The news yesterday that sitting on the Rittenhouse Square wall has been banned came as a surprise. And rightly so: People have been sitting on the wall — or, more properly, the balustrade, as the Friends of Rittenhouse Square’s Jackie Whyte called it — for generations. To abruptly attempt to change the culture of the park without warning is incredibly silly. Read more »
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I heard the rumor. I saw the signs. But I had to check it out for myself.
So I went to Rittenhouse Square this afternoon at 2:34 p.m., grabbed a good spot on the wall and sat. At 2:49 p.m., a police officer told me I had to move. Yes, it’s true: You can no longer sit on the wall in Rittenhouse Square. (You might get 15 minutes of sitting time before a police officer notices, though.)
The officer — who is stationed in a patrol car inside the park — was incredibly apologetic. This was true all over; I observed another officer who actually told a man sitting on a bench not to light up his cigarette because there’s a park smoking ban. “I don’t want you to waste it,” the cop said.
The cop who stopped me told me the signs went up yesterday and Tuesday. Read more »
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Along the arc of a graph reading “Why Is My Restaurant Not Good?,” two opposite mistakes hold down either end of the bell curve. On one side, you have a good concept crippled by poor execution. On the other are bad ideas masked by a talented, passionate crew trying like hell to fight its way out of a losing situation. Between these two points falls every other reason for a restaurant to go bad: terrible food, awful service, a coked-up owner snorting away the profits, rats, that weird smell, location, location, location. But existing with beautiful, snow-white purity are the alpha and omega of reasons: Either you had a good idea ruined by thumb-fingered losers who turn all gold to crap, or you had a bad concept that no amount of earnest polishing will ever make shine.
The first one? That’s unforgivable. And the second one is Scarpetta.
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If you’re interested in a Saturday brunch, you’re out of luck. Sure, you can drop by Butcher Bar after 11:30 and order off the lunch menu, but that isn’t quite the same, is it?
No, if you’re interested in an actual brunch, Butcher Bar is offering theirs on Sundays only, from 10:30am until 2:30pm, and it started on New Year’s Day.
The offerings are very much in keeping with the style of Butcher Bar’s other menus: Comfort foods, lots of meat, a large-format meal for 6-8 people served family-style. There are beef-jerky-topped bloody marys, huckleberry skillet pancakes, an Italian meatball sandwich, a double cheeseburger called a “Royale With Cheese”. You wanna see the whole menu?
Of course you do.
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Friday Saturday Sunday: Cocktails and dining
Yesterday marked the rebirth of Friday Saturday Sunday off of Rittenhouse Square. But it is only the name that returns after the 18-month redo. The first floor is now where the bar action happens. A 14-seat marble bar pops in bright white. On opening night, bartender Paul MacDonald was already confidently pouring cocktails like the Oxford Comma, Nicaraguan rum, lemon, coffee, red wine and soda; and the Control State, vodka, lime, grapefruit, honey and savory bitters.
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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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Justin 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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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 »
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 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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