Plans for Delaware Station Call for Event Spaces, Two Restaurants and Guest Rooms

Delaware Station | Photo: James Jennings

Delaware Station | Photo: James Jennings

The eyes of Bart Blatstein are not solely fixed upon Atlantic City these days. You may recall that he owns a few high-profile sites in Philly as well, including the historic Delaware Power Station in Fishtown.

Blatstein has partnered with Joe Volpe, of Cescaphe Event Group, to redevelop the station near Penn Treaty Park, and more information about their plans has been made known this week, according to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey.

Volpe presented plans to the Central Delaware Advocacy Group last week (CDAG) that call for two private event spaces (for weddings, corporate events or the like), two restaurants open to the public, and guest rooms in the upper floors specifically for events held at the revamped station. Previous reports said the pair were looking to add a hotel component to the property, so these private guest rooms are a new wrinkle to the plans.

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Girard on Girard Moving to Breakfast and Brunch Only

avocado-toast-girardJust in time for its first anniversary, Girard on Girard is shifting its concept to focus on daily breakfast and brunch only. The change goes into effect on Tuesday, December 1st and will feature a new menu as well as new hours.

The BYOB will open daily at 7 a.m., serving coffee, breakfast sandwiches, house-made pastries and morning specials.

Chef and owner Brian Oliveira says he’s “listened to what the neighborhood told us they wanted, which was a more casual place where they could relax, grab a coffee, and enjoy our popular brunch menu all week long.”

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Street Artist WRDSMTH Drops New Typewriter Stencils in Fishtown and Kensington

L.A.-based street artist WRDSMTH was in Philadelphia yesterday, where he left behind a couple of his iconic typewriter stencils in Fishtown and Kensington.

The works range in size, and carry different messages that sort of recall Steve Powers’ feel-good Love Letter murals in West Philly. One six-foot tall work on West Master Street in Kensington reads, “The only lie I ever told you is that I liked you when I already knew I loved you.”

Photo by Conrad Benner via Streets Dept.

Photo by Conrad Benner via Streets Dept.

Another smaller one reads, “Truth told, the odds are not in your favor. But that’s what will make it such a great story.”

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SugarHouse Makes $1 Million Dollar Donation to Neighborhood Nonprofit

Left to right: Rich Levins, vice chairman of PTSSD; Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino; A.J. Thomson, president of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park; and Rich Angeli, chairman of the PTSSD | Image courtesy of SugarHouse Casino

Left to right: Rich Levins, vice chairman of PTSSD; Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino; A.J. Thomson, president of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park; and Rich Angeli, chairman of the PTSSD | Image courtesy of SugarHouse Casino

The SugarHouse Casino has made good on a pledge it had committed to over the summer: an annual contribution of $1 million to the Penn Treaty Special Services District (PTSSD), a nonprofit that gives grants and sponsorships to organizations providing charitable benefits to the neighborhoods of Fishtown, South Kensington, Old Richmond, and Northern Liberties.

According to a press release, the SugarHouse contributions will go to funding community-based projects that will help improve the quality of life for those residents living in the neighborhoods surrounding the casino.

“We are grateful to receive this continued and increased support from SugarHouse,” said PTSSD board chairman Rick Angeli during the check presentation ceremony on Monday. “The larger contribution has allowed the PTSSD to advance operations and evolve our grant-making to include more projects that will continue to improve these neighborhoods.”

Since opening in 2010, SugarHouse has contributed $3.6 million to PTSSD.

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Front Street Cafe Now Open All Day

front-street-cafe-940After gradually expanding its operations from breakfast into lunch/brunch, then into dinner, Fishtown’s Front Street Cafe celebrated with an official opening party last night.

The restaurant at Front and Thompson streets had been the subject of much buzz in the months leading up to its opening, and now that it’s open from wake-up call to last call, it’s already attracted a local following.

A Fishtowner of my acquaintance said that it was already “the place for meetings” in the area, which includes next-door South Kensington and Northern Liberties. The second-floor dining area, where sofas and armchairs keep the tables company, is well suited to handle such functions.

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Bigger Better Garage Is Coming to Fishtown

Hastily created rendering of Garage - North using Calexico rendering.

Hastily created mock up of Garage North using Calexico rendering.

The Garage has been a success since its opening on Passyunk Avenue across from Pat’s and Geno’s Steaks. The canned beer list keeps growing and weekends and sporting events find the bar packed three and four people deep. And despite or because of the crowds, everyone seems to be having a good time.

And now that good time will be heading to Fishtown as Jason Evenchik and his partners are opening a second location at Girard and Frankford Avenue, in the former Penn Treaty Market (and dead-on-arrival Calexico).

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Kit and Ace Opens Fishtown Store Featuring Local Artists

It’s finally here! Late last week, Canadian luxury cashmere brand Kit and Ace opened the doors to their new Fishtown location. Among other merchandise like jackets and jewelry, the brand is known for its “technical cashmere” – code for “can go in the washing machine” – at a more accessible price point than we’re used to seeing cashmere marked. Read more »

Big Restaurant Chain Starts No-Tipping Policy

No more tipping at Joe's Crab Shack.

No more tipping at Joe’s Crab Shack.

When Fishtown restaurant Girard announced a no-tipping policy, it made national headlines — and started a conversation about whether a flat fee for servers could actually become the industry norm. It was even referenced on Saturday Night Live.

Now, a large, national chain has joined the no-tipping movement: Joe’s Crab Shack. Servers in 18 Joe’s restaurants will now earn wages starting at $14 per hour or higher, with better-performing servers earning more, according to the publication Restaurant Business. Read more »

Renderings: Frankford Avenue to Get Two New Apartment Buildings Spring 2016

Rendering: Frankford Stacks | Image courtesy of JDT International

Rendering: Frankford Stacks | Image courtesy of JDT International

Feels like ages that we haven’t checked up on Fishtown, so it was about time our attention was arrested: developer JDT International has several projects unfolding in coming months, two of which are on the 2000 block of Frankford Avenue and opening this coming spring.

Oh, what’s that? You want exact locations and deets? Alright, alright… Meet, The Frankfordian and Frankford Stacks at 2006-10 and 2012-28 Frankford Avenue, respectively (map). (Yep, they’re next door neighbors.) Here’s what each is set to offer:

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