This Old City looks at the economic impact of this season’s pop-up garden by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. More than 52,000 people visited the beer garden on the 1400 block of South Street. That was more than twice the number of people who attended the Broad Street location in 2013. And the visitors didn’t just benefit PHS. This Old City reports that it benefited other businesses in the area, including those that already had liquor licenses, like Bob & Barbara’s. Bob Dix, the manager of the bar said:
It felt like we were looking at the future of the neighborhood. Middle of the summer, people didn’t have to go down to beach. It was like a mini-vacation. It jumpstarted a lot of new connections in the neighborhood, including for Bob & Barbara’s
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Economic Impact: The PHS pop-up brought more than 50,000 people to South Street West [This Old City]
Now through October 31st – Sidecar Bar and Grille is hosting their Harvest Hoedown. They’ll be serving up pumpkin and fresh hop beers, plus new dishes from their fall menu.
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Resurrection Ale House when it opened.
Today is the day that the replacement for Resurrection Ale House opens on Grays Ferry Avenue. Devil’s Pocket Food & Spirits is by Andrew Wagner and Marcus Versace, two restaurant veterans who are opening their first business. Michael Klein has the details on the neighborhood oriented spot that will offer nachos, soup, wings, turkey pot pie and a LaFrieda burger.
A bar for Devil’s Pocket [The Insider]
Devil’s Pocket Food & Spirits [Foobooz]
Little Spoon Cafe opened today at 15th and South Streets, in the former (and a bit weird) home to Baja Room. The space has been transformed into a super attractive cafe that is open for breakfast, lunch, and on some nights, dinner. We stopped in for a late lunch and enjoyed a BLT served with crispy bacon, on excellent bread.
The cafe is owned by area residents, Jeanne French and Julia McMeans. The chef is Lauren Geary, who was once the chef down the street, at the now closed Pumpkin Market. The cafe opens at 7 a.m. and offers quick breakfast options, plus breakfast sandwiches and burritos. Daily breakfast specials include a rotating selection of scrambles and galettes, a rustic pastry with seasonal filling.
Lunch offers soups, salads, sandwiches and a rotating choice of grilled cheeses. Little Spoon also stocks ice cream from Franklin Fountain, plus treats from Shane’s Candies.
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The bar at Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill | Rendering via Lance R. Kraemer Associates
Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill is the name of the upcoming project coming to 1612-18 South Street. The bar will aim to please the neighborhood, especially its sports fans with thirteen or so TVs and a menu by chef Al Anderson, who has previously worked at Johnny Brenda’s and South Philly Taproom.
Owners Jon Adler and Sam Brouwer are aiming to open the spacious mid-block bar by mid-November.
Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill [Foobooz]
The Gold Standard on Fitz is up and brewing coffee, as well as serving breakfast pastries, bagels, sandwiches and salads. The branch of West Philadelphia’s Gold Standard succeeds the Beauty Shop Cafe at 20th and Fitzwater in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.
The coffee shop, which serves up Green Street coffee offers an a.m. special where a small coffee or tea and pastry is available for just $3.50.
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REX 1516’s Citywide Special Burger Series has been a big success and the South Street restaurant has just announced its upcoming participants.
Today, FOX 29’s Good Day co-hosts Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley have collaborated to create the AM (Alex and Mike) Burger. It’s topped with Maglio breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese and finished with a fried egg.
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Green Aisle Grocery is the master of quality over quantity and now we get to meet those behind all the awesome items sold there. Green Aisle’s Meet the Maker series will happen at the Grays Ferry location every Saturday afternoon this fall.
The first of the bunch, tomorrow, Saturday, September 20th, will be ReAnimator Coffee. The Kensington based roaster will be in the shop from noon to 3 p.m.
The series runs through the end of November, other guests include Sip N Glo Juices (a Best of Philly recipient), Soom Foods Tahina, and Mast Bros. Chocolate from Brooklyn.
Special sales on the maker’s products, lots of samples, and time to meet the people producing the foods will be featured.
The full Meet the Makers schedule »
Photo by Mike Arrison
There are two ways a restaurant can be and remain successful: It can stay relevant, or it can become a classic. Sometimes, when the planets align and the gods approve, the two happen simultaneously. Pumpkin has lived at 17th and South for what’ll soon be 10 years, the anniversary of the day when owners Ian Moroney and Hillary Bor grabbed hold of a space nobody believed in and created (and kept) the BYO atmosphere we all know and love.
Alas, with the surrounding restaurant neighborhood explosion — the fancy toasts, the small plates — tiny places like this can get lost in the scrum. But Pumpkin stayed true and stayed exciting. Fregola sarda (toasted beads of Sardinian pasta) risotto with an English pea salad on top was not only comforting, but a texturally fun play on popping peas and smooth risotto. And it was the succotash that brought the sweet, tang and heat (from Styer Orchard chili peppers) that tiny gobbets of snails reveled in.
It’s easy eating at Pumpkin — not dated, not too precious, not clinging to trends, but not losing sight of what Philadelphia wants, either. It’s a restaurant that’s both current and classic, and that still harks back to a day when Philadelphia began to do what we do best: bring our own.
Originally published in the September 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Last night’s Battle of the Burger was captured by chef Justin Swain of Rex 1516 with his Pimento Burger. Topped with pimento cheese, crispy red onion, bacon and bibb lettuce, the house blend burger was served on a brioche bun and was the top voted entrant. Swain and his Rex 1516 crew beat out nineteen other restaurants to win the title.
Check out the photos from the Battle last night as Rex 1516 took the crown.
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