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More Than 700 Evacuated from PATCO Train After Passengers Smell Smoke

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.

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Food Trucks Added to Franklin Square Holiday Light Show


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.

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13th Most Promising Company in America Will Move Into Navy Yard [Rendering]

Rendering of Franklin Square Capital Parnters' new building at the Navy Yard

Rendering of Franklin Square Capital Partners’ new building at the Navy Yard courtesy the Navy Yard.

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.

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Signs of Spring: SquareBurger Opens on Saturday


Photo via UWISHUNU

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.

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Square Burger Returns Tomorrow

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]


Opening Today

squareburger_standStephen Starr’s SquareBurger is taking center stage at Franklin Square today. The anticipated burger will sell for under $5 and will not be square but will be served on a Martin’s potato roll.

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. The Cake Shake is made with a variety of Tastykakes and vanilla ice cream. The  butterscotch sundae features Butterscotch Krimpet and Heath Bar crumbles.

Hours are 11 to 8pm through Labor Day with shorter hours to Halloween.

First Bite of Starr’s SquareBurger, Opening Today [Grub Street]
Menu for Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger [Meal Ticket]

restaurant_mRestaurant 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 who 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]

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