Morning Headlines: Renderings of Proposed South Street Homes Released by JKR Partners

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Renderings by JKR Partners via Naked Philly.

A five-story building with 32 residential units and some retail is proposed for a lot previously used by the Jamaican Jerk Hut on the 1400 block of South Street. This mixed-use project will also be accompanied by three single-family homes and a carriage house (to be constructed directly behind it on Kater Street).

JKR Partners designed the buildings, but may yet have to do some tweaking in coming weeks before anything is set in stone. As brokers for the project, OFC Realty has published project renderings on their website, Naked Philly, and are asking for feedback.

We’ve Got Renderings of the New South Street West Project [Naked Philly]

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Bell’s Beers Take Over the Cambridge


Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26th, Chris and  Heather Fetfatzes, who saw their Hawthornes Cafe closed by fire on Monday, will be hosting a huge Bell’s Brewery takeover at their other bar, the Cambridge.

24 Bell’s beers will be on draft in total, including the highly sought after HopSlam among others. The beers start pouring at 4 p.m. Get there early to taste that Hopslam.

The Cambridge [Foobooz]

Liquor License Spotted on South Street West

1612 South StreetThere is a new liquor license application up in the window at 1612 South Street, a mix-use project that’s nearing completion on the growing South Street West corridor. Jon Adler, who some may know as the former proprietor of Beauty Shop Cafe, is one of the partners in the project. He was tight-lipped about exactly the project will be but does acknowledge it is aiming to be a welcoming place to the neighborhood. Something he certainly achieved at his coffee shop at 20th and Fitzwater.

The restaurant space includes 38-feet of South Street frontage and 5,000 square feet of space including the ground floor and basement.

Adler promises more details as the concept moves along.

One Burger, One Shot and One Beer at Rex 1516

justin swain rex burgerEvery Tuesday, Rex 1516′s chef Justin Swain will reveal the restaurant’s weekly burger special. The burger, which is available on  Tuesday and Wednesday evening at the South Street West restaurant is paired with a shot of Buffalo Trace and a pint of Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Newbold IPA for $15.

This week’s special is smoked sliced brisket, cherry pepper cheese sauce, bibb lettuce, atop Rex 1516′s house ground burger.

Follow chef Swain on Instagram (@swainstache) and Twitter (@JustinSwain), where he will post his creation weekly.

Rex 1516 [Official]


Ants Pants Offering Dinner Deals


Scallop and Mussels Paella at Ants Pants Cafe

South Street West’s Ants Pants Cafe has been serving dinner for awhile now. And now they’re really trying to get your attention with a buy one dinner entree, get one entree for half-price deal.

Ants Pants offers dinner Wednesday through Sunday and is BYOB.

Ants Pants Cafe [Official]

Closings on South Street West

Photo: Naked Philly

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]

Do You Have “The Best Chili in 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:

Cambridge [Foobooz]

Bloktoberfest Is This Saturday

bloktoberfestThis 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.

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