Wister Opening in Old City

wister-fish-940“I’m writing the menu around ingredients that are exciting me,” said chef Benjamin Moore. “Right now, that happens to be late summer produce and seasonal fish.” Moore was a sous chef at Lacroix and before that was at Le Bec-Fin, Wister represents his first executive chef position.

On October 1st, the Old City BYOB will open to the public. Wister replaces 26 North at 26 North 3rd Street.

The restaurant will change its menu often. So if you don’t go until November, you will probably miss the heirloom tomatoes puff pastry ($14) and the melon with elderflower ($14). The good news, however, according to Moore, is “There’s always something new for our repeat diners.”

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Jawdropper of the Week: Contemporary History in Old City

149 S. Hancock St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Images via Redfin

149 S. Hancock St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Images via Redfin

“Everything old is new again” is probably the best phrase one can use to describe this stunning renovation of a historic 19th-century commercial building on Hancock Street in Old City.

This building is the sole survivor of a row of similar buildings, and it has a pedigree: Cabinetmaker Michael Bouvier, the great-great-grandfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, bought the vintage-1816 structure in 1834 for use as his workshop. It came awfully close to meeting the fate of its neighbors before a couple bought the structure in 2010 and turned it into a super-spacious single-family residence.

While traditional in its details — crown moldings, classic baseboards, period doors — the home is at the same time thoroughly modern in its design sensibility and amenities. Read more »

That House Out There: Creative Class in Old City

20 N. 3rd St. #701, Philadelphia, Pa., 19106 | Photos by Theresa Stigale via MGC Real Estate Group

20 N. 3rd St. #701, Philadelphia, Pa., 19106 | Photos by Theresa Stigale via MGC Real Estate Group

What sort of creative-class type are you?

An artist looking for a blank canvas to paint on? A craftsperson who’d like to turn raw space into a one-of-a-kind atelier? Or maybe just a middle manager looking for a place with a fantastic view?

If you’re any one of these, or anyone else with the scratch who has a hankering for elegant living with the industrial touch, these joined-at-the-hip condo units may be just what you’re looking for.

As currently configured, these top-floor units in Old City’s Daniel Building are two two-bedroom, two bath units with totally open kitchens in the main living space. But they can be reconfigured to suit: one unit for you, one for guests; a single unit with an in-law or au pair suite; a place for you to live and an income property; or maybe just the biggest, baddest full-floor loft condo in Old City.

Be aware, though: even though both the hardwood floors and the kitchens with their professional-grade stainless-steel appliances and countertops all shine with that high-tech gloss, this is still industrial loft space that’s really ideal for someone who is looking for a place to work as well as live. You’ll be right on “N3rd Street,” in the heart of a still-lively community of creative makers and thinkers even with the relocation of nearby IndyHall to 399 Market.

Want this kind of space, but not so much of it? The units can also be purchased separately.




SQUARE FEET: 4,138 (divisible)

SALE PRICE: $1,699,000 (both units combined)

OTHER STUFF: Did we tell you that the owners/developers, who are licensed real estate agents, will be glad to customize these units to suit you? Keep this in mind as you view the photos below.

20 N. 3rd St., #701-702 [Nella Genovese | MGC Real Estate Group]


Pokémon Go Guided Tours Are Now a Thing in Philly

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Photo provided

Mobile game Pokémon Go blew up when it was introduced last month, with an estimated 7.5 million downloads in the U.S. in just the first five days. A slew of articles about the dangers of walking around outside glued to your phone quickly followed — though that’s an old gripe — while businesses jumped to tie their locations to the game. Meet-ups for “trainees” and “trainers” formed and up popped online groups like PokémonGoPhilly, dedicated to discussing all things Pokémon, from tips to troubleshooting to bragging about rare catches. So it was inevitable that a Pokémon Go-themed tour of Philadelphia would be next, and where else would it be than the tour nucleus of Old City? Read more »

Archaeologists Find Thousands of Artifacts in Old Philly Toilets

Archaeologists excavate a privy in Old City

Archaeologists Kevin Bradley and Kathryn Wood excavate a privy at the site of the future Museum of the American Revolution in Old City. (Photo courtesy Museum of the American Revolution)

Workers excavating at the site of the future Museum of the American Revolution over the past few years found quite a few historical artifacts in a place you might not expect to look for them: In the toilet.  Read more »

Opening Date for Museum of the American Revolution Set

Museum of the American Revolution rendering at night

A rendering of the finished building, currently under construction. | Photo courtesy Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution has an opening date.

Yesterday the museum, located at 3rd and Chestnut streets, announced it will open on April 19th, 2017. That will be the 242nd anniversary of “the shot heard ’round the world,” the date of the first battles in the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord.

The museum additionally announced that H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest — media entrepreneur, philanthropist and owner of Philadelphia Media Network — had donated $10 million to the museum. He had previously made gifts of a $40 million matching grant and $9 million in earlier commitments. Read more »

Two Beer Gardens Debut This Weekend

Last minute prep work at Independence Beer Garden

Last minute prep work at Independence Beer Garden

The first two beer gardens of the season open this weekend. Today, Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden softly opens at 6th and Market and tomorrow marks 8th anniversary and beer garden opening at Memphis Taproom.

Memphis is celebrating inside with some great beers from their cellar plus some of the newest beers in the state. The bar will be pouring four beers from Highway Manor Brewing of Camp Hill, PA. The beers are all all open fermented and barrel aged. The beers will be Mr. Blueberry, Taste My Place, Mr. Strawberry, and Sayjohn Saison.  There will also be bottles on hand for takeout, with labels illustrated by Memphis Taproom’s own Keith Warren Greiman.

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An American In Paris: La Peg Revisited


Photo courtesy Peggy Baud-Woolsey

When the server told me the special for the night was a plate of snails packed with herb butter, I didn’t get them, because snails wouldn’t really have gone with everything else we were ordering. Wouldn’t pair with the fried cheese curds. Wouldn’t sit right against the oysters Rockefeller or feel right sharing a table with the chicken potpie.

Further, the snails? They were just kind of sad. They’d been a star of chef Peter Woolsey’s menu during La Peg’s first iteration, as a funky, modernized and geographically unhinged French brasserie—the kind of place where you could get bone marrow with sauce gribiche served alongside scrambled eggs and toast as a snack at the bar on a Friday night, or authentically French onion soup, potato rosti, pho consommé, and coconut milk-laced mango and passion fruit sorbet for dessert. A place where the fat Burgundy snails sat proudly among the entrées and couldn’t have been more French if Woolsey’s crew had served them with tiny little Tricolour flags flying from their shells.

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Old City Gets Another Awesome New Boutique


Another lifestyle retailer has joined the lineup of amazing boutiques along Old City’s North 3rd street. Bucks County Dry Goods – which has two other locations in Lambertville and Princeton – opened on Friday in an 800-square-foot space right next to the French-inspired florist Petit Jardin ev Ville.

The trio of BCDG shops (in business for 20 years) sells women’s apparel, accessories, and gifty goods, but you’ll really want to go here for an impressive collection of mid-century modern furniture, like Knoll diamond chairs, Danish coffee tables and bar carts, and vintage industrial tables. (Take a spin through the shop’s Etsy page to get an idea of what they’ve got in store).

The Details: 138 North 3rd Street, Old City. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11am-6pm. Call the Lambertville location for more details, 609-397-1288.

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