Kensington Quarters Is Turning One

kensington-quarters-beef-leg-400Kensington Quarters, the Fishtown restaurant and butcher shop serving up impressive pasta and well sourced meat is turning one today, Thursday, October 22nd and they’re celebrating. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Kensington Quarters will be offering complimentary bites of roasted porchetta, a whole beef leg and other dishes from the kitchen. There will also be drink specials and live music in the garden.

Head on down for some tasty fun.

KQ’s One Year Anniversary Party [Facebook]
Kensington Quarters [Foobooz]


Trinity Tuesday: Snug as a Bug Residence in Fishtown Listed For Sale and Rent

TREND images via Zillow

TREND images via Zillow

Didn’t think this would happen again, but such is life: nestled right near the corner’s edge of Northern Liberties, this newly rehabbed trinity property in Fishtown is on the market and will soon have its next door neighbor, another trinity home, listed for the same price.

And no, we won’t pit them against each other this time – they’re too close for comparison! For starters, 1107 and 1109 N Lee Street are exactly the same in terms of layout: living room and rear patio are on the first level; kitchen is on the second; and the sole bedroom resides on the top floor. Their sole difference, if you’re wondering, is that 1109 has an exposed interior brick wall, while 1107 does not.

As for those wishing to enjoy a roof top deck, one can be added to 1107 for an additional $5,000, though this request must be included with the submitted agreement of sale.

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Heffe Opens in Fishtown

Heffe is now open | Photo by @Phillyfoodie_Hunter

Heffe is now open | Photo by @Phillyfoodie_Hunter

Heffe Tacos has opened at 1431 Frankford Avenue (the corner of Frankford and Marlboro Street). The walk-up taco joint from Peter McAndrews (Paesano’s, Modo Mio, Monsu) quietly opened late last week with the tagline, “Tacos That Don’t Suck.” The menu definitely looks like it was created by the same man who came up with the winning sandwich combinations of Paesano’s. So don’t look for traditional Mexican tacos but riffs that take influences from across the Latin world as well as the Mediterranean. And there are several creations, like the Americano burrito, crispy pork roll, rice, beans, Jack cheese, lettuce, salsa and an over easy egg that are pure McAndrews.

Tacos come two to an order and cost between $6 and $9. Burritos, a couple of soups and “Tijuana Poutine” round out the menu.

Heffe is open for lunch and dinner daily, and till 3 a.m. on weekends.

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Kensington Quarters in the Wall Street Journal


Damon Menapace at Kensington Quarters | Photo via Kensington Quarters

Accolades for Philadelphia restaurants now come from far-and-wide, but it’s still of note when a hometown restaurant winds up in the Wall Street Journal. This week the Journal wrote a piece on why butcher shops make great restaurants and spent a lot of ink and pixels on Fishtown’s Kensington Quarters.

And just why is a butcher shop a great restaurant. According to Kensington Quarters chef Damon Menapace, it’s the collaborative environment between the kitchen and the butcher shop.

Check out the whole piece for Menapace’s country-style pork ribs recipe and photos by Philadelphia photographer, Jason Varney.

Why Butcher Shops Make Great Restaurants [Wall Street Journal]
Kensington Quarters [Foobooz]

Can’t Touch This: Historic Edward Corner Building in Fishtown

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One of the remaining vestiges – and a recognizable one at that – of Fishtown’s maritime industry boom is now safe from the hands of would-be developers secretly wishing to demolish the old construction in favor of new development.

According to PlanPhilly, this past Friday saw the Philadelphia Historical Commission vote in favor of protecting sites in West and Northeast Philadelphia, as well as a Frank Furness-attributed building in Fishtown and the Edward Corner Marine Merchandize Warehouse building at 1100-1102 North Delaware Avenue. From PlanPhilly:

Also on Friday, the Commission voted to protect the Edward Corner building at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Shackamaxon Street in Fishtown. The building, currently vacant and owned by developer Michael Samschick, who has occasionally sought to demolish it, was formerly a marine-supplies outpost.

Patrick Grossi said the building was not only notable for its iconic ghost signs, but also, “given its current state, it’s actually well primed for reuse.”

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Store Openings: Minnow Lane, Fishtown’s Amazing New Eco-Friendly Baby Store

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How adorable is this place? | Images via Facebook.

This past Friday, Fishtown’s newest baby store, Minnow Lane, opened its doors. It’s the brainchild of Rebecca Brett, Rita Greiman and Julia Newbold, a trio of new moms who have lived in the neighborhood for years. Frustrated with having to truck across town to get the eco-friendly kid products they wanted, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

“Fishtown is changing, especially in the last two years, with lots of kids and new parents,” says Brett. “We wanted to provide a store in the area that fell in line with our eco-lifestyle. It’s an all-encompassing style of child-rearing that we want to support.” We got Brett to spill the details on the new venture — and we’re hooked.

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First Look at the Fishtown Fillmore

The "Fillmore Flag" at The Fillmore Philadelphia (Photo | Dan McQuade)

The “Fillmore Flag” at The Fillmore Philadelphia (Photo | Dan McQuade)

Philadelphia is just over a month from getting a Fillmore.

Of course, we had one before — briefly. The Fillmore, originally a San Francisco venue on Fillmore Street, was best known for its eventual incarnations as the Fillmore West in San Francisco and Fillmore East in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The original S.F. venue eventually re-opened after promoter Bill Graham’s death in 1994.

Live Nation began booking The Fillmore in 2007, and branded several venues around the country with the name. The Theater of Living Arts was rebranded as The Fillmore at TLA in 2007, but eventually changed the name back after audiences rejected it.

The new Live Nation venue, called the Fillmore Philadelphia, opens October 1st with a Hall & Oates concert in Fishtown at the old Ajax Metal Company building at Frankford and Delaware avenues. It might as well be an apology for attempting to re-brand the TLA.

“Every time we open a venue we learn a lot,” Live Nation Senior VP of Marketing Dave Fortin said on a tour of the under-construction venue Wednesday morning. “And this venue is really the culmination of a lot of lessons.” Read more »

Drinking Cocktails at La Colombe

La Colombe is putting its rum and draft coffee to good use.

La Colombe is putting its rum and draft coffee to good use.

With each Philadelphia location of La Colombe now offering the sweet, creamy and impossible to resist Draft Latte (City Hall location gets it Friday) as well as flaky biscuits from the Fishtown flagship, I thought I might have less reason to head to Fishtown. But a liquor license is a fluorescent orange siren to us at Foobooz, and La Colombe’s cocktail list, empowered by the Draft Latte as well as the Pure Black on draft makes the coffee shop a must-visit cocktail spot.

La Colombe’s current  drink list makes use of those draft coffee offerings as well as the coffee-based beer, Yards’ Brewing’s Snorri’s Awakening. Of particular note, the Carte Blanche, a Different Drum Rum and Draft Latte version of the White Russian provides a delicious and amped way to salute Jeff Lebowski.

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