Girard | Otto Architects
This fall, Cristian Mora and chef Brian Oliveira are opening Girard, a 70-seat French BYO at 300 East Girard Avenue. The restaurant which will be both brasserie and bruncherie with a grab-and-go section is being designed by James Beard Award nominated architects Joshua Otto AIA.
The design is inspired by pop art. Bright white marble countertops and tabletops will populate the dining room.
Girard will have a couple of unusual features that will differentiate the restaurant. Girard will be reservation-only and will not solicit gratuity for servers. Instead, Mora and Oliveira will pay a “living wage.” similar to the way restaurants operate throughout Europe. “Our business model allows us to offer our employees health insurance, paid sick days and profit sharing, which we’re very excited about,” said Oliveira.
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Arctic Splash isn’t made in Fishtown. It isn’t made in Philadelphia, or even Pennsylvania. But that hasn’t stopped the budget-priced iced tea — basically water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid and something called “tea solids” — from becoming synonymous with River Wards culture.
Drunk from the school-lunch fold-top cartons that bear that kitschy frost-capped logo, Splash — “the Faygo of Fishtown,” according to one fishtown.us poster — has long been an iconic beverage north of Girard. (No one’s really sure why.) Manufactured by Massachusetts-based Dean Foods and distributed regionally by its subsidiary, Lehigh Valley Dairy, it’s peddled at shops and delis throughout the area, and residents have capitalized on that ubiquity to turn it into a point of pride. The so-sweet tea’s responsible for inspiring band names, T-shirt designs and boozy variations at local bars.
It’s also inspired a tremendous amount of litter, a reality not lost on seventh-generation Fishtowner Jake Sauer. For every person he comes across sipping one — “I literally see babies in strollers drinking Arctic Splash out of a straw,” he says — he’s able to spot multiple cartons, in varying states of decomposition, trashing up his Fishtown streets.
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Looking for a good ole’ clam bake in Philly? Well look no further than Johnny Brenda’s. The Fishtown bar is hosting an evening of oysters, crabs, lobster, and much more, including a very special menu item – Crab Poutine with Andouille sausage gravy over Old Bay fries. And to wash it all down, beers and ciders from Philadelphia Brewing Company.
So stop by on Saturday, July 26, to feast on the good food and enjoy the only kind of music that seems right for a clambake: beach songs and surf tunes, provided by DJ DNA, David April.
The event is pay-as-you-go and will be running from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
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Trenton Avenue, which begins in the triangle where Fishtown, East Kensington and Port Richmond overlap, is a broad thoroughfare that once was a bustling industrial corridor. Now, save for one day a year, it’s mostly a quiet residential street.
Chad Luderman, CEO of Postgreen Homes, believes this transformation was a mistake. Not that he wants to bring back industry, but rather, it’s that a street this wide makes for a natural commercial corridor. (It certainly makes a great setting for an arts festival and kinetic sculpture race.)
It may be too late to add commerce to the rest of the street, but Luderman’s going to at least try to salvage a little stretch of it.
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The Philadelphia Police are looking for three men who robbed a Fishtown clothing store. The robbery happened on July 11th at Tri State clothing at 120 W. Girard Ave. Three men entered the store, and one of them brandished a handgun. Employees were tied with zip ties. Police say the men then took “various clothing, watches, sun glasses, a cell phone and Gucci bag.”
According to employees at the store, the robbers communicated with walkie talkies.
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First Street Steaks is coming to Front and Girard this August. Michael Klein reports that the sandwich shop will be open from morning to night, serving breakfast, hoagies and of course cheesesteaks.
Owner Steve Rodriguez promises Carangi rolls, a filet tip sandwich and his own “White Whiz” sauce.
Cheesesteaks under the el [The Insider]
First Street Steaks and Hoagies [Foobooz]
Get ready to feast tomorrow because Cedar Point is hosting a Maryland-themed dinner from 5 – 10 p.m. Come hungry and enjoy the cuisine of Maryland, including Old Bay Fries (natch), Half-Shell Oysters, and anything and everything crab. Like we said, you’ll want to come hungry. And to wash it all down? The Maryland beers available are Stillwater Artisanal Ales, DuClaw HellRazer and Natty Boh. The event is pay-as-you-go.
But the fun doesn’t end there because Cedar Point also just debuted a new beer on tap - Food and Ferments, Ginger Lime Kombucha - and a new cocktail menu. Check out the full menu here.
Cedar Point [Foobooz]
Last week — to the horror of city art fans — we reported that DJ Lee Mayjahs (aka “The Buffman”) took a paint roller brush to Steve Powers‘s iconic Kurt Vile mural in Fishtown. After our reporting, Mayjahs reached out full of sympathies, and has since worked to restore the damage. According to Instagrammer @dasheikee, who posted this photo of the repaired mural, Mayjahs covered the mural with interior house paint, which “came completely off with a power wash.”
The Kurt Vile mural, as seen this morning. Photo by Adjua Fisher.
It would be worth visiting Joe Gunn, Casey Parker and Adan Trinidad’s sequel to Jose Pistola’s purely to read the beer menu. The Pabst Blue Ribbon is described as “Frank Booth’s favorite. F’ Heineken.” The Allagash White is a “way worse dancer than Allagash Black.” It’s a fun list to read, and indicative of the time you can have at Sancho Pistola’s even if you skip the beer list entirely and settle in with a margarita or smoked piña colada. But Sancho’s isn’t just a place to drink; Trinidad is putting out serious food. The tacos that make up half the menu are a good place to start; they’re broken up by land and sea. On land, the spicy pork tacos are on point; on the sea side, you can’t go wrong with tuna — or, expand your taco horizons with the scallop version. Trinidad is at his best with sea creatures, and nowhere more so than the whole fish. Wash it down with a Berber stout, which, according to the beer menu, is a “dark gift from Mexico, like Adan.”
Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]
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 »