Spotted: Progress at South Street’s Beer Garden

The PHS is returning to the 1500 block of South Street.

The PHS is returning to the 1500 block of South Street | Photo via Erin Wallace

Work continues at the site of last summer’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society beer garden at 16th and South. This year, Barren Hill Brewery is the partnering with the beer garden and is promising an exclusive beer crafted for the pop-up. Philadelphia-based Dietz and Watson will also be serving its products at the beer garden that promises a “Bohemian flair,” complete with wooden trellis, container gardens and lots of different greenery.

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Roberto Cafe Becoming Ti Penso

ti-penso-400Roberto Cafe at 2108 South Street has closed and is under renovation. The BYOB will reopen under new management and with the name Ti Penso which, according to Google Translate, means “I think of you” in Italian.

When we get more details, we’ll be sure to let everyone know.

Ti Penso [Foobooz]

Locations of All Three PHS Beer Gardens Announced


PHS’s South Street beer garden is back in 2015 with a new look.

UPDATE: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society informs us that these beer gardens are not finalized as contracts have not been signed, Ts crossed and Is dotted.

In our Guide to Philadelphia’s Seasonal Beer Gardens, we told you that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) would be hosting three beer gardens this summer. And now we have the locations and details.

Last year’s South Street beer garden will return to 1438 South Street. This season will feature “Bohemian flair” as designed by designer Karen Regan of Tallulah & Bird. This year, the South Street beer garden will include wooden trellis, container gardens, large palm and banana trees and Jack-in-the-pulpit relatives that will rise five-feet tall. The space will also offer public and private spaces, a first for a PHS pop-up garden. Look for beers from Barren Hill Brewery to be offered throughout the summer. Barren Hill will also work with Wyndridge Farm, creator of PHS Cider on an exclusive beer for the garden.

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This Weekend: Spring Has Sprung So Let’s Get Drunk


I’m almost afraid that writing this publicly will jinx it, but it’s supposed to be 79 degrees and sunny this Saturday (April 18), which means it’s officially T-shirt weather (and that means everyone’s arms will be out, and who doesn’t love a good view of arms?).

But springtime means something else in addition to visible arm flesh: pub strolls (and allergies, but lets just talk about bar crawls.) Namely, the South Street West Business Association Pub Stroll this Saturday from 1-7pm.

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Founding Fathers Sports Bar Opens Today


Inside Founding Fathers during last night’s pre-opening party.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill opens today. The bar is located at 1612 South Street and features a clean design and a lot of very big TVs.

Owners Owners Jon Adler and Sam Brouwer swing open the doors at 5 p.m. with a full bar and flowing beer taps. The kitchen will be bringing out complimentary food this evening and start full food service tomorrow at noon.

Founding Fathers will add brunch down the line and looks to cater to the neighborhood. Al Anderson, who has previously worked at Johnny Brenda’s and South Philly Taproom is the man in the kitchen.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill [Foobooz]

PHS Pop-Up Garden Brings in 50,000 Visitors


This Old City looks at the economic impact of this season’s pop-up garden by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. More than 52,000 people visited the beer garden on the 1400 block of South Street. That was more than twice the number of people who attended the Broad Street location in 2013. And the visitors didn’t just benefit PHS. This Old City reports that it benefited other businesses in the area, including those that already had liquor licenses, like Bob & Barbara’sBob Dix, the manager of the bar said:

It felt like we were looking at the future of the neighborhood. Middle of the summer, people didn’t have to go down to beach. It was like a mini-vacation. It jumpstarted a lot of new connections in the neighborhood, including for Bob & Barbara’s

Check out the whole article for more.

Economic Impact: The PHS pop-up brought more than 50,000 people to South Street West [This Old City]

REX 1516’s Burger Series for October

am burger rex 1516REX 1516’s Citywide Special Burger Series has been a big success and the South Street restaurant has just announced its upcoming participants.

Today, FOX 29’s Good Day co-hosts Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley have collaborated to create the AM (Alex and Mike) Burger. It’s topped with Maglio breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese and finished with a fried egg.

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Tonight: Foobooz Burger at Rex 1516

The Welsh Medium Rarebit

The Welsh Medium Rarebit | Available only tonight at Rex 1516

Tonight, Tuesday, September 2nd, Rex 1516’s Justin Swain is taking my idea for a Welsh Rarebit burger and turning it into a reality.

The Welsh Medium Rarebit is stuffed with a fontina, mustard, Worcestershire mix and then topped with caramelized onions and a caraway beer cheese. Get it, a beer and shot of whiskey for $15. 

The Welsh Medium Rarebit kicks off another month of special Tuesday night burgers at Rex. Next week will feature a burger created by Philadelphia Eagles first-round draft pick Marcus Smith. September 16th’s burger will be by Zagat’s Danya Henninger. September 23rd will have Jonathan Deutsch, Professor and Director of Drexel’s Center for Hospitality & Sport Management coming up with a burger and on September 30th, Mike Jerrick of FOX 29 will be taking his shot.

Rex 1516 [Foobooz]

Rex 1516 Continues Guest Burger Series

sabatino-burgerRex 1516 is continuing its guest burger chef series through August. This month, chefs Jeremy Nolen, Kevin Sbraga and George Sabatino will be participating.

Sabatino, who’s Aldine project is moving forward, will be the featured chef tonight. He’s crafted “the Livin’ La Vida Local” burger that’s topped with heirloom chile relish, Green Aisle summer pickle medley and fresh Jersey milk cheese.

The burger costs $15 and includes a pint of Newbold IPA and a shot of Buffalo Trace. Each week, the burger and an accompanying pun will be posted on chef Justin Swain’s Instagram feed

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Where We’re Eating: Entrée

10426775_297268180436020_6488720356301115488_n One recent evening, after picking up a four-pack of Allagash at Cambridge — the go-to place in this ’hood for quality takeout beer — I wandered with a friend into Entrée, a BYOB that opened in September. We weren’t expecting much. It was prime dinnertime, but the restaurant was empty, and the chef and his lone server were sitting out front. As things turned out, even if our expectations had been moderately high, they would have been exceeded. From the perfect calamari with slivered sweet peppers (one of my favorite versions in a city with many great calamari plates) to the pan-seared cornish hen to the pan-roasted halibut, everything was meticulously executed, yet presented simply and unpretentiously. Another win for the western end of South Street.

Entree Bistro [Foobooz]

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