Little Pete’s Is Looking to Relocate

With the parking garage housing Little Pete’s looking like it will someday become a Hyatt Centric hotel, the iconic 24-hour diner is officially looking to relocate. MSC Retail has put out the call in behalf of owner “Little Pete” Koutroubas, looking for a 1,800 to 3,000 square foot space with “strong daytime, evening and hotel population required.”

Have a space? You’d be a hero.

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Bluestone Lane, NY Cafe Chain Is Coming to Philadelphia


New York cafe picks Philadelphia for its first out-of-market cafe.

Bluestone Lane, a chain of six cafes out of New York that have sprung up since 2013 is opening its first out-of-market location. The cafe will be inside the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel at 17th and Locust. Bluestone is inspired by founder Nicholas Stone’s home café culture of Melbourne Australia. In addition to coffee, the former Coffee Bar will offer healthy-orientated breakfast and lunch options.

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The Queen of Sandwiches: Meltkraft Reviewed

The Melter Skelter at Meltkraft | Courtesy of Valley Shepherd LLC

The Melter Skelter at Meltkraft | Courtesy of Valley Shepherd LLC

Grilled cheese is the queen of sandwiches. Say what you will about its simplicity, its lack of intrinsic finesse (only rule: don’t burn), but it is precisely this lack of complexity that makes it perfect. Grilled cheese is tabula rasa—a blank slate onto which can be written anything (a love song for a hundred cheeses, a lust for tomatoes or bacon, a treatise on the comforts of childhood, of moms and dads, of easier times or poverty or innovation)—and that is what makes it so beloved. The grilled cheese sandwich demands nothing, but there isn’t much you can add to a grilled cheese sandwich that will ruin it (broken glass, gum, broccoli). It is, as it is, ideal. But infinitely customizable.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Rittenhouse Home May Have Once Been a Boarding House

TREND images via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

TREND images by Drew Callaghan via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

If the walls inside this Rittenhouse Square home could talk…well, we couldn’t even begin to imagine what they’d say if what the listing says is true: formerly a corner store and, later, a boarding house, the unique property has now settled into its latest iteration as a sleek single-family dwelling a mere few blocks from the neighborhood’s namesake park (map). It’s currently listed for $812,500.

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Spiked! Good Stuff Eatery Closes

good-stuff-eatery-closed-940Top Chef star Spike Mendelsohn has closed his Center City burger joint, Good Stuff Eatery. The cocky Mendelsohn opened Good Stuff, his brand’s first spot outside of the D.C. market in June of 2014. And now, just over a year later, the burger that was going to take it from Shake Shack, Five Guys and Bobby’s Burger Palace has left Philadelphia.

The building at 108 South 18th Street may not be dark for long. A liquor license application is already in the window, transferring the license from the Good Stuff group. No details were immediately available on who is purchasing the liquor license.

Good Stuff Eatery [Foobooz]

We Come to Eat Fire: DanDan Reviewed

Photo courtesy of DanDan

Photo courtesy of DanDan

DanDan on a Friday night is a mess in the best possible way—a riot of people and bags and plates, with servers squeezing through the spaces between while the bartenders do their best to keep up with the crush that keeps backing up to the door.

The place is small, but not small-small. Downstairs, the bar takes up an inordinate amount of room, and everything else is just squeezed in. Two-tops press up against the big windows looking out onto the hustle of 16th Street, and more are tucked under the overhang of the lofted second-floor seating area. The hostess stand half-clogs the only passage between the main floor and the stairs leading up. It would be a terrible place to eat if it weren’t also such a fun place to throw yourself into. There’s a mosh-pit sensibility to it: You can get where you’re going, but not without bouncing off a few bodies first.

I sit in the corner at the bar with a sweating Tsing Tao, slurping cold sesame noodles that have a nutty, sweet kick and working through a plate of cumin pork that leaves my tongue slick with a mix of dusty-hot cumin and peppers. Even the fizz of the beer won’t wash it off.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Who Will Buy This Minimalist Delancey Mansion?

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If it is giving you museum vibes, that’s because it is one.

Well, as far as personal museum homes go anyway. See, when Henry “Hank” McNeil, member of the McNeil Tylenol dynasty and notable art collector in his own right (seriously, this guy was dubbed one of the best in the world by ARTnews magazine in 2011), lived at 1901 Delancey Place, he had – and we’re assuming continues to have because why would you want to give these up? – a, quote, “museum-quality collection of contemporary art.” We’re talking pieces by Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, and Donald Judd, to name a few.

Suffice it to say, members of the art world were habitual visitors to this Rittenhouse abode. And we’re sure they felt right at home.

A paint drop over 8,800 square feet, the pristine residence shows off a granite vestibule entrance with a glass door leading out to a reception hall. Oak floors and high 12-foot ceilings are spread throughout and a single elevator hits up all five of the home’s levels. Kitchen details consist of frosted glass pocket doors, appliances by Gaggenau, Sub-Zero, Miele, and Viking, and counter tops made of granite. Bonus: the rear service area comes with a pantry ice-maker.

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Veganism for Dummies: Bar Bombon Reviewed

You’ve got to be pretty confident to think about opening a vegan restaurant in a town that already has Vedge in it. That’s kind of like going to Williamsburg to open a trendy cocktail bar with a lot of pickles on the menu. Like heading for Yountville with the intention of showing those poor saps what real modernist cuisine looks like.

Locally, it’s like opening a high-end Italian restaurant right across the street from Vetri. That doesn’t happen by mistake. You don’t go through all the effort of opening and then just look up one morning and say, “Huh. I wonder when that Vetri character opened there.”

No, vagaries of real estate aside, when you do something like that, it’s a very deliberate move. You’ve got to believe you have something Marc Vetri doesn’t. And doing vegan—a vegan bar, really, offering lunch and dinner, Latin flavors, margaritas and caipirinhas—right down the street from the vegan bar opened by the people behind Vedge is the same kind of crazy.

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Aldine Is Celebrating Year One with a Halloween Party

The Sabatinos dogs at Aldine | Photo by  Emily Teel

The Sabatinos dogs on the wall at Aldine | Photo by Emily Teel

George and Jennifer Sabatino’s Aldine turns one this Wednesday, October 28th. The Sabatinos are throwing an Anniversary/Halloween party to celebrate. Instead of sit-down dinner service, for $35 guests can enjoy an unlimited buffet of selections from Aldine’s fall menu. Among the dishes offered:

  • Potato and leek croquettes with herb aioli
  • Chicken liver mousse on focaccia with sweet and sour red onions
  • Roasted baby carrots with sour cherries and almonds
  • Squash tartine served on house made grilled bread

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Six-Bedroom Delancey Beauty Gets Price Cut

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There’s little we can say about Delancey Place homes that hasn’t been said already: they’re spacious, historic, gorgeous and always on the pricey-end of the market. Even if the house in question is for rent. That being said, the practical voice in our head has no problem hushing up for a moment to allow us to enjoy these specimens of beauty in all their grandeur.

Today, we’ve spotted a good one: 1832 Delancey. It was listed on the market earlier this year for a little over $3.8 million, but as of late has been reduced to $3.195 million. (Still quite steep for our wallets, but hey, it’s something.) Boasting restored original details and contemporary renovation work, the home is a city jewel. Features include a family room library, 750-plus bottle, climate-controlled wine room, two-car heated garage, and a walk-out terrace between the second and third floors. It also has a grilling area and small deck off the kitchen.

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