Mike Stollenwerk’s 26 North Is Now Open

26 North, BYOB by Michael Stollenwerk

26 North, BYOB by Michael Stollenwerk

Last night was the official opening of Mike Stollenwerk’s latest restaurant, 26 North. The Old City BYOB features a seafood-centric menu of Stollenwerk’s greatest hits. Yep, skate wing with truffled spaetzle is on the menu, as is salmon belly and seared octopus. The space feels particularly large for a BYOB. The 48-seats in the long space with high ceilings provides plenty of room between tables. A marked difference for the chef who first got noticed in the tiny kitchen and restaurant of Little Fish. In addition to the seafood hits, 26 North also offers lamb for meat lovers and a vegetarian entree.

The space features exposed brick walls with dark wood accents. The wall art features pages from the Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications. A marble bar in the center of the room is a leftover from when the space was going to be a coffee shop but will be put to good use, especially at lunch.

The restaurant is currently dinner only but weekday lunch will be starting shortly with a “Hand Helds” section.

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Spotted in Old City: 6-Story Condo Building Planned for Tucked-Away Lot

Here's the lot from a few weeks ago. | Photo: James Jennings, Renderings: Abitare Design Studio

Here’s the lot from a few weeks ago. | Photo: James Jennings, Renderings: Abitare Design Studio

It looks like another surface parking lot in Old City will soon bite the dust. We’ve learned that a 6-story condo building will replace the secluded concrete pad at the corner of Bank Street and Elbow Lane (map).

The parcel is directly across Bodine Street from the now-greened (but still vacant) lot that Old City District fixed up this summer. Abitare Design Studios, of nearby North 3rd Street, is leading the design of the 5-unit building, and architect Benjamin Nia said they’re just starting the design development phase of the project. They’ve been kind enough to include a few conceptual renderings to give us a better idea about what the building will look like when it’s completed.

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Latest Iteration of the Khyber Is Already Five


Commemorative t-shirt by Paul Carpenter

The Khyber Pass Pub in Old City is just the latest iteration of the storied bar. And this successful beer bar and restaurant with the Southern leaning menu is turning five today. And they’ve got an all-day celebration planned. The bar is kicking it all off at 11 a.m. with an impressive beer list and limited edition commemorative T-Shirts by Paul Carpenter Art.

Join the crew at the Khyber and try at least a couple of beers from this impressive list.

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A Look Inside Old City’s Soon-to-Open Stripp’d Juice

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“Juice should not taste terrible,” Khoran Horn, owner of Stripp’d Juice, tells me. I agree with him, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had my fair share of funky-tasting, never-drinking-that-again juice concoctions. But that philosophy is exactly what makes Horn’s juices so wonderful: Along with being packed with good stuff like kale, ginger, beets, celery and more, you actually want to drink them. All of them. I am drinking his Jala At Ya Boy — a green juice with jalapeño, kale, grapefruit and more — as I type this, and I can tell you that I truly never want to get to the bottom of the glass jar.

So it gives me great pleasure to tell you guys that soon, you’ll be able to walk into his Old City storefront at 263 North 3rd Street and grab a jar of this delicious juice for yourself. After months of prepping, Stripp’d Juice’s first brick-and-mortar location will officially be open for business on November 6th. Read more »

Mike Stollenwerk Is Back with 26 North

26-north-facade-400Mike Stollenwerk, who won a legion of fans with his seafood at Little Fish and Fish has bounced around in recent years. Spending time at Branzino and Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co. Now he’s back with a new Old City BYOB, 26 North.

The restaurant at 26 North 3rd Street is aiming for a November opening. The BYOB will be open for lunch and dinner, with some classic Stollenwerk dishes including his signature skate wing with truffled spaetzle, leeks and parmesan broth. Expect another four or so seafood-focused entrees plus vegetarian pasta, meat and fowl dishes. Appetizers will include Portuguese fish soup, Sepia a la Plancha (grilled cuttlefish), char-grilled octopus, seared diver scallops and more.

For lunch, Stollenwerk is planning a casual selection of salads, soups and “handhelds,” (burger, crab cake, etc.) and entrees. There will be less of Stollenwerk to see when he opens his restaurant. The chef has lost nearly 140 pounds over the past couple of years.

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Some Details On The Opening Of The Little Lion


The Little Lion didn’t make our latest list of upcoming fall openings because, at the time we were putting that list together, we didn’t really know enough about the place to say anything.

Now, though, we’ve got a few details about the new restaurant going into the 3rd and Chestnut space in Old City. We know, for example, that its name pays homage to founding father Alexander Hamilton. We know, for example, that there’ll be an upscale but casual vibe (which means nothing). That they’re hoping to get open sometime in November (which also means nothing until there’s an actual date).

Oh, and now we know who the chef is going to be, too.

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Blokes, Rejoice! Old-School Barbershop Opens in Old City

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A peek at the manly interior; Dunne hard at work. | Images via Facebook and Yelp.

Although Blokes Barbershop only opened a week ago, it’s been a long time in the making. Owner Duke Dunne, a Manchester native with the most perfect British accent you could ever imagine (he only moved to America four years ago), has been cutting hair for over 40 years. From killer haircuts to men’s accessories and every grooming tool you never thought you needed, Bloke’s Barbershop has you covered. Read more »

PHOTOS: Old City Fest Draws More Than 20,000

Organizers say more than 20,000 showed up for this weekend’s Old City Fest — blasting past the 15,000 they were expecting. It’s no wonder; it couldn’t have fallen on a more beautiful day. Under the sunny, cloudless skies, revelers browsed booths by neighborhood boutiques and art galleries, and grubbed on snacks from a variety of restaurants in the area.

There was also a fashion show, artists creating works in the open and a festival stage, where Philly musicians cranked out tunes all afternoon. HughE Dillon and reps from the festival sent over some photos that captured the day. Check them out below:


New Pilates Studio Coming to Old City

Prime Fusion Fitness will be located at 123 Chestnut Street | Photo via Google Earth

Prime Fusion Fitness will be located at 123 Chestnut Street | Photo via Google Earth

If you haven’t noticed, Pilates is having a bit of a moment in our area. Philly’s veteran studios are as awesome as ever (Thrive Pilates in Rittenhouse, Urban Front in Center City, Ploome in Northern Liberties, among others), and the new kids on the block are adding some fun, fresh offerings to our Pilates plate (both the one-year-old Plank Studio in Wayne and the six-month-old Sculpt Fitness Studio in NoLibs specialize in trendy Megaformer classes).

Now, we’ve got a whole new concept all together: a Pilates studio housed inside the Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia at 123 Chestnut Street in Old City. Helmed by former Thrive Pilates assistant director Lauren Kelly, the new studio, called Prime Fusion Fitness, will open on Monday, October 12th.  Read more »

Shirt Corner Lives On in New Murals at 3rd and Market

Corner lobby in the Shirt Corner Apartments. | Photo by Julia Blaukopf.

Corner lobby in the Shirt Corner Apartments. | Photo by Julia Blaukopf.

It may have stuck out like a sore thumb, but we all mourned the loss of the Shirt Corner when it collapsed in the midst of a proposed restoration process in March of last year. The iconic Old City building on the corner of 3rd and Market streets was replaced by the Shirt Corner Apartments, a slick new living space with 59 rental units, and a couple street-level commercial storefronts housing a CVS Pharmacy and healthy take-away joint Snap Kitchen.

As sterile as it now looks on the outside, the gaudy men’s department store lives on via a series of tasteful wall murals that decorate the building’s lobby and some elevator walls on the upper levels. Local artist Julia Blaukopf created the black-and-white murals after researching images of the original Shirt Corner at City Hall. There she dug up photographs and blueprints that dated back to the 1800s.

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