Luke Palladino Opening Restaurant at Valley Forge Casino

Valley Forge Casino CMO Jennifer Galle and Luke Palladino | Photo via VFCR

Valley Forge Casino CMO Jennifer Galle and Luke Palladino | Photo via VFCR

Luke Palladino, who has a history with casino restaurants is adding another LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort to his portfolio. The upscale steakhouse will open this October at the King of Prussia casino. The restaurant will be an upscale steakhouse with seating for up to 205 people in the main dining room plus 25 seats at the bar, 30 seats in the lounge area, and two private dining rooms.

LP Steak will replace Pacific Prime in the Valley Forge Casino, and will join other new features of the casino including the recently opened Valley Beach Poolside Club and the relaunch of the Valley Forge Music Fair.

LP Steak joins the Luke Palladino Hospitality Group, which also includes Palladino’s on Passyunk and Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking in Linwood, New Jersey.

LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort [Foobooz]

Free Summer Concert Series and Yoga Classes Kick Off in King of Prussia

Photo courtesy of King of Prussia Business Improvement District.

Photo courtesy of King of Prussia Business Improvement District.

This week, King of Prussia Business Improvement District relaunched a summertime arts initiative that gives locals something unique to do at lunchtime. Rock Your Lunch! is a free summer concert series that aims to create a more vibrant community and celebrate the 15,000-plus employees working in the district (and just anyone who wants to come hear some good tunes).

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Valley Forge Casino Debuts New Pool and Poolside Club

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The pool at Valley Forge Casino | Tom Briglia/PhotoGraphics

Dodge the rush to get down to the Shore this summer and head over to King of Prussia instead. Valley Forge Casino Resort just cut the ribbon on its brand new Valley Beach Poolside Club.

The standout attraction at the club is its 22,000-gallon, four-leaf-clover-style swimming hole. It is open to the public Thursdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. until midnight; Saturdays from 11 am until midnight; and Sundays 11 am to 11 pm. Best of all: After 6 pm, the pool is 21 or older.

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Spotted Green Space: Linear Park Planned for First Avenue in King of Prussia

Rendering courtesy of Red Balloon PR.

Well, check you out, KoP! We’ve caught word of the King of Prussia Business Improvement District joining forces with Upper Merion Township to spearhead a new Linear Park along First Avenue. According to a press release, the business park is part of their “Complete Streets” plan for First Avenue and is slated to replace a strip of under-utilized lawn areas between North Gulph and Allendale Roads in King of Prussia’s recently rezoned mixed-use district.

Public amenities to look forward to with the upcoming green space include multi-use bicycle and pedestrian paths, seating areas, benches, trash receptacles and site lighting. From a long-term view, the new space is expected to become “a venue for people to exercise, socialize, or reflect, and creates opportunities for ecological stewardship,” as LRSLAstudio principal Julie Bush put it (the firm was hired as the landscape architect). The First Avenue Linear Park is anticipated to increase access throughout the business park district, amp up pedestrian safety, and make way for potential green infrastructure opportunities, among other things.

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Morning Headlines: $60 Million Apartment Complex Planned in King of Prussia

751 Vandenburg Boulevard, King of Prussia | Image: Google Street View

751 Vandenburg Boulevard, King of Prussia | Image: Google Street View

Thanks to some new zoning changes that promotes density and mixed-use projects in the business park area, King of Prussia is looking to become more than just a place with one of the largest mall in all the land. The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni reports that  homebuilder Bentley Homes has teamed up with Cornerstone Communities out of Villanova to create a $60 million plan to bring a 320-unit residential community to 751 Vandenburg Boulevard. It is “one of the first projects that will take advantage of the new zoning,” says Kostelni.

The 20-acre site, which rests north of the mall and east of Valley Forge National Historic Park/Valley Forge Casino in the King of Prussia Business Park, will consist of four apartment buildings that will have a central courtyard with “landscaped rooms” for community enjoyment. Plans also include a cafe that will be open to the public, according to Kostelni.

Headlines: Charges in Real Estate Scheme…

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KOP Hosts Restaurant Week


For all of those in the suburbs who missed out on Center City Restaurant Week, the King of Prussia District is holding their own version, running from March 2 to March 8, called dineKOP.

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Come Shop With Us — and Get Exclusive Discounts — at Ted Baker

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Image via Ted Baker.

Ready for your next Thursday night plans? We’re throwing an exclusive shopping party at Ted Baker in the King of Prussia Mall. Guests will join me, the Ted Baker styling team and men’s style expert Sabir Peele for an exclusive night of after-hours shopping, live music, food, drinks and major discounts, plus the chance to shop Ted Baker’s new spring 2015 collection before anyone else.

The evening is first-come, first-serve — we’re only allowing about 30 people to join us — so be sure to mark down the date (Thursday, March 5th, from 6pm to 9pm), and RSVP here. About those discounts …

Now Is the Wrong Time for Protests

It was Saturday night at the King of Prussia Mall and my 8-year-old son, David, wanted to see Santa. He took a picture with his mom’s iPhone of some toys he just saw and wanted to show Santa. Welcome to life in 2014.

We got to the Santa area in the middle of the mall and his helpers were putting up the velvet rope. “Santa has to take a quick break,” we were told. I pleaded and they allowed just one more. The velvet rope clipped on the pole and I was dad of the day.

As I stood waiting for my son’s turn with the big man, the helper confided in me that he needed to rush Santa out of there before the “Die-In.” A large group of people protesting the shooting deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner were going to sprawl themselves like so many dead bodies next in the fake snow and next to the giant candy canes, in hopes of disrupting Christmas shopping and visits with Santa.

On cue a little girl cried at the news that she would not be able to talk to Santa. She was told that he needed to feed the reindeer. In truth, his security team had to whisk him away before the embarrassing photo op of Santa standing jolly amid the mock dead.

It was surreal until the anger set in. How dare they!
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Morning Headlines: Mixed-Use Development Planned Near King of Prussia Mall

King of Prussia rendering

King of Prussia Malls’s planned addition isn’t the only thing coming to the area: the Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin reports that the former Valley Forge Golf Course, a 135-acre parcel of land near the mall, is set to get apartments, a hospital, and further shopping.

Laughlin says that the on-site Wegmans, which has been there for two years, will eventually be in the company of a “Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia facility, 249,985 additional square feet of retail, […] 365 residential units” and, one day, an extension of the Norristown High Speed Line. If you’re wondering why this development would warrant an elevated line extension, that’s because the community is expected to grow in coming years.
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KOP Becomes the Montreal of Malls


When a co-worker first heard that the King of Prussia Mall would be expanding, she wrote, via chat, “WHY IS KING OF PRUSSIA EXPANDING??? IT’S ALREADY LIKE 55 MILES WORTH OF SHOPPING. I can’t.” This was a legitimate response, especially for those of us with credit card debt.

But the expansion isn’t just about shopping. It’s also about warmth, since one must now go outside to walk between the two malls, The Court and The Plaza. The expansion will make the entire site fully enclosed. For renderings and details, go here.

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