Trinity Tuesday: Rental on Addison Street Listed for $1,700/Month

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Mark your calendars, guys. July 1st, this 796-square-foot Rittenhouse home is ready for move-in. Its amenities include central air, in-unit washer & dryer, and street parking. Plus, if you’ve got a furry pal who’s just under 25 lbs., the owner will consider approving him/her.

In addition to the aforementioned features, there are hardwood floors, built-in shelving, lower-level storage space, and a functional gas fireplace. The bedroom, located on the third floor, comes with a half bathroom (full one is on the second floor with the bonus living space) and deck. Tenant is in charge of paying electric, gas, and water. Specs and photos below!

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Spotted in Rittenhouse: Former Brewery Property Now a Three-Bedroom on Lombard

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Well, would you look at that? Sitting in plain sight on the 1700 block of Lombard – near 18th Street and within walking distance to Rittenhouse Square – is this Old Philadelphia-style home. Truth be told, the property once housed a brewery, which following its circa 1970 demolition was “left room for the alley and parking” as opposed to a double row of townhouses, according to the owner. This Colonial-inspired home was built sometime after that.

Recently, the house has been sprinkled with updates. First up, the roof: it’s new, added just last year. The kitchen was redone in 2013 (take a look at the photos in the gallery below), while the whole back of the property was excavated in the early 1990s after the owner purchased it. At the time, they, quote, “had the back excavated to leave room for the open lower space with multiple doors, the wooden stairs to the next level, and regraded the yard.” Bonus? There’s two-car parking. How many can say that in Rittenhouse?

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Pizzeria Vetri Opens Today on Rittenhouse Square

New at Pizzeria Vetri's Chancellor St. location, the Rittenhouse, a lobster topped pizza.

New at Pizzeria Vetri’s Chancellor St. location, the Rittenhouse, a lobster topped pizza.

The second branch of Vetri Family’s Pizzeria Vetri opens today at 1615 Chancellor Street (between Walnut and Locust Streets). The second Pizzeria Vetri shares a lot in common with the original, though it is about 500 square feet bigger. Part of that room goes to establishing a true bar with eight seats. Another similarity is the Renato pizza oven that will pump out pizzas daily from 11 am to 11 pm (1 am on weekends).

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Happy 10th Anniversary to Rittenhouse Di Bruno Location

di-bruno-rittenhouse-cheese-cave-940Di Bruno Bros. is celebrating its tenth anniversary at 1730 Chestnut Street. They’re hosting several events today through 2 p.m. that include live product demonstrations and samples of some of their newest and most popular products.

Included in the events:

  • Petrossian Caviar
  • 1732 Meats Heritage Pork and bacon
  • Farmer Sue Miller’s Birchrun Hills Farm Cheeses
  • Society Hill Snacks Nuts and Snack Mixes
  • A special Birthday Cake from Country Sweets Bake Shoppe

So swing through on your lunch break.

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PHOTOS: Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival 2015

On Saturday, Rittenhouse Row hosted their annual Spring Festival on what just so happened to be one of the most beautiful spring days of the year so far. Thousands showed up to the event, which took place along Walnut Street from Broad to Rittenhouse Square. There were DJs and bands; musicians from The Curtis Institute entertaining the crowd; family-friendly activities keeping kids entertained; and a couple beer gardens for the grownups. On the food front, the 1800 block of Walnut Street was rife with nibbles from Rittenhouse Row’s  STARR restaurants, including Alma de Cuba, Barclay Prime, Butcher and Singer, Continental Midtown, The Dandelion, El Rey and Parc.

I snapped some photos of the afternoon; enjoy them below:

I also stopped by the South Street Spring Festival. See those photos here.

Aldine Debuts New Menu Format

Poached Mussels with English Peas, Shaved Radish and Vinaigrette

Poached Mussels with English Peas, Shaved Radish and Vinaigrette | Photo via Aldine

When I heard that Aldine was changing its menu format, I thought maybe that meant the menu would no longer feature stupid colons in between ingredients (like sorry but,”sugar snap peas : pickled chili : smoked almond milk : rhubarb,” just does not look right). But alas, that was too much to hope for. Instead, Aldine is abandoning its unique tasting menu, which was divided into either the “omnivore” or “herbivore” menu, in favor of a more traditional format.

Chef and owner George Sabatino’s new menu is divided into first, second and third courses. First courses are either served cool or room temperature, second courses are slightly larger and served warm, and third courses are really the bigger main courses.

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SouthGate, a Korean Pub Is Coming to 18th and Lombard

tangier-southgate-18th-lombard-google-maps-400The former Tangier at 18th and Lombard is being reborn as SouthGate, a Korean-inspired pub. Peter Hwang, his wife Mindy and Peter’s father are behind the project that includes some serious chops in the kitchen. Chef Clara Park was educated at the The Institute of Culinary Education in New York and has worked everywhere from Osteria, to Redd in Napa, to Momofuku Ko in New York. She’s also developed, tested and written recipes for cookbook author Barbara Kafka and even won an episode of Chopped. That’s what got Mindy Hwang to seek her out for this project.

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On the Market: Restored Corner Mansion on Delancey Going for $4.75 Million

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Hand-crafted finishes, six original fireplaces…you wouldn’t know it because, as far as we can tell, the folks over at Lily Development seem to have done a mighty fine job restoring this magnificent residence to its original grandeur, but the property–a Second Empire construction built by Frank Furness protégés–actually had a forty-year stint as an apartment building!

Its must-sees include a spiral walnut staircase with skylight, four-passenger elevator that makes stops on all of its floors, and a 900-square-foot roof terrace over the 3-car heated garage. It’s also within walking distance to Fitler Square and boasts an exquisite kitchen that we deemed one of the best for Thanksgiving in Center City about a year ago.

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Molto Molto: Gran Caffè L’Aquila Reviewed

Spaghetti carbonara | Photo by Ryan Scott

Spaghetti carbonara | Photo by Ryan Scott

Pretend you’ve been led into a new restaurant wearing a blindfold. We’re playing a game: When I uncover your eyes, you try to piece together enough clues to guess what sort of place we’re in. Go! The 24-flavor gelato counter would give it away too easily, so I yank the blindfold a few steps beyond it. Your eyes fall on a white wall lined with bottles of Campari and Martini dry vermouth. Fresh espresso hits your nose just as a Serie A soccer rerun steals your gaze. You look around. The place is choked with waiters rocking natty short-brim fedoras of a sort most often found atop comic-strip gangsters (but apparently resurgent in Milan). A montage of touristic photos and factoids loops on a second TV — tidbits about Venice and Rome alternating with Maserati commercials. Read more »

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