The team behind Fishtown’s restaurant and wine bar, ROOT, is doubling down on Frankford with an absolutely enormous three-headed monster of a concept called Suraya (say it “suh-RAY-ah”): part Lebanese restaurant, part Levantine market, part-outdoor garden inside a 10,000 sq. ft. space at 1528 Frankford Avenue.
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 »
Neshaminy Creek Brewing, which has been thriving at their Bucks County home, has announced it is expanding to Philadelphia with a taproom. The brewery has signed a lease for 957 Frankford Avenue, across from the Fillmore.
The brewery is taking advantage of a newly created advantage for Pennsylvania brewers. The change in the PLCB code allows breweries to open two satellite locations without the expense and time of adding another license.
No American city, not even New York, is a “Walker’s Paradise,” according to Walk Score, the outfit that rates communities according to how easy it is to access places on foot (and by bike and transit).
But nine of the top 10, including No. 4 Philadelphia, are rated “Very Walkable” by Walk Score.
New York, as always, topped the walkability ratings with a Walk Score of 89 – just shy of “Walker’s Paradise” status. In a “Walker’s Paradise,” daily errands do not require a car to perform them. Most errands can be performed without one in “Very Walkable” neighborhoods. Read more »
Maybe you think you know Frankford Avenue. You’ve met friends for table tennis, jenga and liters of German beer at Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall. You’ve gotten the high score on Asteroids at Barcade. Maybe even checked out the pizza and pizza museum that is Pizza Brain. But even 12 years after William Reed took over Johnny Brenda’s and made it the Avenue’s shining welcome beacon, the best days for the corridor are still ahead of it.
Our field guide takes you on an eating and drinking tour of the rest of the best on the food mecca that is the Frankford Avenue — a full day’s worth of delicious debauchery.
Feels like ages that we haven’t checked up on Fishtown, so it was about time our attention was arrested: developer JDT International has several projects unfolding in coming months, two of which are on the 2000 block of Frankford Avenue and opening this coming spring.
Oh, what’s that? You want exact locations and deets? Alright, alright… Meet, The Frankfordian and Frankford Stacks at 2006-10 and 2012-28 Frankford Avenue, respectively (map). (Yep, they’re next door neighbors.) Here’s what each is set to offer:
On Saturday, September 13th, from 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Frankford Ave will be hosting an End of the Summer Block Party. Which, sure, is a little sad. But also means donuts, beer, ice cream, coffee and snacks. So it isn’t all bad.