When the artist Chris Perot bought this unit in the small condo building at Cuthbert and Mascher streets in 2003, the space in the former Old City factory was wide open. So Perot hired Studio Agoos/Lovera to create definition using glass and wood panels hung from the ceiling, wood columns, and elements like a massive, 2001 monolith-style fireplace to divide the space. “I love the wood ceilings and the proportion of the space,” Perot told Philadelphia Style in 2003 — and it’s likely there are plenty of buyers who will feel the same way.
In a small, secluded building with only six units, this second-floor apartment can be configured for two, three or four bedrooms because of its flexible space. The central area has 11.5′ ceilings; three exposures have windows that are more than six feet tall. The kitchen featured poured concrete countertops (not granite! It’s a miracle!) that match the (necessarily) radiant-heated concrete floors.
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The Victoria Freehouse is offering a special happy hour today of Christmas Ales. For $15 you can get a flight of British holiday beers plus “Devils on Horseback,” stilton stuffed dates wrapped in bacon.
The flights include:
- Reindeer’s Revolt – English Strong Ale
- Criminally Bad Elf – English Barleywine style beer
- Pickled Santa – Winter Warmer style beer
- Lump of Coal – Foreign Stout beer
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Zahav is once again hosting a very Jewish Christmas. On Monday, December 23rd, it will be Vietnamese food and a movie. And this year the food will serve as a menu preview of Tyler Akin’s upcoming restaurant, Stock, a Vietnamese restaurant that Akin (a sous chef at Zahav) is opening at 308 E. Girard Avenue in Fishtown.
The movies are a surprise, but will most likely be R-rated. Price is $55 per person and excludes beverages, tax and gratuity.
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Franklin Square’s nightly light show continues through New Year’s Eve. A food tent serves fresh funnel cake, battered and fried oreos, chicken tenders, fries and hot chocolate. But that’s not all, like last month, a rotating cast of Philadelphia food trucks will be offering nightly snacks and treats from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
December Food Truck Schedule »
Han Chiang has graduated, shutting down his beloved (if small) Han Dynasty in Old City and moving the Szechuan restaurant across the street into the enormous, opulent 180-seat space formerly occupied by Reserve steakhouse (among other operations). The bar manager from the University City location has come over to craft a cocktail program for the new space. The menu is roughly the same burn-your-face-off-spicy Chinese food that’s served at all of Chiang’s other locations (at the same price point, despite the upgraded digs), but he’s added a late-night menu inspired by Taiwanese street food, served fast and cheap across a small second bar on the main floor. Highlights include the dry pepper fried chicken wings and the pork belly buns, but be on the lookout for frequent changes as Chiang tinkers with the new board.
Han Dynasty [Foobooz]
First appeared in the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Old City’s Cuba Libre is putting together a special dinner this evening to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Chef Jasper Alivia, who was born in the Philippines along with food-writer Drew Lazor (also of Filipino descent) have put together the $35 four-course, prix fixe modern-Filipino meal. 100% of the proceeds are being donated to the Red Cross.
Chef Alivia says “this special evening will be a celebration of the resilient nature of our people and a powerful way to contribute to the ongoing relief efforts.”
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Food trucks have arrived at Franklin Square. Now through New Year’s Eve, food trucks will offer warm bites for visitors checking out the new Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. The light show occurs every thirty minutes from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Two different shows will alternate throughout the evening.
In addition to the light show, the carousel will be running and playing holiday songs. Even the mini-golf will be open, with warming stations along the course.
November food truck schedule »
Good for you, Molly Phipps, of North Carolina’s Shelby Star. You may have chosen some of the expected — the Liberty Bell, Elfreth’s Alley, Ben Franklin, a cheesesteak — but you also chose a place that no one ever, never, ever puts on a list of things to do in Philadelphia, and especially in Old City:
“The fourth thing you can’t miss is a very special bookstore in Old City: Jules Goldman Books & Antiques on North 2nd Street. To say I love books would be a huge understatement, but this store had so much more. It had two floors, a whole section for art and a dusty room dedicated to old records. There was even a record set of the original airing of Orson Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds.’ If you’re a book lover, or just happen to be visiting Old City, I wouldn’t miss it.”
That is completely terrific. Here are some photos of what the store has…in store:
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High Street on Market | Photo by Emily Teel
On Wednesday, November 13, High Street on Market will host an dinner with Sicilian winemaker Frank Cornelissen. Chef Eli Kulp will present four-courses featuring plates with locally foraged ingredients to pair with Cornelissen’s wines for $80.
High Street’s communal seating and family-style plates allow for guests to share a variety of dishes while interacting with the winemaker.
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For the whole month of November, the Continental in Old City is celebrating Spirit Month. And if you order a cocktail that features local spirits, including those from Philadelphia Distilling, the drinks are just $7.
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