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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Now Open: Los Camaradas in Graduate Hospital

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Mural at Los Camaradas

Los Camaradas is now open at 22nd and Carpenter. The Mexican bar and restaurant replaces the unfortunately named Strip Joint. Joseph and Theresa Scull are behind the new spot. This is the couple’s first spot but far from their first time in a restaurant. Joseph is a restaurant kitchen veteran, recently he’s been doing some consulting and has had stints at Bryn Mawr’s Verdad and Chestnut Hill’s Solaris Grill. Theresa was the beverage manager at Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz.

The bar is stocked with more than 50 tequilas and a healthy selection of mezcals. All of the margaritas are made with fresh fruit and agave, never a mix. The bar will also have specialty cocktails like the Alma Picante, a spicy and smoky number made with mezcal. It went well with the smoked gouda that starred in the nachos.
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Spotted: Growler Stop Coming to 22nd and South

growler stop logoA banner for the Growler Stop adorns the wall at the former L2, promising beer, sandwiches and brick oven pizza. Details are few on the web site, Facebook page and Twitter account but on the face of it, Growler Sop will be in conflict with Omega Pizza across 22nd Street, which offers pizza and takeout beer.

Earlier rumors had the former L2 being turned into a Starbucks. A brick oven pizza and beer space, would seemingly be more welcome to the neighborhood but it will be interesting to see how the project plays out with neighbors.

The 2201 South Street building has been marketed as 1,607 square feet of retail with over 100 feet of frontage primarily along 22nd Street.

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Don’t Get Any Ideas, Condo Developers. This Philly Spot Is Spoken For!

The site in July 2014. | Photo via Google Street View.

The site in July 2014. | Photo via Google Street View.

Nothing is for certain just yet, but yesterday’s presentation of a bill that would rezone a site currently taken up by vacant buildings for a park space was definitely a step in that direction.

According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced the bill, which paves the way for the proposed Carpenter Green, a project by the South of South Neighborhood Association. SOSNA envisions the land as “green recreation space.”

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For Sale: Renovation Success That’s a Must-See (and a Must-Buy?)

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach - Center City.

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City.

Oh, this is a good one.

I mean, we haven’t seen it in person or anything (although you can do so this Monday, details below), but from the looks of the gallery, the restoration job it got to its facade and interior was a job well done indeed. Updates include a custom-designed kitchen with quartz counters, Bertazzoni stove, white cabinetry, glass-tile blacksplash and Fischer & Paykel dishwasher; finished basement; recessed lighting and hardwood floors; plus, some exposed brick.

The master bedroom consists of the entire third floor, which means a super spacious sleeping quarter and beautiful bathroom (the free-standing Whitehaus soaking tub and custom stone- and tile-work are to die for!) for whoever calls dibs.

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Poll: Which Home in Graduate Hospital Are You Lovin’ At The Moment?

510 S. 20th (L) and 1725 Lombard square off (Images via TREND/Keller Williams and Kurfiss Sotheby's)

510 S. 20th (L) and 1725 Lombard square off (Images via TREND/Keller Williams and Kurfiss Sotheby’s)

Looking for a house in Graduate Hospital in that’s between $700,000 and $750,000? You’re in luck! We’ve found two incredible houses that fit your budget. Now the question remains, which one would you choose? Flick through these impressive galleries and take our poll.

House number one is located at 510 South 20th Street and listed for $715,000. At nearly 2,000 square feet, it has plenty of room for a family (three bedrooms) while incorporating some great spaces to kick back and relax. The open floor plan on the main floor is perfect for entertaining and the living room features exposed beams and a fireplace while overlooking the backyard patio. The master suite encompasses the entire third floor and boast an enormous walk-in closet/sitting room. Need some extra storage? The finished basement should give you plenty of room to store everything neatly out of the way.

Travel around the block a piece and you’ll find 1725 Lombard Street. Currently listed for $749,900, it sizes up to be 1,887 square-feet. Its four bedrooms make it a great property for an expanding family and the newly renovated kitchen features mahogany cabinets and granite countertops. The amenity-rich master suite is also located on the third floor has a walk-in shower with radiant heat floors. Much like its counterpart at 510 South 20th Street, the living room has a working fireplace and overlooks a neatly landscaped brick patio with garden.

The must-see galleries are located after the jump. Will they cement your choice? Trust us, theses photos will make it difficult to choose!

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Meritage Names New Chef, Rolls Out New Menu

meritage-beets-400Meritage at 20th and Lombard has named Paul Gauthier as its new executive chef. Gauthier, who is a Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute replaces Anne Coll (who is going to be running the kitchen at Susanna Foo’s new Center City restaurant) who was the longtime Meritage chef and her successor, Adam Ratmoko.

In a adjective rich release, Meritage promises Gauthier will bring “seasonally inspired cuisine prepared with a modern French technique” to the restaurant.

The menu no longer has any hits of Asian influence but now offers standards like Beef Bourguignon, Bolognese and seared salmon.

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Founding Fathers Sports Bar Opens Today

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Inside Founding Fathers during last night’s pre-opening party.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill opens today. The bar is located at 1612 South Street and features a clean design and a lot of very big TVs.

Owners Owners Jon Adler and Sam Brouwer swing open the doors at 5 p.m. with a full bar and flowing beer taps. The kitchen will be bringing out complimentary food this evening and start full food service tomorrow at noon.

Founding Fathers will add brunch down the line and looks to cater to the neighborhood. Al Anderson, who has previously worked at Johnny Brenda’s and South Philly Taproom is the man in the kitchen.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill [Foobooz]

The Lovely Bones: Graduate Hospital Home With Charming Staircase

1533 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

1533 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

It’s not some ritzy mansion with cool amenities strewn around like dust particles, but it’s a keeper.

Situated in Graduate Hospital, this townhouse has the potential to offer anyone a decent home: kitchen with stainless steel appliances and tile flooring, four bedrooms (one of which takes up the entire third floor), vestibule entrance with marble flooring and crown molding, and basement storage. See the gallery below.

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Could a Beer Hall Happen at 22nd and Washington?

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Rendering via Naked Philly

Naked Philly reports that MSC Retail has a warehouse at 22nd and Washington Avenue on the market and has even gone to the effort of producing renderings of the 24,000 square foot building as a beer hall. We know the property has been floated as a beer garden since the spring. It will be interesting to see if anyone takes the bait.

Washington Avenue has some serious development potential and with Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, Cafe Ynez, NextFab Studios and a crossfit studio nearby, the stretch has some success stories as well.

MSC Retail’s Jacob Cooper reached out to us regarding the company’s thoughts on the property.

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