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


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?


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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Graduate Hospital Home (That Was Not in The Sixth Sense) Sold Within Two Weeks

2032 Saint Albans St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

2032 Saint Albans St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

Almost had me there, Myopic Eyesight. Contrary to my intial reading, this recently purchased house on Saint Albans is not the one used as Cole Sears’ home in the Sixth Sense. That honor goes to 2302 Saint Albans, according to Movie Tourist. (If you do want to see inside one of the Philadelphia residences used in the film, this Fitler Square mansion we wrote about over the summer was used in a party scene.) But, moving on…

The property at 2032, last listed at $375,000, offers a home with cherry hardwood floors, exposed brick, finished basement and two fireplaces (living room and master bedroom). The kitchen has a 5-burner stove, stone backsplash, slate floors and granite counterops. There’s also a fenced patio, which could easily be converted into a parking space. Gallery below.

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Where We’re Eating: Cafe Ynez


A Mexican restaurant in your neighborhood is a way of knowing you’ve arrived. An attractive BYOB serving breakfast nachos and carne asada salads and offering dinner specials like poached tilapia is a subtle clue that house prices are rocketing skyward and you’re happy you bought when you did. That’s what Cafe Ynez does for both the Grad Hospital and Point Breeze neighborhoods. The husband-and-wife team of Evan Malone and Jill Weber (Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516) have created this third restaurant as a companion to Malone’s NextFab Studio. But it’s the neighbors who make out best in the deal. Whether it’s the huevos rancheros that don’t need to take a backseat to any in the city, or the rotisserie chicken that can anchor a dinner platter or be a key ingredient in the Tinga burrito, a meal at Cafe Ynez is affordable, tasty, and just what this neighborhood needs.

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Where We’re Eating: My Thai

My Thai at 22nd and South | Photo via UWISHUNU

My Thai at 22nd and South | Photo via UWISHUNU

A year ago, a typical night at My Thai might include a single occupied table — usually a Penn professor and friend — plus one or two people standing by the entrance waiting for their to-go orders, the door and vestibule still proudly displaying decade-old accolades from Zagat, AOL City-Search and Philadelphia magazine. It had the feel of a restaurant whose best days were behind it.

On a recent evening, though, the majority of the tables were filled. The Penn professor was still there, as were the customers standing by the door awaiting their orders. But there were also tables of neighbors sitting down to dinner. There was an energy in the dining room, and it was picked up by the kitchen. The Thai basil chicken was better than ever. The curry was punched up. Even the Singha beer tasted fresher. The always-polite Thai waiter was joined by an equally polite sidekick. When he noticed I’d devoured everything on the plate but the broccoli, he suggested that next time, I substitute a vegetable I like better. I will, and that next time will be coming up soon.

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Sold in Six Days!

2001 Kater St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

2001 Kater St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

If only there were pictures of this corner rowhouse from back in the day on! We would have loved to see what the Graduate Hospital home looked like then.

According to its last owners, the first floor was once a hair salon with apartments on the second and third levels. But going back even further, the building was a generational sandwich shop called “Prowell’s Sandwiches,” which some older neighbors fondly remember for “their excellent chilli hot dogs.” (This was before the big cheesesteak craze that hit Philly in the 1940s.) The owner adds that parts of sandwich shop’s lettering can still be seen on the sidewalk out front.

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It’s a Chili Cook Off at the Cambridge

chili cookoff cambridge

On Sunday, November 9th, The Cambridge will be hosting its 3rd annual Chili Cook Off in which 14 competitors will square off to see who can make the “Best Chili in Philly.” The event starts at 2 p.m. and is free to attend.

Guests will sample all of the chilis and vote for their favorite while drinking pumpkin beers of all varieties, everything from sours to IPA.

The Cambridge [Foobooz]

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