15th and South Beer Garden Rocks Its First Weekend

Food at the PHS Pop Up on South Street

Quesadillas, barbecue chicken, ships and salsa and the Khyber’s Pulled Pork BBQ | Photo via PHS

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.

Events and menus at the South Street pop-up »

Wings Back at the Sidecar Bar

wings sidecar 940Graduate 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]

Pop-Up Beer Garden Coming to Rail Park

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A PHS pop-up garden is coming to the foot of the Rail Park. | Image via Google Maps

This summer, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society plans to open two pop-up beer gardens, a return to 15th and South streets plus a new park at the foot of the Philadelphia Rail Park.

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 »

We’re Obsessed With Grad Hospital’s New Boutique

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Images via Maark Concept.

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 ShopsPia 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 »

Lou Bird’s Coming to 20th and Lombard

Meritage will become Lou Bird's | Google Maps

Meritage will become Lou Bird’s | Google Maps

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. 

Plenty of work to do first »

Fireside Camp Supply Is Closing (But It’s Not Going Out of Business!)

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Images via Fireside Camp Supply.

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 »

Introducing the Bruno at Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

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The Bruno at Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

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.

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Loco Pez Is Coming to Graduate Hospital

The Twi-Lite Lounge looks to add a floor and become a second Loco Pez.

The Twi-Lite Lounge looks to add a floor and become a second Loco Pez.

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]

Historic Church in Graduate Hospital To Be Converted Into Offices

First African Baptist Church, 16th and Christian | Via Google Street View

First African Baptist Church, 16th and Christian | Via Google Street View

Developers of the First African Baptist Church at 1606-08 Christian St. in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood have announced their plans for the 109-year-old building. According to Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal, new owners are planning on conducting the necessary structural renovations and then converting the former house of worship into office space for one or multiple tenants.

It’s been a tumultuous few months for the former home of the oldest African American Baptist church in Philadelphia.

The church recently sold the building to a development group for $2.05 million, which was well below the $3.2 million that the Philadelphia Inquirer reported the Rev. Terrence Griffith, the Church’s pastor, was hoping for. The development group includes Bill Vessal, who has previously worked on residential projects in Northern Liberties, and three other developers.

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Twofer: Must-See Mini-Megatron Rowhome in Graduate Hospital

TREND image via Redfin

TREND image via Redfin

Hey, you there, do you live in a traditional Philly rowhome? You know, the two story, two bedrooms and one bath type that might also include a reasonably-sized (and typically concrete) yard.

Chances are high that you sometimes feel a tad cramped and you start to daydream about a tiny DIY project that involves knocking out a wall or two and just combining you beloved home with the one next door to give you some more space.

Wouldn’t it be cool? Wait, is that even possible?

Yes, dreams do come true, folks. Better still, you don’t even have to do the work yourself. That’s because this stellar home on Capenter Street in Graduate Hospital has been combined to create a mini-Megatron of rowhomes.
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