Little Lion to Roar in Old City This Summer

little-lion-exterior-940The former Haru at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut is being transformed into The Little Lion, an upscale but casual concept opening this summer. The restaurant will have a capacity of 214 people and will be open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

The restaurant is the project of former Devil’s Alley manager Chris Younge and Jason Dills. For those who were never in Haru, expect a dramatic space with 25-foot ceilings, 8-foot tall windows and a grand staircase that will lead to a balcony bar and lounge. The former sushi bar along the 3rd Street side of the restaurant will be a chef’s counter and raw bar, offering views of the staff shucking oysters, making salads and completing dishes coming from the first level kitchen.

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New Dance-and-Yoga Fitness Studio Coming to Old City

Allongée's new studio | Photo via Google Maps

Allongée’s new studio | Photo via Google Maps

Jillian Dreusike, creator and owner of Allongée Technique, announced on her blog this week that she’s inked a lease for a brick-and-mortar studio. In May, she’ll be moving into the former Dhyana Yoga space at 68 North Second Street.

“After nearly five years of running our classes in a pop-up-like structure, I am so beyond excited to have finally found us a permanent home,” she writes. Until now, she’s been operating her dance-centered fitness classes out of rented studio space in Old City and Fairmount, as well as running outdoor classes at Race Street Pier.  Read more »

Good Riddance: McFadden’s Closes Today

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

From the Department of Don’t Let the Door Hit You In the Ass comes news that the 3rd Street location of McFadden’s – aka that horrible bar somewhere near the cruddy cusp of Old City and Northern Liberties – is closing its doors today. And all God’s people said, “AMEN!” Read more »

Spotted in Old City: Contemporary Loft Condo Comes with Two Elevators

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

We were always partial to that ivy-clad condo on Cuthbert Street, but now that we know about this neighboring loft apartment at 108 Arch…well, we’re slightly torn. Location-wise, they’re tied. But on the one hand, the former has a cozy compactness; on the other, the latter tempts us with its modern indulgences.

And what are these contemporary luxuries? For starters, the 2,500-square-foot unit has a pair of stainless steel elevators opening directly into the apartment foyer. Can’t say we’re too surprised since it’s in the same building as that insanely pricey rental from last summer.

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Two Retro Reviews from the Weeklies

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Olde Bar | Photo by Arthur Etchells

 

Brian Freedman visits Olde Bar for Philadelphia Weekly while Adam Erace reviews Franky Bradley’s for City Paper. Freedman is in love with the fried clams at Jose Garces’s redone Bookbinders and he’s even more impressed with the redo.

The Olde Bar is a Jose Garces project—the kitchen is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Mike Siegel—but it feels different from his other restaurants around town. Indeed, in his attempt to honor the legendary space, he has accomplished something both difficult and important: Bringing the past into the present, without peddling in either preciousness or hokey nostalgia. The Olde Bar feels both classic and vibrant at once, just like that fried clam.

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Noshhh: Craft Food and Drink Showcase This Friday

Noshhh is coming up on Friday, March 20.

Noshhh is coming up on Friday, March 20.

Noshhh, a local craft food and drink vendor showcase, is going to be held at Old City’s United By Blue, this Friday, March 20 at 7:30 pm. You can feel ultra hip while sampling Philly’s newest and trendiest food, cocktails and beers.

Some of the vendors for the event include 2nd Story Brewing Company, Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Manatawny Still Works, Broken Goblet Brewing, AGNO Grill and Two Brothers Hummus. You can read the full list of vendors on event’s Facebook page.

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Live in the Former Home of the Most Interesting Man in the World

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

His shoes can only be filled by him, but maybe his penthouse condo will be a little more accessible to the likes of you or me.

The two-bedroom is a corner unit at the National in Old City, and has windows facing north, east, and south. It comes with a balcony and two parking spaces (because of course the Most Interesting Man in the World would have more than one), as well as a master bedroom with three closets, one of which is a walk-in. The master bath features a double vanity sink with granite tops, a rainhead shower, and a linen closet. Bamboo flooring is throughout.

Below, everything the former tenant has done… Read more »

Two Bells for Capofitto

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Craig LaBan reviews Capofitto, the new artisan pizza spot in Old City from the team behind Capogiro. He finds the new pizzeria is just what the historic neighborhood needs.

I know, I know. More pizza. Just what Philadelphia needed. But if it’s created with as much dedication to craft as Stephanie and John Reitano bring, one as good as Capofitto can represent a quality-of-life improvement. And these two bring the same commitment to the details of authenticity that elevates the gelati at their Capogiro chain far beyond mere ice cream.

Two Bells – Very Good

Capofitto is a welcome addition to Old City [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Capofitto [Foobooz]

Monday Obsession: Mara Hoffman Dashiki

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Image via Third Street Habit.

Shop long enough in this city and store owners will get a sense of what floats your style boat. To wit: an email I received from January, owner of Third Street Habit in Old City, which said, “This outfit reminded me of you.” I clicked and saw what has become my standby spring/summer look: a dress or tunic over a pair of flared jeans. (In my book, pretty much every dress looks cooler over pants.) I’ll wear it like this, or with a pair of wild platforms for true ’70s style. Who knows? Maybe shopping for spring can will the season to hurry on up and get here.  Click here for more details.

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