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2001 Kater St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

2001 Kater St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

If only there were pictures of this corner rowhouse from back in the day on PhillyHistory.org! We would have loved to see what the Graduate Hospital home looked like then.

According to its last owners, the first floor was once a hair salon with apartments on the second and third levels. But going back even further, the building was a generational sandwich shop called “Prowell’s Sandwiches,” which some older neighbors fondly remember for “their excellent chilli hot dogs.” (This was before the big cheesesteak craze that hit Philly in the 1940s.) The owner adds that parts of sandwich shop’s lettering can still be seen on the sidewalk out front.

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It’s a Chili Cook Off at the Cambridge

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On Sunday, November 9th, The Cambridge will be hosting its 3rd annual Chili Cook Off in which 14 competitors will square off to see who can make the “Best Chili in Philly.” The event starts at 2 p.m. and is free to attend.

Guests will sample all of the chilis and vote for their favorite while drinking pumpkin beers of all varieties, everything from sours to IPA.

The Cambridge [Foobooz]

PHS Pop-Up Garden Brings in 50,000 Visitors

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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’sBob 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

Check out the whole article for more.

Economic Impact: The PHS pop-up brought more than 50,000 people to South Street West [This Old City]

Devil’s Pocket Food & Spirits Replaces Resurrection Ale House

devils-pocket-food-spirits-logoToday 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 Is Now Open

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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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Founding Fathers Sports Bar Coming to South Street West

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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 Now Serving

gold-standard-on-fitz-400The 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 Burger Series for October

am burger rex 1516REX 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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Meet the Makers at Green Aisle Grocery

green-aisle-grays-ferry-400Green 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 »

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