Trinity Tuesday: The Tiniest Trinity Yet?

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Preferred.

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Preferred.

There’s been a lot of trinities covered on Property (check out our favorites from last year), so pardon us if we’re wrong when we say we don’t recall seeing one with a square footage below the 600 mark…until now.

The fifth unit in this collection of Queen Village trinities, the home was completely renovated in 2013 and enjoys a gated entrance that opens into a courtyard. Inside, the home’s first level is comprised solely of a hardwood floored living room. The kitchen, boasting new appliances, ceramic tile floor, and both upper and lower wood cabinets, is in the lower level with the laundry area.

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On the Market: Fabulous Queen Village Abode with Four-Level Elevator!

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Bryn Mawr.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr.

Let me just say it: it would be a huge surprise if this home lags on the market for an extended period of time. Its four bedrooms, finished basement, slew of amenities, and additional office/playroom area make it, in our opinion, an excellent option for anyone looking to set up base in a roomy townhouse situated in a neighborhood WalkScore dubs a walker and biker’s paradise.

And what amenities it has! In addition to offering garage parking, intercom system, and three separate outdoor spaces (the master suite has a private patio), the six-year-old home has a working elevator that stops on all four floors. In the kitchen, a breakfast bar has its place alongside stainless steel Viking appliances and granite countertops. Nearby, are the family room with eastern-facing windows (i.e. sunrise views) and formal dining room with French doors opening to a deck.

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Modern Queen Village Renovation With Enormous Roof Deck Asks $625K

All photos by TREND via Keller Williams – Center City

Here’s a place in Queen Village with plenty of space both inside and out, where you have not one, but three separate outdoor areas–the backyard patio, a second floor terrace and an expansive full-roof deck that looks out at the historic Shot Tower (and the rest of the city). Simply put: It’s stunning.

At nearly 2,000 square-feet, the interior is spacious and beautifully renovated with great amenities. We particularly enjoy the modern gray fireplace in the living room with the deep hardwood floors found throughout the first floor. The bright kitchen is further enhanced by the lovely contrast of the dark cabinets and the white counter tops and back splash.

While the outdoor spaces are certainly the draw here, the bedrooms are a razor-thin second. Sleek closets with sliding doors in the upper floors are a huge space-saving bonus, it doesn’t hurt that they’re also gorgeous. The master bedroom, which takes up the entire third floor, is definitely worthy of the name. The en suite bath boasts beautiful built-in storage with double vanity, a glass enclosed shower and a huge Jacuzzi tub–it’s plush.

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Abner Silver of Jim’s Steaks Dies

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Abner Silver, the owner of Jim’s Steaks on South Street passed away today at age 79. Silver co-owned Jim’s with Bill Proetto since the South Street location opened in the mid-seventies. Silver became the sole owner when Proetto passed in 2011.

Silver, a jazz buff, was responsible for setting up Jim’s first cheesesteak eating stunt back in 1978, when Lynda Kuerth devoured 11 steak sandwiches. Silver was also the founder of Abner’s Steaks in University City.

Silver had suffered from Alzheimers in recent years but passed peacefully today.

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Be There or Be Square: Square Pie is Opening


Gene Giuffi, who brought you Cochon BYOB, comes Square Pie, the pizza and pasta joint that replaces Blue Belly BBQ at 6th and Catharine.

Square Pie opened today at noon today for lunch (serving through 2 p.m.) and will be open this evening for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.

It’s not an extensive menu, but it should offer some quality pork dishes and thick crust.

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Square Pie Coming to 6th and Catharine


Blue Belly BBQ is becoming Square Pie.

Cochon’s Gene Giuffi is getting into the pizza game. He’s converting his former Blue Belly BBQ at 600 Catharine Street into a small pizza shop. Square Pie will serve up Sicilian-style pizza as well as pastas. Giuffi has worked with pizza in the past, and even offered brunch pizzas in the past at Cochon.

Like Cochon, pork will feature heavily on the menu. Look for Square Pie to open later this month.

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Tuk Tuk Real Opening with Free Food


Tuk Tuk Real, the Thai taqueria from Circles Thai owner chef Alex Boonphaya and his sous chef Silvestre Rincon is softly opening tomorrow evening, September 10th. Located at 429 South Street, the soft opening begins at 6 p.m. with complimentary food and refreshments. The grand opening is Thursday at 5 p.m.

Boonphaya and Rincon have combined their Thai and Mexican influences to create a menu full of dishes such as Lamb Massaman Nachos, Lemongrass Carnitas Tacos and Moo Ping Burritos.

Tuk Tuk Real will be open daily. For more details check out our Tuk Tuk Real listing.

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Bar Rescue Converts Lickety Split into Alleged Pizza and 2nd State

Lickety Split is now 2nd State | Photo via @jkenney1392

Lickety Split is now 2nd State | Photo via @jkenney1392

As we reported earlier, Jon Taffer of the Spike TV show “Bar Rescue” has been in Philadelphia filming new episodes. One of the spots he’s been working on is Lickety Split at 4th and South. Twitter user 00jbk tips us off that the bar has received a fresh coat of paint and two new names, Alleged Bar & Pizza and upstairs, 2nd State Lounge. Also visible in the windows of the second floor, “MIXOLOGY,” and “TAFFER WAS HERE.”

The mixology can’t be a surprise, as anyone who watches the show knows, there’s money to be made in cocktails.

Taffer and his crew were spotted on Friday night in Glenside, at Plush, a restaurant and nightspot on Keswick Avenue.

The grand reveal began around 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 6th.

More on “Bar Rescue” in Philadelphia.

2nd State [Foobooz]


For Pete’s Sake Closed by Roof Collapse

for-petes-sake-raise-the-roofFor Pete’s Sake had been in the midst of an expansion recently. The bar at Front and Christian had been working to expand to a second floor. On Tuesday afternoon, the Queen Village bar suffered a partial collapse. Luckily no one was injured, but that doesn’t mean lives weren’t impacted.

This Saturday, August 22nd at 6 p.m., Old Swede’s Church is hosting a fundraiser that will help offset any employee and staff hardship during For Pete’s Sake’s closure. Admission is just a donation and there will be food and drink plus music from Sweetbrier Rose, North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Paul Fejko. 

Roof Collapses at For Pete’s Sake Pub Building [Property]
For Pete’s Sake [Official]

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