Capital Teas Coming to Philadelphia

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Washington DC’s Capital Teas is coming to Center City Philadelphia. The nine location strong chain is opening a tea bar and retail boutique at 1804 Chestnut Street.

Capital Teas comes from fifth generation tea merchants and offer more than 200 varieties of teas from around the world. In addition to fresh brewed tea, the storefront will also offer teapots, infusers and other items for sale.

Capital Teas [Foobooz]

Tria Taproom Adds a Burger

chimay redCan you be a beer bar without a burger? Tria Taproom was for awhile but beginning on Labor Day, Monday, September 1st, the bar is adding a burger to its menu.

It’s a half-pound of beef topped with Chimay cheese, beer pickles and Tria’s “Beer-naise” sauce. It’s $14 and served with a side of crispy fried onions.

In honor of the burger’s kickoff, Tria Taproom is offering Chimay Premiere Trappist ale (the red one) for $5 instead of the usual $9. There will also be a selection of local beers available for just $4 each. Tria Taproom opens on Labor Day at 3 p.m.

Tria Taproom [Foobooz]

Parc Rittenhouse Condo: Can We Keep the Blue Sofa?

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We love this condo, of course. Parc is lovely. The amenities (24-hour doorman; pool; gym; etc.) are terrific. The views are great. The location couldn’t be better. This unit features customized closets, a Sub Zero refrigerator and wine refrigerator, a Nest thermostat system, a Juliet balcony with French doors… You get the picture (or you will after the see the gallery). There’s even a parking spot for just $168 per month, which for indoor parking near the Square, is pretty good.

To the new owner: Seeing as you’re paying $1.8 million or thereabouts, perhaps you’re also buying a new sofa? Or bringing one you like? In which case, I’m sure you don’t mind donating this sofa to a needy real estate editor, whose IKEA leather sofa and Pier One circa-2001 couch are no longer making the grade…

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McIlhenney Mansion’s Dome to Be Demolished

Photo by Brad Maule via Hidden City.

Photo by Brad Maule via Hidden City Daily.

An item in today’s Center City Residents Association email newsletter says demolition will start soon on the double-parcel McIlhenny Mansion at the southwest corner of Rittenhouse Square, now owned by developer Bart Blatstein. And there will be some changes:

When the dust has settled, the one story curved brick façade and dome at 1916 erected in 1957 will be gone. The planned replacement is a four story 47 foot high addition. The addition’s roofline will match that of the mansion’s other property, 1914 Rittenhouse Square, erected in 1859 with three stories capped by a one story mansard roof with dormer windows. The façade of 1914 is to remain unchanged. The mansion’s back entrance on Manning Street currently consists of a single story structure, a garage with a double width door adjacent to a servant’s entrance. The plans call for a two story structure on the western end with bedrooms atop two oversize garage entrances. On the eastern side, the addition will rise a third story above Manning Street.

Below, the plans included in CCRA’s email.

Plans via Center City Residents Association

Plans via Center City Residents Association

Two Bells for Crow and the Pitcher

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Craig LaBan enjoys the ampersand cuisine of Alex Capasso’s Crow & the Pitcher where Le Bec Fin’s gilded cheese cart meets up with small plates and burgers.

Capasso’s mussels are easily some of the best in town – clean, perfectly cooked, bathed in a creamy natural broth fortified with vermouth. The house-made charcuterie platter is also satisfying, its chicken terrine creamy with confit fat and leg meat, a heady lamb terrine piqued with olives & silky foie gras cured in Sauternes. Crisp nuggets of tender sweetbreads play against the bitter, roasty crunch of brussels sprouts in bordelaise.

Two Bells – Very Good

Crow & the Pitcher [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Crow & the Pitcher [Foobooz]

Prime Rib Special at the Prime Rib

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The bar at the Prime Rib is a treat. The people watching, the staggeringly strong martinis, the blue cheese stuffed olives. There’s something about the bar at this Rittenhouse spot that has to be experienced.

The other thing that has to be tried at P-Rib is of course the prime rib. And this month, the famous 15-ounce dish is just $25.

The Prime Rib [Official]

$1.325 Million Dorchester Suite on Rittenhouse Square

Photos courtesy Allan Domb.

Photos courtesy Allan Domb.

What’s better than one beautiful unit at Rittenhouse Square’s Dorchester? Two combined units taking up one massive corner space at the iconic high-rise.

The current owner has lived in the building for 25 years in different units, which makes him a Dorchester devotee. “It’s a special place to me and my family,” he says. This particular suite is unique, he notes, because it combines a two-bedroom facing Rittenhouse Square with a south-facing one bedroom for a three-bedroom with views of both the park and South Philadelphia. And the skyline views are amazing as well. In fact, the dedicated website has a gallery comprised of view photos alone.

The owner says there are over $350,000 of updates in this home­, which includes a master suite marble bathroom (separate soaking tub, of course) and a kitchen with Sub Zero, GE Profile, Bosch, Hans Grohe and Kohler appliances.

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Joyless Kale Mars P.S. & CO. Experience

Photo by Emily Teel

Adam Erace checks out the vegan P.S. & CO. on Rittenhouse Square and doesn’t come away impressed.

The initials stand for Pure Sweets, Kyan’s original online business, but they could also mean Punishingly Saltless in the case of the summer roll’s tuft of clover sprouts, oranges, mint, and roasted chile tofu and weak ginger-pickled carrots  wrapped in a double layer of brown rice paper that was like chewing through rubber cement. While local vegan restaurants have been striving for crossover appeal, P.S. takes a more hardcore stance — the tea party Republican of vegan eateries.

The sweets fare better but ouch.

P.S. & CO., a business built on treats, opens a vegan eatery in Rittenhouse [City Paper]
P.S. & CO. [Foobooz]

R2L Hosts the 5th Summer Harvest Dinner

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R2L is continuing their Summer Harvest Dinner Series, an event meant to highlight farmers’ hard work and bring them closer to the restaurant and its attendees, on Tuesday, August 5th. And this edition will feature Barefoot Gardens. Starting at 6:30 p.m., guests can not only enjoy their food but the farmers’ company, too, as they go around and discuss working on a farm.

On the menu is Crudo with Mackerel, Fennel and Crispy Potato Salad, Stuffed Rabbit Saddle, and Lemon Verbena Parfait. The 4-course menu is $75 per person.

Availability is limited, so to make reservations now by calling 215-564-5337.

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Georges Perrier at Crow and the Pitcher

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Last week we told you about Rittenhouse Row’s cool Culinary Collective, where eighteen restaurants were pulling out all the stops to create unique experiences between August 5th and the 7th. One of those special experiences will be at Crow and the Pitcher. Georges Perrier, who is often spotted relaxing at the Rittenhouse restaurant of Alex Capasso, will be in the kitchen preparing some of his most popular dishes from Le Bec-Fin’s past. A four-course prix fixe dinner will be available for $60 or a seven-course extravaganza will be $120. Seatings are available at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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