Kermit’s Bake Shoppe Starts Serving Soft-Serve

kermits-soft-serve-graphic-940Kermit’s Bake Shoppe has a new summer options for you sweet tooths. The bakery at 22nd and Washington is now serving soft serve ice cream. The vanilla and chocolate ice cream is available by cone or cup and can be jazzed up in a number of ways. Add “cakey stuff” made right at Kermit’s, or go with sticky things like hot fudge or salted caramel “goo.” Other choices include crunchies like fruity pebbles and granola, plus fresh fruit or a berry blend “Cooli-o.”

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PHS Beer Gardens Set to Open

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

At least two of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s three pop-up beer gardens for 2015 are set to open by Monday, June 1st and probably earlier.

The 9th and Wharton location has come a long way since it was an empty lot just three weeks ago. Today, we have been told that the beer garden backed by David Frank and Stephen Simons (Khyber Pass Pub, Triangle Tavern, Royal Tavern and the two Cantinas) will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29th. Look for cocktails, beer, wine, fernet and food borrowing from the Italian heritage of the neighborhood.

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Spotted: Progress at South Street’s Beer Garden

The PHS is returning to the 1500 block of South Street.

The PHS is returning to the 1500 block of South Street | Photo via Erin Wallace

Work continues at the site of last summer’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society beer garden at 16th and South. This year, Barren Hill Brewery is the partnering with the beer garden and is promising an exclusive beer crafted for the pop-up. Philadelphia-based Dietz and Watson will also be serving its products at the beer garden that promises a “Bohemian flair,” complete with wooden trellis, container gardens and lots of different greenery.

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Roberto Cafe Becoming Ti Penso

ti-penso-400Roberto Cafe at 2108 South Street has closed and is under renovation. The BYOB will reopen under new management and with the name Ti Penso which, according to Google Translate, means “I think of you” in Italian.

When we get more details, we’ll be sure to let everyone know.

Ti Penso [Foobooz]

Locations of All Three PHS Beer Gardens Announced

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PHS’s South Street beer garden is back in 2015 with a new look.

UPDATE: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society informs us that these beer gardens are not finalized as contracts have not been signed, Ts crossed and Is dotted.

In our Guide to Philadelphia’s Seasonal Beer Gardens, we told you that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) would be hosting three beer gardens this summer. And now we have the locations and details.

Last year’s South Street beer garden will return to 1438 South Street. This season will feature “Bohemian flair” as designed by designer Karen Regan of Tallulah & Bird. This year, the South Street beer garden will include wooden trellis, container gardens, large palm and banana trees and Jack-in-the-pulpit relatives that will rise five-feet tall. The space will also offer public and private spaces, a first for a PHS pop-up garden. Look for beers from Barren Hill Brewery to be offered throughout the summer. Barren Hill will also work with Wyndridge Farm, creator of PHS Cider on an exclusive beer for the garden.

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Spotted in Graduate Hospital: Guys, This Contemporary Home Has a Car Lift!

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

Typically, when a listing claims anything above two bathrooms, we assume at least one of them is a half bath. In this case, this pristine townhouse on S Chadwick Street has four, none of which are powder rooms. Not only that, but the 3,700-square space includes a garage with a car lift, which basically means, as developer/owner Steve Shklovsky points out, you can “drive onto the ramp, press a button,” and voilà.

He also tells us this part of the home can have “up to two SUVs,” just FYI to all your drivers out there.

Interior-wise, the property is one regaled in wide-plank walnut flooring and a steel floating staircase. It has 10-foot ceilings (with the exception of the living room, which has an over 20-foot ceiling) complemented by floor-to-ceiling Anderson windows. Miele and Thermador appliances–including the range and double convection ovens–have been integrated into the high-end Porcelanosa kitchen (did you just get shivers too?), while German fixtures and a double-floating vanity with integrated sinks can be found in the master bath, a room boasting both a Jacuzzi and floating toilet with bidet.

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Los Camaradas Launches Brunch This Weekend

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As if you don’t already have enough new brunch options, Los Camaradas at 918 South 22nd Street is launching their brunch menu tomorrow, April 4th.

The new Graduate Hospital restaurant will be serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am till 3 pm. Their menu features a variety of tacos and salads, alongside brunch favorites like Huevos Rancheros and Chilaquiles.

Los Camaradas’ cocktail brunch menu of course features the favorite Bloody Mary and mimosa, but also signature drinks like the Buenos Dia (hibiscus and lemongrass tea infused tequila, fresh squeezed grapefruit, pomegranate) and the Un Caballito y Una Cerveza (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Tecate).

They’ll also be open this Sunday for Easter, so you can add this to your list of possible Easter options.

Los Camaradas [Foobooz]

Now Open: Thai Square Restaurant In Graduate Hospital

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Thai Square’s spicy catfish

 

Thai Square Restaurant is now open at 25th and Christian. The family-run Thai BYOB replaces Healthy Bites in Graduate Hospital. Behind the project are Viroj Chuaichu and Laddie Pongdara–a husband and wife duo who were born and raised in Nakhon Si Thammarat, a province in Thailand.

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