Sex Panther Obscures the Gaslight’s Potential

Adam Erace has some problems with the food at the Gaslight, but that’s nothing compared to what he had to say about the drinks. gaslight-cocktails-400

The Gaslight, the new bar/restaurant from Jason Cichonski, a chef whose reputation is built — fairly or unfairly — on equal parts scallop noodles and sex appeal. When he and Nick Elmi first encountered each other on the last season of Top Chef, Elmi looked at Cichonski’s pastel pink shorts and quipped, “You look like you just got off a yacht.”

I felt like I was on one at The Gaslight, that’s about how rocky the food was, but the cocktails were even weirder. This list appears to have been curated by a Cherry Hill bachelorette party, with confections bearing names like Pirate Hooker (a red currant Bellini, because who doesn’t want that at 9:30 p.m.?) and Hello Kitty, a martini whose fruity flavors (green tea, lychee, strawberry) make more sense together at Old City Frozen Yogurt down the street.

Tragically named cocktails aren’t the only missteps at The Gaslight [City Paper]
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Streets Remain Closed After Old City Suit Corner Fire

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Philly.com’s Emily Babay notes that many streets in Old City remain closed after yesterday’s two-alarm blaze that destroyed the Suit Corner. Market is closed to cars between 2nd and 4th, and 3rd Street is closed between Chestnut and Arch. Pedestrians can still walk on those streets.

Meanwhile, the Inquirer‘s Alfred Lubrano, Aubrey Whelan, and Mark Fazlollah have a story on the “end of an era” at 3rd and Market.

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VIDEO: Fire Fighters Battle Suit Corner Blaze


Walking up 3rd Street in Old City, it looks like a bomb went off.

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A two-alarm fire ravaged the Suit Corner on Wednesday morning, leaving the colorful Old City shirt store a charred husk. Firefighters got the blaze, which was reported around 9:15 a.m., under control at 10:37, though they were still finding hot spots. Portions of the Suit Corner buildings were still burning well after 11, but the blaze was not in danger of spreading.

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Suit Corner Fire Is Under Control (Updated)



UPDATE [10:46 a.m.]: Dan McQuade reports that the fire has been declared under control by officials from the Philadelphia Fire Department. We’ll bring you more shortly.

UPDATE [10:30 a.m.]: Suit Corner in Old City is on fire at the moment.

CBSPhilly reports: “The fire broke out in the Suit Corner, on the southwest corner of Third and Market Streets, about 9:15am.  The fire department declared it under control about 40 minutes later but then quickly struck a second alarm as the blaze flared up and consumed the building. One firefighter had to be taken to Jefferson University Hospital when he tripped over a hose line while battling the fire.”

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Retail Report: Tons of New Store Openings

Screenshot of  the former Ligne Roset at 35 N 3rd Street via Google Street View.

Screenshot of 35 N 3rd Street via Google Street View.

Earlier this year we noted how North Third Street had lost two neighborhood staples with the closing of the Three Sirens Boutique and Ligne Roset. But like warm weather sneaking in day by day, so too has new retail been springing up around the area.

Old City: Erdon and Philadelphia Independents
Ligne Roset’s former spot, 162 North Third, is now taken by Erdon, whose owner tells Shoppist the space is a tad small. But hey, with the included storage area, they’re sure to figure out where to put the extra merch. Some three blocks down, Philadelphia Independents, which will carry repurposed furniture and miscellaneous home decor, among other things, is moving in at 35 North Third (pictured above).

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Retail News: Erdon Opens New Location in Old City

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Photo via Erdon.

Another reason why Old City is one of our favorite shopping destinations: Erdon opened a second location at 162 North Third Street over the weekend. The street is already home to heavy-hitters like The Geisha HouseSugarcubeThird Street Habit and Vagabond, so the addition of high-fashion boutique Erdon is basically just the cherry on top of a very indulgent cake.

Here are the details: The space is smaller than its Marlton counterpart, but owner Donna Sandoz admits there are more items in this store and that they’re “tweaking here and there as [they] work in the space.” All of the same lines from original boutique (think: Acne and Ivan Grundahl) will be stocked but in a slightly more curated fashion; most lines won’t have every item stocked, except French brand Maison Kitsuné—Sandoz says every item they bought will be available. She also alluded to new brands coming to both stores next season, as well as the potential to expand the new spot. (There’s a vacant basement below…)

The boutique is open until 7pm tonight; take advantage of the weather and make a trip—now.

Was Shirt Corner’s Collapse Planned?

Shirt Corner via Google Street View

Shirt Corner via Google Street View

The building known as Shirt Corner at Third and Market is gone, having collapsed entirely today. Its dissolution isn’t a surprise as L&I ordered it to be demolished in January and work to that end was under way. It was scheduled to be finished in a week. But was this collapse part of the demolition plan? Or was it a little hiccup in the process?

The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Jared Shelly spoke with Constructure Management’s Mark Christof, who said it was a “controlled demolition.” The Journal also got an email from Alterra’s Leo Addimando, saying the “collapse” was “all planned and blessed by L&I and the fire department. We would have liked to keep the debris off the street but sometimes these things happen and we had taken necessary precautions in advance. No cause for alarm.”

Yet alarm was caused, as police and fire vehicles came to the scene, unaware of the plan. (Alarm was also raised on social media, surprisingly.)

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