On Wednesday, December 11th, the Cambridge is hosting an Allagash Tap Take Over. All of the South Street bar’s draft lines will feature Allagash favorites, multiple vintages, and rarities.
Plus, the Cambridge is giving away fun prizes to guests who walk the runway in their ugliest holiday sweaters.
The Allagash Beer lineup »
Photo: Naked Philly
There are plenty of reasons to be bullish on South Street west of Broad but a couple established businesses are on the way out. The Philly Cupcake location at 20th and South has closed after nine months. The cupcake shop proprietors had a disagreement with their landlords and according to Michael Klein, there were suits and countersuits. The original Philly Cupcake remains at 12th and Chestnut. We’re with Naked Philly in hoping the next tenant chooses a more subtle color palette.
Also closing, is 15th and South’s Baja Room. The odd Mexican joint has been a mainstay at that intersection but we never got understood the Best of New York sticker in the window or the claims that celebrities ate there. According to Naked Philly, Baja Room will resurface at 1001 East Passyunk.
We’re intrigued to see what’s next for these corners.
In apparent landlord spat, Philly Cupcake closes on South Street [Naked Philly]
Another vacancy coming to another South Street West corner [Naked Philly]
The Cambridge is getting set to hold its second annual chili cook off. The event takes place on Sunday, November 10th at 3 p.m. and the South Street bar is still looking for a few more contestants who want to compete for the title, “Best Chili in Philly.”
Guests get to sample as much chili as they like and vote for their favorite. The Cambridge will also have more than ten pumpkin beers on tap.
The competition will be held in the outdoor courtyard, so dress accordingly.
Contestants may sign up by emailing their contact info to: email@example.com
This Saturday, October 19th Bloktoberfest returns to South Street. The now five-year-old street festival is bigger than ever. The party spans from Broad Street up to 18th and as you might guess by the logo, it’s all about beer, food and music.
The free-to-attend event runs from noon to 8 p.m. and features two music stages, 44 beers and food from South Street restaurants and food trucks.
Beer bracelets are now on sale online and purchasing them now will save you both time and money.
Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah headline a musical lineup that includes national as well as up-and-coming acts.
The weather shows partly cloudy skies and a high of 67. Perfect for outdoor drinking and eating.
Pumpkin Restaurant at 1713 South Street is doing a “just for the fun of it” three-course dinner for $35 tonight.
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The Cambridge on South Street West is revamping its menu for fall. Chef Brendan Fox, who used to work at Barbuzzo has been on the Cambridge team a few months and now he’s rolling out his first full menu. Fox’s menu will venture into house-made cheese and fresh pasta. Fox also is smoking and curing meats in house. Also on Fox’s team is Abby Smith of Prohibition Taproom and Dan Kaufmann of Fork.
Menu highlights and more photos »
Whether it’s staging by this unit’s designer-owner or simply the everyday decor, the interior design of unit 314 at 1352 South Street has a few fresh details we really like. And if any building could use a fresh look, it’s 1352 Lofts, which was unfortunately compromised by the housing crash. Of the 72 units in the building, 42 went to sheriff’s sale. The fact that they’re back on the market now, as the Inquirer’s Al Heavens points out, is ”another sign of the recovery of the Center City condo market.” Hurrah!
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Tonight, Friday, September 13th, Rex 1516 chef Justin Swain is debuting his smoked meats program. Swain has been busy working Rex’s Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker and he will be offering a weekly barbecue special.
first up is a pork shoulder and pork belly duo served with North and South Carolina barbecue sauces plus sides of macaroni salad and baked beans. The entire platter is just $25 and is available tonight through the weekend. Future weekend specials will feature other smoked meats and sides.
Rex 1516 [Official Site]
South Street’s Novita Bistro closed quietly last month but the restaurant space won’t be empty for long. The above poster promises Entree Bistro will be opening on Wednesday, September 11th and will be offering free sangria for the special occasion. Philadelphia Real Estate Blog was able to sit down with first-time restaurateur Kevin Addis who shared his vision for the BYOB. The Johnson & Wales graduate and Ardmore native promises a “simple, seasonal, fresh American restaurant.” Menu prices will range from $10 to $25.
Calexico out of Brooklyn is coming to Philadelphia. The Californian/Mexican border restaurant is opening at 1600 South Street. Jesse Vendley and his brothers came from Southern California and joined forces with New York chef Peter Oleyer to launch a Calexico food cart before the food truck craze really took off. Now the Calexico team has four restaurants and three carts in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The 1600 South Street location marks Calexico’s first foray outside of New York. The restaurant is aiming for a fall opening and will have a liquor license.
Calexico to bring cucina frontera to the G-Ho frontier [Philadelphia Real Estate Blog]
Calexico [Official Site]