Justin Bogle’s Avance is moving closer to its opening. Bogle and Avance’s Instagram feed have been alive with behind the scenes shots and teases about what will be on the menu when the restaurant opens later this month.
Check out our one-sheet on Avance from the December issue of Philadelphia magazine and some other shots of the new facade of the former Le Bec Fin.
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The second location of Plenty Cafe opens today at 1602 Spruce Street. Like its East Passyunk original, Plenty will be be a welcome addition to its neighborhood. The bi-level cafe offers coffee, sandwiches, salads and cafe fare. Breakfast and lunch will be available beginning at 6 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends.
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Everyone’s thinking about cooking this week. Well, not everyone. Not people like me, who wouldn’t know how to make stuffing even if you paid me to, and whose entire Thanksgiving crew includes a very cranky, just-neutered cat who’s wandering through the house uttering nonstop plaintive cries I can only interpret as, “Why? Why?”
But. There are many other people who cook, and for them — and even for me — it’s nice to dream of a phenomenal kitchen in which to whip up, over eight hours or so, a hearty Thanksgiving meal.
We’ve chosen six kitchens in luxury homes that are currently for sale in Center City that we think are tops — either because the equipment is terrific or because the design is lovely. Half of them are on Delancey Street (or Delancey Place, if you’re being grand about it).
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Val Stryjewski | Photo by Yoni Nimrod, Cook
Le Chéri is now open in the Art Alliance building at 18th and Rittenhouse Square. The successor to Rittenhouse Tavern is owned by Pierre and Charlotte Calmels of Bella Vista’s much-praised Bibou. The chef de cuisine is Waldemar “Val” Stryjewski who comes from a.kitchen. The price point is less than that at Bibou with entrees ranging from $17 to $30.
For now the restaurant is BYOB but a liquor license is in the works. Reservations are already tough to land but a tipster informs us the bar is first-come-first-served.
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At long last, Center City dentist Owen Rogal, who owned the Pain Center at 12th and Lombard, is going to prison. According to the Inquirer, Rogal and his daughter made close to $5 million in illegal billing charges to insurance companies, and he’s been sentenced to seven years. It’s anyone’s guess where some of his extra cash flow went, but judging from these photos of his five-star home, we have some idea.
The Rittenhouse unit has a 180-degree view of the city, an open-floor plan, and a glass wall supporting a double-sided fireplace between the living room and bedroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows are in the master suite, which also has custom closets and power blinds. A granite bathroom gets a view of the cityscape. Because it’s the Rittenhouse, perks include an on-call chauffeured car.
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For all you youths out there who are obsessed with both food and the internet, have I got something for you.
Jake & Amir could be one of the funniest sketches on the Internet. If you haven’t heard of it, look it up, start with their first video and waste your day away. They’re a hilarious duo, and College Humor is a great site to quench a fit of boredom. Jake, Amir, and Streeter had a live show this past Friday and they hung out at Rittenhouse Square beforehand. They needed some pizza ordering advice, and I offered my assistance, as long as they provided Foobooz with some shameless self-promotion.
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Don Russell gets into the details about Tria Taproom’s high-tech web-based beer auditing system. And Russell has a suggestion for where this is all heading.
I see a single app that alerts me when my favorite IPA goes on tap. Then it automatically sends a car to pick me up, invites my Facebook friends to belly up to the bar with me, Instagrams a photo of my pint, signals the Internet jukebox to play “Gimme Shelter,” tweets my Yelp! review, calculates the bartender’s tip, and texts my wife with some lame excuse for missing dinner with the in-laws.
Nerds, get to work on this, now.
Check that beer at Tria Taproom [Philadelphia Daily News]
Tria Taproom [Foobooz]
Tria Taproom quietly opened Saturday evening at 20th and Walnut Streets. The former Rum Bar has been totally transformed into a minimal space where the focus is clearly on the bar’s forty taps that pour beer, wine, cider and soda. We stopped in shortly after Tria Taproom opened yesterday at 4 p.m., to check out what was pouring as well as what was coming out of the kitchen.
In addition to Tria’s well-trained staff, Tria Taproom welcomes you with an iPad. From the iPad menu you can check out what’s available to drink and if you’re a true nerd, you can see just how much is left in the keg. You can also do this from your smartphone as well at tria.bevchek.com.
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Photo: J. Smith for GPTMC
According to Prudential, Fox & Roach’s market report from October 2013, median sale prices in Rittenhouse Square just keep getting higher. Last month, the median sale price for a residential unit was $435,000. This month, it’s $642,000. But what’s really striking is the year-over-year figure: In October 2012, the median sale price in the same area was $275,000.
And higher prices don’t mean fewer sales. In fact, the number of units sold increased 33 percent since last year.
Over the summer chef Alex Capasso transformed his Blackbird Dining Establishment into Benny’s Burger Joint, a much more casual operation for Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. At the time he promised to bring the food from Blackbird to Philadelphia stating, “Collingswood has been great to me over the years”, says Capasso, ” but I think Blackbird would be best suited in a more urban setting”.
Now according to Michael Klein, Capasso has that urban setting. Capasso is taking over the former C19 at 267 S 19th Street. Look for the still unnamed restaurant to open in January.