Last night Michael B. Welsh’s much anticipated Brick and Mortar (BAM) opened up at 12th and Pearl Streets in the Loft District of Philadelphia. The New American tavern seats up to 110 people and is located on the first floor of the Goldtex Building, which features large windows letting in a lot of light and banquet style tables as well as having a community table for large parties. Chef Brian Ricci’s menu will serve lunch and dinner, as well as late-night snacks, plus the best cocktails you could imagine.
Last night’s opening served as a fundraiser to support Friends of The Rail Park, attracting supporters including Inga Saffron, Connor Barwin, Sam Sherman and Paul Steinke, who enjoyed signature cocktails + hors d’oeuvres crafted by the BAM staff. Friends of The Rail Park had a lot to celebrate last night as the Philadelphia Art Commission had given final approval for the anticipated park’s design on Wednesday. During the event Philly’s favorite rapper, Chill Moody performed with Yufi Zewdu & DJ Ricochet.
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UPDATE [5/1/2015, 4:59 pm]: Big Gay Ice Cream opened a day earlier than we expected. They threw open the doors last night, on Thursday, April 30th. Here, a shot of the Big Gay Ice Cream crew, with owners Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint.
ORIGINAL: Philly food writer Michael Klein stopped in to Philly’s Big Gay Ice Cream location this week, and he projects the New York-based treat shop could be open as early as Friday, May 1st. According to the board in the photo they sent, the shop will offer up everything from shakes to sundaes to specialty cones with sassy names like Salty Pimp, the Bea Arthur and American Gloss. It’s located near the intersection of Broad and South streets.
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The menu at Boxers PHL does a body good, apparently.
It took a few months, but Gayborhood sports bar Boxers PHL finally fired up that brick oven on its second floor and is cranking out the delicious grub it’s been promising since it opened in October.
So here’s the deal, for those of you who haven’t ventured in for a bite yet: The kitchen is open 7 days a week: on weekdays from 4 pm to 10 pm (sorry lunch-goers) and weekends from noon to 10 pm.
The main focus of the menu are their cheekily named pizzas, which bar manager Keith Stiles tells me are crafted from fresh ingredients. The “Lei’d,” for instance comes with pineapples, Canadian bacon, mozzarella cheese and barbecue sauce. The “Orgy” is topped with sausage, pepperoni, red onions, mushrooms, tomato and extra-virgin olive oil. There’s a “Twink,” too, which, as you might imagine, comes with a slim amount of toppings: tomato sauce, garlic and mozzarella. Stiles says you can always add on a few things if that’s not enough.
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Philly restaurant owners beware: The feds might soon be on your doorstep, checking to see if your restaurant is compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Philadelphia announced today it will do an ADA compliance check at 25 of the city’s top restaurants. The restaurants were chosen using “recent third-party restaurant rankings” to identify Philadelphia’s “most popular and frequented restaurants.” Read more »
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Little Pete’s, the Center City diner whose old-fashioned ways made it a beloved gathering place for downtown workers, late-night hipsters, and visiting politicians, is expected to meet the wrecking ball soon in order to make way for a 300-room hotel.
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Foobooz has the scoop on Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s plans for their space at 13th and Locust streets, the location formerly known as Bump and Q. Unlike Little Nonna’s, which was inspired by Marcie’s Italian grandmother, the new space gets new life courtesy of Turney’s heritage.
From Turney’s Instagram: “This is #Bud&Marilyn’s restaurant opening day photo in 1950.”
The restaurant will be called Bud & Marilyn’s in honor of Turney’s grandparents who ran a restaurant in Wisconsin for forty years. Turney’s Instagram feed contains several clues for what’s planned. There’s a photo of what her grand parents’ restaurant looked like back on its opening day in 1950 (right), the epitome of mid-Century diner. Her Instagram avatar also shows what could very well be a rendering of what’s planned for Bud & Marilyn’s. This all jives with what we’ve heard whispered for the concept, something like throwback American or classic American-diner.
So I guess this pretty much squashes my suspicion that they were working with former Sisters manager Denise Cohen to open a lesbian bar.
If you think that the best summer foods are ones that come straight off the grill, you’re missing out. Gazpachos and chilled soups are every bit as classic as charred-up burgers—and healthier, too. And we’re not just talking about your everyday tomato gazpacho. A bunch of restaurants in the region offer super-creative takes on the chilly favorite. They’re chock-full of yummy summer veggies and fun ingredients, like zucchini blossoms and long hots, that are sure to please even the most devout backyard griller.
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Local band The War On Drugs members Robbie Bennett and Dave Hartley recently sat down with the creators of music and food app Supper to share their favorite places to get a bite to eat in Philadelphia. To help tourists and locals alike avoid falling into the trap of the countless “best food in town” claims, each revealed some of their “hidden-gems” throughout the city.
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UPDATE [6-11-2014, 9:24 a.m.]: Our suspicions were true. Big Gay Ice Cream announced that it is, in fact, coming to Philadelphia. Look out for the shop to open late-summer at South and Broad streets.
We have it on very good authority that the acclaimed Big Gay Ice Cream, New York’s uber-queer frozen treat confectionary, is coming to Philadelphia, and we’re quite excited!
The news will be made official this evening at the Vetri Foundation’s Great Chefs Event. If it is true, Philadelphians can look forward to indulging in some of the shop’s famous treats, including the Bea Arthur (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, and crushed ‘nilla wafers), the Cococone (vanilla ice cream and toasted curried coconut), and the Salty Pimp (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, chocolate dip, and a side of giggles.)
If your mouth’s watering, check out the CNN feature on the store’s founder, Douglas Quint, after the jump. We will keep you updated on further details as they emerge.
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The Gold Standard owners Roger Halman (second from left) and Vincent Whittacre (far right) receive a check from the Independence Business Alliance. Photo by HughE Dillon
This afternoon, at a luncheon at the Sofitel Hotel, the Independence Business Alliance (IBA) announced that its annual LGBT Business Award — along with a $5,000 grant — will go to West Philly’s Gold Standard Café (4800 Baltimore Avenue.)
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