NPR has been crunching pizza numbers today and yesterday. Today they layout how much pizza costs by neighborhood in five cities, including Philadelphia. The data comes from Grubhub/Seamless and interestingly, Graduate Hospital is the most expensive neighborhood for a cheese pizza. An average pizza in G-Ho comes in just under $15. Elmwood and Oak Lane are the cheapest neighborhoods for pizza with a plain pie being available for under $8. Of course with this data coming from Grubhub and Seamless, places like Osteria, Pizzeria Beddia and many others are not included.
As for the most expensive pizza in the country, Midtown Manhattan is getting $23 for a plain pizza.
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Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26th, Chris and Heather Fetfatzes, who saw their Hawthornes Cafe closed by fire on Monday, will be hosting a huge Bell’s Brewery takeover at their other bar, the Cambridge.
24 Bell’s beers will be on draft in total, including the highly sought after HopSlam among others. The beers start pouring at 4 p.m. Get there early to taste that Hopslam.
The Cambridge [Foobooz]
Bedroom in 804 S 19th Street.
What is it that sets apart these Graduate Hospital homes from each other? It could be that the unassuming house at Fitzwater Street is the only one less than a minute from where Marian Anderson once lived. Or that the home at St. Albans is just two blocks from where scenes for The Sixth Sense were filmed (that was 2302, if you were wondering).
If star-studded connections fall by the wayside, maybe the Catherine Street house is more your type. It’s on quiet street near an elementary school and playground. Turn the corner and you’re met with an array of eateries.
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Carpenter Square is one of the more impressive pieces of development going on in the Graduate Hospital section of Philadelphia. The materials stand out among the stucco bump-outs that dominate the development in the neighborhood. The project is bringing eleven townhouses to 17th Street and six condo units to the corner of 17th and Carpenter. On the ground floor, there are plans for a restaurant.
Developer Mark Scott, a Graduate Hospital resident, says the key to activating the plaza is to put a restaurant in the commercial space — specifically, one with a liquor license. Although the condo building is at present no more than a mound of dirt and a hole in the ground, the commercial space is actively being shopped by Jackie Balin of CBRE Fameco to potential restaurant tenants, with a focus on young chefs looking to strike out on their own.
PHOTOS: Carpenter Square, Halfway There, Seeks Restaurant [Property]
In just about every respect, the Carpenter Square development at 17th and Carpenter streets in Graduate Hospital stands out from the mostly smaller-scale infill developments that continue to pop up around the neighborhood. It’s frankly modern in a neighborhood where traditional design still dominates; it includes a number of sustainable design features like green roofs and passive heating and cooling, features that, while not unheard of in the neighborhood, are still relatively uncommon; and it is designed to energize the corner it hugs with a building that combines residences, commercial space and a public plaza.
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Graduate Hospital’s Beauty Shop Cafe will be replaced by The Gold Standard Cafe. The Gold Standard has an existing location at 48th and Baltimore where the cafe serves coffee, breakfast bites, sandwiches and even burgers. The location at 20th and Fitzwater doesn’t have a hood so its unlikely the new spot will offer as extensive a menu.
The Beauty Shop Cafe closed abruptly in May as it was sold to the Farmers’ Cabinet team who were planning their own coffee shop. It never opened under their management and has been vacant since.
A call to the Gold Standard didn’t reveal any more details but we’re looking for a call back.
Astral Plane had a thirty-four year run at 17th and Lombard. Since then we’ve seen concepts come and go quickly (Astral Plane Millenium, Fish, Brick American Eatery and I’m sure I’m forgetting something). Next up is Keen. A.D. Amorosi reports in today’s City Paper that the restaurant will be run by Randall Hoppmann, a Le Bec Fin alum and Restaurant School at Walnut Hill instructor. It was there she met the couple who will run the kitchen. Christopher and Caitlin Rorer. For more on the concept, check out Amorosi’s Ice Pack column (second paragraph).
Icepack: A.D. Amorosi on the news, nightlife and bitchiness beats [City Paper]
Jill Weber, who has brought Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 to South Street is bringing another business to the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Cafe Ynez will be her next restaurant, opening in the NextFab Studio space at 2025 Washington Avenue, her husband’s business.
Cafe Ynez will be a Mexico City style diner operating from early morning to early evening, including brunch on weekends. The menu will include coffee, pastries, cemitas sandwiches and rotisserie chicken.
As for an opening date, like many Philadelphia restaurant openings, it will depend on Licenses and Inspections.
Cafe Ynez [Foobooz]
There is a new liquor license application up in the window at 1612 South Street, a mix-use project that’s nearing completion on the growing South Street West corridor. Jon Adler, who some may know as the former proprietor of Beauty Shop Cafe, is one of the partners in the project. He was tight-lipped about exactly the project will be but does acknowledge it is aiming to be a welcoming place to the neighborhood. Something he certainly achieved at his coffee shop at 20th and Fitzwater.
The restaurant space includes 38-feet of South Street frontage and 5,000 square feet of space including the ground floor and basement.
Adler promises more details as the concept moves along.
1712 Webster Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146
Open House: Sunday, February 2, 12pm
Square feet: 960
Price: $292,500 (Bargain listing!)
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