Joe’s Steaks at Girard and Frankford.
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.
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Girard–the new 70-seat, “no-tip” Frenchy BYO brasserie and bruncherie–is opening today. As a matter of fact, it’s open right now.
The restaurant (which is open from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays) is featuring brunch standards, as well as liquefied fruits and vegetables–which are presented as “Liquid Breakfast.” The menu will be health conscious and seasonal.
A “Roti,” or roast, will also be available on rotation, starting with French leg of lamb on Tuesdays, roasted cauliflower on Wednesdays, crown roast of pork on Thursdays, and whole roasted fish on Fridays.
Girard is also reservation-only, so if you want to dine, you’ll have to arrange it in advance.
And with that, here’s the full menu…
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Every Wednesday, Tommy Up’s the The Yachtsman brings in free Pizza Brain pizza after 9 p.m. Combine that with a $3 Kona Lager and you’re looking at a very thrifty Wednesday evening.
Pizza is free while supplies last.
The Yachtsman [Foobooz]
Photo: Google Street View.
Philadelphia Archidiocese workers started removing icons from the 132-year-old Gothic St. Laurentius church this week, including the altar and Stations of the Cross. A group of congregants that sent an appeal to the Vatican to keep the church open waits for Rome’s decision. Meanwhile, its leader, Kate Kuenstler, tells the Inquirer, “A consecrated space should have all of its consecrated materials in it.”
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Sure, bacon’s good, but have you ever tried the rest of the pig? Well now’s your chance. The Pickled Heron is hosting an “Everything but the Oink” Dinner on Sunday, November 16th, with 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. seatings. The four-course dinner is $55 per person and will showcase everything from the head to the toes.
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The Rye Old Fashioned is $6 during happy hour.
Philadelphia is getting a handle on destination cocktail bars. But neighborhood spots that can shake up a tight cocktail as well as pour a local craft beer are still a bit hard to come by. Lloyd does both quite well, especially during the 5 p.m.-to-8 p.m. happy hour, when a cocktail is always on special for $6 and the drafts are $4. Lloyd’s signature cocktails and its classics will have you nodding appreciatively at the skill of the bartender and the quality and price of the spirits. But happy-hour snacking? That was a miss. The ramp butter popcorn was way out of season in September — not to mention overly oniony and stale. And the impossible-to-resist (on paper) candied kielbasa was also a complete letdown — just disks of sausage sitting sadly in a pool of maple syrup. Lucky for Lloyd, the bartenders remained attentive, and the drinks were worth sticking around for even after happy hour ended.
Originally published in the November, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine
La Colombe’s big and beautiful cafe in Fishtown has a happy hour where La Colombe rum drinks, all the draft beer and select wines are half price.
Currently on draft is Conshohocken Brewing Co.’s La Colombe Tandem, a Belgian-style coffee ale and a version of Yards Brewing’s Love Stout with Corsica coffee from La Colombe.
Happy hour at La Colombe is available Monday to Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m.
La Colombe – Fishtown [Foobooz]
Very nearly a year after we first told you that Kensington Quarters would, at some point, be opening (and nearly two years after the enterprise first began to take shape), Michael Pasquarello and Bryan Mayer’s bar, restaurant, and butcher shop officially opened its doors last night.
You would never have known that the place is a new addition. A crowded bar of patrons sipping wine on tap and cocktails with names like “The Wishbone” and “The Cleaver,” a steady, busy dining room, and chef Damon Menapace calmly calling orders to his team behind the line in the open kitchen.
Yesterday, we brought you the menus. But for our first visit we tried a little bit of everything and, naturally, we brought a camera to share the experience with you.
Lotsa pictures, right this way
Tonight, Kensington Quarters opens on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. The combination butcher shop, restaurant and classroom is unique to Philadelphia and it will be interesting to see how the concept grows and evolves.
For now, we have the opening dinner, dessert and drink lists. The restaurant is starting off with a tight menu of small plates, starches and entrees. The menu runs from $11 for rare beef to $26 for a pork shoulder entree, served with potato torta and mustard greens. Though Kensington Quarters does include a butcher shop, the menu is far from strictly carnivore as the menu includes dishes that are or can be prepared for vegetarians.
For drinks, Kensington Quarters offers wine ($8 to $10.50) and beer ($5 to $6.50) on tap plus a list of cocktails.
Tomorrow, we’ll have a report on opening night.
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The smart homes at RiverView Court aren’t complete yet, but a few photos of what the residences will look like are already up. Now, maybe it’s just the Halloween spirit getting to us, but the computer-generated people in these renderings are seriously eerie. See the gallery below.
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