Sorry, kids, but you’ll have to take your late-night cravings for a Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity elsewhere: IHOP at 1320 Walnut Street is currently shuttered for a remodel.
The restaurant’s windows are covered in brown paper, and a sign says, “Restaurant Closed For New Decor Package.” The sign also claims they will re-open on Friday, March 27, just in time for weekend shenanigans.
I, for one, feel bad for the contractors who had to gut the furniture to find thousands of old pancake crumbs underneath tables and chairs (and God knows what else…ewww). We’ll stop in after the remodel to see what the “new decor package” looks like, so stay tuned.
One of the coolest things about the Philly Gayborhood is the fact that it is infused with so many other “straight” businesses, so to speak. Sure, we have a ton of gay bars, but there are also great eateries that cater to anyone who wants a fantastic cocktail and a delicious bite to eat. We rounded up our picks of five great places in the Gayborhood to grab happy hour that aren’t gay bars, but given their proximity in the ‘hood, you’ll be joined by plenty of great company as you wash down some tasty nibbles with a cocktail or two.
The set, which took place in the space formerly known as Sisters, comprised a whole range of well-known pop tunes—from a couple Beatles numbers to Prince’s “Darling Nikki.” The real showstoppers, though, were ambitious renditions of Aretha Fraklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” She nailed ‘em both. Her voice was in perfect form that night—soulful, strong and unwavering, even after two-and-a-half hours of hard singing. Her diva status continues to rise.
Anyone who follows State Representative Brian Sims on Facebook is sure to have gotten occasional peeks into his Washington Square West abode, a second-floor apartment that’s now in store for a new tenant as Sims recently decided to leave in favor of “a place with no stairs for my dog.” (Awwww!)
1003 East Main Street, Norristown
Norristown’s unassuming, beagle-loving gay bar (it was named after the owner’s pooch Timmy) has great drink specials for happy hour and, on Wednesday nights, drag queens Thunder Showers and Summer Clearance stop by to give out blush-worthy prizes at their Kinky Quizzo event. The cozy atmosphere and cheap beer are always a welcome bonus. Best for: Kinky Quizzo, karaoke on Friday nights, and a decent lesbian scene outside Philly.
Bob and Barbara’s
1509 South Street
One of the more fun, worn-in bars that houses our rowdy little community. Plenty of our favorite performers—drag and burlesque alike—have done shows here, and it houses regular performances by queer-centric performance art troupe the Dumpsta Players. Best for: Cheap drinks (go for the Citywide Special), live jazz, and raunchy shows.
1330 Walnut Street
The Gayborhood’s newest addition to the gay-bar scene, this New York City chain stands apart by having its bartenders slinging drinks in nothing but red mesh shorts (Inside tip: it’s rumored that most of them don’t wear undies.) There are pool tables upstairs, and a twice-weekly poker night for those looking for a little game-play in the hood. Best for: Great happy hour prices, unpretentious feel, bartenders in mesh shorts (duh).
The weekend of Valentine’s Day will be the official grand opening of the upstairs lounge and cabaret space at Mark Bee’s Franky Bradley’s. The upstairs will kick off with a cabaret hosted by Foxy Tann, the the Boss of Burlesque, on Friday, February 13th.
On Saturday, February 14th, the upstairs will host the official after-party of the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention. Admission is free with a convention wristband or handstamp. Sailor Jerry’s drinks will be on special for $5 all night. The lounge and cabaret is already busy booking events for the second half of February and into March. See all the events on Franky Bradley’s Facebook page.
Downstairs, the main dining room will add some Valentine’s Day specials to the menu.
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.
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 »