Green Changes In Store for Point Breeze and East Poplar

Top: Wharton Square; bottom: John F. Street Community Center | Images via Google Street View

Top: Wharton Square; bottom: John F. Street Community Center | Images via Google Street View

Years from now, when all is said and done, Philadelphia will have reduced the stormwater pollution entering its rivers and streams by an estimated 85 percent. At least, this is what the city hopes to achieve by implementing projects from its Green City, Clean Waters plan, a program spearheaded by the Philadelphia Water Department.

This week, the ambitious plan rears its head in East Poplar and Point Breeze where residents are set to hear updated green infrastructure improvement plans slated for their respective neighborhoods.

In the case of East Poplar, earlier community feedback was used to inform plans for green stormwater infrastructure surrounding the East Poplar Playground, athletic field, and area streets.

“Our goal is to reduce the volume of polluted stormwater entering local sewers that connect to the Delaware River with green tools that beautify the area – but we’re working with neighbors to make sure that doesn’t impact community gardens or people playing sports on the field,” says PWD’s Philly Watersheds Blog, whose representatives will be meeting with neighbors on the plans’ progress Wednesday, October 14th.

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The Institute Launches New Fall Menu


Chef Bryan Boltri has rolled out a new fall menu at the Institute. The menu has plenty of comfort food choices as well as selection of vegetarian items.

The bar at 12th and Green has recently undergone some renovations and upgrades, adding room for over 100 cans and a hand pump for cask beer.

Also coming up for the Institute is its epic pumpkin beer fest, set for Saturday, October 3rd. The seventh annual event will close down Green Street and will offer an amazing 115 pumpkin beers, ciders, sours, and lambics.  VIP tickets are $55, general admission is $45.  Get your tickets online.

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Larry’s Steaks Burglarized

larrys-steaks-400Larry Steaks at 920 West Girard Avenue, a branch of the popular St. Joseph’s University cheesesteak shop was

burglarized early in the morning of Thursday, August 20th.  According to the Philadelphia Police, “an unknown male gained entry to Larry’s Steaks located at 920 West Girard Avenue by shattering the front door glass of the business. Once inside the suspect took two cash registers containing an unknown amount of cash then fled in an unknown direction.”

No Belly Fillers were reported taken in the theft.

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Spotted: Santucci’s Coming to North Broad


Santucci’s at Broad and Wallace | Photo via a Tipster

A tipster let us in on this juicy tidbit. There’s a Santucci’s (expansion of the South Philly brand) coming to North Broad Street. Signs in the window show that the pizzeria is going in at 655 N Broad Street, the former home of Alessandro’s Pizza.

In addition to another eatery on North Broad, the location also means the neighborhoods of Fairmount, Spring Garden, Callowhill and Poplar will have access to Santucci’s excellent square pizzas via delivery.

Santucci’s – North Broad [Foobooz]

Brick & Mortar Names An Executive Chef

brick-mortar-logo-400Brick & Mortar–the new neighborhood joint being opened at 12th and Pearl by ex Franklin Mortgage partner Michael Welsh–has gone and gotten itself an executive chef.

Brian Ricci, coming off a turn as exec at Kennett and ex of Django, Supper and Pub & Kitchen, will be running the kitchen for Welsh. No word yet on what, exactly, Ricci might be doing with the menu (though we hear there will be some rotisserie stuff, and Ricci’s got a strong streak of British gastropub in him, plus a bit of Indian street food from his time at Danny Meyer’s Tabla in NYC), but you’ll know as soon as we do.

Brick & Mortar is looking to get open some time in late November.

Brick & Mortar [Foobooz]

Trestle Inn is in the Spirit This Fall


Trestle Inn is getting in the “spirit” on Thursdays this fall, by offering complimentary spirit and cocktail tastings from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and cocktail specials til 10 p.m.

On Thursday, October 16th, the tasting will feature WL Weller’s Special Reserve. October 18th’s tasting will showcase the Trolley Car Cocktail, and the spirit of choice on October 30th is Western Grace Brandy.

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New Restaurant/Bar Coming to Lofts District

goldtex-square-400Zagat has the scoop on Brick & Mortar, a new restaurant and bar from Franklin Mortgage alum Mike Welsh. Welsh, who was also involved in Lemon Hill is promising a neighborhood-friendly establishment in the Goldtex Building at 315 N 12th Street.

The 3,500 square foot space will offer enough room for 100 seats and will be open for lunch, brunch and dinner.

Check out Zagat for more details.

Brick & Mortar: New Loft District Bar From Franklin Mortgage Alum Mike Welsh [Zagat]

Brick & Mortar [Foobooz]

Wednesday Night Wings at The Trestle Inn


Introducing the newest hump day treat: for the month of July, The Trestle Inn is bringing you a new wing dish every Wednesday. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. stop by and get a taste of their oven-baked wings paired with a new homemade sauce or House Buffalo. And if that’s not enticing enough, you’ll also get a shot of select whiskey and a can of beer.

Bring $10 for the ticket and maybe a napkin or two because wings combined with alcohol sounds as messy as it does delicious.

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Bufad’s World Cup Deal: Two Pies For The Price Of One


Throw on your favorite team’s jersey from the World Cup and head over to Bufad for the buy one Neapolitan pie and get the second for free deal. All you have to do is place your order, show up representing your team and you’ll walk out with two pies for the price of one. This special offer will be available Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until the final game on July 13th. So that means if you want to eat pizza in the comfort of your own home while watching the USA versus Germany on Thursday, this is an option.

Bufad  [Foobooz]

Newest and Biggest Federal Donuts Sets Opening Date


On Saturday, June 7th, Federal Donuts opens its largest store yet at 701 N 7th Street. Partners Tom Henneman, Bob Logue, Steve Cook, Michael Solomonov and Felicia D’Ambrosio have declared the day Federal Donuts Day and will be offering several specials for the grand opening. There will be Hot Donut Ice Cream Bombs in collaboration with Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Fried Chicken Donut Sandwiches ($6 including tax) from noon to 4 p.m.

The West Poplar location of Federal Donuts is 2,000 square feet, substantially larger than the other stand-alone FedNuts, seats 40 and even has a parking lot.

Federal Donuts – West Poplar [Foobooz]

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