Back when we told you guys about fall fitness and foodie openings to be excited about, one of our favorites, Sweetgreen, had yet to set an opening date for their new Rittenhouse location. But looks like things have changed! Read more »
In case you missed it, a representative from Chancellor Hotel Associates, the company developing the Little Pete’s Restaurant site, announced to City Council this week that plans to convert the 17th and Chancellor site into a Hudson Hotel have been scrapped.
Instead, a Hyatt Centric is the new flag slated to replace the long-standing diner with a three-story parking garage. Although an email request to Clemens Construction Co. for details on the hotel rebranding were not immediately available, we did spot a response from Little Pete’s on Facebook. Behold:
A call for comment to Little Pete’s Restaurant owner Peter Koutroubas to elaborate on that meeting – and maybe give us a hint as to where he plans to move the diner when the time comes – was not returned as of press time.
- Previous Little Pete’s Coverage [Philly Mag]
Little Pete’s restaurant and the three-story parking garage that sits above it will not become a Hudson Hotel.
Instead, the Inquirer reports, the 17th and Chancellor property is slated to be developed into a ritzy Hyatt Centric, a new Hyatt brand released earlier this year. According to Inky’s Jacob Adelman, Chancellor Hotel Associates project director Carol Horne Penn announced the switch in brands in a written testimony to City Council members today. From the Inquirer:
“When the opportunity surfaced to bring a Hyatt Centric property to Philadelphia, we knew it would be a great fit,” Penn said in an email. “This is an exciting new brand, and we believe visitors and residents will love the Hyatt Centric experience.”
I can hear the workers hammering, drilling and power-sawing behind the closed, papered-up doors of the soon-to-open Sip-N-Glo Juicery on 20th near Rittenhouse Square. I open the doors and feel like I’m peeking behind the curtain before the actors take the stage: a flurry of activity, a mix of dust and excitement, and, of course, that signature Sip-N-Glo green.
“What do you think?!” Sip-N-Glo’s always energetic owner Kristin Lubsen says when she sees me. I love it, if I’m being honest. It’s bright. It’s light. It’s cheerful. Best of all, it’s big — double the size of the juice bar’s original location near 10th and South in Bella Vista. The new space isn’t a complete departure, of course. It’s Sip-N-Glo, but all grown up. Polished. Sleek. Really pretty. Read more »
Rittenhouse, you rarely cease to amaze us. To be sure, your high-rise apartments bestow the city a bevy of ritzy units, but truth be told it’s really your original (and superbly gorgeous) townhomes that keep us coming back for more. This one, a dark beauty parked just off the Square, is a prime example of the vintage jewels sprinkled within your boundaries.
Built circa 1898, the sleek Locust Street residence wears an elegant 1920s façade and an air of mystery worth investigating – rest assured, it pays off. While the first level is simply an open space viable as an office or in-law suite extension (or anything of the sort, actually), the current living quarters begin on the second floor. Features of note there include high ceilings, wood floors, and fireplaces. Our favorite detail? The classic bay window exposures.
If ever there was a home that genuinely warranted the adjective “unique,” this is it. It may not seem that way at first glance, to be sure, but to look at this Rittenhouse abode is really to see the passage of time.
Built in the mid-nineteenth century, the home likely appeared as its preserved neighbors do now. The early 1950s, however, brought with it a wave of change: it’s at that time that its then-owners had it re-designed in the Bauhaus style. You can still see elements of this in its grey granite brick façade, although its current owner tells us it was updated again within this last year to be a smart house.
As some of you probably remember, back in January, there was a crazy accident at the Lululemon store on Walnut Street — loose bricks from a neighboring building crashed through the roof of the store — and since then, they’ve been in a temporary location at 1422 Walnut Street. But it looks like they’ll soon have a forever home: Our friends over on Property just clued us in to the news that the store will be opening up shop at 1720 Walnut Street, right by Rittenhouse Square (and so dangerously close to the Philly Mag offices).
Trinities, by their nature, make excellent second homes in the city for those with primary residences elsewhere. But as you can see by the responses we’ve gotten to our query about what it’s like to live in one, whole families have managed to make it work with a Father, Son & Holy Ghost as their home. Here’s a historically-registered one on the corner of 17th and Pine and it comes with a mural on its side façade to boot!
Commissioned by the city’s Mural Arts Program, Brian Senft’s “Fantasy Landscape” scene takes up the the entire left side of the home and stretches to an adjacent building. Inside, the move-in ready trinity offers newer HVAC, updated Donatucci kitchen with custom cherry wood, and a second-level room with built-in bookcases and recently renovated bathroom with skylight. Upstairs, the third floor master bedroom comes with a built-in double bed with custom storage, plus an attic/storage area. The home can be sold turn-key. Photos and specs below.
“Just act like you belong and we’ll be fine.”
I’m trying to remember the last time I did something like this. I think it was 1982, when my friend Bing (yes, Bing) and I were 19 and nonchalantly sauntered up to the bouncer of some dive bar in Cherry Hill and somehow convinced him we were 21, subsequently sailing through the door into a den of smoke and thumping music. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried to crash a party.
I’m with a friend of a friend of a friend — we’ll call this person Jimmy, though for reasons that will become clear momentarily, Jimmy isn’t said person’s real name — and on this particularly steamy summer night, we’re walking into the entrance of the Lombard Swim Club, an imposing fortress of water, liquor and secrecy located between 20th and 21st streets, not far from Rittenhouse Square. If you’ve strolled this block of Lombard, you probably never even noticed the club was here. Which is precisely the point. Read more »
Whoa. Could you imagine if this mega-mansion designed by Theophilus P. Chandler – for the record, historical notes also attribute it to Horace Trumbauer – at the corner of 22nd and Locust was your personal residence? Well, if you’ve got somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.25 million, it could be. Heck, even if you’re more the developer/investor type, the property has RM-1 zoning, so something like a condo building conversion is definitely a possibility.
Commissioned by steel businessman Frank Samuel (who may have been the same Frank Samuel who was V.P. of the North Branch Steel Company, “the first to produce the modern street-car rail“) in 1899, the four-story Federal brick beauty went up sometime in the early 1900s. Today, it boasts several features from the era: original stained glass windows, panelings, moldings, parquet and herringbone wood floors, and even a defunct elevator that used to go up to the third level. Bonus historical tidbit? It served as the headquarters for the Italian consulate back in the seventies. And with that, can you guess how many bedrooms it has?