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.
Kermit’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.”
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.
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.
Roberto 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]
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.
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.
This week, as part of Sidecar’s monthly Cock-a-doodle-doo chicken wing special, yours truly has collaborated with Sidecar’s Brian Lofink to create the Foobooz Philadelphia chicken wings. Like me, these wings are fiercely local and crazy about beer (Man, that sounds a little too much like something Guy Fieri would say).
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]