Chef Timothy Spinner and Brian Sirhal who own the Feliz Restaurants (Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz and Taqueria Feliz) are opening their first non-Mexican concept. Beast & Ale, an “updated greasy spoon” at 4161 Main Street in Manayunk is opening today.
Beast & Ale is taking over the former Gemelli/Bisou. The bi-level spot has a full bar and two-floor dining room that includes a second floor deck.
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From the garden, it would be tough to guess that this house was just a stone’s throw from Main Street in Manayunk. The interior of the home also makes it seem a bit more … grown up than some of the typical neighbors. All of which is likely owed to the architect and professional designer who put the whole thing together.
The home features four bedrooms and two full baths as well as a powder room. Luxe paint, built-in shelving and original plank hardwoods give things a warm feel. The kitchen has been recently redone and includes subway tiles on the backsplash as well as a custom bench at the eat-in table. A basement boasts additional room for storage.
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Philadelphia Runner’s new Manayunk storefront
Some good news for Manayunk runners: Main Street is getting a new face thanks to Philadelphia Runner, Be Well Philly reports.
The athletic store, which has a projected “build out” date for this September, will have Canno Design (who just revamped Charlie is a sinner) working on its storefront. Be Well’s Emily Leaman also spoke to PR’s outreach coordinator who said,”We really think Manayunk’s best days are ahead, and we want to be a part of the continuing revitalization of the business corridor.”
Let’s hope so! The news comes after Bryn Mawr Running Company closed its doors a few doors down last fall.
• New Details: Philadelphia Runner to Open New Manayunk Store [Be Well Philly]
Calling all broke college students and anyone else who loves free things and tacos. In order to celebrate Union Taco’s grand opening in Manayunk, the taqueria will be giving away free tacos tomorrow between noon and 2 p.m. Each guest, whether dining in or taking out, will get one taco on the house, but you can enjoy the entire menu, too.
This is Chef Nick Farina’s second Union Taco, and while the menu is almost identical to Northern Liberties’, though you won’t find any flatbreads at the Manayunk location. Yet that didn’t hinder Farina’s enthusiasm for his new opening. “I’m really excited to meet our new clientele and introduce our cuisine to Manayunk taco lovers.” And for you late-night taco lovers, Union Taco will be open until 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
The new location will be at 4229 Main Street.
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After running out last week, Derek’s in Manayunk promised endless mussels for this week’s All-You-Can-Eat Mussels Night on Wednesday.
This week, things seemed to go a bit more smoothly. And now Derek’s is going to be running the special every Wednesday night. Stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to get steaming bowls (upon bowls) of PEI mussels. And depending on how you like ‘em, they can be served in a white wine sauce with garlic and herbs, swimming in the house’s famous spicy red sauce, or both. Because, you know, they’re unlimited. And to pair with your mussels, enjoy the hand cut french fries. Unlimited mussels and fries will be $19, but when you need a little something to wash it down, grab a 22 oz. bottle of Hoegarden for just $7.
Photo by Liz Spikol.
The Manayunk Bridge Trail Project got a Notice to Proceed from the city, meaning construction can begin. The idea is to connect the Cynwyd Heritage Trail to the Schuylkill River Trail via the Manayunk Bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Like many other local railroad structures, the bridge has been out of use for many years. Now it will be part of a bike/walk trail that will extend to Main Street, and even make it possible to walk from Manayunk to Lower Merion. Hopefully, this means more Philadelphians will discover the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.
There are even more heartening connections that will result:
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The Station at Manayunk takes advantage of the neighborhood’s proximity to the canal, train tracks and the bridge. Photo by Liz Spikol.
In case you missed this, “transit-oriented development” (TOD) has become the hottest thing since the Commuter Tunnel on SEPTA’s Regional Rail network. Vacant land next to stations has sprouted apartments, and abandoned factories have been turned into offices, in a number of suburbs throughout the region.
So it was only a matter of time before the trend crossed the city line into Philly itself. We took you on a tour of one such project, Paseo Verde at Temple University station, a few weeks back. Now a second, more luxurious development has opened in Manayunk, right next to Ivy Ridge station on the Manayunk/Norristown line.
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Property photographer Laura Kicey has been chronicling the evolution of the former Fourth Reformed Church since 2012. First came the photo essay of church ruins for Hidden City. Think of this as the “before” shots as the church lay mouldering at the corner of Manayunk and Monastery in Roxborough. Today we get the glorious “afters” in two galleries displaying what developer Andy Thomas has done with the space since acquiring it in March, 2011.
For a taste of what Thomas was dealing with, behold a peek at what the site looked like in 2012, holes in the roof, horrifying bathroom and all.
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