A Peruvian Food Revolution Is Afoot in Philadelphia

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Apart from the very few Peruvian restaurants that exist exclusively on the fringes of this city (the El Balconcitos in the Northeast and Inka Wall in Upper Darby), Philadelphia doesn’t have much input in the Peruvian restaurant revolution happening across the globe.

But when the El Balconcito crew opens their Old City outpost later this year, and when Giovanni Delfino, Francisco Acevedo and Carmen Silva open Chalaco’s in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia will finally have the bolstered Peruvian scene it deserves.
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The Bridge on Race, Ready for Its Closeup

These lounge chairs should prove very popular with couples on nice nights. They’re one of several attractive features found on the Bridge on Race’s fifth-floor community terrace. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise noted

When last we looked in on The Bridge on Race, the bold apartment building at the northwest corner of 2nd and Race streets, most of it was still a construction zone, but we could see the shape of things to come.

So we responded eagerly when the building’s developer, Jeffrey Brown, invited us back to check out the (all but) finished product.

The apartments at the Bridge are all move-in ready, and tenants have already moved in. The common amenities on the second floor are also ready for use, as is the showstopper: the fifth-floor rooftop terrace that’s open to all residents. The only unfinished element is the 19th-floor rooftop, which will have private terraces that building occupants can rent along with one community terrace facing the Delaware. Read more »

Old City’s Eulogy Tavern Closes; Owner Blames Philly’s “Drug and Crime Spree”

Eulogy Belgian Tavern. Photo via Google Maps

This story has been updated.

After 15 years at the corner of 2nd and Chestnut streets as one of the city’s premier Belgian taverns, Eulogy has closed up shop. According to a statement, it “was the last remaining authentic Belgian-owned restaurant in Philadelphia after Cuvee Notredame and Zot restaurants closed.” Read more »

First-Time Find: Industrial Chic in Old City for $279.9K

309-13 Arch St. #505, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

We change our minds all the time; it’s human nature. Sadly, homes don’t come with a 30-day return policy free of charge. Finding a space that’s the perfect fit for you is not always an easy feat. Luckily, this unique lofted condo is full of personality and in an ideal location. We hope putting down a deposit on this charmer will leave you with no regrets and in no need of a return receipt.

The space is open, which allows you to easily adapt the floor plan to your needs. The white walls, exposed beams, 11-foot ceilings and hardwood floors add a rustic and industrial aura reminiscent of the space’s past. This unit has fabulous natural lighting and an even better view. Read more »

Nick Elmi’s New Old City Bar Has a Name

Back in May, word got out that Top Chef-winner Nick Elmi would be opening his third project in Old City in partnership with David Frank and Stephen Simons (the guys behind Khyber Pass Pub, Royal Tavern, Triangle Tavern, the Cantinas in East Passyunk and NoLibs, and Royal Sushi & Izakaya). Back then, Elmi didn’t even have a name. All we knew was that it’d be a chef-driven bar, and that it’d be somewhat of a departure from the likes of his first two spots: Laurel, his French, East Passyunk jewel box, and next door to it, ITV, a cocktail and wine bar with some high-brow bar snacks. This one would be casual with an intensive charcuterie program and raw bar.

Now that we’re well into July (and he’s shooting for a September opening), he’s given the spot a name: Royal Boucherie (52 South 2nd Street), which translates to “butcher shop” in French. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: A New Gem in Old City for $1.425M

151 N. 2nd St. #1, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

The increasing popularity of the new Old City is making it increasingly difficult to score square footage in the hot neighborhood. But this chic townhouse, just steps away from Elfreth’s Alley, restaurants and shops, seamlessly inserts space and storage into the city landscape.

The main living area is expertly lit with large windows, recessed lighting, 20-foot ceilings and designer fixtures. The openness makes the space ideal for entertaining guests. The kitchen steals the show with Bosch appliances, a spacious island with seating, a gas range outfitted with a professional-graade ventilation hood, custom cabinetry and a unique tile backsplash. The oak floors complete the contemporary finishes.

A spiral staircase just off of the living area leads to a bonus room. The loft seating area is a fabulous addition and an intimate space open to the living area below.

The master suite is nothing short of superior; it even has its own deck! The spacious bedroom has an adjoining bathroom that features a gorgeous walk-in shower with glass doors, a rain shower head with handheld body spray system, a double vanity, stone countertops and designer fixtures for a customized touch.

The corner unit offers great views from the expansive roof deck which is 55 feet long, 17 feet wide and complete with a dry bar.

Old City’s lively art, shopping and dining scene is just outside your door, and Center City is easily accessible too.



BATHS: 3 full, 2 half


SALE PRICE: $1,425,000

151 N. 2nd St. #1, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

Here Are the Wawa Welcome America Road Closures

Philly has released a list of road closures for the 2017 Wawa Welcome America festival – and it’s quite extensive.

The six-day festival, which kicks off this Thursday and runs until July 4th, will feature performances from Mary J. Blige and Boyz II Men, among other events.

The most significant chunk of road closures will occur on July 3rd and 4th, near Eakins Oval and in Old City. The city has released maps of the closures.  Read more »

The National’s Rebirth Officially Begins Friday

The new National mixed-use apartment/retail building in Old City. | Rendering: Barton Partners via The Buccini/Pollin Group

A little more than a year ago, as it was being demolished, the old National Products Company Building on North Second Street in Old City got a thorough going-over from Bradley Maule at Hidden City, who noted that whatever else happened, the bright-orange-tile Midcentury Modern facade that made the building worth saving would be preserved and restored.

The only difference between Maule’s description of how that would happen then and what will happen starting Friday, June 9th, is that the people in charge of the reconstruction project have changed. Replacing Glenside-based Dale Corporation is the Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG), a Wilmington-based developer of multifamily housing, office buildings and mixed-use projects, including Talen Energy Stadium (nee PPL Park), the home of the Philadelphia Union soccer team on the Chester waterfront. Read more »

Old City Eats Kicks Off Second Summer With Block Party

During summertime in the city, Thursday really is the new weekend: with everyone heading out of town for weekend fun at the shore or other vacation spots, socializing over a drink or two within city limits gets bumped up a few days.

To ensure that you’re still getting your recommended weekly allowance of food and drink specials, Old City Eats has returned for a second season — and they’re kicking off the summer with an outdoor block party next week.

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Nick Elmi Is Opening Another Chef-Driven Bar in Old City

After his first hit restaurant, Laurel, Top Chef winner Nick Elmi chose to get into the bar game. He opened a sneaky-good cocktail and wine bar right next door to his intimate 22-seater called ITV and gave East Passyunk diners an elegant spot to snack on things like beef fat biscuits and caviar. And it’s great — the New York Times even singled it out in a feature piece with the likes of only three other restaurants (powerhouses): Kanella, Vedge, and Vernick.

Elmi — stir-crazed on East Passyunk or itching for a change of pace — has a new deal in the works in Old City at 52 South 2nd Street. And this time, he’s partnering up with a couple of familiar bar pros, Stephen Simons and David Frank.

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