Revamped Southwark Is Now Open

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The new brightened interior of Southwark.

Chris D’Ambro and Marina De Oliveira quietly reopened Southwark over the weekend but today they shout it out to the mountains that the Queen Village restaurant is open for business.

For fans of the old Southwark, rest assured that the bar is the same as it was when Kip Wade commanded the bar. The rest of the space has been lightened up and the linens removed from the table.

D’Ambro has been in the restaurant business since he was a 19-year old at Vetri. Since then he’s his Savona in Gulph Mills, Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square and both Talula’s Table and Talula’s Garden. It was at Talula’s Garden that he met De Oliveira.

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Trinity Tuesday: Not Your Grandfather’s Trinity

Here’s the view of Queen Village | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Trinity houses are inherently a bit outside the box. This house, however, is unique even for a trinity.

The Queen Village home on S 2nd Street has the familiar three-level set up, but it also has a wraparound porch (as you know, a favorite of ours), a shared patio, and a roof deck with planters and an irrigation system that has views of Center City. The brick exterior looks sharp with all of the foliage you could get growing, too.

The inside is a little more familiar. It’s got the cozy quarters that you expect for a trinity, but it’s multi-story fireplace is a real showstopper. The kitchen is pretty roomy, though, and has ample cabinet space and an interesting wood-tile combination on the floor.

It also has a spiral staircase leading from the hardwood-floored master bedroom up onto the roof.

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Hungry Pigeon Now Open All Day


The Hungry Pigeon is now open | Photo by Scott Charles Schroeder III

Scott Schroeder and Pat O’Malley quietly opened their Hungry Pigeon for dinner service last week. And now they’re officially open as an all-day eatery.

The menu starts out with a lengthy coffee service with offerings that go far beyond latte and mocha. A savory breakfast menu is served weekdays with O’Malley’s specialty, a selection of pastries. On weekends the breakfast and pastry options expand to include a short rib hash, French toast and a bread basket. Lunchtime offers salads, sandwiches, burgers and a selection of vegan sides. At dinner, Hungry Pigeon’s menu ranges from the small pan roasted pigeon to the large one pound pot roast.

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Philly’s First Kitty Café Opening in Queen Village

kawaii-kitty-cafe-400There’s a new kind of café opening on Fabric Row next month —one where the cats roam free.

The Kawaii Kitty Café will be the first cat café in Philadelphia and it will foster about 10-15 kittens and cats in need of a home. In other words, not only will you be able to stop by for a drink and a snack, but you can get your cat fix as well.

The idea started when Kristin Eissler was traveling overseas for her previous job and noticed that cat cafés were abundant—especially in Japan—and they were successful. After leaving her stressful corporate job and in need of a change, Eissler decided that it was time for Philly to have its own cat café.

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Bainbridge Street Abode Boasts Classic Curb Appeal, Modern Interior

TREND Images via Elfant Wissahickon, Rittenhouse Square

TREND Images via Elfant Wissahickon, Rittenhouse Square

The area around 4th and Bainbridge Street in Queen Village is popping these days, as shops and restaurants dot the street and designs for the new green space, Bainbridge Green, are starting to come together.

We recently spotted a great home that’s not too far from all the action on 4th Street, and offers a cool blend of old school Queen Village flair and modern interior design.

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Whetstone Tavern Begins Late Night Happy Hour

WhetstoneBellyWhetstone Tavern has begun a Late Night Happy Hour. From 10 p.m. to midnight, the Queen Village bar and restaurant is offering $3 beers and $3 house wines every day (yes, including weekends). Chef Jeremy Nolen is also offering his Dad’s Burger (1 patty) and Roast Beef sandwich for $5. That’s just about half-price for the sandwiches.

There will also be a rotating sandwich special as well. Right now that’s the pictured braised pork belly with Korean Napa cabbage slaw. Expect the specialty sandwich to change every three to five days as the culinary team gets creative with the special.

For more late night deals, check out these Late Night Happy Hours.

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Plenty’s Rittenhouse Starts Serving Booze Today

plenty-center-city-940Earlier this week we told you about the complete redo at Plenty Cafe on East Passyunk. But the Center City location is also getting an upgrade. Starting today, the cafe at 1602 Spruce Street is also serving booze. The drink list includes 5 beers, 1 dry cider, 2 red wines, 2 white wines, Prosecco, mimosas and Bloody Marys.

As for Plenty Cafe’s planned third location in Queen Village, that’s still under construction at 5th and Monroe Streets. The Queen Village location will be the biggest Plenty Cafe at 1,500 square foot. The corner is the anchor of owner Damon Mascieri’s Fabric Lofts, eight bi-level apartments with 13-foot ceilings and a green roof deck.

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Trinity Tuesday: Queen Village Home Nestled in Historic Clymer Court

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred/Zillow

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred/Zillow

The earliest of the structures at Clymer Court are said to date as far back as 1744 and thanks to the magic of restoration and rehab jobs, the buildings at the historically certified site look swell for their age. Case in point, this two-bedroom trinity, which until recently  – Zillow says it’s now pending sale – was on the market for $259,900.

Here’s what the lucky person(s) will get should they sign off on it:

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Trinity Tuesday: 2BR in Queen Village Includes Superb Shoe Room

TREND images via

TREND images via

Alright, we’re gonna give it to you straight: it could do with an update or two. But like the listing points out, it’s a “diamond in the rough waiting to be polished.” Plus, all that being said, it does have several things going for it and as to its literal surrounds, its anything but rough.

Parked on a leafy block in Queen Village, the home is an expanded trinity, so the living room and kitchen are actually on the same floor. (Contrary to other trinities where the kitchen is on the lower level, which can get pretty old.) The latter has newer appliances and access to a rear patio that’s roomy enough for summer grilling and hosting guests.

Bedroom-wise, you’re in for a treat…especially if you love shoes.

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Modern Family: Redefining the Traditional Rowhome in Queen Village

The living room is open to the first floor but still feels cozy and private near the fireplace. Chairs: Bryn St. Clair by Horchow.

Photography by Courtney Apple

As young couples decide to make the jump from renting a place to owning a home in which they’ll raise a family, they might ask themselves: How does a young family live in the city, and what do we need to make it work?

Those queries were top-of-mind for interior designer Mona Ross Berman when she set out to design a hip yet functional home with plenty of space for a family of five wanting to lay down roots in Queen Village.

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