At 6 a.m. this morning, Damien Pileggi and Jonathan Adams opened up their second Rival Bros. coffee bar inside the Touraine (1528 Spruce Street) and it’s straight-up stunning.
Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca’s adorable Hawaiian food cart Poi Dog has come a long way since it first started doling out spam musubi and mochi nori fried chicken on Philly street corners and festivals. In its four years roaming the Philly food truck scene, it became Philly’s premier, and lone, Hawaiian option — no other chef or restaurateur in the city (besides chain-Hawaiian Roy’s, which closed back in 2010) ever gave a crack at the Pacific Island cuisine. But Aranita and Vacca saw a void in Philly’s food boom, and filled it full of Hawaiian plate lunches, tacos and Filipino desserts.
And like we promised back in December, they’re opening their first brick and mortar tomorrow at 102 S. 21st Street (the old Rotisseur space).
It seems that futuristically modern homes are all the buzz lately. So, when we stumbled across this historically exquisite townhome in Rittenhouse Square, we were both refreshed by its rich beauty and taken aback by its enormous size.
Situated on a tree-lined block of the most desirable street in the neighbhorhood, the property boasts six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two powder rooms, nine fireplaces, a solarium, a gymnasium, a library, an au pair or in-law suite, and a two-car garage, amongst other things. The foyer’s 15-foot ceilings highlight the home’s original woodwork. To your left is a formal front parlor followed by a dining room, which is currently being used as a family room. Read more »
It’s no secret that Rittenhouse is one of Philadelphia’s most prestigious neighborhoods. So when we went searching for Rittenhouse properties currently on the market that fall somewhere near the $500,000 range, we weren’t exactly sure what we’d find. Would this budget be enough to live comfortably?
Here’s what we found: while there are several nice options in the neighborhood that are on budget, most of these options are small (and not necessarily suitable for growing families). However, if you don’t need much space to live happily and only plan to live with one or two other people, these options could work and do come with some nice amenities – not to mention their close proximity to just about anywhere in Center City. We’ll let you be the judge, though. Take a look at what we found below. Read more »
A trinity house is already a rare commodity in Philadelphia, so it’s not every day we come across one that has five floors of space.
In fact, this five-floor trinity that maintains some traditional features might be the only one of its kind. Located just one block from Rittenhouse Square, built in 1750, and recently renovated, it is a great space situated on a quiet block. This home is pretty legit from a historical standpoint, too – it’s even listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Properties.
Updates to the property include a renovated kitchen, two renovated full bathrooms, central air, and new plumbing and electric. The living room showcases gorgeous hardwood floors, a fireplace, recessed lighting, built-ins, and a lighted picture nook. Read more »
It’s been a while since we reported on the opening of a new Indian restaurant in Philly. And while I find that disappointing and, frankly, a little mystifying (in this vegan-friendly, health-conscious moment, with a million Italian restaurants and gastropubs and New American copy-cats all vying for the same dollars, what could be more welcome than a hit of curry and tandoor smoke?), I’ve got high hopes for this new one: Veda, open now in the former Le Castagne space at 1920 Chestnut Street.
Why? Because I’m an optimist, of course. But also because the menu–with its bistro modernism, smart presentations and Indian flavors unconstrained by strict adherence to classicism–looks like something special. Something different in an arena of cuisine that Philly often overlooks, bypasses or forgets about entirely.
Plus, they’ve got a pretty good happy hour deal, and that helps, too.
Though the battle against the Parks and Recreation Department, Friends of Rittenhouse Square, and city officials who enacted the Rittenhouse wall-sitting ban “due to continuous vandalism and marijuana smoking” looks like it could be over, marijuana activist N.A. Poe believes the war is not yet won. Read more »
Stephen Starr is having a big year. There was the surprise Paris restaurant opening. Le Coucou (the New York restaurant he’s doing with partner Daniel Rose) got named as the best restaurant of 2016 by Pete Wells. And he currently has 33 restaurants up and running in Philly and elsewhere.
And in this month’s Vanity Fair, he gets a big interview in which he talks about his sudden success, getting fired from his first DJ job, his fear of heights and, most important to us here at Foobooz World HQ, his future plans for restaurants in Philly.
The all-day cafe is the new fast-casual. Or anyway, that’s certainly how it seems with the recent surge of these hybrid coffeshop/bar/restaurants we’ve seen around Philly. And the newest? Res Ipsa Cafe, which opened this weekend at 22nd and Walnut. It is (as these things often are) a team effort between the crew from ReAnimator Coffee and Tyler Akin of Stock.
So what happened when these two forces came together in one small space?