Eat This Now: Kentucky Fried Sweetbreads

eat-this-now-fried-sweetbreads-400Chef Brian Lofink is understandably very excited by his latest special at Kraftwork. Last night I had his chicken fried sweetbreads and waffle, with Crystal’s ramps and maple demi glace. The dish is an excellent balance of sweet and savory. The perfectly fried sweetbreads will turn any offal novice into a gluton, demanding “more organs now!”

Lofink has the sweetbreads on special this weekend at the Fishtown bar and he says, “Im not scared to say I’ll stack it up to any sweetbread dish in the city and knock it down.”

Kraftwork [Foobooz]

Visit La Colombe for a Distillery Tour

la-colombe-distillery-rum-400On Thursdays in May, Fishtown’s La Colombe coffee cafe and distillery will be offering free distillery tours.

Stop by between 6 p.m.this evening and each Thursday in May for a tour. You’ll learn about what the distilling process behind La Colombe’s coffee-infused Different Drum Rum, and you’ll even get to try some of the stuff.

Stay afterwards for dinner from the new springtime menu or just for another drink of rum, wine, beer or coffee.

Thirsty Thursdays: Distillery Tours at La Colombe Fishtown [La Colombe]
La Colombe – Fishtown [Foobooz]

Headlines: What the Heck Is Going on at Saint Laurentius Church in Fishtown?

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Photo: Google Street View.

Update, 6/5/15: On May 8th, Spirit News published a “clarifications and corrections” note concerning its reporting on two lawsuits involving the engineering firm O’Donnell & Naccarato, in which it stated that it had inadvertently conflated the details of the two cases. Accordingly, we have removed our summary of their reporting from this post.

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Property’s Weekend Agenda:

There are nine incredible Jane’s Walks going on this weekend. PlanPhilly’s Ashley Hahn organized the neighborhood walking tours and we’ve picked out a few of our favorites.

 

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Shroom Dinner at Kensington Quarters

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I was always warned against eating mushrooms because ” like, that stuff will blow your mind, man.” But on Thursday, April 30th, Kensington Quarters is partnering with Mycopolitan Mushroom Co. to prepare a 5-course, $75 per person (with wine pairings), mushroom themed dinner (don’t worry- it’s the normal kind of mushrooms. Disappointed? Join the club.)

Mycopolitan Mushroom Co., which wins the award for most fun name to say out loud, is located in Fishtown (right near Kensington Quarters) and is actually Philadelphia’s first mushroom farm. A representative from Mycopolitan will be at the dinner so you can get all your burning mushroom questions answered.

The menu includes mushrooms in each course and because it is spring, ramps; and because it is Kensington Quarters, filet mignon.

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New Live Nation Music Venue Coming to Fishtown

New Fishtown Concert Venue

Image from Google Maps.

The old Ajax Metal Co. building in Fishtown—situated across from SugarHouse at Frankford Avenue—is undergoing a $32 million renovation courtesy of the House of Blues Entertainment division of Live Nation. When finished, it will become a 141,000-square-foot entertainment complex, housing two live-music venues, a comedy club, 24-lane bowling alley, distillery and Italian restaurant.

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Headlines: Fishtown Neighbors Give the Thumbs Down to Apartments Projects

Image by Pennsporter via Instagram

Image by Pennsporter via Instagram

The plans for the 12-story apartment building near Penn Treaty Park met the Fishtown Neighbors Association last night, and let’s just say it didn’t go too well. Jared Brey of PlanPhilly reports FNA voted to oppose two of apartment complexes proposed by Core Realty–1100 North Delaware Avenue (picture above) and 1212 North Delaware Avenue.

1100 North Delaware Avenue is the former Edward Corner Building and plans called to scrap the former maritime shop in favor of a 12-story apartment complex with ground floor retail. It would also include two-bedroom townhomes on the Allen Street side of the building with a pedestrian pass through to Delaware Avenue. Here’s the crux of the situation from Brey:

In order to get the two buildings approved, Samschick will need a number of fairly minor variances for lot coverage, open area, the number of loading docks, floor area ratio, and setbacks on the roof deck at 1100 N. Delaware. That building is the bigger of the two; it would house 180 apartment units, office space and a rooftop pool.

Residents said the request for variances does not mesh with the Central Delaware zoning overlay, a plan that took years to develop and set the guidelines for development in the area. Brey reports that nearly two-thirds of those in attendance raised their hands in opposition to both projects.

Fishtown group rejects two development proposals on Delaware Ave. [PlanPhilly]

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Now Open: Shenanigans In Kensington

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Shenanigans Saloon, in Port Richmond, has expanded to Fishtown Kensington (OK, they’re calling it Fishtown, upon further inspection, it’s Kensington). Despite having a name like “Shenanigans.”

The new bar (named, we should stress, Shenanigans by presumably responsible grown ups who actually want people to go there) replaced the Masonic Lodge at 1624 North Front Street.

Owner Patrick Murray completely renovated the building, using recycled and repurposed materials. What’s really cool about that is the entire second floor of the bar was laid using the original flooring from UPenn’s Palestra basketball court, and the window frames are constructed out of old TLA Video shelves.

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Spotted in Kensington: Two Historic Bank Buildings to Be Redeveloped

Jewelers’ Row may be one of the last surviving niche districts in Philadelphia, but that doesn’t mean all remnants of previous ones have been erased. Case in point, two structures which rose out of Kensington’s once-thriving textile district — the Ninth National Bank and Industrial Title and Savings Trust Co. buildings — are now in the redevelopment pipeline.

Philadelinquency reports the properties located at 1942-58 N. Front Street had been facing demolition at one point, with the Women’s Community Revitalization Project planning to replace the buildings with low-income housing. However, neighborhood objections to the project’s design resulted in a legal battle that stalled the proposed development, which was eventually scrapped. Instead, here’s what will happen with the site:

Onion Flats, a development group on West Norris St. that has had extensive experience with historic redevelopment projects in the area will restore and redevelop the bank buildings.

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