TONIGHT: Two Puffy Ducks at Sancho Pistola’s

PUFFY-duck-940Kris Serviss, who is justabouttoopen Blue Duck Sandwich Company at 2859 Holme Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia is showing off his taco making ability at tonight’s Fishtown Taco Exchange at Sancho Pistola’s.

The COOK Masters program alum is preparing “The Puffy Duck,” duck confit, traditional mole, plum, pear and daikon kimchi, red cabbage and charred scallion crema, served on a deep fried tortilla.

The tacos are available after 9 p.m. and come two to an order for $13.

Check out the video of Kris Serviss preparing the “Puffy Duck.”

Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]
Blue Duck Sandwich Company [Foobooz]

Morning Headlines: Redevelopment Plans for the Royal Theater

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It took about a year, but developer Carl Dranoff and JDavis Architects unveiled plans for the vacant Royal Theater at a South of South Neighborhood Association meeting last week. PlanPhilly has the details this morning.

Kenny Gamble’s Universal Companies purchased the historic building in 2000 but it has been mightily neglected since then. Dranoff partnered with Universal last year when the group announced plans for a mixed-use building to replace the theater. Details on the proposed building were fuzzy until last week’s meeting. Thanks to PlanPhilly, we now know the proposal includes the following provisions.

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Here Are Some More Philadelphia Neighborhoods We Could Rename

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Earlier this week, Philebrity noted a particularly awesome posting on the Fishtown Spirit’s Facebook page:

Northern Liberties II! “The hysteria this caused was unbelievable,” a commenter wrote, “reigniting the ol’ oldhead vs. newbie debates.”

Though the rumor is ridiculous, the reasoning behind it certainly isn’t: Fishtown does feel more like Northern Liberties nowadays. And not even the Nolibs of 10 years ago. Fishtown has its cache of gimmick bars near Frankford and Girard — a better stand-in for the Nolibs area in and around the Piazza. Approximately 85 new pizza places have opened in the last year. (Note: The last time I made a joke like this, people asked me, “Wow! Eighty-five?!” Please note this number is an exaggeration for comedic effect. It’s actually 81.) Fishtown feels like it’s getting younger and hipper — occasionally, this means “douchier.” So, just like Northern Liberties!

Of course, no one wants to rename Fishtown. The people who just moved there who were scared of it five years ago want that mentioned-in-the-New York Times cachet that goes along with the Fishtown name! But we could rename it Northern Liberties II, if we wanted to be jerks. It got me thinking about other sections of the city we could rename if we were jerks, and I came up with a few:

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Huge Bike Swap This Weekend in Fishtown

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

Calling all Philly cyclists: This Saturday, Fishtown’s Bicycle Stable is hosting a huge bike swap meet, and you are invited. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the bike shop will be selling and trading tons of used bikes and bike parts. Plus for just $10, anyone is welcome to set up shop to sell their bike-related goods for the day.

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Reserve Your Philly Style Bagels for This Weekend

philly-style-bagels-400Philly Style Bagels have been operating as an occasional pop-up out of Pizzeria Beddia in Fishtown on Sunday mornings. This Sunday they’re offering order half and full-dozens of bagels that you order ahead of time. Choose the number and kind of bagels, your housemade spreads and your pickup time, all online. Please note, pre-ordering is the only way to get bagels at Pizzeria Beddia this weekend.

The reason for that is Philly Style Bagels will also be serving up bagel sandwiches at Hylo Labs 3rd Space event in Old City. That event runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature Pilsner Urquell shandies.

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Beer and Burlesque Happening Tonight

bottle-bar-east-burlesqueBottle Bar East at 1308 Frankford Avenue is hosting their monthly Beer and Burlesque night tonight with dancing and sideshows. The show happens on the first Thursday of each month and the festivities begin at 8 p.m.

The fun comes with a $7 cover charge but where else can you mix your striptease with fresh bottles Yards Cape of Good Hope?

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Fake Cops Rob Fishtown Business of $87,700

Two men posing as police officers robbed a Fishtown food distribution center on Wednesday, getting away with $87,700 in cash.

Employees heard a knock on the door just after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. The robbers identified themselves as police officers. Once they were let in, they forced the employees to lay down in the office, and took the money.

The suspects fled in a 1990s SUV.

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Tags Removed From Fishtown Shepard Fairey Mural

On Monday I shared some snapshots that showed the new Shepard Fairey mural in Fishtown tagged with white spray paint. Graffiti artists appeared to have climbed the scaffolding that was left on the building, unleashing their spray cans at nearly every tier.

Today I’m happy to report that the mural—called Lotus Diamond—has been restored. Mural Arts posted this Instagram of the freshly cleaned work with the caption, “Good news everyone! Our team was out today and repaired the @obeygiant on Frankford Ave. It looks good as new (which it practically is).”

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New Shepard Fairey Fishtown Mural Tagged [UPDATED]

Philadelphia Redditors picked up on a few Instagrams that show the new Shepard Fairey mural in Fishtown tagged with white spray paint. For some reason Shepard—who did the mural in conjunction with Mural Arts—left scaffolding next to the mural, creating an easy opportunity for someone to climb up and tag it. In this instance, it looks like someone—or multiple people—went up to each level. Mural Arts’ Executive Director Jane Golden released a short statement, which was shared on Twitter:

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