New La Colombe Planned for Independence Mall

dow-building-940The former Rohm and Haas building at the corner of 6th and Market Streets will be the home of a new La Colombe coffee cafe in 2015. La Colombe is leasing 1,700 square feet of ground-floor space at on Independence Mall. This will not be a mega La Colombe like the 11,000 square foot cafe recently opened in Fishtown.

The building has seen a rebirth of its public spaces since the joint venture of Keystone Property Group, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and Parkway Corporation took over the building. Over the summer, the building’s plaza and breezeways were the home of the successful Independence Beer Garden.

La Colombe has been focusing on expansion since raising $28.5 million in backing this summer. No exact word on an opening date.

La Colombe [Official]

Philadelphia Is Getting Crabby

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Philadelphia is getting crabby and it isn’t because the Eagles lost (thank goodness). We’ve been spotting crab specials pop up around town. Corner Foodery is offering snow crabs for $9.99 per pound or three blue crabs for $9.99. Each order of blue crabs gets a free 12-ounce draft. And tonight, from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, the deal works in reverse. Buy a beer and get an order of free crabs.

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Cheese Curd Redemption at Independence Beer Garden

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Adam Erace reviews the pop-up Independence Beer Garden and offers tips for where and when to hang out but skewers the food, save what comes with cheese curds.

But don’t miss the cheese curds, light little poufs of tempura-fried Vermont goodness served with sweet, smoky tomato jam, the marinara to these new-school mozzarella sticks.

At Independence Beer Garden, a democratic menu of bar fare [City Paper]
Independence Beer Garden [Foobooz]

Today: Independence Beer Garden is Here

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Ever since the release of the menu that made us salivate, we have been waiting ever so patiently for Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden. And it’s finally here (for real this time). The highly anticipated garden is set to open today at 4 p.m, regardless of the weather.

From delicious bites to scenic views, Independence Beer Garden is looking to spruce up the summer. The menu will feature Philly favorites, like Pretzel bites, along with many BBQ-friendly items, including Corn on the Cob with Chili Butter & Cojita Cheese and a Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. In addition to all of the eats, IBG will have ping-pong tables, a table-top Jenga, and a 10-foot projection TV for you to enjoy, as well.

But we can’t forget about the piece that brings the entire garden together: beer. And with a beer menu almost as big as the location itself, you might have a tough time narrowing things down. We know we will. Check out the entire drink menu here. Now, go ahead and start counting down the hours with us.

IBG is located at 100 S. Independence Mall West and, after today, will open daily at 11 a.m.

Independence Beer Garden [Foobooz]

10 Things To Do in Philly This Week: PHS Pop-Up Garden Returns, Independence Beer Garden Debuts, and More



It’s Becoming a Beer Garden City

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Garden Variety Beer Garden

It doesn’t take much to realize that Philly loves its beer gardens. From Fishtown to the Art Museum, beer gardens are popping up everywhere. And Joe Sixpack took notice; today he wrote an article on the phenomena. “Beer gardens are suddenly so popular, the city’s tourism marketing agency is promoting a series of visits on Friday afternoons this summer.”

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Visit Philly Kicks Off Beer Garden Series

Phillyosophy_Beer_Morgansv1000-680uwVisit Philadelphia is kicking off a summer beer garden happy hour series. The twelve week series will feature six beer gardens on Friday afternoons. Each pop-up happy hour will include specials on food and local craft beer, as well as games led by the Visit Philly team.

It all starts at 4 p.m. at Morgan’s Pier. Check out the full schedule on UWISHUNU.

Announcing The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series [UWISHUNU]

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