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, 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 []

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


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?


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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New Summer Bar Menu for Ela


Eggplant Tots

Ela has added new cocktails and bar menu items for summer. Chef Jason Cichonski has added dishes like:

  • Pork Belly with watermelon bbq, pickled rind, arugula
  • Lamb Pita with sesame cucumber, salsa verde, yogurt and radish
  • Eggplant Tots with piperade, shaved fennel and pecorino

The bar is also celebrating summer with several new cocktails including:

  • Divine Intervention with Lillet, Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin, Orange Bitters, Lavender
  • I Am Fred Astaire with Vodka, Mango-Rosemary-Red Bell Pepper Shrub

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Kanella Looks To Be Expanding Southward

village-belle-papered-windowsAn eagle-eyed tipster alerted us to a liquor license transfer placard in the former home of Village Belle at 757 S Front Street. The applicant name is Kanella South. Could this be a new restaurant from Konstantinos Pitsillides, the owner of Kanella at 10th and Spruce Streets? The new license application isn’t in the system yet, so we reached out to Pitsillides but haven’t heard back yet. Back in March, Pitsillides sent us a teasing email, “Kanella will buy a new bigger space.or maybe,they just did.” At that time the chef did return any further messages for details. 

A property search doesn’t return any recent sales for the address though its value did just go up by a factor of eight.

But if the name is any proof, it looks like Queen Village will be noshing on Cypriot bites while looking out over the Mediterranean Delaware.

Queen Village’s Delightful London Lightwell House

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

This Queen Village home has cachet for days. First, “London Lightwell” is a pretty high performer in the pantheon of named homes. Alliteratively, it is a dream to say. And it connotes something positively regal on Queen Street in Queen Village. In addition to the obvious curb appeal the home is also situated squarely in the Meredith catchment, which is a real coup.

Inside, the home is exemplary of federalist charm. Built in 1829, the home retains period details from high ceilings to molding and sconces. Updates include handmade Mexican tile and a gourmet kitchen. The first floor also includes a lovely powder room. Upstairs the bedrooms are adjoined by a Carrara marble bathroom with Waterworks finishes and a soaking tub fit for two (for two!). The third floor is home to a beautiful master suite which includes another spa-like bathroom and a mini refrigerator.

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Queen Village Charmer with Bliss-Inducing Outdoor Spaces

Trend photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

Trend photo via BHHS Fox & Roach

Kauffman Street is a tiny, shaded lane that only exists for a few blocks in Queen Village. The street is narrow and tree-lined, which makes it a perfect hideaway in such an otherwise bustling neighborhood. This particular home fits in beautifully on the street as it appears to have been engineered precisely for that kind of respite.

The three-bedroom home features a garden entrance and a two-story living room. Windows there let in plenty of light from Kauffman and the sliding doors at the back of the first floor let in additional sunshine. The kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The third floor features a master suite with vaulted ceilings and an en-suite bath.
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