Want to Buy a Bar? Downey’s Irish Pub on South Street is For Sale

Downey's at 526 South Front Street | Image: Colliers International

Downey’s at 526 South Front Street | Image: Colliers International

Man, Spike’s Bar Rescue has not been good to the locals over the past few weeks. Michael Klein of The Insider reported last week that Osteria Calabria in Glenside has closed up shop after being renovated and rebranded by Jon Taffer and crew in the fall. A few days later, Colliers International put out a press release that Downey’s Restaurant at Front and South is up for grabs as well.

The popular Irish pub at 526 South Front Street was featured on the show’s first season in 2011 and is instantly recognizable thanks to its green facade and second-floor balcony overlooking the Delaware River (and 95). It’s listed at 10,682 square-feet and the sale includes Read more »

5 Rules for Behaving During Philadelphia Street Festival Season

South Street Festival. Photo | South Street Headhouse District

South Street Festival. Photo | South Street Headhouse District

Somehow, I went almost three decades in this city without having to experience a neighborhood street festival.

Actually, it was easy. I grew up in the Northeast and then spent a good chunk of my 20s in West Philly, two of the most insular communities this side of North Korea. (Go on, ask your friend from Fox Chase to meet you in Center City. I’ll wait.)

But now I find myself renting in Queen Village, an apparently popular part of the city with things to offer and visitors to entertain. If last weekend’s record-breaking South Street Festival was any indication, it’s going to be a long, long summer of improvised trashcans and suspicious puddles.

Want to be a good temporary neighbor? Here’s what to remember before you go back to the ’burbs. (Want to be an even better neighbor? Make some room in that fancy crossover vehicle and bring me with you to the promised land.) Read more »

PHOTOS: South Street Spring Festival Breaks Attendance Records

Saturday had it all: the warm weather we’ve been dying for, sunny, cloudless skies, and an abundance of outdoor to-dos throughout Philly. According to the South Street Headhouse District (SSHD), about 55,000 revelers chose the South Street Spring Festival for their soiree of choice, making it the largest single event on South Street in two decades.

If you were brave enough to jump into the crowd, you saw 150 vendors, 27 artists and 30-plus restaurants and food trucks out and about pimping their wares. There was also a new lawn put in on 2nd Street, where there were games and lounge chairs for the leisurely set. SSHD and HughE Dillon shared some photos from the afternoon. Check them out below:



Win a Chance to Try Out Oculus Rift in Unique Haunted House This Weekend

The film Insidious: Chapter 3 comes out on June 6th, the third installment of the Insidious horror film series. (It’s actually a prequel to the first two movies.)

And there’s a pretty neat promotion for it called the Into the Further 4D Experience. Featuring much-praised Oculus Rift VR technology — now owned by Facebook — the event features actress Lin Shaye (playing Elise Ranier) guiding visitors through a haunted-house type experience. It’s a unique ride that’s certain to scare the heck out of you.

Into the Further 4D will be at the South Street Spring Festival at Headhouse Square from 11am to 8pm on Saturday and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday. Ticket is offering 25 lucky winners two passes each to go see it. Read more »

For Under $1 Million: South Street Townhouse with Adjacent Lot on Kater

Images via Zillow.com

Images via Zillow.com

Now let’s not get greedy here. See, while you could keep the adjacent lot on Kater Street that comes with this property for extra parking, wouldn’t it be better as development site?  Keep in mind the home already includes a garage connected to the private vestibule entrance. And heck, you don’t even have to come with an idea for the lot yourself because three proposed plans have already been drawn up by an architect. Just promise you’ll think about it?

Inside the 2,500-square-foot residence are wood floors, contemporary wet bar, open staircase, Juliet balcony (overlooking South Street), and a wood-burning fireplace. Tile flooring and wood shaker cabinets (some with glass fronts) are in the gourmet kitchen, along with its granite tops and stainless steel appliances: Wolf wall oven, Kitchen-Aid dishwasher, Wolf cooktop, and built-in Kitchen-Aid microwave. There’s also a pass-through to the dining room, which is awash in natural light owing to floor-to-ceiling windows and a set of French doors opening out to the brick-paved garden. Bonus, the finished basement makes for a cozy den with full bathroom and laundry room.

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

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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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Huge Percy Street Condo Has the Size, Location and an Isaiah Zagar Mural

Images by TREND via Redfin/Elfant Wissahickon-Rittenhouse Square

Images by TREND via Elfant Wissahickon-Rittenhouse Square

It’s getting warmer each and every day, and that typically means ones thing: a trip to South Street for a tour of Isaiah Zagar’s wonderland of Philly Magic Gardens. It’s easy to get lost in the garden of bottles, mirrors, bike wheels and plates for hours.

Why not live in a nearby building that boasts its very own Zagar piece? Trust us, it has plenty of space. Read more »

PHOTOS: 84th Annual Easter Promenade on South Street

Rabbits on stilts, marching bands and costume-clad pooches hit the South Street / Headhouse District yesterday afternoon for the 84th annual Easter Promenade. Organizers say the event brought out record crowds to revel in the Easter Sunday sunshine, estimating 2,500 to 3,000 revelers showed up. South Street Headhouse District shared some photos of the event. Check them out below:



 

Video: South Street Idiots Break Jim’s Steaks’ Windows

The moment of impact.

The moment of impact.

Every time we start to believe that South Street might be improving, something like this happens. Just before 3 a.m. on Sunday morning some guys decided it would be fun to pound on and eventually ram into the front windows at cheesesteak institution Jim’s Steaks, breaking two large panes and causing what the owner says was $1,850 in damage. Read more »

Fat Tuesday Flashback: the South Street Mardi Gras Riot of 2001

MARDI GRAS

Mardi Gras revelers vandalize a television news van on South Street in Philadelphia late Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001. About a dozen stores were looted or vandalized as police tried to clear thousands of Mardi Gras revelers from a popular entertainment district.

Easter is early this year, which means Lent is about to start when it’s about 20 degrees outside. That will probably prevent any outdoor celebrations of Mardi Gras today, and everything is scheduled indoors. The rowdiest event seems to be a “bead contest” at Xfinity Live! On South Street, Tattooed Mom’s is holding an Arts and Crafts Happy Hour with proceeds going to Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens.

That wasn’t the case in 2001. Read more »

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