Port Richmond Pour House Is Calling It Quits

port-richmond-pour-house-rulesJohn Boswell opened the Port Richmond Pour House with the idea of just opening a bar. Not a gastropub, not a Disneyfied dive bar but just a bar. There have been problems along the way, drug dealers tried to use his bar as an office. A customer was shot back in November of 2012. But what finally did him in was too many people saying, “”I need to get up there” than actually ever did arrive at the bar at 2253 E Clearfield Avenue.

If you never did make it up to the Port Richmond Pour House you may remember Boswell from his energetic days at the Swift Half. You have until September 1st to make it up to Port Richmond Pour House before Boswell closes it for good.

Check out Boswell’s open letter on the Port Richmond Pour House web site.

Port Richmond Pour House [Official Site]

The Philadelphia Area’s 10 Most Popular Commercial Property Listings

According to LoopNet, the premier commercial real estate listing service, the Philly listing that consistently has the highest number of views is that for Trinity Presbyterian Church at 2857 Frankford Avenue, near East Cambria. In the last month, it has been viewed 2,279 times. (Compare that to the 10th-most-popular–23 units and a storefront in Pottstown–which has been viewed 635 times.)

The church is in very poor condition and is now zoned residential despite the fact that there is an active congregation that still gathers and has a thrift store there. The building is being sold for $120,000 as-is.

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The Philadelphia Area’s 10 Most Popular Commercial Property Listings

According to LoopNet, the premier commercial real estate listing service, the Philly listing that consistently has the highest number of views is that for Trinity Presbyterian Church at 2857 Frankford Avenue, near East Cambria. In the last month, it has been viewed 2,279 times. (Compare that to the 10th-most-popular–23 units and a storefront in Pottstown–which has been viewed 635 times.)

The church is in very poor condition and is now zoned residential despite the fact that there is an active congregation that still gathers and has a thrift store there. The building is being sold for $120,000 as-is.

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Where We’re Eating: Bonk’s

Bonk's Bar

“Sticky, licky, sucky, messy, dirty and wet: There is something better than sex for sale in Port Richmond, and no, it’s not heroin.” Seriously, we don’t normally quote Yelp comments in the course of reviewing a restaurant, but that one in particular (from former City Paper food writer Felicia D’Ambrosio) pretty much sums up the experience at this quintessential Port Richmond dive bar, which has been known to run out of crabs by 7 p.m. Sizes and prices change daily, but like the beer, the crabs are among the cheapest around. Two pieces of advice: When the bartender asks, “Ya want some Bonk’s juice?,” don’t ask what’s in it; just say yes. And don’t order anything but crabs, fries and beer, or you’ll be sorry you did.

Bonk’s
3467 richmond street
215-634-9927

First appeared in the June, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Barbara Tacconelli of Pizzeria Fame Passes Away

Barbara Tacconelli passed away on December 22nd. She was married to Vincent Tacconelli and together the couple ran Port Richmod’s Tacconelli’s Pizzeria. After 44 years in the business the couple retired to the Jersey Shore in 2002 and turned the famed pizzeria over to their children and grandchildren.

Barbara Cummiskey Tacconelli was 77.

[Philadelphia Inquirer via Grub Street]

Mercer Cafe Might Serve the Best Chipped Beef in the World

Adam Erace ventures to Port Richmond for Mercer Cafe, the feels like it’s been there forever breakfast and lunch joint owned by brothers Tom and Bobby Woltjen.

Mercer gets so much right. Bacon is thick. Home fries are crisp. But the greatest victory here is the cream chipped beef. “It’s my father’s recipe,” says Tom. “It’s got three ingredients: butter, heavy cream and beef.” Had he told me it was made exclusively of butter, I would have believed him. The S.O.S. bled liquid gold, conveying a richness that wouldn’t quit. This is not only the best chipped beef in the city, but probably in the world.

Yolk Lore [City Paper]

Russian River Mini Pop-Up Today

Early this morning we received an email from Memphis Taproom that they were throwing a mini pop-up of Russian River beers today. On tap starting at 11:30 a.m., Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Damnation, Supplication, and Consecration.

Memphis Taproom [Official Site]

Restaurant Weeks Out the Wazoo

Center City’s Restaurant Week is into the second day of its 12-day run but it is far from the only Restaurant Week that’s coming up. In fact you can participate in a Restaurant Week event just about every night through mid-October.

Vintage Beer List At Memphis Taproom

’0 yeah, what we were going to post about before being distracted by the paper model of the Kenzinger truck was that the Memphis Taproom has added a vintage bottle beer section to its bottle list.

Try items like a ’96 Gale’s Prize Old Ale from Hampshire, UK or see what a decade will do to a St. Bernardus 12 or what depth a De Dolle Oerbier Gran Riserva has developed since ’06. Prices run from $10 for that Gale’s Prize up to $55 for Abbaye St. Bon Chien from Saignelegier, Switzerland. Check out the full list here (PDF).

The Memphis also has a couple of dates worth noting on your drinking calendar, on Christmas Eve’s Eve it’ll be kick the keg night where all drafts will be $3 until the kegs run dry. That all makes room for the Boxing Day Beer Festival where at 8am they’ll be serving some of the best Holiday and Seasonal beers from around the world. You can also earn $1 off each draft by bringing in a coat, blanket or 3 cans of food.

Calendar of Events [Memphis Taproom]

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