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

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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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15,000 Expected at This Weekend’s Old City Fest

Photo by CJ Dawson Photography

Photo by CJ Dawson Photography

In the spirit of fall festival season, the annual Old City Fest returns this weekend with pumpkins, hay bales and fodder shocks lining the streets of our most historic hood. Organizers say they expect around 15,000 to show up—quite likely the largest gathering of people in one place since all the pope stuff on the Parkway.

From noon to 6 pm on Sunday, October 11th, 3rd Street (between Market and Race) and Arch Street (from 2nd to 4th) will be closed to make room for a festival stage, activities and an exhaustive lineup of food, drink and knickknack booths.

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Philly Mom Designs Cutest Baby Wear of All Time

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Could this baby be any cuter? | Image via Buddha Babe.

We stumbled upon the sweetest baby wear and accessories ever, and we had to share. Buddha Babe, a local company that earned a cult following for its unique bibs, features baby gear in adorable patterns made with the softest eco-friendly materials.

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Rebuffed Old City Project Slips Past Planning Commission

Rendering of 401 Race | Image via Phila.gov

Rendering of 401 Race | Image via Phila.gov

Looks like the would-be “great goddamn building” that Architectural Committee panelist Cecil Baker wanted from Priderock Capital Partners, the developer behind a proposed 216-unit residential complex at 401 Race in Old City, won’t be getting the design changes that would have made it “great” by the committee’s standards.

So, what happened? According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, the Planning Commission voted in favor of recommending the developer’s current plan this past Tuesday. During the meeting, Commission chairman Alan Greenberger said he had no qualms with the height and loading variances Priderock is hoping to get.

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Cultural Alliance Hosts Free Old City Museum Crawl for Teens

Tomorrow afternoon, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance‘s STAMP program, an initiative to get young people out to Philly’s cultural attractions, will host an Old City museum crawl for area teens aged 14-19.

The day starts at the National Constitution Center (NCC) at 3:30 pm. From there, teens can venture out to explore participating museums in the vicinity, which include the African American Museum, National Liberty Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia History Museum and Independence Visitor Center.

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