First Look at the Fishtown Fillmore

The "Fillmore Flag" at The Fillmore Philadelphia (Photo | Dan McQuade)

The “Fillmore Flag” at The Fillmore Philadelphia (Photo | Dan McQuade)

Philadelphia is just over a month from getting a Fillmore.

Of course, we had one before — briefly. The Fillmore, originally a San Francisco venue on Fillmore Street, was best known for its eventual incarnations as the Fillmore West in San Francisco and Fillmore East in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The original S.F. venue eventually re-opened after promoter Bill Graham’s death in 1994.

Live Nation began booking The Fillmore in 2007, and branded several venues around the country with the name. The Theater of Living Arts was rebranded as The Fillmore at TLA in 2007, but eventually changed the name back after audiences rejected it.

The new Live Nation venue, called the Fillmore Philadelphia, opens October 1st with a Hall & Oates concert in Fishtown at the old Ajax Metal Company building at Frankford and Delaware avenues. It might as well be an apology for attempting to re-brand the TLA.

“Every time we open a venue we learn a lot,” Live Nation Senior VP of Marketing Dave Fortin said on a tour of the under-construction venue Wednesday morning. “And this venue is really the culmination of a lot of lessons.” Read more »

Drinking Cocktails at La Colombe

La Colombe is putting its rum and draft coffee to good use.

La Colombe is putting its rum and draft coffee to good use.

With each Philadelphia location of La Colombe now offering the sweet, creamy and impossible to resist Draft Latte (City Hall location gets it Friday) as well as flaky biscuits from the Fishtown flagship, I thought I might have less reason to head to Fishtown. But a liquor license is a fluorescent orange siren to us at Foobooz, and La Colombe’s cocktail list, empowered by the Draft Latte as well as the Pure Black on draft makes the coffee shop a must-visit cocktail spot.

La Colombe’s current  drink list makes use of those draft coffee offerings as well as the coffee-based beer, Yards’ Brewing’s Snorri’s Awakening. Of particular note, the Carte Blanche, a Different Drum Rum and Draft Latte version of the White Russian provides a delicious and amped way to salute Jeff Lebowski.

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La Divisa Meats at Loco Pez

Today, Tuesday, August 18th, Loco Pez is hosting its first ever Sausagefest. The Fishtown taco joint will be featuring three handmade sausages from chef Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats in the Reading Terminal Market.

Each sausage is served with a Mexican accompaniment and paired with a beer by Mikkeller. The sausage starts getting whipped out at 7 p.m. and quantities are limited.
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In Case You Forgot: The SugarHouse Casino Expansion Is Upon Us


UPDATE: A SugarHouse representative sent us renderings of the SugarHouse post-expansion. We’ve included these images in a gallery below. Additionally, an earlier version of this post reported 500 new “full- and part-time jobs” would come from the expansion, when in fact only 500 full-time jobs will be created. The rep also told us the SugarHouse is on track for a year-end 2015 opening.


In an effort to reel in both the poker and non-gambling crowd, Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino has been moving forward with the second phase of its construction, a project which involves expanding its footprint to include amenities that cater to the aforementioned groups.

This isn’t anything new, of course: as previously reported, the existing waterfront facility was set to gain an additional 260,000-square feet, as well as a 30,000-square-foot event space and 600,000-square-foot parking garage from the get-go.

Welp, it seems time really flew by! The project, which broke ground July of last year, now has its topping off ceremony upon us, slated to happen tomorrow, in fact, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Kenneth Hilario. You can catch up on the expansion’s progress by taking a looking at the SugarHouse’s construction camera that allows you to time-lapse the project from the beginning.

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Andy’s Chicken Is Now Open

andys-chicken-400Fishtown’s Andy’s Chicken is now open. The Korean fried chicken joint at Memphis and Norris Streets opened Sunday by giving away fried chicken. Now they’re open fully with eight varieties of fried chicken on the menu as well as several rice dishes.

In an interview with the Spirit News, owner Andy Choi reveals Choi that he and his brother own and operate Chi Mac (5533 North. 5th Street), a sit-down Korean restaurant in Olney. Though the menu is more limited at Andy’s Chicken, Choi believes it will be a good match to the neighborhood.

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Fishtown Is Getting a Juice Shop — Finally!

towners leadEvery day, on my seven-minute walk home from the subway, I see a good 5,654 sweaty humans walking or biking or skateboarding home with a yoga mat in hand. Okay, okay, maybe that number is a slight exaggeration — but there are a lot of them. This has made me wonder for months now how Fishtown, a neighborhood that is overflowing with hip yogis, does not have a single juice shop. Because let’s be honest: Generally speaking, yogis and juice go together like peanut butter and jelly. And it looks like someone read my mind: Towners Juice Bar is set to open at the corner of Palmer and Thompson Streets this month.

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A Perfect Storm in Center City

Fishtown-frankford-ave-photo-jeff-fusco-940x540Center City will be a packed whirlwind of activity tonight as Center City Sips collides with Restaurant Week to form some sort of perfect storm, that frankly, we’re not sure we want to be a part of. If that seems like too much for you too, we here at Foobooz have a suggestion, Fishtown.

Start your night at Fette Sau for happy hour where beers are half-priced and the burnt end sandwiches are $4.

From there, head down Frankford Avenue to Kensington Quarters and the meat appetizers that are made for sharing. The lomo and pork head cheese are particular standouts. If you aren’t going 100% meat, we’d recommend a pasta to break things up.

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Beach Day at Kraftwork


Corn Dogs, Kraftwork-style.

For Kraftwork’s monthly Staff Picks event that’s taking place this evening, Tuesday, July 28th, the Fishtown bar is embracing the hot weather with a beach menu. The menu will feature beach friendly food like grilled corn, corn dogs, and fried oreos. For beer, picks from California beach towns will be highlighted.

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More Details on Fishtown’s Andy’s Chicken

andys-fried-chicken-koreanAndy Choi is the owner of the forthcoming Andy’s Chicken at Memphis and Norris Streets in Fishtown. Choi says he’s about two weeks out from opening and has some other details to share.

Andy’s Chicken will be serving Korean fried chicken with at least six special sauces:

  • Sweet Chili
  • Honey Garlic
  • Golden Soy
  • Cajun
  • Hot and Spicy
  • Sweet BBQ

Also look for Korean-style beef and pork barbecue dishes on the menu.

Andy’s Chicken [Foobooz]

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