Opening Soon: Mercer Cafe In The Navy Yard

First Tacconelli's pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

First Tacconelli’s pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.

Mercer Cafe, the small, beloved Port Richmond eatery, is expanding to the Navy Yard at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk.

The new location will have its grand opening on May 1, offering their breakfast and lunch menu, along with La Colombe Coffee, a grab-and-go market and lunch delivery.

What’s even more exciting is co-owner Dina Woltjen and her brother Vincent Tacconelli have decided to merge their businesses under one roof. The new Mercer Cafe will serve the famous Tacconelli’s pies, with their own brick oven in the cafe.

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Renderings: Plans For Lot Across From Pat’s King of Steaks

Canno Architecture + Design | Renderings courtesy of Paul Mirabello

Canno Architecture + Design | Renderings courtesy of Paul Mirabello

“We won’t proceed without neighborhood support,” said developer Paul Mirabello last time his plans for 827-29 Wharton Street made headlines. Indeed, even if we might have wished to take that back in light of Tuesday’s heated neighborhood meeting, Paul and his team are happy area residents care enough to be involved in the project. “We’re always willing to work with immediate neighbors on any other changes,” Brett Feldman, Mirabello’s attorney, tells us.

And changes there have been, among them the fact that earlier plans had called for twenty-one residential units, a number now down to eighteen. Three floors would be along Wharton, while the 9th Street side would have four floors, matching up in height with the commercial property next door. As for the ground level retail in Mirabello’s proposed mixed-use building, the 6,700-square-foot space would have entrances along 9th and allow for up to five tenants.

Click here to see the renderings!

Driveway or Patio? This Bella Vista Home Has Room For One

TREND photos via Listhub / Plumer & Associates Inc.

TREND photos via Listhub / Plumer & Associates Inc.

If the surrounding amenities are any indication, this home is in a neighborhood that’s just as a lively as its interior. Situated within the Meredith School catchment, the home is within short walking distance to two parks and a playground, cafes, restaurants, and all the hubbub South Street has to offer. And guess what? Walkability aside, car owners can relax as it comes with driveway.

Of course if you’re like me and refuse to drive, there’s always the possibility of converting the parking space into a patio (barbecue season is upon us!). Inside you’ll find a finished basement that’s been fully carpeted, hardwood floors, an updated kitchen with granite tops and a breakfast bar, a third-floor master suite with vaulted ceiling, two closets, and a non-working brick fireplace, and–if the whole patio thing isn’t in your plan–a deck.

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Chickie’s Italian Deli Is Closing

Photo via Chickie's Facebook page.

Photo via Chickie’s Facebook page.

Chickie’s Italian Deli is closing after 21-years in business. The award winning deli is known for its Italian-style sandwiches, hoagies and particularly its veggie hoagie.

A Facebook message from owner Henry George stated:

It is with great sadness that after 21 1/2 years in business, Chickie’s Italian Deli will be closing its doors permanently on Saturday, April 11, 2015. I would like to thank all of my loyal customers for your years of patronage! It has been my pleasure serving the community for over two decades. Thank you to everyone especially my dedicated employees for their years of service.

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Philadium Shut Down

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Photo by @labelle_19

The Philadium has been shut down by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue for taxes owed. Michael Klein is reporting that the South Philadelphia bar owes almost $20,000 in taxes and fined $1,400 last May for operating with an expired liquor license.

Whether this closure is temporary or permanent, the Phillies opening day on Monday might happen without the popular Packer Avenue bar for the first time since 1977.

City Paper’s Caroline Russock was just at the Philadium in January for her Pint Sighs feature (two screwdrivers, two Heinekens and a roast pork sandwich for $26.50).

Philadium shut down over back taxes [The Insider]
Pint Sighs: Philadium Tavern [City Paper]

 

Spotted on East Passyunk: The Avid Organizer’s Ideal Abode?

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

In the spirit of spring cleaning, which Shoppist has so generously helped us tackle, we present you this organizer-friendly South Philly house. Per the listing, the second-level bedroom has built-in storage taking up an entire wall, while the master bedroom boasts another whole wall built-in closet and walk-in closet. Additional storage space and a home office can be found in the finished basement. Guess keeping things from disarray should be easier now, huh?

Other features of note include swing doors with bamboo inset, two wood fireplaces, mid century chandeliers and light fixtures, a solar powered water heater, trellis patio, and a kitchen overlooking the open elevated dining room. It also has a newly installed A/C unit and there’s access to the roof from the family room.

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Al Pastor Taco Shop Coming to Oregon Avenue

Justino Jimenez at the Garage.

Justino Jimenez at the Garage.

Vetri veteran Justino Jimenez is opening Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina, a taco shop at 6th and Oregon that will focus on spit-roasted, Al Pastor style tacos. Food Junkets has the details on the shop which will open around April 1st.

You may have already had Jimenez’s tacos if you have been at the Garage on a night he was in the cart. We have only heard good things about his tacos.

Spit Roasted Al Pastor Focused Taco Shop Coming to 6th & Oregon [Food Junkets]

Los Jimenez Mexican Cocina [Foobooz]

Spotted in Hawthorne: Three-Bedroom Right Around the Corner from Moonstone

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

A starter home if there ever was one, this South Marvine Street row home is right on the border of Hawthorne and Bella Vista, a convenient situation that allows for short walks to the nearby Whole Foods, Super Fresh, dog park, and Palumbo Playground. It’s also just four blocks from the Italian Market. But its true trump card? It’s quite literally just steps from Moonstone Preschool, that vaunted toddlertopia your child might (but probably won’t?) get into.

Of course, that’s not the only family-friendly feature it has going for it. Its back yard includes a garden area with two trees and room for gas grilling, which the listing claims will “give you that suburban feel.” Additionally, the home got renovation work back in 2007 that left it with a finished basement, complete with exposed beams, ceramic tile floor, and a “closet plumbed to add a third bathroom.” The home is in move-in condition, offering new occupants all of its custom lighting fixtures and appliances, as well as Brazilian cherry wood floors, an exposed brick wall, and wiring for surround sound.

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NOW OPEN: The Lanes at South Bowl

south-bowl-lanes-940The long awaited South Bowl has softly opened on Oregon Avenue, just east of I-95. The 26-lane bowling alley from the team that brought us North Bowl is currently open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. In addition to being much bigger than its neighbor to the north, South Bowl also offers pizzas from a wood-fired oven.

The two-floor space includes a large bar, private lane nook and a roof deck. Grand opening festivities will be announced soon.

More on the food at South Bowl

South Bowl [Foobooz]

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