A Face-Saving Gesture for the Royal Theater

The South Street facade of the planned residential-retail development. | Rendering: JKRP Architects

The South Street facade of the planned residential-retail development. | Renderings: JKRP Architects

We now know what the residential project that will rise behind the front wall of the Royal Theater in the 1600 block of South Street will look like.

That’s because the site’s owner, Sarasota, Fla.-based developer and medical research backer Robert Roskamp is ready to proceed with the project, which hews closely to plans developer Carl Dranoff had been discussing with Universal Companies head Kenny Gamble last summer.

According to a news report on Philly.com today, the project, which will go before Civic Design Review tomorrow (Tuesday, May 2nd), will consist of 57 apartments in a six-story structure to be built behind the South Street theater’s facade plus seven three-story townhouses at the rear of the theater site, fronting on Kater Street. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Living Color in Rittenhouse for $425K

1639 Addison St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

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 »

South Street’s Tio Flores Starts Brunch

Desayunos Tacos kick off brunch at Tio Flores

Desayunos Tacos kick off brunch at Tio Flores

Tio Flores, the Mexican joint from the team behind Hawthornes and Cambridge is kicking off brunch service this weekend.

Served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the menu offers plenty of huevos and even a Mexican spin around French toast.

And since it isn’t brunch without some booze, Tio Flores is offering the standard Bloody Mary and Bloody Maria, plus a Mexican Chili Hot Cocoa that you can spike with XO Patron.

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Trinity Tuesday: Up on the Roof in Rittenhouse

1538 Rodman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1538 Rodman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The strict definition of a “trinity” is a home with three floors, each of those floors having just one room (the bathroom doesn’t count). Basements, being common features in 19th- and early 20th-century homes, don’t count against the total, and in many trinities, like today’s featured home, later owners put the kitchen down there.

Those who didn’t usually added an ell onto the back of the trinity for the kitchen. Some other later owners then built on top of the ell, creating the “expanded trinity” — one whose rooms were larger, or which had two rooms on each floor.

This week’s featured trinity has been “expanded” in a different way: Meet the four-story trinity, whose fourth floor has no roof. Read more »

Bloktoberfest Returns This Saturday

Bloktoberfest: block party happens this Saturday | Photo via Bloktoberfest

Bloktoberfest: block party happens this Saturday | Photo via Bloktoberfest

Bloktoberfest returns to South Street for the 8th edition of the beer, food, music block party. The blockbuster street festival happens this Saturday, October 15th from noon to 9 p.m. South Street will be closed off from Broad Street to 18th Street for local vendors serving craft beer, local eats and a variety of neighborhood initiatives.

Bloktoberfest is free to attend but all festival-goers will need a beer bracelet and beer tickets. A bracelet is $15 in advance and includes three drink tickets. A bonus beer ticket comes with five drinks for $25 in advance ($30 day of). Get your tickets online now.

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Spotted: Yeeroh Modern Greek Grill on South Street

Yeeroh at 1412 South Street | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Yeeroh at 1412 South Street | Photo by Arthur Etchells

A banner on the side of 1412 South Street promises “Yeeroh: Modern Greek Grill” is coming to the long abandoned building. We reached out to owner Yiannys Degermentzidis who tells us it is too early to comment yet on the business. This, despite the countdown clock on Yeeroh’s website now dropping below 90 days. 

Converting an abandoned building to working restaurant in 90 days seems like a gargantuan task to us, but we’re looking forward to trying Yeeroh, a phonetic take on how to pronounce “gyro,” whenever it opens.

In the meantime, Yeeroh is hosting a snapchat contest where if you take a picture of the banner hanging in front of the storefront and send it to @YEEROH, you can get a voucher for a free sandwich or tray on opening day.

Yeeroh [Foobooz]

PHS South Street Pop-Up Garden Announces Fall Plans


Photo via Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Has the summer heat had you avoiding any outdoor activity? Have you felt a little guilty about not being to the PHS South Street Pop-Up Garden in weeks? Well let it be known you will have all the way to the end of October to enjoy the idyllic garden. And there will be plenty of events to keep you entertained. In fact the fire pits have already arrived. S’mores, anyone?

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Trinity Tuesday: A Pure Example of the Form in Rittenhouse Square

1922 Naudain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1922 Naudain St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

If we wanted to be really obnoxious about it, we should leave those kitchen-in-the-basement trinities out of the running for consideration for our Trinity Tuesday feature. After all, that makes the classic three-stacked-rooms home a four-stacked-rooms one, and somehow, “quadranity” doesn’t have the same ring to it.

But the kitchen in the basement is one of the traditional ways trinity owners have fixed the house type’s chief flaw, namely, the lack of a decent place to cook. This relatively spacious trinity near Rittenhouse Square offers the purest example we’ve seen in a while of the other main approach. Read more »

15th and South Beer Garden Rocks Its First Weekend

Food at the PHS Pop Up on South Street

Quesadillas, barbecue chicken, ships and salsa and the Khyber’s Pulled Pork BBQ | Photo via PHS

The PHS South Street Pop-Up Beer Garden officially opened last Wednesday, but did so by the skin of its teeth. The Khyber Pass Pub backed beer garden saw the last contractors leave the garden just a half-hour before the first guests arrived. But by Saturday, things were humming along. The draft cocktails were pouring, the kitchen was popping out Khyber Pass Pub Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches and vegan meatball sandwiches. The benches were packed and everyone seemed to be having a great time on our several visits.

This week the beer garden begins its full programming with Margarita Mondays and more.

Events and menus at the South Street pop-up »

Pop-Up Beer Garden Coming to Rail Park

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A PHS pop-up garden is coming to the foot of the Rail Park. | Image via Google Maps

This summer, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society plans to open two pop-up beer gardens, a return to 15th and South streets plus a new park at the foot of the Philadelphia Rail Park.

Thanks to a $360,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphians will get their first extended interaction with the planned Rail Park. A pop-up garden is set for 10th and Hamilton streets, at the base of the Reading Viaduct. Today, the area is a tangle of crumbling concrete, overgrown lots and decay, but with the help of PHS and noted landscape architect Walter Hood, the project aims to merge the post-industrial structure with urban green space. The pop-up will raise awareness for the creation of the Rail Park as it blends art, history and horticulture. The location is convenient to live music venues Union Transfer and Underground Arts, as well as the Chinatown and Callowhill neighborhoods. Perhaps even more so than the other PHS pop-ups, this location will challenge the way Philadelphians interact with and envision their urban spaces. Read more »

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