Johnny Brenda’s Chef Aiming to Open His Own BYOB

elwood renderings 1007 frankford

Renderings of Elwood at 1007 Frankford Avenue

On Tuesday, July 12th Johnny Brenda’s chef Adam Diltz is going in front of the Fishtown Neighbors Association seeking approval to open a BYOB on Frankford Avenue across from the Fillmore. The restaurant, named Elwood after Diltz’s grandfather will seat 30 and serve food he describes as Mid-Atlantic/Pennsylvania regional.

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Buying Cool: Wm. Mulherin’s Sons Reviewed

Woodfired oven at Wm. Mulherin's Sons | Photo by Michael Persico

Woodfired oven at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons | Photo by Michael Persico

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is the best-smelling restaurant I’ve been to all year.

It’s pretty, sure. Big, new, shiny, polished, fitted out with rich woods, artisan tile and carefully preserved architectural flourishes. But when you’re playing at this level, who isn’t pretty? Packaging matters. Every crack in the walls, every scuff on the floor or scab of tarnish on metal is as deliberate as the gleam on the walnut tables (as though the trees were grown to no other purpose than to be made into them, arranged in this order). There’s a big new skylight that lets brilliance spill in like water. The bar is long, brick-backed and achingly well stocked. The tall windows don’t rattle when the El snaps past, but you can feel it—roaring like a memory of dinosaurs and catching you right below the heart. This place has the design culture of second-gen hipsterism in its bones.

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Medusa Pizza Opens Today in Fishtown

IMG_2905Fishtown just got a new place to grab a slice. Sicilian pizza joint Medusa Pizza (2327 Gaul St.) is opening at 4 p.m. today.

The restaurant is owned by the Villico family, who are no rookies to the pizza game. They have three restaurants in Center City (Joe’s Pizza, Ciao, Margherita), but this is the first one they’ve built from the ground up. It’s also their first restaurant to feature a wood-fired oven.

Casimira Villico, the owner, said they choose Fishtown to get out of Center City and into a new and different neighborhood.

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First-Time Find: Urbane Renewal in Fishtown

1515 E. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | Photos courtesy Custom Philly Homes

1515 E. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | Photos by Plush Image, courtesy Custom Philly Homes

You’ve seen houses like these before in neighborhoods across the city: smaller rowhouses set back from the street, shrinking violets that often exude charm but not much else.

But we’ll bet you’ve never seen a house like this before. That’s because more than the porch on this home was filled in. This unassuming-looking home got a total gut renovation and now epitomizes contemporary Fishtown style. Read more »

Fishtown Gets a Pop-Up Beer Garden

Heffe opens a pop-up beer garden | Photo via Wooder Ice

Heffe opens a pop-up beer garden | Photo via Wooder Ice

Wooder Ice has the scoop on the just opened pop-up beer garden adjacent to Heffe Tacos at Frankford and Marlborough. Heffe owner Peter McAndrews has teamed up with Brad Helder of Bottle Bar East and John Fischer of Baby Blues BBQ to get the beer garden off the ground.

According to Wooder Ice, the pop-up beer garden offers Mexican and craft beers plus cocktails.

Heffe Beer Garden is open Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 2 p.m. to midnight.

Heffe Beer Garden Becomes Fishtown’s First and Only Pop-Up Beer Garden [Wooder Ice]
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The Healthy Philadelphian’s Guide to Fitness and Food in Fishtown

Grace & Glory Yoga, Smoothie at Front Street Cafe | Photos via Instagram

Grace & Glory Yoga, Smoothie at Front Street Cafe | Photos via Instagram

Our friends over at Foobooz told you guys where to dine and drink in Fishtown, our friends at Shoppist told you guys where to shop in Fishtown (duh), and now, my lovely Be Well Philly readers, it’s time for us to tell you where to get your sweat on — and of course, where to refuel with healthy eats afterward.

It’s no secret that a slew of businesses have popped up in Fishtown in the past few years, and that includes fitness studios, bike shops, a float spa (hey, you have to recover, too!), and tons of options for healthy eats — and even a few juice spots! So below, our top Fishtown spots for sweating, grabbing grub afterward, and doing a little shopping — or floating — in between. Psst: For a quick glance, we’ve put together a handy map for you which you’ll find at the very bottom of this post!  Read more »

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Opening a Taproom in Fishtown

Neshaminy Creek's new tap room at 957 Frankford Avenue

Neshaminy Creek’s new tap room at 957 Frankford Avenue

Neshaminy Creek Brewing, which has been thriving at their Bucks County home, has announced it is expanding to Philadelphia with a taproom. The brewery has signed a lease for 957 Frankford Avenue, across from the Fillmore.

The brewery is taking advantage of a newly created advantage for Pennsylvania brewers. The change in the PLCB code allows breweries to open two satellite locations without the expense and time of adding another license.

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How to Shop Your Way Through Fishtown

Shopping in Fishtown

Minnow Lane’s storefront and wares from Field. | Images via @minnowlane and @shop.field.

Fishtown: It’s not just for hipsters! This neighborhood’s got world-class vintage finds, stylish plants and flowers for your place, and is home to some of the best damn coffee on this green Earth — there’s a little something for everyone there. Get to know the area that’s forever resenting being called “the Brooklyn of Philadelphia.” Here are the eight coolest places to shop in Fishtown, because we believe shopping is the ultimate way to explore any part of town. Read more »

La Colombe Adds Weekend Night Menu

Hummus with wood-fired pita bread

Hummus with wood-fired pita bread

Starting this Friday, La Colombe’s Fishtown flagship is kicking off a night menu of pizzas, hummus and a selection of desserts. The menu takes full advantage of the cafe’s baking operation and wood-fired oven. The pita, made by head baker John McGrath is finished in the wood-fired oven and makes a perfect vehicle for scooping up the hummus and accompanying pickled vegetables.

There is no such thing as too many good pizza options and on weekends, La Colombe will now offer its own Neapolitan pizzas. In addition to a 10″ Margherita pizza, there will be rotating red and white pies.

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Justin Bieber Went to Johnny Brenda’s and Things Are Different Now

Most relationships have a breaking point.

In a healthy relationship, you see it coming far enough in advance to prepare a short list of grievances before going your separate ways.

Volatile relationships are harder to predict, but when the time comes, it’s nothing special — simply business-as-usual-chaos, a last straw waiting to happen.

It’s the neglected relationships you have to watch out for, those fragile unions running on the fumes of nostalgia and commitment, of long-dead in-jokes and stale scripts. Those are the ones that take a grand gesture to end, something big enough to shock all parties back into the reality they’ve been ignoring.

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