Morning Headlines: 500 Walnut Gets Design Approval Recommendation


500Walnut-Rendering-new copy The proposed 500 Walnut tower that would overlook Independence Hall may have already received zoning approval, but its developer and architect still had one more group to convince for its design last week. This past Friday, they got just that as the Philadelphia Historical Commission gave the newly tweaked building an approval recommendation.

PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas reports Cecil Baker, the architect chosen for the Scannapieco Development project, presented his alterations before the commission, the commission’s Architectural Committe and the Philadelphia Art Commission. Changes included a proposal for the use of “greenish glass and metal curtain walls, with areas of stone classing to the base” and “a mix of metal-frame windows and multi-story window walls” for the upper floors.

Baker’s adjustments to 500 Walnut comes from input he received from commission members, local residents and the National Park Service. Here’s more from PlanPhilly: Read more »

Accolades: Fork’s Samantha Kincaid Named a Best New Pastry Chef

Sam Kincaid | Photo by Jason Varney, via UWISHUNU

Sam Kincaid | Photo by Jason Varney, via UWISHUNU

We know Food & Wine is already a big fan of Eli Kulp, having named him Best New Chef back in April. Now they’ve named Fork’s pastry chef, Samantha Kincaid as one of the Best New Pastry Chefs in America. Kincaid was one of five named by the magazine.

Congrats to Kincaid and the entire Fork team.

Best New Pastry Chefs in America [Food & Wine]

Federal Donuts in Old City Today

n3rd-street-market-940N3RD Market, located on Church St between American and 2nd Streets in Old City from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. today, is hosting a really sweet pop up: Philadelphia’s beloved Federal Donuts. Chef Matt Klein of FedNuts will reveal a selection of one-time-only donuts flavored by a curated collection of N3RD MRKT ingredients, such as plum butter pecan, smoked paprika bacon and salted chocolate tahini. Weckerly’s Ice Cream will also be serving up fall-flavored scoops of a pumpkin latte ice cream.

And as if that isn’t sweet enough, Conshohocken’s Tradestone Confections will make their N3RD MRKT debut by serving hot chocolate to pair with the treats.

So whether you’re craving something sweet after lunch or you need something to brighten up the beginning of the week, today N3RD Market is the place to be.

N3RD Market [Official]

 

Amada Launches New Happy Hour

amada-happy-hour-940Earlier this month, we told you about Tinto’s new happy hour. Now, Jose Garces’s other Spanish restaurant in Philadelphia is getting a similar happy hour makeover.

Beginning today, Amada is offering a $5 tapas and drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Look for favorites like Piquillos Rellenos (crab-stuffed peppers), Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes), and Croquetas de Jamon (ham croquettes) all to be on the happy hour menu.

In the drinks department, Amada will be offering $4 beers, $5 sangria, $6 wine and $8 cocktails.

Amada [Foobooz]

City Tavern Closed Due to Fire

city-tavern-400There was a fire in a dumpster outside of City Tavern last night. The fire did not cause any internal damage but Walter Steib’s restaurant will be closed temporarily.

No word on when exactly the Old City restaurant will reopen but an email states, “thankfully, no one was injured in the incident and the restaurant will reopen within days.”

UPDATE: City Tavern says the fire did “more damage to the electrical system than we originally thought.” They’re hoping to reopen by Wednesday or Thursday.

City Tavern [Official]

On the Market: 2-Bedroom On the Oldest Residential Street in America

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Every now and again a home on Elfreth’s Alley–the country’s oldest continually inhabited street– becomes available. Without looking too far, a record number of three of these historic residences were put on the market earlier this year–all right before Independence Day, go figure. (Yeah ‘murca!)

Lately, another one of these American heirlooms was listed for sale. (Another one could be hitting the market soon, too. But more on that as Halloween moves closer…)

In this case, 130 Elfreth’s Alley, a red-shuttered dwelling built in 1741, is furnished with fireplaces showing off decorative mantles, wide-planked flooring made of pine wood, and a brick exterior with lintels, cornices and dormers. In the summer, the rear brick patio would be swell for meals since it’s connected to the eat-in kitchen.

Gallery below.

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What’s On Tap for 2nd Story Brewing

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Old City’s 2nd Story Brewing is set to open on Tuesday, October 20th in the former home of Triumph Brewing Co. We’ve got the opening beer list and the bar menu as well. Check out what on tap and the bites that’ll be offered at the bar. The brewpub will offer four standard brews plus five rotating selections.

While you’re drinking your beer, the kitchen will be offering bar bites like short rib poutine, smashed fingerling potatoes that are fried until crispy and blakc bean egg rolls with braised chicken.

Full 2nd Story Brewing menus »

Han Dynasty Old City Turns 1, Which Means…Free Noodles

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Han Dynasty Old City is celebrating its one-year anniversary at 123 Chestnut, and it’s doing so by giving away free Dan Dan noodles this week through Tuesday, October 21st (Lunch is included). All you have to do to get the delicious dan dan is this:

Step 1: Go to said Han Dynasty.

Step 2: Post “Happy Hanniversary” to any social media (Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Myspace, whatever you’re into) in front of a manager or server.

Step 3: Order an entree to go with the noodles.

Step 4: Receive and eat dan dan noodles at Han Dynasty.

But don’t bring your friends, or too many of them. The deal is only one order of noodles per party.

Han Dynasty [f8b8z]

 

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