Newbold is full of good beer, and the neighborhood owes it all to John Longacre, the man behind South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar, and Brew, the bottle shop that shares the same space with Ultimo. But for the pocket of Philly so crafty with its beer lists, for too long it had not a brewpub of its own to speak of — Fishtown and Kensington have owned that market for quite some time as our unofficial home-base for local brewers and distillers.
But then Brewery ARS opened, and all eyes were, for the first time, on South Philly.
And tonight at 5 p.m., Second District Brewing Co. (1939 S. Bancroft Street) will make its grand entrance on the city’s — and specifically South Philly’s — flourishing brewpub scene.
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1538 S. Colorado St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred
The two-story row house is passé, says the conventional wisdom. It’s too small for modern living, and you can’t equip it with the features today’s buyers want.
This postmodern two-story row home in Point Breeze, a complete rebuild of a home built in 1917, demonstrates that the conventional wisdom is wrong. It plays well with its more traditional neighbors while making a new, bold statement all its own.
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The South Philly Tap Room in the neighborhood Image | Google Street View
There’s no clearer sign that a neighborhood is being gentrified than when a group of new residents carves out a little portion of it and gives it a new name. That’s what happened in Newbold, the sliver of Point Breeze that stretches from Broad to 18th and Washington Avenue to Wolf Street.
But now it looks as though some residents are trying to un-ring the bell. Last week, the Newbold Neighbors Association voted to take “Newbold” out of its name, though they haven’t decided what to replace it with just yet, Passyunk Post is reporting. Read more »
reNewbold Phase II rendering | Image courtesy of At Media
The 2013 groundbreaking of its first phase long behind us, Phase II is now set in motion at reNewbold, the first LEED Platinum-certified sustainable housing development in South Philadelphia: homes are available. (Hm, maybe be quick lest they go like hotcakes!)
Unfolding over at 16th and Moore, the latest stage of the project developed by John Longacre’s LPMG Companies involves the construction of energy efficient homes in Philly’s Newbold neighborhood, seven of which are rowhomes and two of which are condos with retail space. Groundbreaking for this second phase took place last September, right after Phase I was completed and homes sold out. Construction of the Phase II homes is expected to finish this summer. (Again, quick!)
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This property in Point Breeze aka Newbold is actually two: 1410 and 1412 Tasker, just off Broad Street. The entry is through 1410, leading to an open floor plan of 1410 and 1412. Let’s take this floor by floor. I’m relying heavily on the listings copy here to reduce any confusion.
On the first floor, there’s a brand new double height kitchen with stainless steel appliances, six-burner Thermador stove, granite countertops, and a double porcelain sink. The downstairs bathroom is sweet: claw foot bathtub and glass tile walls inside, with glass doors that lead to an outside private garden with a hot tub. The living room has wood burning fireplace, and, as in the kitchen and bathroom, painted concrete floors with radiant heat.
The second floor is where 1410 and 1412 kind of split. So in 1410 there’s a reading nook with a catwalk (!), a den with painted pine floors and then access to a decked area that links 1410 to 1412, which has another bedroom with pine floors but also with a Bay window. And this side of the second floor — 1412 — also has a renovated bathroom with a hex tile floor with radiant heat.
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Tonight, South Philadelphia Taproom is doing a Belgian beer takeover. The taps are being turned over to Trappist ales, wild ales, bretty pale ales, sour beers and spiced winter ales. Among the taps will be the recently available in Philadelphia, Seef Beer and the latest Saint Feuillien/Green Flash collaboration, Belgian Coast IPA.
It all begins at 5 p.m. this evening. Also coming up at SPTR, the annual Beef and Beer where the beef and beer are good. It all goes down on Sunday, January 26th.
South Philadelphia Taproom [Foobooz]
On Tuesday, November 26th chef and owner Alex Boonphaya is giving away lunch at Circles in South Philadelphia to celebrate the Thai restaurant’s fifth anniversary.
Everyone who stops by the restaurant between noon and 2 p.m. will get to choose among Basil Fried Rice, Pumpkin Curry, Tofu Pad Thai and Pad Prik Khing with Tofu.
Limit one dish per person.
Circles Thai – South Philadelphia [Foobooz]
Rendering of proposed Point Breeze project via Naked Philly.
Though the sale isn’t yet a done deal, 2012 Wharton, formerly Louis Sherman & Co. printers, is in the midst of being purchased by a developer for a proposed 50-home project. The broker in the deal is OCF Realty — better known ’round these parts as Ori Feibush — but according to Feibush, OCF is not the developer. That mystery person will be revealed on Monday, Feibush says, at what’s likely to be a very spicy meeting of South Philadelphia Homes Inc.
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Rendering of the new PostGreen Point Breeze development reNewbold.
If you wanted to see why rumors were circulating about John Longacre running for City Council, you should have been at the reNewbold groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. If you wanted to see why he isn’t, you should have been at the ceremony as well.
And if you wanted to learn what the community leadership of Point Breeze really thinks about new development, this was also a good place to be.
Besides Longacre and representatives of the other businesses that worked to bring this ultra-green residential-commercial development about, the ceremony featured two people who are deeply involved in Point Breeze redevelopment issues: City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd District) and Claudia Sherrod, executive director of South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. Inc. (SPHINC), Point Breeze’s community development corporation and Registered Community Organization for zoning matters.
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South Philadelphia Taproom turns ten and celebrates its past, present and future all weekend. Friday is all about the past with some favorite beers and favorite dishes from the past. Saturday is about the present and Sunday will feature a preview of Scott Schroeder’s new menu and some rare beers from Founders, Allagash, Russian River, Nodding Head.
SPTR 10-Year Anniversary Tap Lists! [Philly Tap Finder]
South Philadelphia Tap Room [Foobooz]