First Look: Wm. Mulherin’s Sons

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Potentially edging Charlie Was A Sinner out for most esoteric restaurant name in town is Fishtown newcomer, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. The restaurant takes its name from the facade of the building itself, a 1890’s whiskey blending and bottling facility just across from the El Bar and the Good Spoon Soupery at Front and Master.

Together, the three businesses are, in fact, dead-on examples of how Fishtown is changing. The El Bar is a long-established stalwart–a proper dive bar with karaoke, live music and cheap beer. Good Spoon Soupery arrived a few years ago, a seasonally-focused food business looking to set up in an area where local entrepreneurs had begun to migrate. Now, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons represents something new; the Fishtown of fresh new condos, glossy live/work spaces, and that particular Mumford & Sons aesthetic of a perfectly worn-in vintage leather jacket. It’s an ethos that matches the old and industrial with the fresh and new already on display in La Colombe’s distillery and cafe and in the very bones of what Kensington Quarters does. Fishtown is so hot with development that it’s only fitting that someone add a wood-fired pizza oven.

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Towners Juicery Now Has All-Day Happy Hours Twice a Week

Towners' juice fridge | Photo via Instagram

Towners’ juice fridge | Photo via Instagram

Uhhhhhh, can all juice shops start doing this, please? Towners Juicery, at 1255 East Palmer Street in Fishtown, announced on their Instagram that they’ll be doing twice-weekly all-day happy hours on Mondays and Thursdays. There’s no alcohol involved, but there are some pretty big price cuts on juice. Juice addicts, rejoice! Read more »

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons Is Set in Fishtown

Wm. Mulherin's Sons - Chris Painter brings Italian, pizza and a whole lot more to Fishtown.

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons – Chris Painter brings Italian, pizza and a whole lot more to Fishtown | Photo by Michael Persico

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is set to officially open this Thursday, March 31st. The 101-seat Italian restaurant and four-room hotel (opening in June) is situated under the El in Fishtown, at the corner of Front and Master Streets. Named for the family-owned 19th century whiskey blending and bottling factory that occupied the building, it has been impressively redeveloped preserving the original character and decor. The restored elements include the terra-cotta exterior signs, wood-framed arched windows, the original vestibule and even the company’s safe, repurposed as a coat room and closet. Local craftsman have admirably filled in the gaps, creating a brand new restaurant that feels like it has been there forever.

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Beery Fishtown Gets Two Wine Bars

Fishtown Social is open on Frankford Avenue

Fishtown Social is open on Frankford Avenue

Frankford Avenue’s Fishtown Social is now open. The wine bar from Fishtown local, Vanessa Wong closely follows the Tria model of wine, beer, cheese and meat. Fishtown Social does however also offers cocktails.

The wines (8 white, 2 sparkling and 11 red) range from $8 to $15 a glass, beers are categorized as light, dark, hoppy and seasonal. The cheese and meats are priced at $7 a portion, three for $18.

The wine bar is open Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to late night and from noon to late night on Fridays and Saturdays.

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The Most Amazing Knitwear Comes From Fishtown (No, It’s Not Kit and Ace)

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A sneak peek of a top from Wol Hide’s spring collection. | Image via Wol Hide.

If Lululemon leggings and a comfy shirt are what you wear most days outside the office, we found the perfect brand to help you step up your style game without sacrificing any comfort. On the contrary, you’ll probably be next-level comfy in any of the amazing knitwear designs that Wol Hide has to offer. The brand calls Fishtown home, and the aesthetic of the cozy-yet-cool knits definitely reflects the laid-back, streetwise vibe of the neighborhood. We caught up with designer Leah D’Ambrosio, who runs the brand like a one-woman show, to hear about the inspiration behind her newest collection.  Read more »

Cheu Noodle Bar Opening in Fishtown

Cheu Noodle Bar is opening in Fishtown.

Cheu Noodle Bar is opening in Fishtown.

Deep inside Craig LaBan’s multimedia extravaganza highlighting the food and drink of Fishtown and Kensington was this nugget:

Another developer’s property, the former Bike Stable, will become a larger version of Cheu Noodle Bar with an outdoor patio along Frankford by summer’s end.

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