Burg’s Hideaway Lounge Opens in Point Breeze

Burg's Hideaway Lounge | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Burg’s Hideaway Lounge | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Last night we cruised by Burg’s Hideaway Lounge at 21st and Federal to see what the progress looked like. And low and behold, the former Buckminster’s was open. It was a very soft opening with no food and just draft beer available for sampling. But Ori Feibush’s redo of Burg’s was welcoming neighbors to check out the place. Gone are the white and teal walls of Buckminster’s, replaced with browns and wood. A mishmash of bar stools now line the bar. Tables in the front have been replaced by a wraparound communal table that can seat at least ten.

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First-Time Find: A New, Bold Home in Point Breeze for $265K

1538 S. Colorado St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

1538 S. Colorado St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The two-story row house is passé, says the conventional wisdom. It’s too small for modern living, and you can’t equip it with the features today’s buyers want.

This postmodern two-story row home in Point Breeze, a complete rebuild of a home built in 1917, demonstrates that the conventional wisdom is wrong. It plays well with its more traditional neighbors while making a new, bold statement all its own.
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Jawdropper of the Week: A Broad Street Brownstone Fit For Carrie Bradshaw

1630 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19145 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

1630 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19145 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

“Now this is a brownstone Carrie Bradshaw would die for,” was the first thought that popped into my mind after peeking through pictures of 1630 S. Broad St. Combining classic old-school Victorian character with the latest New Age design trends and a closet big enough to fit a lifetime’s worth of fabulous shoes into, this East Point Breeze brownstone has me clicking my heels, because there is truly no place like (this) home.

A stylish wrought-iron fence surrounds the entryway into this classic home, leading up to and through the front door, into the foyer. And from the moment you step through the foyer and into the entrance hall, it should be evident that the designer who once owned and updated this home didn’t miss a single detail when it came to dressing this house to impress. Its elegant crown moldings, hardwood floors with inlays, tall ceilings and extra-large windows all harken back to a bygone era of elegance, while its more modern features add a dash of urban sophistication. Read more »

On Point Bistro Is Now Open for Dinner

On Point Bistro is now open for dinner

On Point Bistro is now open for dinner

Beginning this evening, Point Breeze’s On Point Bistro will begin serving dinner. The BYOB by Garces alum Juan Lopez and his wife Mallory Fix Lopez has been open a week serving brunch. Now the restaurant at the intersection of 20th Street, Federal Street and Point Breeze Avenue is serving a menu of crowd pleasers such as mussels and frites, fish and chips, grilled cheeses, burgers, steak frites and grilled salmon.

Snacks run from $4 for fries to $16.95 for a share board of cheese and meats. Entrees top out at $19.95 for steak frites.

On Point Bistro is open Tuesday through Sunday for brunch and dinner.

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On Point Bistro Opens in Point Breeze

Challah French Toast at On Point Cafe

Challah French Toast at On Point Cafe

On Point Bistro opens today at 1200 Point Breeze Avenue in the former home of Breezy’s Cafe. In a twist, the BYOB from Garces vets Juan Lopez and his wife Mallory Fix Lopez, will start with daily brunch service and then add dinner shortly after opening. The couple of paired up with Mallory’s twin sister Megan Asher and her husband Rahul Asher.

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SausageFest Returns to South Philly

2015 South Philly SausageFest | Photo by Anthony Caroto

2015 South Philly SausageFest | Photo by Anthony Caroto

The South Philly SausageFest returns for a second year on Saturday, September 10th along West Passyunk Avenue between Broad and 15th Streets. The event, which runs from noon to 8 p.m., is a sausage-themed extravaganza that offers link swinging fun for everyone, including children and even vegetarians. SausageFest raises money to benefit neighborhood services.

More than ten area businesses will participate as well as eight local breweries. Look for sausage and sausage-inspired dishes to show off the growing food scene West of Broad, on Passyunk. Admission is free with food and drink being pay-as-you-go. Advance beer tickets are available on sale at the South Philly SausageFest website.

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Dept. of Second Thoughts: Neighborhood Group Will Drop “Newbold” From Its Name


The South Philly Tap Room in the neighborhood Image | Google Street View

There’s no clearer sign that a neighborhood is being gentrified than when a group of new residents carves out a little portion of it and gives it a new name. That’s what happened in Newbold, the sliver of Point Breeze that stretches from Broad to 18th and Washington Avenue to Wolf Street.

But now it looks as though some residents are trying to un-ring the bell. Last week, the Newbold Neighbors Association voted to take “Newbold” out of its name, though they haven’t decided what to replace it with just yet, Passyunk Post is reporting. Read more »

Point Breeze Among Best “Bad” Neighborhoods for Home Buyers

Image via Google Maps

Today’s run-down block, tomorrow’s golden opportunity. | Image via Google Maps

The good news: Ori Feibush is right. The bad news: Ori Feibush is right.

If a newly-released RealtyTrac analysis of property sales data in marginal neighborhoods across the country is any guide, we can expect continued fireworks in Point Breeze for years to come.

That’s because according to RealtyTrac, zip code 19146 is one of the “35 Best Down-and-Out Neighborhoods to Buy a Home.”

Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac analyzed data on 3,561 urban ZIP codes in the United States to come up with its list of 35 “Rough-and-Tumble Neighborhoods on the Rebound.” Read more »

Happy Birthday to Kermit’s Bake Shoppe

kermits-bake-shoppe-400Kermit’s Bake Shoppe turns three today and they’re celebrating by giving all customers a free mini-cupcake with any purchase for pickup or delivery today.

In addition, Kermit’s is also running a Specialty Cake Giveaway. Fill out an entry form by 8 pm this evening and be entered to win a themed cake to feed yourself and 30 of your friends.

If you win, the pastry chefs at Kermit’s will help with the design.

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe [Foobooz]

Buckminster’s Is Closing

Photo via Buckminster's

Buckminster’s closes after just under seven months | Photo via Buckminster’s

Buckminster’s at 21st and Federal is calling it quits after just under seven months. The Point Breeze restaurant by Michael Pasquarello of 13th Street Kitchens (Prohibition Taproom, Bufad, Cafe Lift, Kensington Quarters) will close after service on Saturday, June 11th. Buckminster’s was piloted by chef Rob Marzinsky in the kitchen. In a statement emailed to Foobooz, Pasquarello stated that Marzinsky is “one of the most talented and driven chefs I know, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to work with him.” Pasquarello also stated the team would have a place in the restaurant group.

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