Rhino Bar Opens in Gayborhood

Courtesy of Rhino Bar

We may miss Bump and Q, but now that Mike Stollenwerk’s Fish has moved around the corner (less than 100 feet into a smaller space), a new bar has taken over the corner of 13th and Locust in the heart of the Gayborhood.

Rhino Bar has officially opened today within the Independence Hotel – and it’s touting itself as a gastropub with raw bar. The sleek new space features a menu with “snacks” and “plates” – look for dishes like fried green tomatoes, chile verde and miso-glazed salmon.

In addition to eight beer taps – with lots of craft beers by the bottle – and a liquor list with no shortage of happy hour specials, Rhino also serves root beer floats. In fact, the gastropub will be catering to the late-night crowd with food served until 1 a.m. on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends.

Rhino Bar, 1234 Locust Street, 215-557-4442.

Ralph’s of South Philly Opens Today

Ralph’s of South Philly, the King of Prussia off-shoot of the country’s oldest Italian restaurant opens today, Thursday October 11, in the Sheraton Valley Forge. The brand new hotel, which opened in September, houses the Second Coming of one of Philadelphia’s most iconic restaurants. Ralph’s of South Philly will be a more modern, contemporary version of its predecessor, serving both Ralph’s classics and new dishes.

Read on for the full menu and highlights. Read more »

Seafood Unlimited Reopens After Major Makeover

David and Judi Einhorn’s Seafood Unlimited is back in action as of late August after a summer hiatus and a major makeover. After 24 years of owning the Philly mainstay on Rittenhouse Square the Einhorns have worked to double the space at the bar, add seating, redecorate, create a completely new menu, and add later hours. Seafood Unlimited now holds 36 guests in the dining area and ten at the bar, and an expanded mosaic mural graces the walls. They’ve also exchanged their previous logo for this much creepier one:

Full menu and details on the tap list after the jump.

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Canal Street North Project is Supported by Fishtown

The Michael Samschick proposal for Canal Street North, an entertainment center planned for Fishtown that we described yesterday, was approved by the Fistown Neighbors Association last night. According FNA’s live tweets of the public meeting the project was supported 72-17.

What we now know from last night’s meeting is that the music venue will be a Fillmore Theater run by Live Nation and that parts of Canal Street will be turned into a pedestrian plaza with outdoor dining. We also have it on good authority that the distillery set for Canal Street North will be ….

Read on for details on the distillery and more »

Weekend Roundup

Friday, Sept. 7

Gender Reel kicks off today with events through the weekend. Click here for a full listing of events.

The 35th Annual SisterSpace Festival (10 a.m.) spends the weekend at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Md. The nation’s longest-running lesbian festival features live music, workshops, dance parties, crafts, sports and a community with hundreds of women from the Mid-Atlantic. Also look for comedy from Mimi Gonzales and music by Virago.

Papeles: Are We What We Sign? (12 p.m.) opens with a reception at Painted Bride. The exhibition examined how papers and other legal contracts relate to identity and sexual orientation.

Carousel Vintage & Contemporary Fashion is celebrating a grand opening (5 p.m.) in Old City (right across from the Betsy Ross House).

The Essence of Life and Line (5 p.m.) opens with a reception at Indy Hall with Sean Martorana.

Guys Night Out visits the opening of GenderReel (6 p.m.) at the William Way before setting off for a gallery crawl through Old City’s First Friday.

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Talula’s Table Availability Tomorrow

Usually you have to make a reservation for Talula’s Table a year out but tomorrow, there is a rare availability for their Farm Table dinner. One complete party of 8-12 guests has the chance to try their new 8-course summer tasting menu at 7 p.m. sharp . If you happen to have 7-11 friends free tomorrow night then get on the horn and call up Talula’s Table at 610-444-8255.

See the full (and very pretty) menu for tomorrow night »

Jane G’s Open for Business

Jane G’s, the new Chinese fusion restaurant at 1930 Chestnut, is now serving lunch and dinner for their soft opening. Jane Guo, former owner of Broad Street’s Noodle Heaven, has finally returned to Center City with her high-end take on foods from all over China. For now they are serving lunch from 11:30-2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5-11p.m. The restaurant plans to have its grand opening around August 15th.

Read on for the highlights and full menu of Jane G’s. Read more »

Blue Belly BBQ Opens

The new barbecue joint from Cochon‘s Gene Giuffi, Blue Belly BBQ, will have its grand opening tomorrow at 11:30am. Blue Belly brings the love of meats Giuffi has already showcased at Cochon to a new level with American and world barbecue flavors. The menu features smoked meat platters, sandwiches with everything from Jamaican-style jerk chicken to Korean beef and Southern inspired sides.

We’ll race you there. Read more »

From the Weekender: Is Schlitz the New Pabst?

schlitz_200A few weeks ago, I wandered into Fiume, a strange but wonderful little bar above Ethiopian restaurant Abyssinia in West Philadelphia, and ordered a Special. Now, since its invention at South Street’s Bob & Barbara’s about 15 years ago, the Special — which has been covered in the national press and picked up by many of the city’s more low-rent bars — has meant a 12-ounce can of Pabst with a small shot of bourbon for around $3. So imagine my surprise when the bartender returned not with the red-white-and-blue can of PBR, but a can of throwback Schlitz.

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