Rendering Alert: Hotel, Jazz Club, and So Much More Proposed in Fishtown

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

An early rendering of Kassis’ vision. Note this is not the final design. | Photo courtesy of Roland Kassis

The hotel rumors surrounding 1224 Frankford Avenue, otherwise identified as that five-story structure with the Shepard Fairey mural on its side, have finally been laid out by developer Roland Kassis during a Fishtown Neighbor Association meeting last night.

According to PhillyLiving’s Sandy Smith, Kassis intends to convert the former industrial building into a hotel and co-working space, and has plans to build an addition that would house a jazz club, a portion of the hotel lobby, “the bulk of the co-working facility,” and a banquet hall and restaurant. Not only that, but Smith adds that another building would be added north of addition:

To its north will rise a six-story building almost as tall as the existing structure; it will contain more co-working space, trash storage and support space, a street-level restaurant, the building’s loading dock, and 125 hotel rooms arrayed around an interior courtyard that will also contain outdoor seating space for the restaurant. A pool tops off this new structure.

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Where We’re Eating: V Street, Tuk Tuk Real and Stock

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles from V Street | Photo by Chloe Berk

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles from V Street | Photo by Chloe Berk

V Street
126  S 18th Street
Rittenhouse Square

Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby aren’t the first res- taurateurs to summon night- market memories with bare bulbs strung beneath a black ceiling. But the globetrotting vegans behind Vedge have uncorked an unusually pent- up desire for street snacks at this energetic offshoot of their stately mother ship.

But eat here and you can feel how long the pressure’s been building to yank every taco and noodle bowl into the meat-and-dairy-free realm. Read more »

Restaurant Review: Kensington Quarters

Kensington Quarters | Photo by Michael Persico

Kensington Quarters | Photo by Michael Persico

You walk by Bryan Mayer’s butcher case at Kensington Quarters, and you develop certain expectations about what awaits you in the dining room. These deepen as you pass the meat locker, a sauna-paneled light box punctuated by widescreen windows framing floodlit views of hanging hog carcasses. By the time you reach your seat (the chairs face butcherblock tabletops anchored to honest-to-God I-beams), there’s just no two ways about it: You’re in for meat haunches so stupendous, they apparently require structural-grade steel to hold them up. Read more »

Burgundy Truffle Special at Kraftwork


Kraftwork in Fishtown was lucky enough to score some burgundy truffles this week. This weekend, Exec chef Brian Lofink and chef de cuisine Josh Evans whipped up a dish highlighting the truffles.

The special will be house-made pappardelle pasta with a butter emulsion, chopped burgundy truffles and fine herbs with grated black truffle on top. It will be good while supplies last, which at $20, won’t be long.

Kraftwork [Foobooz]

Video: ‘All Over It’ Hilariously Explores the Fishtown’s Creative Class

There’s a new web series that hilariously delves deep into the lives of those in Fishtown’s creative class. “All Over It” was shot in Philly in 2012 at Girard Hall at 6th and Girard Avenue and also Kung Fu Necktie near Front and Girard. You’ll notice the El features prominently in one of the scenes above.

Here’s what Ted Pauly, one of the writer/directors of the show, told about how real it got while shooting at Girard Hall, the site of a real life artist collective:

Pauly describes the then-residents of Girard Hall as “cooler, younger…and more actualized versions of the show’s concept.”

The theme music is by Philly band Cheers Elephant, the opening of the show is narrated by H. Jon Benjamin (who also plays the building manager in Ep. 1) and it was shot in Philly by a local crew. It has awesome written all over it.

New web series ‘All Over It’ features Fishtown setting and all-local crew []

Foobooz Six Pack: Philly’s Best Pie


Double Crust Apple Pie à la mode from Jones

Philadelphia is a quintessentially American city. We have the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Even more important, we have some of the best pies in the country — and there is nothing more American than pie. Here are six of the best places in Philly to get a slice.

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And Delaware Station Goes To … Bart Blatstein?

Delaware Station | Photo: James Jennings

Delaware Station | Photo: James Jennings

The future of the hulking Delaware Station looks like it’s about to get interesting. Joe DiStefano of The Inquirer reports that Bart Blatstein has “signed a contract with Exelon Corp.” to buy the iconic site adjacent to Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown. Blatstein, whose post-casino plans also include a mixed-use tower at the vacant lot at Broad and Washington, has partnered with caterer Joseph Volpe on the deal. Volpe owns Cescaphe Event Group, which took over and renovated the Down Town Club at the Public Ledger building in 2013.

The deal would include the station, 1,000 feet of Delaware River waterfront and the pier. So, what does he have in mind for the space?

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Classic Rowhome With Garage in the Heart of Fishtown



If I were to add up all the hours I’ve spent in Fishtown since moving to Philadelphia in 1993, I think that number would round up to seven at most. Of course, that’s mostly confined to visits to Johnny Brenda’s–but I digress.

This home, a classic two-story brick rowhouse in the heart of Fishtown, makes me think the area warrants a closer look. With three bedrooms, plus a rarely offered detached garage, the listing notes the previous owner has added numerous custom features to the property. The open living room is charming–featuring a spacious layout, hardwood floors and even a light atop the railing to the staircase. The wainscoting and clawfoot tub in the bathroom are also fine touches to the home.

The real winner here (besides you) is the garage space, which opens up to the large backyard and garden area. You simply don’t see an outdoor space of this size offered in densely populated Fishtown all too often–let alone the fact that you’ll never having to worry about parking.

See the gallery below (Or see it in person this Sunday!).

Click here to see inside!

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