City Orders 2122 Locust Facade Be Saved

The exterior of 2122 Locust will be saved while its inside is demolished. Photo |Matt Sheridan

The exterior of 2122 Locust will be saved while its inside is demolished. Photo | Matt Sheridan

The Department of Licenses and Inspections has ordered the owner of 2122 Locust Street to preserve the facade of the building when demolition takes place.

The move was announced in a press release issued by L&I this morning. Read more »

Shhhhh, Revolution Taco Has a Secret Burger

The secret burger at Revolution Taco

The secret burger at Revolution Taco

Well, it’s not so secret anymore.

Aside from the tacos, burritos, and empanadas, you can now order Revolution Taco’s “secret burger.” The catch is that it isn’t on the menu, and they only serve six per day.

Revolution Taco co-owner Michael Sultan wanted to add the Revolution Burger to the (secret) menu as it was a popular item on Street Food Philly food truck.

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Scarpetta Opening in the Rittenhouse Hotel

Scarpetta will replace Smith and Wollensky at the Rittenhouse Hotel

Scarpetta will replace Smith and Wollensky at the Rittenhouse Hotel

This summer, Scarpetta, a high end Italian restaurant with locations in New York City, the Hamptons, Las Vegas and Miami will be coming to the west side of Rittenhouse Square and the Rittenhouse Hotel. The restaurant will replace the Smith and Wollensky steakhouse which closed last year.

Scarpetta is run by LDV Hospitality and is described as Modern Italian. The restaurant will be a bi-level space open for lunch and dinner. LDV has more than 10 restaurant concepts stretching from New York to Puerto Rico. If the LDV name rings a bell, it might be because they had three restaurants at the now shuttered Revel Casino in Atlantic City (American Cut, Azure and Lugo Italian).

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Matt & Marie’s Now Open in Rittenhouse

Matt & Marie's is now open.

Matt & Marie’s is now open. 

Matt & Marie’s second location has opened at 118 South 18th Street. The Italian fast-serve spot offers Italian inspired sandwiches and breakfast bites like the original but also has added baked pastas and “power bowls” to its menu.

The restaurant which adds another Center City hoagie option is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Matt & Marie’s is the first opening on the stretch of 18th Street that will be seeing Cleavers, a cheesesteak joint opening in early March and also Mac Mart’s brick-and-mortar location.

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Updates From Bar Bombon

BombonPancakesBar Bombon now offers Brunch | Photo courtesy At Media

I had no particular love for Bar Bombon when I reviewed it a couple months back. But you know what one of the great things about the restaurant business is? Every day can be a clean slate. Every day can be an opportunity for moving in a better direction.

And that’s just what Bar Bombon appears to be doing.

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Let Me Go Wild: Revolution Taco Reviewed

Duck Tacos at Revolution Taco | Photo by Claudia Gavin

Duck Tacos at Revolution Taco | Photo by Claudia Gavin

The first time I walked into Revolution Taco, they were playing “Blister in the Sun,” and all the people in the neighborhood were still getting used to it. At the counter, everyone seemed to know someone.

Your first time?

Yeah.

You’re gonna love it. This place is great.

The tables were crowded, and turned over quickly. The space was spare, clean, simple—just a box painted yellow, blond wood tables, the barest necessities. Lunch rush was running the small kitchen ragged, and customers kept coming as fast as the crew could get them out the door, but the place wasn’t much more complicated than the food truck (or trucks, really) that it’d been born of. A roof instead of wheels. An open kitchen to replace the submarine claustrophobia of a repurposed panel van. But the vibe was the same: Get ’em in, give ’em tacos, get ’em out.

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Mac Mart’s Center City Storefront Revealed

Yes, we'd say we found Mac Mart's storefront.

Yes, we’d say we found Mac Mart’s storefront.

Over the past few months, Mac Mart–the mac-n-cheese food truck about town–has been teasing out that they are getting a brick-and-mortar location near Rittenhouse Square. Owner Marti Lieberman has even taken to hanging teasing posters stating “Philly’s First ALL Mac’n Cheese Restaurant Is Coming Soon … But not HERE.”  And back in August she tweeted a hint I identified as the metalworking in front of Franklin Mortgage.

So when she recently tweeted another photo of her feet in front of her storefront we couldn’t help but play along, recreating the photo you see here. HughE Dillon also received confirmation yesterday that Mac Mart’s storefront was filling in the vacant Liberty Shoe Service at 104 South 18th Street.

The stretch of 18th between Chestnut and Sansom is seeing several new businesses. In addition to Mac Mart’s storefront, Matt & Marie’s second location is taking over the long vacant Tony Jr.’s space at 118 South 18th Street and work continues apace at the former Good Stuff Eatery, which will soon be Cleavers, a cheesesteak joint.

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Matt & Marie’s Opening Second Location in Rittenhouse

matt maries 118 s 18th 940In just a couple of weeks, one of Philly’s lunch spots, Matt & Marie’s, will be opening its second location at 118 South 18th Street.

In addition to the Italian sandwiches, salads, bagels, and pastries the flagship shop on 18th and Arch Streets serves, the new Matt & Marie’s will also have fresh ravioli, stuffed shells, and baked Campanelle pasta, along with four house-made sauces to choose from.

All of Matt & Marie’s food is either made fresh in house or picked up early in the morning, like the bagels from South Street Bagels, and the pastries from La Colombe.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: A Rittenhouse Square Home With Heavenly Sunroom

Open floor plans define this Rittenhouse Square home.

Open floor plans define this Rittenhouse Square home.

Our latest edition of Jawdropper of the Week is a two-story contemporary home in Rittenhouse Square that’s just…cool. Currently listed at $1,900,000, it’s designed with a worldly flair fitting for one of Philadelphia’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Almost every space in the three bedroom, four and a half bathroom home has a wide open floor plan that allows the owner to choose from limitless layout possibilities.

Stick around for the gallery after the jump. You’re not going to want to miss this sunroom.

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Center City’s La Creperie Closes After 18 Years

La Creperie closes as Suga prepares to open.

La Creperie closes as Suga prepares to open.

La Creperie Cafe at 1722 Sansom Street has closed after 18 years. The French BYOB specialized in crepes and also offered Sunday brunch. But with prices of all the crepes starting north of $10 and some hitting $18, it never seemed that crowded a spot and as lunchtime competition boomed, it isn’t particularly surprising the cafe closed.

A sign on the door (in English and French) explained La Creperie was still available for catering.

The long narrow space is directly next to Susanna Foo’s Suga, which looked to be in its final stages of construction this afternoon.

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