Green Aisle Grocery Is Coming to Fishtown

Green Aisle Grocery's Graduate Hospital location.

Green Aisle Grocery’s Graduate Hospital location.

Andrew and Adam Erace are preparing to open their third location of Green Aisle Grocery. The boutique general store has locations on East Passyunk and a second on Grays Ferry Avenue in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. The newest location, which should open this spring/early summer, will be located at 11 West Girard Avenue, same block as Sancho Pistola’s and the new Joe’s Steaks. The Fishtown Green Aisle will be about 400 square feet, bigger than the 260 square foot original but not nearly as big as G-Ho’s 1,000 sqft “megastore.” The Girard Avenue spot will have a little garden in the back where they hope to plant tomatoes, herbs and greens that they will sell.

There will also be the local, organic and gourmet provisions that have made Green Aisle a hit. Look for grass-fed steaks, raw milk, Zahav hummus, bitters, plus Green Aisle’s own line of products, including pistachio butter, five spice pickled beets and more.

Green Aisle Grocery – Fishtown [Foobooz]

Morning Headlines: Fishtown Warehouse Could Become 12-story Apartment Tower

Image by Pennsporter via Instagram

Image by Pennsporter via Instagram

Travel up Columbus Boulevard far enough to where it becomes the old Delaware Avenue once again and you’ll see it, a pretty run down box of a building with one of the greatest ghost signs you’ll see in the city, “We Buy Old Rope,” reads the north facing wall on the Edward Corner building in Fishtown. According to Naked Philly, Core Realty owns the property and is planning to construct a 12-story apartment building with ground floor retail there. Will the warehouse be incorporated into the future designs, something that’s becoming increasingly popular these days?

Core Realty’s proposal also calls for 12 townhomes, a r00f deck, 205 parking spaces and possibly office space to the site, which at one time was nautical supplies building. The developers will meet with the Fishtown Neighbors Association on April 14 to present their plans.

Edward Corner Building Coming Down? [Naked Philly]

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5th Annual Fishtown Chili Cookoff


Today, Sunday, March 29 from 1-4 pm, the Fishtown Neighbors Association is hosting their 5th annual Chili Cookoff at the Skybox at 2424 Studios (2424 York Street).

Restaurants chefs and home cooks will compete for awards including Best Restaurant Chili, Best Resident Chili, and People’s Choice Award (which can be won by either a chef or a home cook).

Some of the restaurants competing include Sancho Pistola’s, Good Spoon Soupery, Fette Sau, Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen and Dottie’s Dinette.

$15 tickets will get you two beers and unlimited chili and can be purchased here , or you can buy a $10 “chili only” pass at the door.

First Look: Joe’s Steaks in Fishtown


Joe’s Steaks at Frankford and Girard.

The second location of Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop is set to open at the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenue on Wednesday, April 1st. The legendary cheesesteak spot’s sequel will at once feel familiar to fans of the original and will also blow them away with just how nice the new spot is.

However, most importantly the quality of Joe’s Steaks was on display in Fishtown. In a cheesesteak, hand-cut fries and milkshake sampled prior to the opening, there was no mistaking how good Joe’s can be.

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Darrell Clarke Calls to ‘Hold Off’ Demolition Saint Laurentius Church in Fishtown

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Photo: Google Street View.

Parishioners of Saint Laurentius Church in Fishtown have long been fighting to save their beloved sanctuary. Sunday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia declared that the 133-year-old former Catholic church was to be demolished, citing that costs of restoring the sacred structure, about $3.5 million, outweighed the cost of demolition, which would be around $1 million. Does it have one last Hail Mary (or Glory Be) to preserve its future?

Needless to say, it was a big blow to former parishioners developed a plan to save the church. Now, those cries for preservation, which were taken all the way to the Vatican, have a voice with a little bit of sway on the local political scene: City Council President Darrell Clarke. Clarke expressed his “disappointment” in the demolition announcement and that he was “hopeful” it would be preserved. Here’s more from the press release: Read more »

A Final Four of Hoppy Pours at Kraftwork

kw_staffPicks_webTonight, Tuesday, March 24th,Kraftwork is hosting its monthly Staff Picks. This month’s theme is “The Final Four of Hoppy Beer.” The event is a blind tasting competition to decide which region of the United States produces the best hoppy beer.

Representing the East: Victory Dirt Wolf

Representing the West: Firestone Walker Union Jack

Representing the South: Terrapin Hopsecutioner

Representing the Midwest: Great Lakes Chillwave

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Morning Headlines: Archdiocese to Demolish Fishtown’s Saint Laurentius Church

st laurentius church

Photo: Google Street View.

Saint Laurentius Catholic Church has seen some things in it 133-year existence on the corner of East Memphis and Berks Street in Fishtown. Many a mass, wedding, baptism and funeral have occurred underneath its iconic twin steeples, but the last two years have not been kind to the former place of worship, especially its beautiful, yet failing, structure.  In a letter read as mass on Sunday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that the church founded in 1882 will soon be demolished.

According to The Inquirer, the church has been in rapid structural decline since it merged with Holy Name of Jesus parish in September 2013 and closed altogether in March 2014 due to safety concerns.  The letter from the the Archdiocese, dated March 22, says it weighed the structural issues with cost of repairs ($3.5 million) against the cost of demolition ($1 million) and that “the decision was not made lightly.” Saint Laurentius School will remain open.

St. Laurentius, beloved Polish church in Fishtown, to be demolished [The Inquirer]

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Meat Week: A Charcuterie Dinner At The Most Obvious Place For A Charcuterie Dinner


Considering that Kensington Quarters has some of the best meat in the game, we’re pretty pumped about their upcoming charcuterie dinner on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm.

Oh, but wait. The menu goes beyond the typical prosciutto wrapped melon to bring guests an inventive meal that lets the meat really shine. The dinner begins with a charcuterie board, featuring bresaola, veal terrine, head cheese and ‘nduja. Then a shrimp and salami salad with cucumber, basil and hot sauce, followed by smoked goat belly served with egg yolk, baby lettuce and onion relish. Then porchetta with royal trumpet mushrooms, carrots, and radishes, and dessert will be caramelized cake with lomo and chocolate.

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The Real Dill: An Eco-Friendly Former Pickle Factory in Fishtown

All photos by Jaime Alvarez

All photos by Jaime Alvarez

When fine-arts photographer Jaime Alvarez set out to find a new studio, he got even more than he bargained for: a former pickle factory in Fishtown big enough to serve as both home and workspace. “We have so much space here that I often joke, ‘And here’s the bowling alley,’” Alvarez says. It’s an appropriate quip due not only to the open floor plan, with its vast, uninterrupted sight lines, but also because the kitchen countertops and island are made of actual reclaimed bowling lanes and speak to the sustainable aesthetic found throughout the home. Read more »

Saffron: ‘Fishtown Is Having Its Williamsburg Moment’

An early rendering of the proposed complex. This is not the final design. | Photo courtesy of Roland Kassis

An early rendering of the proposed complex. This is not the final design. | Photo courtesy of Roland Kassis

Does the fancy hotel proposed on Frankford Avenue by Roland Kassis position artsy/hipster-y Fishtown squarely as Philadelphia’s version of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York? The Inquirer‘s Inga Saffron sure seems to think so and draws compelling parallels in her latest Changing Skyline piece between Kassis’s Fishtown resume with Domani Developers and the transformation in Williamsburg–particularly this new hotel plan and the introduction of Brookyln’s boutique Wythe Hotel in 2012. Hell, Kassis also brought in the Whythe’s architect, Morris Adjmi (who also designed the hip extended stay apartments at ROOST near 15th and Sansom), to further the vision of the new Frankford Avenue.

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