DVLF Announces 2015 HEROES

Gloria Casarez

The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund has just announced their 2015 HEROES award recipients. These individuals’ “leadership advances the rights of the LGBTQ community. Through the nomination process, DVLF identifies youth, adults, non-profits, allies and businesses who have bold ideas, act with selfless intention, and courageously work to advance the equality of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in the Delaware Valley and beyond.” Read more »

Hotel Monaco Celebrates Halloween in Heaven and Hell


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In case you haven’t already finalized your Halloween plans, Hotel Monaco and their rooftop Stratus Lounge are transforming their spaces into heaven and hell for Halloween night, beginning at 10 p.m. and running through last call. Honestly, this party sounds like a good time for those of you who don’t feel like donning a costume but still want to party.

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Free Bike Tune-Ups at Hotel Monaco Tomorrow



If you’re cruising through the city tomorrow, be sure to give your bike a little TLC and stop by Hotel Monaco for their second annual Cycle Check-up event. The Kimpton Hotel is partnering with Keswick Cycle for a pop-up bike shop, where mechanics will perform on-the-spot wheel and tire inspections, express tune-ups, and adjustments on front and rear derailleurs and brakes—all for free. There will even be snacks, courtesy of Red Owl Tavern, and the chance to enter a raffle for a free Fuji bike. Holler!

The pop-up shop will be located in front of Hotel Monaco (433 Chestnut Street), from 7 to 9 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m. First come, first served.

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Lineup Set for Taste of the Nation

logo_nkhThe lineup for the 2014 Taste of the Nation fundraiser for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign has been finalized. More than thirty restaurants including Serpico, Will and Vernick Food and Drink will be participating at the April 27th event. Tickets are on sale now fro the event which will take place at the Hotel Monaco. General admission tickets are $95 and VIP tickets (which come with an early admission time ar $145).

The 2014 Taste of the Nation Participants »

Missed Out on the Bacon and Beer Festival? There’s an After Party

bacon-wayne-Philly-webThe Bacon and Beer Festival sold out within the thirty seconds it took me to realize my mouse was upside down. So they’re going to be selling tickets to an after party at the Hotel Monaco’s Stratus Lounge. Tickets are $25 and go on sale at 2 p.m. today.

Tickets include bacon-ized cupcakes from Sweet Box, bacon bites from Ribs Within and two drink tickets for bacon and beer cocktails.

The after party is Sunday, December 8th from 6 to 8 p.m. The bar will remain open after  the after party and drinks will be available for the discount price of $5 each.
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Bacon and Beer Festival Coming to Philadelphia

bacon-wayne-Philly-webThe first ever Philadelphia Bacon and Beer Festival is coming to to the Hotel Monaco on Sunday, December 8th. Fifteen of the city’s best bacon-loving restaurants and nine local craft breweries are participating.

The event also benefits MANNA, with at least 50% of the proceeds going to the non-profit.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 13th at 10 a.m. The Philadelphia festival will only be a quarter of the size the original in Boston and that one sold out in minutes. This is the fourth city the festival has gone to. Denver was added in 2012 and San Francisco had its first bacon and beer fest this year.

Tickets are $45 and include access to the festival and unlimited samples from all of the restaurants and brewers.
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Philadelphia’s Hotel Monaco Is One of Fodor’s Top 100 for 2013

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Photo by Laura Kicey

The Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards is pretty much what it sounds like: a contest honoring the best 100 hotels around the world. And Philly’s own Hotel Monaco, in operation for just one year, has made the cut in the Sleek City Addresses category, which acknowledges “glossy city hotels that offer high style and first rate amenities.”

In case you haven’t seen the glorious Monaco, here’s a gallery of photos by Laura Kicey:

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The Menu: Red Owl Tavern

We’ve been keeping our eye on the progress over at the Red Owl Tavern, going into what appears to be the bottom two floors of the Hotel Monaco at 5th and Chestnut. Just this afternoon we’ve learned that a hard date–October 4–has been set for the opening of the hotel itself, Red Owl and Stratus (the rooftop cocktail lounge), and that Guillermo Tellez (of Square 1682) will now be on as exec chef for all three properties.

But what’s even better? We also got to take a look at the opening menu…

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Help Wanted: Chef to Drive Ginormous Restaurant on Independence Square


Uwishunu has a bunch of slick rendering of the upcoming Hotel Monaco that is coming to 5th and Chestnut Streets. Included in the 268 room hotel will be the 130-seat Red Owl Tavern and a 300 seat rooftop bar and lounge. The Red Owl is being described as “chef-driven” and offering a chef’s table, mezzanine seating and outdoor dining along 5th Street. The rooftop bar and lounge will be open all year with table service, heat lamps and two pavilions available for private events.

So if you’re a chef with a good name and want to run a restaurant right on Independence Mall, we’d suggest getting your resume in pronto. The hotel and Red Owl Tavern are both aiming to open this September.

Coming Attraction: A First Look Inside The Forthcoming Hotel Monaco, And Its Restaurant The Red Owl Tavern [UWISHUNU]