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

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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.

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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]

Morning Headlines: Roof Collapses At For Pete’s Sake Pub Building

Photo credit: Google Street View

Photo credit: Google Street View

Nobody was hurt, but that was a close one! The building that houses For Pete’s Sake Pub in Queen Village partially collapsed yesterday around 3:30pm. According to Philly.com, L&I is looking into what could have caused the roof of the three-story property (with apartments on the top two floors) to fall through.

Thus far, L&I Commissioner Carlton Williams said “a zoning permit for interior renovations of the second and third floors” was granted to Peterbuilt Construction back in June. That permit was changed a few weeks ago to include floors and stairs, and an L&I inspector paid a visit to the site just last week to go over “building and fire safety with the contractor.”

No violations have been found at the site.

L&I probes partial building collapse in Queen Village [Philly.com]

In other news…

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Queen Village’s $1.375M Dragon House

TREND photo courtesy Keller Williams.

TREND photo courtesy Keller Williams.

What better name for a Queen Village home than “The Dragon?” The wrought iron door leading to the four-bedroom row makes the name obvious. And the off-beat exterior sets the stage for an interior that’s different from many of the neighboring homes. In fact, the most conventional thing about this home might be that it’s within the Meredith catchment.

Inside, marble flooring meets maple flooring and exposed brick in a series of living spaces that look almost like they abut an interior courtyard. Exposed brick completes the effect. The nearby solarium features a pyramid-shaped skylight in the middle of a spiral staircase.

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A Provençale Affair at Bistro La Minette

This place is like a dream of France: a tiny little Parisian bistro ripped from its moorings along the Seine and dropped smack in the middle of Philly. On its best nights, there is perhaps no restaurant in the city so capable of transporting you somewhere other than where you are—and then bringing you home again gently when the evening inevitably ends. Must Try: If you walk out of here without eating the snails, someone should just punch you. Especially if you’re the kind of person who normally doesn’t eat snails. If Only: The bar were a bit more serviceable. Six crowded seats and a (deliberate) lack of certain spirits can make the place a challenge for non-wine drinkers.  Visit one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia:  Bistrot La Minette, 623 South 6th Street, 215-925-8000.

Photo by Mike Arrison

Ever dreamed of a summer in Provence? Sipping glass after glass of chilled rosé under the Provençale sun with a large plate of something drenched in olive oil and covered with anchovies in front of you? If you weren’t before, you are now.

Plane tickets to the South of France this time of year are expensive. But starting tonight and ending tomorrow August 7th, Bistrot La Minette wants to make your Provançale fantasy a reality. Executive chef, Kenneth Bush, will be cooking up a four course meal for $35 per person or $50 with wine pairings. The authentic French bistro South Philly will serve as your retreat from the city and it’s not just for francophiles. Check out the full menu below and start planning your trip to South 6th St.

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Ela Offering Special Monday Night Prix Fixe

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Jason Cichonski’s Ela is offering a special $30 prix fixe on Monday nights. The three-course dinner options for each course, if we were ordering, that would mean:

  • Melon Gazpacho
    mango, hibiscus
  • Pennsylvania trout
    pumpernickle orecchiette, horseradish, mustard chips
  • Cookie Dough
    vanilla-bay ice cream, warm cookie dough

To further sweeten the deal, select bottles of wine are half-price on Mondays.

Ela Monday Prix Fixe Menu (PDF)

Ela [Foobooz]

Why Did This Queen Village 3BR Sell in 2 Days?

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Sometimes a home just zooms through the market, and this is one of them. What made it go so fast? There are several key elements that make a big difference in Philadelphia home sales. Here’s where this one hits all the right marks:

1. The Philly Blend: evidence of historic pedigree but modernized for contemporary living
2. Curb Appeal: pretty exterior on a lovely tree-lined street
3. Universally Adored Details: exposed brick, hardwood floors, glass-tile/subway tile, granite countertops, crown molding, stainless steel appliances, frameless glass shower
4. Gesture Toward Sustainability: custom solar shades
5. Not Terrible Public School Nearby: Meredith Catchment
6. Outdoor Spaces: “urban zen rear patio,” “all-but-built roof deck”
7. High WalkScore: 98

Plus, it’s just nice. Check out the gallery:

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