Three Things That Are Worrying Us

Christina DeSilva at Taproom on 19th | Photo by Lauren Mame Thomas

Christina DeSilva at Taproom on 19th | Photo by Lauren Mame Thomas

Christina DeSilva is the new executive chef at South Philadelphia’s Taproom on 19th. DeSilva is just 21-years of age and promises “upscale stoner food.” Though cool ranch fries with chipotle-lime mayo and a spiked malted brown butter sage milkshake with brûléed figs appeal to us, we can’t help but worry that most 21-year olds we know are much more stoner than executive.

Meal Ticket was the first to report that chef Rob Marzinsky has left Fitler Dining Room. The restaurant was ranked number 11 in Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list and Marzinsky received much of the praise. Owner Dan Clark says Fitler isn’t announcing a replacement yet and that they’re “staffing from within the company.” That’s at least slightly reassuring, as Fitler, Pub & Kitchen and Avalon’s the Diving Horse are all part of the same organization. Marzinsky tells us he has something planned for February and then will do some travelling. Here’s hoping the restaurant keeps performing at a high level.

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Check Out the Menus for Franky Bradley’s

franky-bradleys-940Mark Bee who has already experienced success at N. 3rd and Silk City is opening Franky Bradley’s tomorrow at Juniper and Chancellor. The former Sisters Nightclub promises a retro experience, connecting to the space’s past as Frankie Bradley’s, a well known restaurant that catered to entertainers, that was opened from 1933 to 1986.

The interior definitely has a Mark Bee vibe, complete with a Foxy Brown portrait made out of dollar bills. The walls are also adorn with vintage sexy Pan Am ads and more than a few nudes.

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Indeblue Adds Late Night Happy Hour

indeblue-happy-hour-400Indeblue’s Midtown Village location is adding a late night happy hour. Nightly, from 9 p.m. till the bar closes, the Indian restaurant runs the same bar specials they do from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Those deals include $3 beers, $4 wines, $5 cocktails and $3, $4 and $5 plates.

Indeblue joins a host of other Midtown Village bars and restaurants offering late night deals.

Check out the happy menu below »

Zavino Celebrating 5 Years With Cheap Pizzas And Wine

Photo courtesy Neal Santos

Photo courtesy Neal Santos

For those of you who maybe just parted with a fast $250 to secure your place at the table for the Vetri / Morimoto collaboration dinner, here’s something that might take the sting away–a nice, cheap dinner at Zavino.

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of their Midtown Village location, all of the Zavino restaurants are going to be offering $5 pizzas and $5 glasses of wine on Monday, January 12, from 11am to close. Any of the pizzas on chef Carlos Aparicio‘s menu are fair game, and the house will be offering two reds and two whites at $5 a glass.

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Mark Bee’s Gayborhood Bar Will Be Franky Bradley’s

franky-bradleys-400A couple of snippets of training materials and in-work menus prove that Mark Bee’s successor to Sisters nightclub at the corner of Chancellor and Juniper Streets will be named Franky Bradley’s. A name that harkens back to 1930s when Frankie Bradley’s occupied the same space. According to Gayborhood Guru, Frankie Bradley’s was a restaurant owned by a Jewish prize fighter, Frankie Bloch. The restaurant was known for its planked steaks, lobster and seafood. The original Frankie Bradley’s had a 53-year run.

As for the new Franky Bradley’s, we’re hearing there will be live music and a traditional American menu.

We’ll be posting new details as soon as we have them.

UPDATE: We received a cryptic message from Franky Bradley’s. It simply stated, “The gloves are back on … Open for business January 15th. Drink. Dance. Dine. Deviate.” – Well, the original Franky Bradley was a boxer.

For more on the Sisters to Mark Bee transfer, check out G Philly.

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Holiday Beer Dinner at Lolita

Photo by Jason Varney

Photo by Jason Varney

Lolita Restaurant knows that on a Sunday and/or Monday – especially one approaching the holiday – beer is always a good idea, as is saving money.

So, on Sunday, December 7th and Monday, December 8th, the restaurant will host a 3-course Holiday Beer Dinner with a menu of Mexican food meeting Christmas beer. And you can’t complain about the cost, it’s only $35 per person.

Check out the full menu and beer pairings »

Fergie’s Pub Is Celebrating 20 Years

fergies-pub-940On Friday, November 28th, Fergie’s Pub will officially be 20-years old and the bar is celebrating all weekend. The fun starts tonight with Live Band Karaoke featuring The Satellite Hearts.

The festivities continue on Friday, Friday November 28th with “Hank’s Cadillac Happy Hour” at 6 p.m. and followed by Brown Sugar, an all black Rolling Stone cover band at 10.30.

On Saturday, there will be traditional Irish music at 4 p.m., “Infinite Quest Happy Hour” at 7 and Sylvia Platypus’ CD Release Party at 10 p.m. Sunday will feature John Byrne’s Irish Ballad Session at 4:30 p.m., Honorable Mention – Comedy Open Mic upstairs at 8 p.m. and Rusty Cadillac downstairs at 9.

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Tonight: Beaujolais Nouveau Night in Midtown Village

Yoga and Wine at Valley Green Inn

Beaujolais Nouveau, the French red that’s always ridiculously popular for one day a year, will be officially released for sale on Thursday, November 20th. And for those of you who get excited by such things, Midtown Village is throwing a party just for you.

A variety of bars and restaurants, including Tria Taproom, Jamonera and Opa, will be offering specials and complimentary refreshments from 5-8 p.m. to make for a very French happy hour.

Check out what each vendor and restaurant will be serving below (Beaujolais Nouveau Jello-O shots? Really?), so you know where the best deal to take advantage of will pop up.

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