We still don’t know what Toll others’ proposed mixed-use tower on Jewelers Row will look like, but we do know its facade won’t look like this, and that has the city’s preservation community up in arms. | Photo: Oscar Beisert
As we close the book on 2016, let’s take a look back at the year in real estate and development. What were the stories that got people’s attention this year? Here are our picks:
Toll Brothers goes tall on Jewelers Row and sets off a preservation fight.
A few years ago, Toll Brothers, the Horsham-based luxury home builder, decided to enter the urban development game with its City Living division. Urbanist critics loved to fault the builder’s Philadelphia projects for their notable lack of urban features like density and mixed uses. So when the company announced it wanted to build an apartment tower with street-level retail in Philadelphia, everyone cheered, right? Wrong, because the tower would replace three buildings on historic Jewelers Row. The fight to preserve the buildings pitted the preservation community against just about all of the property owners on the 700 block of Sansom Street, who see the apartment tower as giving their businesses a shot in the arm from a ready-made customer base. (Or so it appeared from the testimony delivered to the Philadelphia Historical Commission in September, when it opted to punt on the issue of preserving the endangered buildings. The Jewelers Row merchants who appeared at this month’s Washington Square West Civic Association Zoning Committee meeting sang a different tune altogether.) Toll can build this project by right under the lot’s zoning, but Toll has indicated it wants to work with the community to shape a project everyone could live with. Right now, it looks like that project has yet to emerge. Read more »
Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie opens Friday at the King of Prussia Mall
Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie opens this Friday, October 14th as part of the URBN nexus at the King of Prussia Mall. The Pizzeria Vetri will be joining the overhauled Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People on the upper level of the Court at King of Prussia. And as we told you about last month, this Pizzeria Vetri will specialize in Roman square pizza slices and feature a whole menu of rotolo.
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Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie
The Pizzeria Vetri that’s opening at the confluence of the Urban Outfitters brands at the King of Prussia Mall will be different than the other Pizzeria Vetri locations out there. It will be known as Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie and will specialize in pizza al taglio, Vetri’s take on the thicker, square traditional Roman pizzas. Additionally there will be a whole menu of Pizzeria Vetri’s rotolos, stuffed and rolled pizza dough, plus a selection of seasonal desserts.
The new menu will also include dessert pizzettes, including an apple pie crumble variation and a Southern-inspired gelato created in collaboration with chef Kevin Sbraga, exclusive to the King of Prussia location. The Pizzeria Square Pie will also offer wine and beer and will offer counter service and a seating area for 60 diners.
The Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie will be part of the Urban Outfitters destination at the mall, which will include an UO, Anthropologie and Free People. Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie is scheduled to open on Friday, October 14th.
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Chicken and Waffle at the Fat Ham King of Prussia
Kevin Sbraga’s Southern food concept, the Fat Ham opens today at the King of Prussia Mall. In addition to the Fat Ham’s signature hot chicken, the suburban outpost offers a full menu of toasts, salads, entrees and sandwiches. The Fat Ham will be open in the mall’s Savor expansion for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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Melt Shop Opens at the King of Prussia Mall
The first eateries that are part of the King of Prussia Mall’s expanded food area, Savor have now opened. Yesterday was the first day of Melt Shop, a New York-based comfort food spot that offers sandwiches, shakes, salads and sides. Highlights include classic grilled cheese to a truffle melt, burger melt and fried chicken. Shakes include Nutella, oreo and chocolate truffle. Tots can round out your decadent lunch or dinner.
The 1,300 square foot space is Melt Shop’s 7th location and first in Pennsylvania. The other six are located in New York City, Long Island and at the Mall of America in Minnesota.
King of Prussia gets a second Shake Shack »
Everyday there seems to be fresh news of more stores and restaurants coming to the King of Prussia Mall expansion. The newest one is pretty exciting.
Princeton-based restaurant Mistral will be opening a new 3,700-square-feet restaurant at the entrance of the mall, between Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor. Headed up by executive chef Scott Anderson, the restaurant has a rotating seasonal menu focused on local ingredients.
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Inside DVF at KOP. | Photo by Jacob Snavely for DVF.
We’ve reported extensively on the King of Prussia Mall expansion, bringing you a first look at the expansion connecting the former Court and Plaza, as well as announcing new stores we can expect in the expansion. Lo and behold, the day is quickly approaching where the new KOP masterplan will to the public—August 18th—and images are starting to trickle in of the fabulous new storefronts, not least among them David Yurman and DVF of Diane von Furstenberg. Situated in the luxury brand hub inside the new connector wing of the KOP mall, the two high-end retailers feature jewelry and clothing, respectively, for the luxe lady. Take a first look inside the two new spaces opening early: Read more »
A woman identified as 32-year-old Cherie Amoore walks through and out of the King of Prussia Mall with seven-month-old Ahsir Simmons.
The full surveillance video showing the March 31st abduction of seven-week-old Ahsir Simmons from the King of Prussia Mall has just been released. Cherie Amoore, 32, allegedly kidnapped the infant after befriending his mother; she walked with them through the mall, sat with them at the food court, then took the baby while his mother was distracted by another young child. Read more »
A rendering of the new King of Prussia mall addition.
The King of Prussia Mall expansion continues on schedule, and the mall addition that will (finally!) connect the Plaza and the Court is starting to take shape. Today, mall owner Simon Property Group announced three new stores that are coming to the King of Prussia Mall sometime in late summer.
Headlining that list is Superdry, the U.K.-based outfitter that combines American-style fashion with nonsense Japanese script (really, it’s all gibberish) plastered on its outerwear. Read more »
Founding Farmers Restaurant Group, owned by and partnering directly with the North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU), is bringing their next family farm-driven restaurant to the King of Prussia Town Center.
Founding Farmers will be a 14,000 square foot restaurant with two levels—the in-house bakery on the first floor, and the dining room and bar on the second. But this isn’t just any restaurant. There’s a good story behind Founding Farmers, and it starts with the NDFU.
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