Poi Dog Gets a Storefront

Poi Dog Is Comming to Rittenhouse

Poi Dog Is Comming to Rittenhouse

After close to four years as a food truck, Poi Dog’s Kiki Arranita and Chris Vacca are setting up a storefront. The Hawaiian food specialists are setting up shop at 102 South 21st Street, the former home of Rotisseur.

The brick-and-mortar location, which is just around the corner from Revolution Taco, another food truck concept that has come in from the cold, will feature many of the same favorites found at the food cart. The restaurant is aiming for an early 2017 opening but you don’t even have to wait that long to get a taste.

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New Culinary Director, Menu for Bar Bombón

bar-bombon-940Justin Petruce is back in Philadelphia after a sojourn to Florida and he is now the culinary director for Marquis & Co., the culinary group that includes HipCityVeg, Charlie was a sinner and Bar Bombón. Petruce’s first visible change starts today, Monday, December 5th as a new menu debuts at Bar Bomboón.

Bar Bombón’s new menu consists of snacks, veggies and tAmos. There will also be a new brunch menu as well as late-night happy hour and a new cocktail menu debuting.

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You Can’t Top This: 3 Levels of Luxury, 360-Degree Views, $7M

The Lanesborough Penthouse, 1601 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Images from Laurie Phillips

The Lanesborough Penthouse, 1601 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | Images from Laurie Phillips

The building we now know as the Lanesborough was built in 1929 as the home of the Haverford Club and the Yale Club. Today, it’s home to choice luxury condos, and there’s none that’s choice-er than its stunning tri-level penthouse unit.

This totally up-to-the-minute Art Deco gem offers the best of everything in large quantities: 3,991 square feet of space on the inside and another 1,804 on the outside in the form of four spacious terraces that together offer a 360-degree view of your surroundings, especially from the upper-level one. Luxurious trim and finishes, including fumed white oak floors and custom LePage doors and windows. A kitchen that’s a chef’s dream, equipped with Gaggenau appliances. Elegantly outfitted bathrooms. And so on. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Living Color in Rittenhouse for $425K

1639 Addison St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

1639 Addison St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

As someone who considers herself a fan of the neutral palette, I have to say that most of the time, I’m adverse to any sort of bright colors, particularly in my home. However, this little trinity wears those random splashes of color perfectly. Not only does the color liven up the home from the otherwise muted color palette of monochromatic accents, hardwood floors and white walls, but it sets it apart from any other trinity we’ve seen before. Besides, there’s nothing like a bright blue wall that makes you feel anything but.

Walking into this home is like entering the beginning of a rainbow. You’ll not only take notice of the bright blue accent wall, but also of the beautiful hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout the living room of your home. Nice floor-to-ceiling bookshelves also compliment the room, and a front-facing window allows you to people-watch from your couch. Read more »

Scarpetta Launches Happy Hour on Rittenhouse Square

Scarpetta offers half-priced cocktails, wine and beer for happy hour.

Scarpetta offers half-priced cocktails, wine and beer for happy hour.

The lounge at the still brand new Scarpetta inside the Rittenhouse Hotel has begun happy hour and it offers 50% off all beer, cocktails and wines by the glass. There is also a bar menu of plates and crostini ranging from $5 to $14.

The cocktails include classics and newfangled concoctions that will rotate seasonally. Look for some holiday cocktails in the next few weeks.

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Scarpetta Does Lunch

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Starting on Monday, November 14, Philly’s Scarpetta will become the first location in the group to offer lunch. So why this break from tradition?

Location, location, location…

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Second Suspect Arrested, Charged in Rittenhouse Shooting

Mehdi Fraiji (left) and Raeese Nasir have been arrested and charged in connection to October's Rittenhouse shooting. Photos courtesy of Philadelphia Police.

Mehdi Fraiji (left) and Raeese Nasir have been arrested and charged in connection to October’s Rittenhouse shooting. Photos courtesy of Philadelphia Police.

Philadelphia police have arrested and charged a second suspect in connection with the Rittenhouse shooting that occurred in late October, in which 17-year-old Mehdi Fraiji allegedly shot a bicyclist who tried to intervene during the teens’ attempted robbery. Read more »

Lacroix Goes Straight Prix-Fixe

Lacroix-940Lacroix, the longstanding restaurant at Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel is changing things up. Chef Jon Cichon has announced that the restaurant is going to a single, five-course tasting menu. Dinner at Lacroix will now be locked in at $105 per person plus an optional $85 wine pairing.

The format, which has debuted  with this week’s fall menu, offers some choices but other courses are fixed like the grilled Maine Lobster. A tail and claw is poached for this dish and topped with shaved and lightly pickled persimmon, curried persimmon puree and served with a lobster, pumpkin, celery leaf jus atop celery root puree.

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