchery and charcuterie classes will range in price from $65 to $145 and will include tasting samples as well as butchered product for students to take home.
Weekly classes will focus on specific techniques and will last about 90 minutes. Larger format classes that focus on butchering of a single whole animal will be roughly three hours long.
The classes are led by Kensington Quarters’ butcher, Bryan Mayer. Mayer has been a butcher-instructor for seven years and has trained with respected butchers across the country and around the world. At Kensington Quarters, he works with local farmers, making trips out to the farms and staying involved throughout the entire process to ensure the animals are being raised free of chemicals, antibiotics, hormones and GMO feed. “Every day, we hope to educate our customers by being knowledgeable and passionate about what we do,” says Mayer. “Now, in our demo space, we’re able to teach them even more about where this food comes from, why it’s great and show anyone at any skill level what to do with it.”
More scaffolding has been placed at 1224 Frankford Ave. in Fishtown. This time, it’s not for the installation of a mural from world-renown artist Shepard Fairey, but for improvements to the building itself
As one would expect from a home smack dab between Northern Liberties and Fishtown, this trinity house is “in walking distance to everything,” to quote the listing. No kidding, WalkScore dubs it a Walker and Biker’s Paradise, which makes sense since it’s within two blocks of the Piazza and is right next to all the goodies both neighborhoods have to offer.
The home itself is a renovated structure that boasts a pristine new bathroom (seriously, check it out in the gallery below) and kitchen with a full wall backsplash. Exposed brick can be found in the living and dining areas, while original features include wood floors and a spiral staircase.
Good Spoon Soupery is now open at the corner of Front and Master Streets. The storefront gives owner Kate Hartman a permanent address for her four-year-old business.
The storefront is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and in addition to soup, Good Spoon Soupery is offering bread, baked goods and if you’re lucky, cider donuts and hot apple cider.
Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop’s new location at Frankford and Girard was announced back in May and work has finally begun to convert the old Acropolis Diner into a cheesesteak emporium. Pictured are several shots of the exterior and interior being overhauled.
Despite the current look, owner Joe Groh is still aiming for a mid-December opening.