Mark Bee who has already experienced success at N. 3rd and Silk City is opening Franky Bradley’s tomorrow at Juniper and Chancellor. The former Sisters Nightclub promises a retro experience, connecting to the space’s past as Frankie Bradley’s, a well known restaurant that catered to entertainers, that was opened from 1933 to 1986.
The interior definitely has a Mark Bee vibe, complete with a Foxy Brown portrait made out of dollar bills. The walls are also adorn with vintage sexy Pan Am ads and more than a few nudes.
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Police have released video of a Gayborhood attack that occurred on December 27th around 2:40 a.m. near 12th and Chestnut streets in Philadelphia, and the victim in the attack is a doorman at Tabu, the popular 12th Street gay bar. Police are calling it aggravated assault. Read more »
A couple of snippets of training materials and in-work menus prove that Mark Bee’s successor to Sisters nightclub at the corner of Chancellor and Juniper Streets will be named Franky Bradley’s. A name that harkens back to 1930s when Frankie Bradley’s occupied the same space. According to Gayborhood Guru, Frankie Bradley’s was a restaurant owned by a Jewish prize fighter, Frankie Bloch. The restaurant was known for its planked steaks, lobster and seafood. The original Frankie Bradley’s had a 53-year run.
As for the new Franky Bradley’s, we’re hearing there will be live music and a traditional American menu.
We’ll be posting new details as soon as we have them.
UPDATE: We received a cryptic message from Franky Bradley’s. It simply stated, “The gloves are back on … Open for business January 15th. Drink. Dance. Dine. Deviate.” – Well, the original Franky Bradley was a boxer.
For more on the Sisters to Mark Bee transfer, check out G Philly.
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If you’re the type who likes to paint the town pink on New Year’s Eve, this guide should have you covered. We scoured all Philadelphia’s gay bars to see what they’re up to on the last night of the year. Here’s what we found out …
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Oh boy: this is going to be a game changer.
I just got in from the opening day of a super cute new supermarket located right at 1222 Walnut Street, Everything Fresh. Imagine taking Whole Foods, reducing the size, and cutting the price. That’s what you’ve got at this quaint new grocery that is going to save a lot of Center City residents from heading over to Wegmans or SuperFresh. Read more »
We have another video from TEDxPhiladelphia (see the one we posted last week here), this one from Chris Bartlett, executive director of the William Way LGBT Community Center.
PlanPhilly shared the video in which Bartlett talks about what Chinatown has taught the Gayborhood…and how all of us can contribute to creating the neighborhoods we want.
Check it out:
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New Gayborhood sports bar Boxers PHL has been open for a couple weeks, but owners are ready to make it official with a special grand-opening hoopla on Saturday.
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Photo by Bryan Buttler
In case you haven’t noticed, Gayborhood bar Icandy has been shut down all week, after* an Administrative Law Judge suspended its liquor license for three days on the grounds of an unsatisfactory citation history. Previous violations include two counts of selling “liquor and/or malted beverages to minors,” one for allowing minors into the establishment, and another for the use of a loudspeaker that “could be heard beyond licensee property line.”
The violations occurred between April of 2012 and July of 2013, and fines totaling $3,550 have been paid, but, according to Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Director of External Affairs Stacy Kriedeman, the bar could lose its license permanently.
Starting Thursday, Icandy will be able to reopen and operate until the PLCB comes to a final decision, Kriedeman says. “An administrative hearing will be scheduled, where a hearing examiner will listen to both sides, gather all the evidence and present the case to the PLCB.” That board will then decide whether or not Icandy can have its liquor license renewed. “If the Board opts not to,” she says, “the licensee will have the ability to appeal.”
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G Philly’s got the update on Boxers‘ opening today in the Gayborhood.
Even though it’s just a soft opening at 4 p.m. this afternoon, there will be a grand opening weekend coming up in a few weeks. The happy hour starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. tonight.
And yes, at today’s opening there will still be bartenders donning red shorts and nothing else.
The day has finally come, Boxers, the New York gay bar franchise with locations in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, will open its doors this afternoon in the Gayborhood.
Director of Marketing George Maestre tells me that the bar will open at 1330 Walnut Street at 4 p.m. today, but it’s only a soft opening. “We are just opening the doors, and in a couple weeks we will have a grand-opening weekend.”
More from a press release sent out this afternoon:
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