First Look: The Dutch

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Johncarl Lachman and Lee Styer are going Dutch on Pennsport’s hottest new daytime destination. The pair’s sunny new collaboration, located in the space that briefly housed Andrew Michaels’ Fourth & Cross, is cozy yet contemporary, as natural a fit as though it had been custom built for them. While their collective endeavors of Fond, Noord, and Neuf are much beloved destinations for candlelit dinners, breakfast and lunch are the offerings at The Dutch.

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Trinity Tuesday: An Expanded Trinity in Pennsport

The kitchen and living room at 1105 S Bodine St.

The kitchen and living room at 1105 S. Bodine St. | TREND Images via Keller Williams Realty Center City

Part of the allure of trinity houses is the location. Many of them were built in small alleyways and intimate neighborhoods where you can squeeze in a bunch of tiny houses. Most trinities are on secondary streets and can feel slightly removed from busy city thoroughfares. This week’s trinity, located on South Bodine Street in Pennsport, has that same allure. The tree-lined street has easy access to all of Pennsport, and even comes with permit-free street parking. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: A Pennsport Home in a Prime Spot

1114 S Bodine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

1114 S. Bodine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

With the Phillies having had their home opener against the Padres yesterday at a sun-washed Citizens Bank Park, one of the cardinal rules of baseball as well as real estate came to mind when looking at this week’s trinity—location is key. Just like an Aaron Nola 2-2 fastball, the defining feature of this house is where it is located…and it’s a strikeout on the black. Situated in Pennsport, it’s right near Jefferson Square Park, Washington Avenue and Delaware Avenue. It is close to Penn’s Landing and has public transportation nearby as well. Read more »

South Helm Is Coming Along Nicely

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South Helm is coming along.

Michael Griffiths and Kevin D’Egidio, the guys behind the highly acclaimed Helm BYOB surprised many when they announced that they were opening their second location, less than a year after they opened their first restaurant in Kensington. And yesterday they posted a surprising photo on Instagram. The new spot, South Helm at 100 Morris Street is shaping up quite nicely.

Griffiths told us last month that South Helm was hoping to open in April and it looks like they’re right on schedule.

South Helm [Foobooz]

Police Have Identified a “Person of Interest” in Lee’s Cafe Throat-Slashing

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L: The person of interest known as “Noelle,” according to police. R: Image via Google Maps.

The Philadelphia Police Department has released a photo of a “person of interest” who they are seeking in connection with the throat-slashing of an employee at Lee’s Cafe & Bistro in South Philly. Officials say the man goes by the name “Noelle,” is between the ages of 25 and 30, and drives a white SUV.

The victim has been identified as 54-year-old cook Thoung Nguyen.

Shortly after 9 p.m., while the restaurant was still open for business, police say the owner of Lee’s found Nguyen alone in the basement kitchen, with a large cut across her throat. She was pronounced dead on the scene by Philadelphia paramedics at 9:15 p.m. Read more »

Celebrate Women Of The Craft Beer Industry At The Industry Bar

Photo by Steve Legato

Photo by Steve Legato

The Industry Bar is paying homage to women in the craft beer industry with their Women of the Industry event next Monday, March 7th. At the event will be Suzy Woods of Allagash Brewing Company, Jenny Hobbs of Firestone Walker, and Betsy Riley of Great Lakes.

Each of the ladies will pair their beer with a slider, and you can get all three pairings for $25. A portion of all proceeds will go to the South Philadelphia Victim/Witness Advocates.

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Helm Team Opening Second Restaurant

Photo by Emily Teel

Photo by Emily Teel

When Michael Griffiths and Kevin D’Egidio opened Helm in Kensington last March, they were relative unknowns despite solid resumes. Grifftihs had been at Lacroix, Rittenhouse Tavern and opened Ela with Jason Cichonski. Directly prior to Helm his was a sous chef at Fork. D’Egidio had a similarly solid resume with work at Tangerine and Lacroix plus being Chris Kearse’s opening sous chef at Will. He headed out on his own after a stint as the head chef at Stateside. Now they’ve debuted at number ten on Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2016 and are already planning their second restaurant.

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Is Blatstein Planning a Residential and Retail Complex at Former Foxwoods Site?

1401-99 South Columbus Boulevard | Google Maps

1401-99 South Columbus Boulevard | Google Maps

A new mixed-use complex on the Delaware River would bring apartments, townhouses, park space, and retail–including a new Wawa and an Aldi–to the mix of strip malls and big box stores on Columbus Boulevard in Pennsport. That’s according to a brochure from MSC Retail, which shows the expansive 16-acre parcel would essentially be divided into four distinct areas.

Bart Blatstein, who originally assembled the site some 20 years ago, purchased the property once again in 2014 for $13 million after plans for a Foxwoods Casino at 1401 South Columbus Boulevard failed to get off the ground.

A large retail complex would front Columbus Boulevard, which the brochure shows plans for a proposed Wawa at Tasker Street and an Aldi supermarket, located near a newly created drive aisle that looks to be an extension of Dickinson Street, the latter would get a new traffic light and extend to the river.

Blatstein couldn’t be reached for comment, but a person close to project said the plan is to be completed it in two phases: the retail portion opening in early 2017, and the residential part would follow at some point.

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New Construction Overlooks Dickinson Square Park, Asks $450,000

TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

There is a lot of action on South 4th Street these days. While restaurants and shops fill out the street in Queen Village, head a few blocks south into Pennsport and Dickinson Square West (the 2nd hottest ‘hood in America, according to Redfin) and you’ll find a bunch of new construction residential projects, as well as the ongoing demolition at the former Mt. Sinai Hospital.

That brings us to the corner of 4th and Tasker Street. Once home to a forgettable (an eye sore, really) vacant lot that looked upon the lovely Dickinson Square Park, a new construction townhome has been finished and now adds some life to the corner.

Here’s what it looked like in the past:

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4th and Cross Closing in Pennsport

Fourth and Cross | Photo by Peggy Baud Woolsey

Fourth and Cross | Photo by Peggy Baud Woolsey

Andrew Michaels who converted an old Pennsport deli into 4th and Cross six months ago is closing the restaurant after dinner service this evening. The concept originally offered breakfast, lunch and dinner to the neighborhood but closed down for a brief time to reconceptualize as a dinner-only restaurant. That concept opened in October but the new focus wasn’t enough to save the restaurant.

In a still optimistic note to his friends and customers, Michaels stated that “I continue to believe that following a dream, putting together a plan, garnering support, putting it into action and seeing it through is something everyone can gain from.”

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