The Terrace Bar Opens at the Philadelphia Art Museum

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Got some free time Wednesday and Friday nights?

Then come on out to The Terrace Bar at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Pay What You Wish and Art After Five nights all summer long.

In addition to after-hours access to the world-renowned museum’s art collection, the bar will also offer drinks and light bites from culinary partner Stephen STARR Events atop the art museum steps (which you may have seen in a movie or two).

Enjoy dishes like Chicken & Ginger Dumplings (inspired by Buddakan), Spinach & Manchego Empanadas (inspired by Alma De Cuba) and Lobster Mac N’Cheese (The Continental), as well as drinks including The Kir Royale (champagne, cassis, fresh raspberries) and Violent Femmes (smirnoff blueberry, crème de violette, lemon).  The Terrace Bar will be open from 5:00PM-8:45PM Wednesday and Friday evenings through September.

** Beginning June 5th, the Terrace Bar will introduce Happy Hour, available on the first Wednesday of each month this summer from 5:00PM-7:00PM. Happy Hour will feature $4 domestic beers and $1 off all wines by the glass.**

Happy Hour schedule »

Terrain Patio Party at Twilight Farmers Market

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The Garden Cafe at Terrain is having the Terrain Patio Party to celebrate the opening of a new alfresco dining space on Thursday, May 23, with a twilight farmers market, live music, complimentary cocktails, and appetizers from the Styer’s Garden Cafe prepared with farm fresh ingredients from the farmers market. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Glen Mills cafe and outdoor living store. A number of local vendors will also be in attendance as part of the farmers market.

Running concurrently with the patio party is the chef’s dinner. The $60 five course dinner begins at 7 p.m. with Chef Keith Rudolf’s English pea soup followed by a local micro green salad, a striped bass, a rhubarb glazed duck breast, and a mixed berry clafoutis.

Vendors for the Patio Party »

New Spring Menu at Bisou

 

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Bisou on Main Street in Manayunk has revamped its menu for the spring. The highlights of the new menu are an asparagus salad, a salt cod croquette, and escargot as appetizers, and an arctic char, pork cheeks, and a barramundi-warm calamari salad. These lighter, more refreshing dishes are sure to please your spring taste buds. Chef Clark Gilbert‘s French Bistro also just got some new outside furniture so that you can enjoy the beautiful spring weather while enjoying the spring food.

You can see Bisou’s new menu here.

Bisou [Official]

Le Virtu Officially Christens Its Patio This Sunday

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Le Virtu’s recently redesigned outdoor dining area is officially reopening (they’ve been serving outdoors for about a month now) this Sunday, May 19th with a festive event and new dishes from chef Joe Cicala. The outdoor area has been paved with stones and bordered with shrubery that should soon be blossoming. In the rear of the space is a wooden canopy with clingin vines and attractive lighting. The canopy will eventually offer a small counter for guests to sit around to enjoy drinks and host special chef’s table dinners.paved with ivory-hued stone and bordered with smaller landscaping stones and lush shrubbery which will soon blossom.

This Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Le Virtu will be hosting a gathering on the patio. Cicala will be serving Le Virtu soup, the restaurant’s namesake spring soup of 49-ingredients. Grilled Arrosticini (lamb skewers), grilled sausage and vegetables plus wine from the new tap wine system. Tickets cost $45 per person and include food and beverges.

Inside, Cicala’s latest menu additions will be served.

What’s new at Le Virtu for spring »

Progress at American Sardine Bar’s Outdoor Patio

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The back patio at American Sardine Bar is coming along nicely. Check out the progress over on PropertyPhiladelphia magazine’s real estate blog.

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City Promises To Crack Down on Sidewalk Dining

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The Philadelphia Streets Department has announced it will be conducting monthly inspections to ensure restaurants are adhering to sidewalk dining requirements. The Streets department says an increase in complaints about blocked sidewalks has necessitated the crackdown.

The Street Department’s David Perri says “sidewalk cafes are a valued amenity as they promote a lively and festive atmosphere on City streets. Café operators however need to adhere to their approved seating plans and be diligent in keeping public sidewalks safe and accessible for all users.”

Sandwich boards, banners, “feather” signs are not permitted in the public right-of-way and sidewalk seating is only permitted in city-approved spots.

Violations for not having the correct permits or seating that doesn’t adhere to approved seating charts, will result in tickets and the demand for immediate compliance. Repeated violations can result in confiscation of signs, tables and chairs and could result in the loss of business licenses.

Philadelphia Streets Dept. [Official Site]

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