We would totally marry this house on a tree-lined block in Queen Village. And by “we,” we should clarify that we really just mean Property editor James Jennings. See, upon reminding him of this trinity abode via Slack, he responded with: “Holy crap, I love that place … I would marry that place.” Indeed, Jim, indeed.
Aside from the fact that people can’t marry buildings (you just Googled that didn’t you?), we can certainly understand the sentiment. Take a peek at the gallery, embedded below, and you’ll get it too: it’s a lovely end-unit home with a “storybook exterior” charmed with iron planter boxes, plus two entrances and a patio for al fresco dining. Who wouldn’t want to make a commitment to this trinity house? (Well, perhaps some might beg to differ.)
Tuk Tuk Real–the Thai-Latino fusion experiment by chef Alex Boonphaya and his sous, Silvestre Rincón-Tellez–did not go well. There were problems with balance, with presentation, and the place got kicked around pretty good by our own Trey Popp. When it closed a few weeks back after just nine months in business, no one was really surprised.
Jessica Nolen with husband Jeremy at a book signing for their cookbook, New German Cooking.
Jessica Nolen, the pastry chef for Brauhaus Schmitz and Whetstone is striking out on her own. Nolen is opening The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe at 517 S 5th Street, the former home of Cookie Confidential. The Little Bird will make all the bread and pastries for the two restaurants as well as offer breakfast pastries, desserts, soups, salads and lunchtime sandwiches to the public.
Nolen, who is the wife of Brauhaus Schmitz chef and Whetstone owner Jeremy Nolen, has most of her funding in place but has launched a GoFundMe campaign for a couple of high price pieces of equipment. Nolen is looking to raise money for her coffee setup and an industrial mixer.
If all goes well, the Little Bird Bakery and Cafe will open in October.
Last February, Chef Rob Marzinsky, formerly of Fitler Dining Roomhosted a pop-up dinner before jetting off to Australia, Thailand and Vietnam. Well now he’s back and he’s taking what he learned abroad with chef Ben Shewry to host a second pop-up.
Marzinsky is teaming up with chef and former co-worker, Palmer Marinelli to host the lunch and dinner pop-up, DemoTapes2 at Little Fish. The pop-up will run from Thursday, August 13th through Sunday, August 16th.
Whetstone Tavern, the American restaurant from Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen is scheduled to open this Wednesday, July 15th at 700 South 5th Street. The restaurant, saw several setbacks as it approached its opening day, including water damage, inspection woes, and even a visit from an inflatable rat. But that’s all behind Nolen and Doug Hager, the Brauhaus Schmitz owner who is a partner in Whetstone. The food veers away from the German food that has brought him notoriety at Brauhaus. Instead expect dishes as diverse as Kung Pao chicken wings and Passyunk Pork, a 12-ounce bone-in pork chop prepared, with a tip of a cap to Philadelphia’s roast pork sandwich, with sharp provolone polenta, broccoli rabe and pork cracklings.
The former Cups and Chairs is transforming itself intoLiving Room Cafe. The former tea lounge and cafe at 703 South 5th Street is transforming to a most-of-the-day brunch and lunch spot. Owned by Ting and StevenZheng, the couple is re-opening in the next two weeks with the new, all-brunch menu.
These days, you’ll see the name of renowned architect Cecil Baker attached to crazy awesome skyscraper projects. Heck, you might even come across some of his on-the-market residential work if you’re lucky. But prior to Baker becoming an architectural favorite, there were the early days that some recent grads might benefit from hearing (lift their spirits, you know?).
A 2008 article on Residential Architect recalls Baker’s humble beginnings in Philadelphia and the familiar “can’t find a job in my field” lurch in which he and three colleagues found themselves. The dearth in available design work, it seemed, could only be remedied by taking matters into their own hands.
TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
Clocking in at 633 square feet, this three-story residence is as adorable as you might expect. Unlike some of its aged brethren, however, this little trinity in Queen Village was renovated in 2010 and is “an amazing restoration,” according to agent Josh Allen.
Updates include all new windows, high-end lighting, and reclaimed wood floors. Even the front door is new. Also on the first level are custom bookshelves, period wainscoting, and cabinets for if you want to keep all those TV and video game accessories out of the way. The kitchen and bathroom are both located on the second level and boast Carrara marble, the former of which comes with custom cabinetry, Liebherr fridge, and Wolf range with a vented hood. Back downstairs, the unfinished basement is used for storage.