End of the Road for Route 6

lobster-route-6The closing of Stephen Starr’s Route 6 has long been rumored. But today, Michael Klein has the official word that the seafood spot on North Broad will close on Thursday, March 20th.

Starr says he will reconceptualize the space and open something new this fall.

Starr to Close Route 6 [The Insider]

Renderings: Hanover North Broad Apartments and Retail at Broad and Callowhill


The Parkway Corporation and the Hanover Company Design Collective have plans to build two large mixed-use residential/commercial buildings on the site of two surface parking lots Parkway owns at Broad and Callowhill streets.

The larger of the two buildings will sit on the lot at the southwest corner of Broad and Callowhill. It will contain 229 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, 11,024 square feet of retail space, 256 parking spaces (130 for building residents) and 77 bicycle parking spaces.

The smaller building at the southeast corner will contain 110 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, 6,122 square feet of retail space, 114 parking spaces (58 for residents) and 38 bicycle parking spaces.

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Starr Events Opening Cafe at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

The grand staircase at PAFA. Photo by Laura Novak Photography.

The grand staircase at PAFA. Photo by Laura Novak Photography.

Stephen Starr’s Starr Events is now the exclusive catering provider to North Broad Street’s Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to the providing food and service for weddings and other events, Starr Events will be refreshing PAFA’s cafe.

The cafe will undergo a complete renovation and rebranding this spring. Look for made-to-order salads, gourmet sandwiches, desserts and La Colombe coffee.

PAFA Will Now Be Catered Exclusively By Stephen STARR Events [Philadelphia Wedding]

With Impending Expansion, Rodeph Shalom Reaffirms Commitment to North Broad

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Just one detail of Rodeph Shalom’s exquisite interior. Photo: Laura Kicey

The synagogue Rodeph Shalom at Broad and Green streets is certainly one of the most recognizable buildings in the city and is easily the grandest of Philadelphia’s Jewish houses of worship. Almost a year ago, congregants gathered for the groundbreaking of the synagogue’s $16 million expansion and renovation project.

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Route 6 Continues Lobster Specials

Lobster Month at Route 6 | Photo via Starr Restaurants

Lobster Month at Route 6 | Photo via Starr Restaurants

Route 6 seemingly scored a homerun with its Lobster Mania promotion in October. I definitely heard more people talking about Stephen Starr’s East-Coast seafood restaurant last month than since it opened.

So it isn’t much of a surprise that Route 6 is extending its deal through November. Prices on select lobster dishes are chopped almost in half.

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Paging Eric Blumenfeld: What’s Going on With the Met?


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Photo of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House by Matt Lambros

North Broad developer Eric Blumenfeld, who owns the Divine Lorraine and has done absolutely nothing with it, also owns the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, another historic behemoth on North Broad. Built in 1908, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places, and until Blumenfeld’s purchase earlier this year, was home to a church congregation.

Blumenfeld has been unable to secure funding for his plans for the Divine Lorraine, but something definitely seems to be going on at the Met. Hidden City reports that L&I issued a violation a few weeks ago “for performing interior demolition with no permit info posted.” That seems to indicate some kind of activity, but Blumenfeld isn’t talking.

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Lancaster Sunday at Osteria


It’s Lancaster Sunday at Osteria with Country Time and Green Meadow Farms. Farmer Ian from Green Meadow in Gap, PA and Paulie “The Pig Farmer” from Country Time in Hamburg, PA are repping their respective farms with their best products. On Sunday, August 25th you can come out and taste the goodness of fresh produce, milk, eggs and pork they personally bring to our doors every week. Enjoy a four-course dinner prepared by chefs Jeff Michaud and Brad Daniels highlighting the very best of the summer, paired with wines by the Osteria sommelier.

The event costs $125 and includes wine, tax and tip.

Osteria Lancaster Sunday [Osteria]
Osteria [Official Site]

Grab Your Mallet and Head to Route 6


Wednesdays got you feeling crabby? Well, indulge your crabbiness at Route 6 with Crab Wednesdays starting tomorrow, August 14.

You can feast on jumbo Maryland blue crabs for $7 per piece. To wash down the crabs, $12 pitchers of Harpoon UFO, Neshimany Creek County Line IPA, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Narragansett Lager and Victory Prima Pils will be available.

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Tiniest Condo in Philly Today Is Indeed “Cozy” But Also Adorable

“Cozy” in a real estate listing generally means “claustrophobic” or “too small for satisfactory habitation.” This studio is currently the tiniest of Philadelphia condos at just 379 square feet. A wedding with 275 guests would generally require a dance floor of about 400 square feet. So, yes, living in this studio would be akin to dancing at a very large wedding.

Somehow, though, the photos convey the sensation of utter adorableness. Is it the powder blue and pink colors that give it a nursery feel? Is it the shipboard-style loft? The angled galley kitchen? And how about that vessel sink? Nice touch. The space, as long as one has a spartan approach to belongings, seems rather lovely.

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