Aprons Soul Food Coming to 26th and Washington

Aprons Southern Restaurant | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Aprons Authentic Southern Restaurant | Photo by Arthur Etchells

The former Moe’s Hot Dogs is getting a new tenant. Aprons Soul Food, which for a time operated near Temple’s campus at 1621 Cecil B. Moore is taking the corner of 26th and Washington Avenue. The new location promises authentic Southern food for eat-in, takeout and delivery.

A July post to Facebook promises the new Aprons Soul Food will open this month.

Aprons Soul Food [Foobooz]

Twi-Lite Lounge Under Contract

Photo via Yelp

Twi-Lite Lounge | Photo via Yelp

Loco Pez owner Joe Beckham confirmed with us today that he and his partners are under contract to take over Robert’s Twi-Lite Lounge at the corner of 20th and Bainbridge.

Beckham says that the concept is still up in the air but that it will be a restaurant. The scope will come as they get inside the building and can understand what the building can support. Beckham is also keen on neighborhood feedback, a wise move as just a half-block away, neighbors fought to prevent the Pub & Kitchen team from opening an all-day cafe back in 2011. That battle ended with the neighbors quietly buying the building for themselves.

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Korean Pub, SouthGate Is Opening Soon

Not the Tangier you knew. SouhGate brings taste of Korea to 18th and Lombard.

Not the Tangier you knew. SouhGate brings taste of Korea to 18th and Lombard.

When we last checked in on SouthGate back in April, owner Peter Hwang was excited to get into renovating the old Tangier and turning it into a Korean pub. We were a little worried about what he would find as he started scraping away the decades of grease, paint and wear at the corner bar. Sure enough, the rehab was more intense than imagined. The floor joists all had to be replaced and the basement walk-ins and the kitchen on the main floor. The basement restrooms now shine, and the steps down are just as steep, but not nearly as rickety.

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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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