Heaven for Healthy Food Lovers Opening in Fishtown 

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If you spend time in Fishtown on the regular, you’ve probably noticed a building under the El (at the corner of Thompson and Front) being transformed into what looks like a hip eatery with an awesome outdoor space, right? Well, our friends over on Foobooz have the scoop on what that space will be: It’s called Front Street Cafe, and it sounds like a sort of on-Earth heaven for the health-food-obsessed.

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Opening Soon: Front Street Cafe

Front Street Cafe Exterior

When it finally opens, Front Street Cafe promises to bring fresh, sustainable fare to the Fishtown neighborhood. The restaurant’s main goal is to nourish the community, which means a couple of things.

First, they’ll be open early serving juices, coffee, smoothies and grab-n-go meals for morning commuters (they’re located just a block away from Girard Station at the corner of Thompson and Front). Second, their brunch and dinner options will be organic, sustainable and focused on putting fresh, healthier spins on comfort food classics.

Nothing has been finalized yet (including the opening date and the full menu), but the people at Front Street have given us plenty to get excited about.

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Bottle Bar East and Joe’s Steaks Bring You Beer Floats

beer-floatsRoot beer floats are great. When you’re a kid and it’s summertime and it’s hot, there are few things better than that classic soda, ice cream combo. But when you’re an adult it can get better. What’s better than root beer? Real beer.

This is where the folks at Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop and Bottle Bar East come in with their timely collaboration: beer floats.

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La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael Set To Transform Your Daily Coffee Routine

Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

“If you stopped by La Colombe‘s flagship location in Fishtown this weekend, you were likely offered a sample of its latest creation: The draft latte — a coffee and milk combo poured from a keg that has a semi-sweet taste and a slight milkshake-like texture,” reports BizPhilly on their interview with La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael.

Unbeknown to me, I was one of those people this weekend. When I walked into La Colombe’s flagship in Fishtown, I had no idea about Carmichael’s plans to package this drink and sell it nationwide. As I walked through the door someone asked if I’d like to sample the draft latte, and I looked at the long line ahead of me and thought, “Obviously.”

The result?

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Celebrate Kraftwork’s Birthday


Happy 5th birthday to Kraftwork. Tonight, June 23rd, the Fishtown bar is honoring its loyal patrons in style. Help them celebrate all day and night with draft beers, vintage bottles, dinner specials, live music and birthday cake.

Booze is served from open to close, dinner starts at 5 pm, music comes on at 7, and birthday cake (provided by Kermit’s Bakeshop) is somewhere in between.

Read on for the full draft list and “upscale bbq” inspired menu.

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Trinity Tuesday: Want to Live in Fishtown? This Porched Two-Bedroom Is For Sale

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The neighborhood it’s in is probably one of its bigger draws, but it’s also worth noting this home has several other things going for it. Chief among them? A covered porch and two bedrooms, the first of which comes with built-in bookshelves and a glass door leading to a deck; the second, a small staircase up to a private loft space.

According to the listing, the 756-square-foot home is also well maintained, noting a bathroom with “vintage charm” offering a farmhouse sink and a Victorian-style soaking tub. Hardwood floors are throughout and the basement is finished and comes with closet space. More built-in shelves can be found on the first floor living room, where there’s exposed brick; while the kitchen, which has porch access, includes granite tops, gray cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.

The home is nestled right off the Frankford Ave. and  East Girard. Specs and photos below.

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First Look: Philadelphia Distilling’s New Home

philadelphia-distilling-1000-frankford-940Today, Philadelphia Distilling, makers of Blue Coat American Dry Gin, The Bay Vodka, Penn 1681 Vodka and other spirits announced it is moving to the Ajax Metal Building at 1000 Frankford Avenue this fall. The building is also the home to Live Nation’s upcoming music venue, The Fillmore.

The distillery will add 13,000 square feet in the move from Northeast Philadelphia as well as a tasting room, bottle shop, event space, restaurant and outdoor patio.

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Of Vinyl, Ramps and Stinging Nettle: Helm Reviewed


Tortellini with brussels sprouts | Photo by Jason Varney

You knew this was coming. In Philadelphia, where chefs are constantly popping up in one another’s kitchens or dueling each other at Cook, it was only a matter of time before two of them would notice a FOR RENT sign as they carpooled home one night and decide to take the next logical step and move in together. Read more »

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