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.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 3

BATHS: 3 full, 2 half

SQUARE FEET: 3,750

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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What $500K Will Buy You in Old City

122-30 New St., Unit 4A, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Torn between the cutting-edge and colonial? Can’t decide if trendy or traditional is right for you? We found the solution: new Old City.

Rich in history, teeming with notable landmarks and outfitted with cobblestone streets to boot, the remarkable charm of Old City, located between Front and 6th streets from Callowhill to Walnut, is unmatched. Then, when the sun goes down, first-rate nightlife abounds. With delicious eats, lively bars and the monthly First Friday celebration for art lovers across the city, the area seamlessly blends the ancient and the contemporary; it’s the new Old City, providing its residents the best of both worlds. Warning: tourists are plentiful, to say the least, and parking is minimal, but public transportation is easily accessible.

If this traditional yet hip atmosphere feels like the perfect combination for you, then look no further. Old City has a median home value of $325,200. But if you can bump that number up by 150K, give or take, then we have three great options below. Homes in the area, like the location itself, skillfully combine historic appeal with present-day glamour. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Huge and Historic in Old City for $750K

123 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

123 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

A trinity house in Elfreth’s Alley? It doesn’t get much more Philadelphian than that.

This expanded trinity maintains plenty of its traditional elements, most notably the trinity staircase, but these elements are balanced out by many new upgrades. First and foremost, each floor has multiple rooms, giving homeowners much more space than they would have in the average trinity. Enter into the living room, which is followed by a dining room and then an eat-in kitchen. From the kitchen, head outside and enjoy the nice yard space. The second floor is home to the master suite and a den. The third floor has two additional bedrooms, a sitting room, and a bathroom. Read more »

Room of the Week: A Dreamy Old City Dining Room With Ceilings for Days

Photo by Andrea Cipriani Mecchi Photography

Photo by Andrea Cipriani Mecchi Photography

Imagine with me, if you will, the amazing dinner parties you could have in this Old City dining room. I can’t help but place myself right there at the head of the table, full-on fabulous Great Gatsby attire, with a long smoldering cigarette between my fingers, while I entertain my guests with my wit and charm. I don’t even smoke, you guys, and I’m probably not that charming, either.

But doesn’t this dreamy dining room just make you want host the most fabulous parties, with the light from that pretty chandelier glinting off your champagne flute?

In this week’s installment of Room of the Week, I got the skinny on how this pretty dining room came together. Pay attention, people. There’s plenty of design inspo to crib here.

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