Fishtown Buffer Turns Into Meme: No Art in the City is Safe!

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It’s like a story out of a really bad independent movie (filmed on, like, no budget): random man decides to paint over what he thinks is graffiti in Fishtown.  Random man doesn’t realize that the “graffiti” is the Kurt Vile mural, a commissioned piece of art by Steve Powers.  Instagram blows up with pictures of said random man defacing the mural.  Random man caught red-handed. Read more »

Kurt Vile Mural Randomly Buffed; Instagramers Catch Culprit In Action

Mural Buffed

UPDATE (6/29/14, 2:30 PM): The alleged buffer posted a response to our article, essentially apologizing for his actions.  A portion of his comments follows (see full comment below):

“Hello everyone, I am the idiot in the picture. Let me start off by saying I Love Philadelphia, I love my neighborhood and I love Art. I am completely committed to supporting legal street art, publicly funded art and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. But what I did yesterday was the most stupid and selfish thing I have ever done. I think I literally had a mental breakdown and lost my mind there. Thank you to Dashiki for having the courage to step to me and try and talk some sense into me to get me to stop. I was so angry when he was talking to me that I didn’t listen to a word he said.

I kept yelling at him “have people ever painted on your house?”

After I cooled off I did some research into both Kurt Vile and the Artist who painted it. Then I felt like more of a moron. I sent both apologies to him and ESPO. Before any of this became public.”

He claimed he contacted Kurt Vile and Steve Powers, offering his apologies and extended an opportunity to fund a re-painting of the mural.  We’ve reached out to Steve Powers for a response; as of this update, our emails haven’t been returned.

Philly journalist Leah Kauffman just posted an interview with local DJ Lee Mayjahs to her Facebook. In the interview, Mayjahs says he’s the one who painted over the mural, and that the comment referenced above (and posted to this article) was indeed him.


ORIGINAL: If you were a fan of Steve Powers‘s Kurt Vile mural in Fishtown, you’re out of luck.  This morning, a man (described by Instagram user @dasheikee as an “ignorant piece of shit”) randomly painted over the mural, claiming that the piece of artwork “brought graffiti to the neighborhood.”

Of course, the good Instagram users of Fishtown didn’t let this go down quietly and captured the culprit red-handed.  Check out some of their snapshots below:

Here’s a video of the mural’s creation set to “Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze.” (h/t Consequence of Sound)

The Night of Ten Cheesesteaks


Interstate Drafthouse is honoring the Philly cheesesteak by preparing ten different cheesesteaks with each one being a little better than the last. Thursday, June 26th, at 7:00 p.m. stop by and try one (or all) of Chef Eddie and company’s cheesesteaks.

The menu includes the Classic Cheesesteak, Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak, The Warrior (steak, chicken, fries, fried pickles and bacon wiz), The Mis-Steak (seitan, peppers, onions, mushrooms and chipotle wiz), Pizza Steak and more.

Come hungry and leave very, very full.

Attack of the Philly Cheesesteaks [Facebook]

4th Annual Vendy Awards

vendy-awards-2014Get ready to roll out the red carpet because the Vendy Awards are back. This Saturday, June 14th, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. the top vendors in Philadelphia will meet at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown for you to get a taste of some of their best recipes. But the hard part comes after the eating when you vote for People’s Choice, Rookie of the Year and Best Dessert. The finalists include The Cow and The Curd competing for the Vendy Cup, Heart Food Truck competing for Rookie of the Year and Milk + Sugar competing for Best Dessert. Tickets are $55 for adults and and $30 for kids (ages 8-12).

The event will be full of food, drinks, music and more drinks because at the end of the night, Fette Sau and Frankford Hall will be be having after-party drink specials. And to top it all off, the event is a fundraiser for The Food Trust, the non-profit organization in Philadelphia that strives to give all Philadelphians nutritious and affordable food. To buy your tickets or get more info on the event, click on the link below.

Vendy Awards [Official]
The Food Trust [Official]

First Bite: Stock


Like a whisper, Stock opened this past weekend at 308 E Girard Avenue. I know this, not because of Twitter or Facebook (they don’t have one), not because of a website (they don’t have one) but because of the only connection they’ve given us thus far: their Instagram account.

But I had my first taste of the Fishtown pho, and it was glorious.

Like the place itself, the menu is tiny: two salads, two raw items, two soups, some non-alcoholic drinks (it’s BYOB), and a little dessert salad. And like pho itself, the space was beautiful for its simplicity, and memorable for its complexity.

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Filet, Foie and Truffles Show Off on This Kraftwork Cheesesteak

Kraftworkfilet and foie cheesesteak kraftwork is bringing back its  Filet & Foie Cheesesteak this week as a special. Chef Brian Lofink packs a toasted roll with the holy trinity of filet mignon tips, foie gras sauce and black truffle shavings. The highfalutin cheesesteak also features roasted balsamic cippolini onions and gruyère cheese.

The cheesesteak, minus the black truffles sells for $15. That quarter-ounce of fresh black truffle shavings adds $8 more to the sandwich.

It’s only available for a week, so plan your Girard Avenue trip now.

Kraftwork [Foobooz]
Year of the Cheesesteak [Foobooz]

Morimoto Is Next Up at Sancho Pistola’s Taco Exchange

morimoto-sancho-pistolas-400Sancho Pistola’s Taco Exchange brings visiting chefs to the Fishtown bar for some very interesting collaborations. Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21st, two of Morimoto’s chefs are coming to Fishtown to make hamachi tacos.

Morimoto chef de cuisine Benjamin Dayag and sous chef William Lindsay will be teaming up with Sancho Pistola’s Adan Trinidad to offer a chilled taco dish they created especially for the evening.


The dish:

Hamachi, Akamiso-Konbu Vinaigrette, Pickled Tomatillo, Wasabi Crème Fraiche and Puffed Rice on a Daikon Taco

The tacos will be sold by the pair for $13. The tacos will be available after 9 p.m. 

Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]


Street Style: A Prepster in Fishtown


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Josh Scheffey

Hood: Fishtown

Day Job: Account executive at SEI Investments

Where We Found Him: Photographing his girlfriend, Danielle, for her blog and heading to lunch at Bottle Bar East.

What He’s Wearing: Ray-Ban sunglasses; Frank & Oak varsity jacket; H&M shirt; Fossil watch; J. Crew bracelet; Levi’s pants; Cole Haan shoes.

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