In what is a tell-tale sign that spring is just around the corner, Franklin Square has announced that it will open for the season this Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m.
Yesterday was a harrowing rush hour for commuters heading back to New Jersey. A PATCO train was evacuated after passengers smelled smoke, leaving hundreds of people stranded at the abandoned Franklin Square station just after 5 p.m. Monday. Officials say a short in the motor caused the smoke, though no train cars actually filled with smoke.
The train’s operator was treated with oxygen and taken to the hospital. Passengers were evacuated to another train that picked up the route. Per Action News, some decided to climb out of the Franklin Square station instead and get rides home.
Franklin Square’s nightly light show continues through New Year’s Eve. A food tent serves fresh funnel cake, battered and fried oreos, chicken tenders, fries and hot chocolate. But that’s not all, like last month, a rotating cast of Philadelphia food trucks will be offering nightly snacks and treats from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Food trucks have arrived at Franklin Square. Now through New Year’s Eve, food trucks will offer warm bites for visitors checking out the new Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. The light show occurs every thirty minutes from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Two different shows will alternate throughout the evening.
In addition to the light show, the carousel will be running and playing holiday songs. Even the mini-golf will be open, with warming stations along the course.
Franklin Square Capital Partners, which Forbes named 13th most promising company in America this year, is yet another business to sign on to the Navy Yard’s sprawling business paradise. The (fingers crossed) LEED Gold-certified project “will be centered around an extensive five-acre public park offering numerous recreational amenities,” said Bill Hankowsky of Liberty Property Trust in a public statement.
Like other corporate HQs at the Navy Yard, Franklin Square’s new digs won’t be average, run-of-the-mill offices as we know them traditionally. Taking a page from Glaxo SmithKline’s unconventional book, Franklin Square is aiming for a “workplace of the future” approach.
Yesterday’s free water ice is one sure sign of spring. Another is the reopening of SquareBurger in Franklin Square. Stephen Starr’s food stand is back for a seventh season.
Starting this Saturday, SquareBurger will once again be cooking up burgers and dogs while mixing up delicious Cake Shakes made with Tastykakes Butterscotch Krimpets.
Can you believe that this is the fourth season for Starr Restaurant’s SquareBurger in Franklin Square? The burger stand will once again be featuring burgers, hot dogs, french fries and the delicious Cake Shake with Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets.
The popular Shake-of-the-Month will continue andApril’s Shake-of-the-Month is Orange Creamsicle.
SquareBurger opens tomorrow at noon in conjunction with the official kick off with Franklin Square’s sixth season.
SquareBurger [Franklin Square]
It’s a comprehensive comparison of New York’s/Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack and Philadelphia’s/Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger on Always Hungry NY.
AlwaysInvestigating: Burger Square-Off, Phily vs. New York [Always Hungry NY via The Illadelph]
Also among the menu highlights are the Philly Dog, a kosher hot dog wrapped in salami and topped with pickle, onion, cherry peppers, plum tomatoes and mustard. Philadelphia’s Tastykakes serve as the inspiration for a couple of treats.Â The Cake Shake is made with a variety of Tastykakes and vanilla ice cream. The Â butterscotch sundae features Butterscotch Krimpet and Heath Bar crumbles.
Hours are 11 to 8pm through Labor Day with shorter hours to Halloween.
Restaurant M returns today at the Morris House on S 8th Street. The restaurant will use a small dining room in the Morris House Hotel and the wonderful outdoor space of the garden. The menu will feature simple plates from Pascual Cancelliere whoÂ is is also working to open his own place, 943 in the Italian Market.
The hours are a bit odd, Sundays through Thursdays as the garden is often used for weddings.
M is to open Monday [The Insider]
Foobooz commenter Sbr suggested the name back in April. We’re sure the check is in the mail!
That burger joint in Franklin Square [The Insider]