Rendering of the projecting pool proposed for 1220 Frankford Ave. by Morris Adjmi Architects
Developer Roland Kassis has tweaked and refined the design for his proposed boutique hotel at 1224 Frankford Ave., a project Fishtown residents enthusiastically supported when he brought the first set of renderings before the Fishtown Neighbors Association in February of last year.
The basic structure and elements of the project remain: a new industrial-loft-style building to the north of the existing building at 1220, whose Shepard Fairey mural will become part of the hotel’s interior. A co-working facility with a lounge in its partially sunken cellar in the 1220 building and a jazz club/cafe on the street floor of the new building. A new boutique hotel on the upper floors of the new building, and a members-only pool club on the roof of 1220. Read more »
And they’re doing it soon–like this Friday soon. Because you know that old bit of business wisdom: If you’re looking at opening an ice cream shop, December is the best possible month…
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1103 N. Lee St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND images via Zillow
This beautifully updated trinity in the southwest corner of Fishtown is a stone’s throw from the Frankford El, which you can see from your front door. Frankford Avenue’s happening restaurant and shopping scene is just a short walk away, as is a convenient shopping center in adjacent Northern Liberties. Yet you’ll feel like you stumbled into a small-town enclave when you walk down Lee Street and into the front door of this classic brick home.
Just inside that front door is the main-floor living room, which provides a cozy space to curl into. The contrast between the dark hardwood floors and the light that streams through your windows gives the impression that this space is bigger than it seems. The back door leads to a brand-new patio with plenty of space to relax and recline or entertain and dine while shutting out the world around you. Read more »
Lululemon’s new The Local Fishtown store | Photo by Adjua Fisher
Back in September, we told you guys that Lululemon was bringing the fourth location of their new concept store — the ‘local’ concept — to Fishtown. If you need a refresher (it’s been a long few days, we know), the new Lululemon location, dubbed The Local Fishtown, will be going in at 1424 Frankford Avenue, the former home of Kit and Ace. But it won’t just be any ol’ Lululemon store: The idea for the space is part hyper-locally focused store, part hub for the fitness community.
Back in September, the folks at Lululemon were a bit vague about what exactly we could expect from The Local Fishtown, but we just got a whole lot more information from them, and in short, it sounds like a mini Lululemon store with a community calendar on steroids. Think: yoga and meditation classes, workshops, speaker series, seasonal pop-up markets and more. Yep: It sounds like it will be pretty darn awesome.
Below, three things to know about Lululemon’s new Fishtown spot, including when they’re opening. (Hint: You’ll be able to see it for yourself before the month ends. Eeeee!)
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Fishtown is already one of the hottest restaurant neighborhoods in Philly, and now things are getting sweeter with the impending opening of Nima Etemadi and Lily Fischer’s Cake Life Bake Shop.
Sure, Cake Life has been up and running in the Globe Dye Works building for the past few years–doing wedding cakes and catering out of their Port Richmond bakery. But for a long time now, they’ve wanted an actual, open-to-the-public brick-and-mortar location. And on Saturday, November 5, they’re going to get one.
That’s the day that Etemadi and Fischer’s new Cake Life all-day cafe is scheduled to open on Frankford Avenue. And beyond the normal excitement we have for any new restaurant opening, there are a couple of cool things about this one. First, they’re jumping right into the middle of the action, opening just steps away from Fishtown heavy-hitters Bottle Bar East and Kensington Quarters.
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Brussels Sprout Pizza: an exclusive for SliCE in Fishtown and free on Friday
SliCE Pizza which already has locations in South Philadelphia, Rittenhouse and Washington Township, New Jersey is opening a Fishtown shop on Friday, October 28th. And the shop is opening by giving out free pizza.
Marlo and Jason Dilks who own SliCE as well as East Passyunk’s P’unk Burger will have many of their longtime favorites on the menu but in a twist, the Fishtown location will be dedicated to serving organic, natural and hormone free ingredients. The pizzeria, which specializes in Trenton-style pizza will also offer an expanded selection of vegan and gluten-free options for its Fishtown guests. Look for the other SliCE locations to go organic by next year.
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Brunch at Mulherin’s looks to be a feast
Fishtown’s hot and swanky Wm. Mulherin’s Sons has added weekend brunch. The restaurant with Chris Painter in the kitchen is rolling out several interesting dishes for its brunch including:
- Eggs on a Volcano (Mulherin’s take on the Shakshuka)
- Donut Sandwich -fried ham, fontina and egg
- Steak and Eggs For the Table – 24-ounce porterhouse with potatoes and choice of eggs
- Speck & Egg Pizza – caramelized onion, egg, speck, garlic cream
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Got brunch plans for this weekend? Well if you don’t, let us make a late suggestion. Root–the new-ish tapas and wine bar in Fishtown–just launched a brunch program last weekend. It’s actually a very straightforward list–lots of eggs, some lemon-ricotta pancakes, french toast, a cauliflower salad for those of you being healthy and lots of bacon for those of you who aren’t–but that’s not a bad thing. And the Turkish eggs and duxelle burger both sound more than a little bit awesome.
Anyway, we’ve got the full menu after the jump. Check it out below.
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Photo courtesy Snap Kitchen
Back in August, we told you guys that the health-focused grab-and-go spot Snap Kitchen was making its way to Fishtown — to 1325 Frankford Avenue, to be exact, a tiny space most recently occupied by the pop-up plant shop Field. And now, just six measly weeks later, Snap Kitchen’s newest location is already set to open: The folks at Snap Kitchen tell us the official opening date for their Fishtown store is coming up this Saturday, October 8th.
That was fast, huh?
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3011 Livingston St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19134 | TREND Images via The Somers Team
As Fishtown continues to rise in popularity, the first waves of change are lapping up against the next neighborhood upriver, Port Richmond.
Port Richmond has many of the things that make Fishtown great: residents who care about the community, interesting shopping and dining, easy access to the rest of the city and great housing stock.
Like this two-story rowhome on a prime corner lot.
The years have been very kind to this home, whose owner has taken excellent care of its details, from its original wood-and-wrought-iron cornice to its hardwood flooring (most of it also original) throughout. Its corner location means it gets lots of natural light, and its open main floor gives it a feeling of spaciousness. Read more »