Once upon a time I was sitting outside of Varga Bar at 10th and Spruce, looking over at the packed sidewalks at Kanella and remarked this might be the most bumping corner in all of downtown Philadelphia without a place named Parc on it. I also remember thinking, now if something could turn up the voltage at 20th and Lombard across from Pub & Kitchen, then 10th and Spruce would have some competition. Read more »
Pub & Kitchen rolls out a new happy hour menu starting tonight. The deals include $20 bottles of rosé wine, $5 You Call It Old Fashioneds (choose mezcal, whiskey or rum) and P&K Pils made exclusively for Pub & Kitchen by New Belgium.
The Kitchen in Pub & Kitchen gets into the act with a $10 cheese plate, half-priced oysters and P&K’s “Almost Famous Happy Hour Burger” for $7.95. The burger is a changeup from the Pub’s regular burger. For happy hour, chef Eli Collins is topping the burger with caramelized onions, jalapeño queso, pickle slaw and serving it on a sesame brioche.
The PHS South Street Pop-Up Beer Garden officially opened last Wednesday, but did so by the skin of its teeth. The Khyber Pass Pub backed beer garden saw the last contractors leave the garden just a half-hour before the first guests arrived. But by Saturday, things were humming along. The draft cocktails were pouring, the kitchen was popping out Khyber Pass Pub Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches and vegan meatball sandwiches. The benches were packed and everyone seemed to be having a great time on our several visits.
This week the beer garden begins its full programming with Margarita Mondays and more.
Graduate Hospital’s Sidecar Bar & Grille has brought back chicken wings as a permanent part of their menu and during all Flyers playoff games they will be on special for $7.
Chef Brian Lofink has created three varieties for the menu including one variety that looks a lot like these gems:
- Buffalo style with Maytag Blue Cheese Sauce and Celery & Carrot Ribbons
- Honey Chipotle BBQ with Cornbread Crumble and Scallions
- Ranch Powder with Scallion Creme Fraiche and Pickled Red Onions & Jalapenos
Sidecar Bar & Grille [Foobooz]
Thanks to a $360,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphians will get their first extended interaction with the planned Rail Park. A pop-up garden is set for 10th and Hamilton streets, at the base of the Reading Viaduct. Today, the area is a tangle of crumbling concrete, overgrown lots and decay, but with the help of PHS and noted landscape architect Walter Hood, the project aims to merge the post-industrial structure with urban green space. The pop-up will raise awareness for the creation of the Rail Park as it blends art, history and horticulture. The location is convenient to live music venues Union Transfer and Underground Arts, as well as the Chinatown and Callowhill neighborhoods. Perhaps even more so than the other PHS pop-ups, this location will challenge the way Philadelphians interact with and envision their urban spaces. Read more »
Grad Hospital just got a brand-new, lust-worthy shopping destination: Maark Concept. This small, airy fashion haven is the brainchild of Ethan Nguyen of The Philly Shops, Pia Panaligan and Melissa Choi of the brand Senpai + Kohai, Nicole Haddad of Lobo Mau, and Samantha Connors of VEXOT. Together, these four entrepreneurs combined their retail, merchandising and manufacturing knowledge to bring together a curated mix of designer brands and local talent. Read more »
Norris and Debbie Jordan of the Happy Rooster are working on opening their second restaurant, Lou Bird’s, located on 20th and Lombard, across from Pub & Kitchen. Lou Bird’s is replacing Meritage, which closed last September.
The restaurant will serve “high-end American cuisine” including steak, fish, and pasta all at the $19-$21 range. While The Happy Rooster has two bars, Lou Bird’s will have one, leaving room for more seating, and the menu will be larger.
Jordan envisions Lou Bird’s to be a”quiet, lovely place to eat” with candles and warm lighting. He wants the restaurant to be a place that is open to everyone in the neighborhood.
The bad news? Our camping gear go-to Fireside Camp Supply is shuttering its storefront within the next few months. The good news? The business is merely transitioning into a mobile service where owner Christina Saboe will personally deliver your camp gear rentals to your door. We caught up with Saboe to talk shop, her change in direction, and getting back to her roots. Read more »
Chef Brian Lofink got inspired while walking through Di Bruno Bros. recently. And with all that cheese and other wonderful products, that’s not surprising. So Lofink got to grabbing cheeses, balsamic dressing, bacon and more. Then he headed back to Kermit’s Bake Shop to create a the fanciest pizza the bakery and pizza shop has made yet.
The Bruno, as this brussels sprouts pizza is called, is offered as a whole pie only. The $25 winter pizza is earthy, smoky, bright and acidic. An intense and delicious pie for sure. Since getting to sample it a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been waiting for it to finally be offered for sale so I can get it again.
Over the summer we told you that the Twi-Lite Lounge at 20th and Bainbridge had been acquired by Loco Pez owner Joe Beckham and his partners. At the the time Beckham wouldn’t say for sure if the one-time nuisance bar would be remade into a second Loco Pez but now that has been confirmed.
Before the Graduate Hospital neighborhood gets another taco joint (Loco Pez would join Cafe Ynez, Los Camaradas and Tio Flores in the area), there will be some extensive work put into the property. Up first, a meeting with the South of South Neighbors Association’s Zoning Committee. The proposal is to add a second floor to the corner building. That meeting is set for Tuesday, February 17th at the SOSNA office (1901 Christian Street) at 7 p.m.
Zoning Committee Meeting [SOSNA]