Silk City Adds Every Day Brunch

Get brunch every day, even today, at Silk City.

Get chicken and waffles for brunch every day, even today, at Silk City.

For the first time since Mark Bee took over the Silk City Diner back in 2007, the silver diner is serving brunch every day. In addition to brunch served on weekends, Silk City is back in the breakfast game from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Brunch is served in the diner portion of Silk City and if the weather is nice, in the beer garden as well.

Check out what’s on Silk City’s brunch menu »

This Weekend’s NoLibs Spring Cleaning Sale You Can’t Miss

NoLibs sale

Treasures await. | Images via Ritual Ritual and Art Star.

In our humble opinion, it’s time to ditch the fast-fashion spring merchandise—i.e. seven variations of the floral romper, “hippie” fringe jackets and, frankly, other items we think need to go during your spring cleaning frenzy—and start shopping the collections at Philly’s finest indie boutiques. The Northern Liberties Spring Cleaning Sale is no April Fool’s joke, and you need to carve out some free time this weekend check it out. The stores have everything to update your wardrobe and home, at discounted prices that’ll make you want to replace everything you own. (You’re not alone.) Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: An Updated Classic in Northern Liberties

1025 N Lawrence St. B, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123

1025 N Lawrence St. B, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Access

The front-facing exterior sets the tone for this week’s Trinity Tuesday house. The classic red-brick trinity exterior fits in with its neighbors, some of which are visible through the gate above at left. The juxtaposition between the bright red brick and the all-black door and windows, however, makes the house stand out amidst a row of similarly hued homes.

Inside, there’s the classic trinity setup. The front door opens onto a cozy living room with a brick fireplace. The exposed brick on the first floor’s fireplace adds a touch of symmetry with the exterior. (That actually continues to all three floors. Each floor has a small part of the wall that is brick so there’s a real sense of continuity.) Read more »

Two New Ways To Eat Dinner At Heritage

Chef's board at Heritage

Chef’s board at Heritage

Trey Popp loved Heritage when he reviewed it back in August of last year–giving plenty of love to the jazz program, but also to chef Sean Magee‘s rich, well-curated menu of properly modern plates that completely eschew any notion of bar food in favor of complex, filling, often locally-sourced fare. It got three stars then, and from the looks of things, Magee and his crew haven’t lost a step since.

We’ll start with the mildly interesting new thing first, then get to the good stuff.

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Write a Letter at Standard Tap Every Tuesday in March

standard tap pub letters 400When was the last time you sat down and wrote a real letter to someone, on paper, and mailed it to them? I can guess that it’s been a while—at least it has been for me.

Maybe now is the time to sit down with a pen and paper to catch up with an old friend, see how Grandma is doing, or just write to yourself about something that’s been on your mind. Even better, have a little beer by your side.

Every Tuesday in March at Standard Tap, you can do just that: drink beer and write a letter. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Yards Brewing Company is presenting Pub Letters, a special event that will provide free stamps and stationary to anyone who has something they want—or need—to say. And hey, maybe a little beer will get your creative juices going or give you that liquid courage you need before confessing your love to someone (don’t forget to proofread!).

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Armenian Restaurant Comes to Northern Liberties

apricotstone 400On Friday, ApricotStone opened on Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties. The restaurant is owned by Ara Ishkhanian and chef Fimy Ishkhanian runs the kitchen. Ishkhanian is turning out a menu of seasonally inspired Mediterranean and Armenian cuisine.

 Ishkhanian grew up in Aleppo, Syria and came to the United States in 1981. In 1993 she opened Fimy’s Kitchen on the Main Line and added a second location in 1995. Now she’s bringing her cooking to Northern Liberties.

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Same Same Debuts Seasonal Soup

SameSameEventually, winter is going to arrive. And when it does, what could be  more appetizing than a nice, hot, meaty bowl of soup to soothe your seasonal sorrows?

Well, lucky for you, Same Same Vietnamese restaurant in Northern Liberties recently introduced an authentic Bun Bo Hue soup just in time for winter’s cold-front.

Chef/owner Chad Kubanoff calls it “The King’s Soup” because of the oversized serving meant for eating double-fisted, with chopsticks in one hand and a spoon in the other.

Kubanoff also said, “it’s all about the side dish” and this soup’s authenticity derives from the traditional vegetable plate served on the side. The side plate includes shaved banana flower, shaved water spinach, bean sprouts, chili, lime and herbs like Thai basil that make this a real-life version of Bun Bo Hue.

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Change in Plans for Massive Northern Liberties Office Space

An artist rendering for SoNo, a large, horizontal office space in Northern Liberties.

An artist rendering for SoNo, a large, horizontal office space in Northern Liberties.

It was supposed to be hip, modern office space on a grand scale. The massive Destination Maternity building that’s 220,000 square feet and spans an entire city block on Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties was set to undergo a $60 million transformation, giving it the potential to lure in a regional office for Google, Twitter or another national tech company. The excitement from the Philly tech community was palpable.

In fact, building owners Alliance Partners HSP toured the West Coast offices for Airbnb, Pixar, Salesforce and Twitter to help them find inspiration. One large, national company even took a tour of the space, but eventually passed. Read more »

Sued for Playing Whitney: Bar Owners Fighting Relentless Drive for Music Fees

Although it may surprise people outside the service industry, bars and restaurants must pay music licensing fees for the right to play music in their establishments. That’s live music, dinner music, DJs, jukeboxes. Everything. If you’re going to play Shake it Off at your bar, Taylor Swift (or whoever owns the publishing rights) wants a check.

While the process is legal, it has bar and restaurant owners upset — and a growing list of proprietors claim the “take-it-or-leave-it” fee structure lacks alternatives and transparency in how they’re billed. There are three main music licensing companies: Broadcast Music Inc., the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and SESAC Inc.) To some, the way they operate feels like a shakedown — especially since the companies send spies to the establishment to write down what songs they hear. Then comes a questionnaire asking about the establishment’s square footage, live-music schedule, jukebox situation and other things — outputting an amount they have to pay. But don’t try to argue. If you don’t comply, they’ll just use their big money to take you to court. Just ask Silk City in Northern Liberties. More on that in a minute. Read more »

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