More Brunch In Midtown Village

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I reviewed Tredici a couple weeks back and loved the hell out of it. The energy, the light, the food–all of it came together into a place that was better than the sum of its parts. But I do remember thinking that there were a couple things that could be done to improve the experience.

1) Free cocktails for food writers

2) Brunch

Well, one of those things has just been added to the program.

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Midtown Village Is Getting a New Yoga Studio

Tremblay and a fellow teacher outside of Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness

Tremblay and a fellow instructor outside of Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness

Kilkenny Tremblay, owner of Midtown Village’s soon-to-open Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness, started doing yoga with her mother when she was five. “This was in the ’70s, when everyone was sitting around in bellbottoms,” she says. Now, after decades of doing yoga and teaching at studios both around Philly and in other cities, Tremblay is opening up her own studio where she’ll offer her own style of yoga — the style is delightfully named Floetry — which she describes as a “true triadic approach of body, heart and mind.” Read more »

Modern Condo In A Historic Midtown Village Building

The kitchen of the condominium on sale at 1213-15 Locust St Unit #C, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The kitchen of the condominium on sale at 1213-15 Locust St. Unit #C, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Photos by Matthew Satullo via Bruno Pouget unless otherwise noted

It’s not every day that a space like this hits the market. Legendary Philadelphia architect Frank Miles Day built this building in 1892, and its second-floor condominium is now on sale 124 years later.

The building was constructed in the Italianate style that was popular throughout the United States in the latter half of the 19th century. This look was inspired by Italian homes and is characterized by flat roofs and ornately designed exteriors. Read more »

Tiki Coming to Midtown Village

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Tiki is the next concept for this Midtown Village corner | Photo via Google Maps

Jason Evenchik, owner of Vintage, Time, Bar, Garage and Heritage is opening a tiki bar at 102 South 13th (the former Corner and APO) in Midtown Village. Evenchik, who is partnering with Time general manager Tim Heuisler, is going with a single word name, naming the “surf tiki bar,” Tiki.

Tiki will be a drink focused, casual bar offering both classic tiki drinks and Heuisler’s take on “new tiki.” A small Pacific Rim-inspired food menu will accompany the boozy drinks. Expect noodles, dumplings and meat on sticks. The vibe will helped along by a large tiki-inspired mural and a mix of surf rock and hip-hop.

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A Small World After All: Tredici Enoteca Reviewed

Tredici | Photo by Emily Teel

Tredici | Photo by Emily Teel

From the outside, the light spilling from Tredici’s windows was cool and white, and the glass appeared to be sweating. We could see the crowd—at the bar, clustering around the host’s stand, jamming all the tables. Inside, it was a wall of noise, like stepping into the middle of a party that’s been going on without you for a good long time. To speak to the hostess working the stand, I had to lean over and talk almost directly in her ear.

We were lucky. We snagged the only open table on the floor—an odd corner spot that was all banquette, past the curve where the front room’s bar ends and the counter seating and seats in front of the raw bar begin. The two of us could sprawl across room enough for three. Spread out. Get comfortable.

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Opa Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Spanakopita: spinach, kefalotiri & feta cheese, house made filo

Spanakopita: spinach, kefalotiri and feta cheese, house made filo

Owners George and Vasiliki Tsiouris and chef Bobby Saritsoglou are celebrating the fifth anniversary of Midtown Village’s Opa today with a special menu of $5 bites and drinks all day.

The menu includes favorites like hummus with yellow fava bean puree, slow cook roast pork and spanakopita stuffed with spinach, kefalotiri and feta cheese.

Drink deals are also available including:

  • Xinouli – a Greek-style margarita
  • Gai’a Notios Red Wine
  • Trace Ouzo – a Greek Spirit

The specials are available all day as is the rest of Opa’s menu of Greek dishes.

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Drink This Now: the Double Knot at Double Knot

The Double Knot: A twist on the Manhattan at Double Knot

The Double Knot: A twist on the Manhattan at Double Knot

In addition to all of that coffee upstairs, sake down and of course wide selections of beer and wine, Double Knot beverage manager Zachary Davis has created a cocktail list that must be explored.

The list is anchored by the Double Knot, a riff on the Manhattan mad by doubling up all of the ingredients. That means two whiskeys, two vermouths, and two kinds of bitters.

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Report: Brickstone Planning Two Towers at 12th and Sansom

The garage at 12th and Sansom | Google Street View

The garage at 12th and Sansom | Google Street View

It seems like every other week we’re bringing you some news about a brand new development coming to Midtown Village. Well, buckle up, folks. It’s that time of the week again.

Brickstone Cos., the developer whose wrapping up a major apartment/Target project at 1112-1128 Chestnut Street and also working on restoring the Hale Building into offices, is planning their next big project: a large mixed-use development featuring two towers at 12th and Sansom.

The site is currently a lifeless parking garage, but Jacob Adelman of the Inquirer reports that Brickstone wants to bring at least one residential tower and a separate office tower with a hotel to the busy corner. As with their other projects, Brickstone is also planning on adding ground floor retail to bring some life to the street.

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Bud & Marilyn’s Is Hosting a Pop-Up Tiki Garden

bud-marilyns-tiki-940Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, December 9th and running through Wednesday, December 23rd,Bud & Marilyn’s is converting the backyard garden they share with Little Nonna’s into a Holiday Tiki Garden. The pop-up comes complete with wooden totems, a thatch roof bamboo bar and of course heat lamps. While tropical tunes play, Bud & Marilyn’s will be serving a special menu of tiki-inspired food and drinks.

Among the highlights are sweet and sour meatballs and glazed pork and pineapple buns. The food will change weekly and go oh so well with the tiki drinks that include the classics from the Scorpion to the Singapore Sling.

Bud & Marilyn’s Tiki Garden will be open Monday through Friday beginning at 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon. Enter the holiday pop-up on Locust Street between 13th and Camac Streets.

Seating is first come; first serve and payment is cash-only. 

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Opening Tonight: Tredici Enoteca

tredici-enotecaTonight, the owners of Zavino in Midtown Village and University City debut the opening of another restaurant right across the street.

Greg Dodge of Zavino Hospitality Group introduces Tredici Enoteca at 13th and Sansom Streets, across from its sister restaurant. The Enoteca, which means “wine repository,” will serve Mediterranean-style cuisine with a focus on an affordable and diverse Italian wine bar.

The drink selection provides premium wines by the bottle, glass, or through the cruvient, a six-bottle preserving system at the bar. Similar to a draft system, the wines will be kept fresh, temperature controlled and served by the glass.

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