Well, would you look at that? Last month, a Prince-ly Queen Village home formerly on the market for $450k reminded us of a certain musician with a penchant for purple. We tried to call it to his attention, but who knows?
Once an artist’s atelier, this quirky Queen Village house has since evolved into something roomier…and multi-use. Perhaps to its advantage, the home’s unconventional layout leaves it open to a wide range of possibilities
To begin, the main residence has three bedrooms, one on each level. The top floor houses the master suite which has views of the neighborhood and plenty of closets. A loft area hovers above the high-ceilinged open space that is the ground floor kitchen and dining room.
Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen is opening a restaurant of his own. Whetstone Restaurant will be a casual American bar and restaurant that will take over the former Tapestry space at 5th and Bainbridge. Nolen will be the chef at Whetstone as well as Brauhaus. He’s joined in the venture by his Brauhaus Schmitz compatriots, Doug and Kelly Hager.
Nolen says that Whetstone, which will feature 20 or so drafts plus a wines and brown liquors will open this summer.
The bar will be a welcome addition to Queen Village, which supported Tapestry but saw the popular bar close anyway. Some have suggested the corner, which was also Adsum and Coquette, is cursed but we have a feeling that Whetstone will be a winner.
Whetstone Restaurant [Foobooz]
Video by Josh Charette
Watch chef Sam Jacobson assemble a chocolate mille crepes cake for today’s Valentine’s Day dessert in this time-lapse video.
109 Lombard Street, Unit B, Philadelphia, PA, 19147
Open House: Saturday, February 8, 1pm
Square feet: 1,623
How do you keep the spark alive?
Restaurants face the same question that haunts many a marriage—only, with restaurants, it comes ‘round a whole lot sooner. If spouses can hope for seven years before the proverbial itch begs scratching, restaurateurs are lucky if they can make it past the first anniversary.
That thought chorused through my head during a recent meal at Ela—repeating like the 90-minute loop of down-tempo indie-rock throbbing softly in the background of Jason Cichonski’s Queen Village resto-bar.
Tonight, Tuesday February 4th, Flying Fish is taking over the taps at Queen Village’s Catahoula.
Four Flying Fish beers will be pouring including the recently re-released Exit 1 – Bayshore Oyster Stout. Each of the beers can be purchased independently or with a suggested pairing.
Check them all out. The special pairings run from 7 to 9 p.m.
Ishkabibble’s II, the sit-down sequel to the original cheesesteak stand at 337 South Street has opened at 517 South Street. The new Ishkabibble’s features the same menu as the original spot that has been a South Street institution since 1979 but features a ton more seating, about 52 seats in total.
The hours are also the same as the original location, open Sunday till Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday till 3 a.m.
So if you’re a fan of Ishkabibble’s beef or chicken cheesesteak, head on in, grab a seat and make sure you order a “Gremlin” (1/2 grape, 1/2 lemonade) to drink.
The Arthaus Philadelphia Facebook page announced in December that the bed and breakfast would be closing temporarily in January in advance of “some changes.” The property, described by owners as frequently hosting every manner of creative professionals in four artfully decorated guest rooms, hit the market this week. We can only hope that if the new owners decide to carry on in the guest house tradition they also decide to carry on with Arthaus’s custom of providing visitors with taxi service via VW Beetle.
This place just needs some extra time — to buy new window treatments and paint — and your renovation kiss. Because right now it’s a Prince-ly palace: aggressively purple, from the shutters outside to the living room walls; from the grape-juice velvet dining room chairs to the matching velvet window swags.
Putting all that aside, this four-bedrdoom Queen Village home is rather terrific. After all, there is a marble gas fireplace and a kitchen stocked with fancypants appliances, which leads out to a lovely patio. There are surprisingly spare bedrooms on the second floor as well as a laundry room (seriously: Prince is not going down to the basement). The master suite — also with a sort of Prince vibe — features huge closets and a full, en-suite bathroom.