Burger Stand Coming to the Reading Terminal

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Photo by Jeff Fusco

George and Kim Mickel, owners of By George and Mezze in the Reading Terminal are opening a specialty burger stand facing the center court of the Market in the former home of Tokyo Sushi Bar (across from The Original Turkey). The new stand, which doesn’t have a name yet, will also offer shakes, fries, onion rings and other sides.

A portion of each sale will be donated to support hunger relief agencies locally and around the world. Look for the new burger stand at the Reading Terminal to open this fall.

Reading Terminal [Foobooz]

Today: Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at Reading Terminal Market

ad.162830Our neighbors, the Pennsylvania Dutch, are bringing it to the big city for a three day festival starting today. And by “it” we mean Amish-style pork sausage sandwiches, apple dumplings, donuts, funnel cake, hand-churned ice cream and basically all of your favorite Lancaster County culinary delights.

The festivities take place at Reading Terminal Market and continue into the weekend until Saturday, August 9th when the celebration moves outside to Arch Street in true county fair style. The outdoor portion of the festival will include horse drawn carriage rides, a farm animal petting zoo and live bluegrass music. When you’re stuffed with fudge and nut brittle you can browse the crafts section for wooden toys and homemade quilts.

Who says you can’t pet your pig and eat it too?

Pennsylvania Dutch Festival [Reading Terminal Market]

Reading Terminal Market’s Sidewalk Sizzle & Ice Cream Freeze

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If you’re a loyal observer of National Ice Cream Month (seriously, it’s a real thing, the Internet says so) or you’re just looking for another excuse to indulge, you can’t miss the return of Reading Terminal Market’s Sidewalk Sizzle & Ice Cream Freeze. The festivities take place along Filbert street Saturday July 19th at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 13 of the terminal’s merchants will be set up selling basically everything you could possibly be craving and the Blackbird Society Orchestra will be playing for your listening pleasure. But back to the food. You can expect; ribs, turkey legs, chicken and lamb kabobs (will there be mint ice cream on the side?), cajun burgers, grilled bratwurst, and grilled bologna sandwiches (woah, isn’t January  national meat month?) as well as shrimp tacos and shrimp kabobs. Since this is a celebration of all things frozen there will be plenty of ice cream. On the menu are classic ice creams, grilled fruit sundaes and grilled gelato sandwiches. There’s also an ice cream eating contest and ice cream shuffle board if you’re in the mood to add a little friendly competition to your celebration. Chances are there’s more ice cream involved so really everyone’s a winner.

Sidewalk Sizzle & Ice Cream Freeze [Reading Terminal Market]

Restaurant and Bar Progress Report

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Photo via Passyunk Post

Restaurants and bars are working hard to open this summer. And we’ve pulled together some photos that we’ve spotted that document that progress.

Passyunk Post snapped a shot of the upcoming Pub on Wolf. The bar at Front and Wolf has received a large handpainted sign that lends some character to the corner location.

Over at Robert’s Market Report, Bob Lipkind snapped a shot of the just redone 12th Street Cantina in the Reading Terminal Market. It’s a big improvement from the prior look.

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Reading Terminal Market’s Demo Kitchen Is Looking For A Few Good Proposals

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Think you can run Reading Terminal Market’s demo kitchen? Then management wants to hear from you.

Seeking to change operators after a six-year stint by Anna Maria Florio and her culinary education company, La Cucina, RTM’s head honchos are asking the public for proposals for Kitchen @ The Market. They’re not sure if they want to stick with the current model under which the operator leases the space and independently runs its classes and private parties or if they want to bring the operation in-house to be run by a staffer or a consultant. So they’re asking qualified individuals and companies to submit proposals by May 16.

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Hacker Takes Down Reading Terminal Website

NBC 10 reports: “The website for the popular Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia has been hacked at the apparent fingertips of a teenager. Those who visit ReadingTerminalMarket.org on Friday morning were greeted by a black screen with a spinning logo for the hacker 1337MiR.”

And really, what budding hacker could resist the thrill of breaching the online security of a place people go to buy their turnips! Perhaps next, the hacker 1337MiR will summon up the knowledge, skills, and fortitude to conduct a denial-of-service attack on a nursing home.

72-Year-Old Busker: Cops, Security Guards Beat Me

The Daily News’ Helen Urbinas on Thursday reports the tale of Felix Wilkins, a 72-year-old Philadelphia busker. If you work downtown East of Broad, you’ve probably seen him — he’s the old man in the suit who plays the flute with an orange crate near the Reading Terminal Market. And on April 9th, Wilkins says he was beaten by market security and Philadelphia police.

Wilkins, who studied at Panama’s Conservatory of Music and Brooklyn College and taught at the latter,  has a background in jazz but is happy to play anything. He was previously arrested at Rittenhouse Square by police in 2007, but won a $27,500 judgment from the city. As part of the settlement, then-police commissioner Sylvester Johnson had to issue a memo telling police “that the ability to play a musical instrument or sing in a public place and solicit funds are forms of expression that are protected by the First Amendment.”

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5 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: A Dark Place Inside, Welcome to Campus, and more

Every Friday we round up five of the best ways to spend your weekend in Philly. Have an event you’d like listed? Send details to ticket@phillymag.com

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Maniac Films Presents A Dark Place Inside Premiere:  For a background check on Philadelphia-based director/writer/producer Mike O’Mahony, look no further than the titles of his previous work. If Sloppy the Psychotic doesn’t sound like your idea of a Friday night flick, maybe skip tonight’s premiere of his newest filmA Dark Place Inside. For those who do enjoy a good grindhouse gore-fest (and can hold down a beer even as the on-screen heads roll), stow away “good taste” for a night of no-brow thrills. Fri., Feb 21, 7 p.m., PhilaMOCA,  531 N. 12th St.

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Drexel Welcome to Campus:  Presented by Drexel and Swim Pony, Welcome to Campus: Not Your Average Campus Tour dramatizes the already fairly dramatic going-ons of your typical college student. The student-performed, interactive theater performance stages a campus tour where the realities of college/adolescent life, and not just the highlights of the meal plans and study-abroad programs, are at the forefront. Catch the show in its first weekend run and maybe re-think letting your daughter take that semester in Barcelona. Fri., Feb. 21, 7 p.m., URBN Annex Black Box Theater, 3401 Filbert St.

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The Unflinching Eye: The Works of the Tiberino Family Circle: In honor of Black History Month, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is featuring a slew of special programming celebrating the black community of Philadelphia. This Saturday, join the Tiberinos, Philadelphia’s first family of African American art as they offer insight into their own works.   An intimate look into black history as it’s situated in Philadelphia’s narrative and a poignant display of art and the urban experience. Sat., Feb. 22, 1 p.m., African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.

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4th Annual Party for the Market:  The last time you were at Reading Terminal may have been at the request of an out-of-towner, but admit it, you were just as thrilled with that pork sandwich as your Aunt Sally. Show your support for  a Philadelphia institution this Saturday for Reading Terminal Market‘s “Party for the Market,” where a ticket gets you food, drinks, dancing and live entertainment. Proceeds go to the preservation of the historic market and will fund upcoming arts and nutritional programming. Sat., Feb., 22, 7:30 p.m., Reading Terminal Market, 5 N. 12th St.

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Salsa on Ice:  Things are heating up for Blue Cross RiverRink’s final weeks. This Saturday, join DeeJay Jonathan for an eclectic set of latin grooves to fumble around on skates to. And after embarrassing yourself to meringue rhythms, you can warm up in the Waterfront Winterfest lodge with craft beer and warm beverages. Ole! Sat., Feb 22., 3 p.m., Blue Cross RiverRink at Pen’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street. 

Sam Adams Wants to Help Your Small Business

btad_header_bannerSamuel Adams is bringing its Speed Coaching Event to Philadelphia on Monday, February 24th at the Reading Terminal Market. The event which is aimed at small business owners working in food, beverage, hospitality and craft brewing runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in up to six 20 minute, sessions with coaching professionals who will offer a range of expertise in areas such as marketing, packaging, sales and distribution. 

The event is free and part of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a micro-lending and coaching program for small business owners working in food, beverage, craft brewing and hospitality.

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching Philadelphia [Tickets]

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