Good Riddance: McFadden’s Closes Today

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

From the Department of Don’t Let the Door Hit You In the Ass comes news that the 3rd Street location of McFadden’s – aka that horrible bar somewhere near the cruddy cusp of Old City and Northern Liberties – is closing its doors today. And all God’s people said, “AMEN!” Read more »

Spotted in Old City: Contemporary Loft Condo Comes with Two Elevators

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

We were always partial to that ivy-clad condo on Cuthbert Street, but now that we know about this neighboring loft apartment at 108 Arch…well, we’re slightly torn. Location-wise, they’re tied. But on the one hand, the former has a cozy compactness; on the other, the latter tempts us with its modern indulgences.

And what are these contemporary luxuries? For starters, the 2,500-square-foot unit has a pair of stainless steel elevators opening directly into the apartment foyer. Can’t say we’re too surprised since it’s in the same building as that insanely pricey rental from last summer.

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Two Retro Reviews from the Weeklies

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Olde Bar | Photo by Arthur Etchells

 

Brian Freedman visits Olde Bar for Philadelphia Weekly while Adam Erace reviews Franky Bradley’s for City Paper. Freedman is in love with the fried clams at Jose Garces’s redone Bookbinders and he’s even more impressed with the redo.

The Olde Bar is a Jose Garces project—the kitchen is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Mike Siegel—but it feels different from his other restaurants around town. Indeed, in his attempt to honor the legendary space, he has accomplished something both difficult and important: Bringing the past into the present, without peddling in either preciousness or hokey nostalgia. The Olde Bar feels both classic and vibrant at once, just like that fried clam.

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Noshhh: Craft Food and Drink Showcase This Friday

Noshhh is coming up on Friday, March 20.

Noshhh is coming up on Friday, March 20.

Noshhh, a local craft food and drink vendor showcase, is going to be held at Old City’s United By Blue, this Friday, March 20 at 7:30 pm. You can feel ultra hip while sampling Philly’s newest and trendiest food, cocktails and beers.

Some of the vendors for the event include 2nd Story Brewing Company, Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Manatawny Still Works, Broken Goblet Brewing, AGNO Grill and Two Brothers Hummus. You can read the full list of vendors on event’s Facebook page.

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Live in the Former Home of the Most Interesting Man in the World

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

His shoes can only be filled by him, but maybe his penthouse condo will be a little more accessible to the likes of you or me.

The two-bedroom is a corner unit at the National in Old City, and has windows facing north, east, and south. It comes with a balcony and two parking spaces (because of course the Most Interesting Man in the World would have more than one), as well as a master bedroom with three closets, one of which is a walk-in. The master bath features a double vanity sink with granite tops, a rainhead shower, and a linen closet. Bamboo flooring is throughout.

Below, everything the former tenant has done… Read more »

Monday Obsession: Mara Hoffman Dashiki

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Image via Third Street Habit.

Shop long enough in this city and store owners will get a sense of what floats your style boat. To wit: an email I received from January, owner of Third Street Habit in Old City, which said, “This outfit reminded me of you.” I clicked and saw what has become my standby spring/summer look: a dress or tunic over a pair of flared jeans. (In my book, pretty much every dress looks cooler over pants.) I’ll wear it like this, or with a pair of wild platforms for true ’70s style. Who knows? Maybe shopping for spring can will the season to hurry on up and get here.  Click here for more details.

Old City Shuffling

irish-pol-show-400Drink Philly has the scoop on Irish Pol, the long running Irish/Polish bar at 45 S 3rd Street is closing this Saturday, February 28th.

But the bar will resurface at 114 Market Street, the subterranean home to a club and eons ago, a restaurant named DiPalma’s.

No word on when the reopening will occur.

Irish Pol to Close Its 3rd Street Doors and Reopen on Market Street [Drink Philly]
Irish Pol [Facebook]

Looking Back on 30 Years At Old City Coffee

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Thirty years ago, Ruth Isaac brought coffee roasting to Old City. Today, Old City Coffee has three Philadelphia locations and is still family operated by Ruth and her husband, Jack. All of the roasting is now done at their Reading Terminal location, where Ruth and Jack can be found helping customers, making drinks and offering suggestions for their favorite coffee.

The Reading Terminal location opened four years after Old City in 1988. “When I came in [to the Reading Terminal Market], there were major amounts of renovation that went on, and at one point, when it rained, the water just rained right into the market,” Isaac says. “It was really nitty-gritty. It wasn’t nearly as full, it wasn’t nearly as bright.”

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Luna Cafe Opening In Old City

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Luna Cafe is a small 30-seat BYOB that will open Friday, February 20th at 317 Market Street, where Panini’s Trattoria was located. The menu will feature American bistro-style cuisine and all ingredients will be locally sourced from products grown on farms within 100 miles of Philadelphia.

Owner Sarah Levine is taking the leap after her own experience working in the restaurant biz, from wait staff to line cook, in places such as Chart House and Westin’s Winthorpe and Valentine. She earned a BA at Temple University for business administration and an MBA at Drexel University for entrepreneurship.

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