Last night, Bar Rescue’s Lickety Split episode ran on Spike TV. Jon Taffer remade the bar into two concepts, Alleged Pizza on the first floor and upstairs, 2nd State Lounge. Taffer had plenty to be offended about in the episode, from owner Tom Gaylord’s drinking to the storage of pizza dough.
There’s still a long way to go, but Carl Dranoff’s redevelopment plans for the Royal Theater are forging ahead.
Dranoff, if you recall, has been seeking legislative rezoning in order to demolish the historic property and build a new mixed-use structure in its place: a 50-foot tall building with 45 “high-end” rental units, 7,600 square feet of commercial space and a green roof. The Royal’s exterior would be the only original feature kept on Dranoff’s new building.
Now, PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reports that Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has introduced a bill that would allow Dranoff to build his proposed project with additional density along 15th, 16th, South, and Kater streets.
Attention all dancers (and Dance Moms fanatics): Millennium Dance Complex, the world-renown dance studio company, is opening a location in Philadelphia. Located on South Street in the former home of Pearl Arts & Crafts, the 39,000 square feet dance, arts, and fitness complex will open Friday, November 28th. But this isn’t just any old dance studio. The California-based Millennium has made its name by bringing the biggest choreographers in the biz to its studios to teach classes and workshops.
And boy, are they bringing them. Their opening weekend alone features classes instructed by choreographers for Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, and more.
The majority of the studios classes will be drop-in style, covering all genres of dance with monthly master classes. (Check out Property’s coverage for more info on the building and photos.) Since half the A-list utilizes Millennium’s training facilities (located in Dallas, North Hollywood, Chicago and more) dancers may occasionally see a pop star hanging out while on tour to rehearse or scout talent.
Philadelphia-born owner Lori Ramsay Long and her 15-year-old daughter are to thank for the new complex. After spending years driving her daughter to New York for professional-track dance classes, Long wondered why she couldn’t find similar-quality classes a little closer to home. Now young dancers from the region can get top-tier training from a rotating cast of celeb teachers without the lengthy and costly commute.
Despite being a West Coast import, Millennium is fully embracing its South Street surroundings: its four huge studios are named after the letters in “Pearl” and marked with pieces of the art store’s original sign.
Our sweet, beloved Pearl Art & Crafts — another Philly retail stalwart (like Daffy’s and Strawbridge’s and Bonwit’s), whose closure was met with great gnashing of teeth. It seemed like the last vestige of South Street’s artistic, bohemian phase.
But things change and commercial corridors evolve and choreographers who work with Justin Bieber and Beyonce need a place to teach, dammit! Now they have one. Millennium Dance Complex is going to be a massive endeavor entirely devoted to anything and everything related to dance. The 39,000-square-foot space will specialize in workshops and drop-in dance classes that’ll cater to all ages, dance styles and experience level. So even if you think you can’t dance…
Here’s the plan: phase one has a target opening of Nov. 28th. The first floor will have dance studios of various types and windows looking out onto South Street, so that passersby can watch classes. Also:
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Ever dreamed of a summer in Provence? Sipping glass after glass of chilled rosé under the Provençale sun with a large plate of something drenched in olive oil and covered with anchovies in front of you? If you weren’t before, you are now.
Plane tickets to the South of France this time of year are expensive. But starting tonight and ending tomorrow August 7th, Bistrot La Minette wants to make your Provançale fantasy a reality. Executive chef, Kenneth Bush, will be cooking up a four course meal for $35 per person or $50 with wine pairings. The authentic French bistro South Philly will serve as your retreat from the city and it’s not just for francophiles. Check out the full menu below and start planning your trip to South 6th St.
On Saturday afternoon South Street hosted its third annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off, an afternoon of hot dog-eating and beer drinking under the historic Headhouse Market building. By all accounts it was the best-attended Dog Days of Summer event so far. Folks were standing in lines 20- to 30-deep to munch on wieners served up by local joints like Hot Diggity, Brauhaus Schmitz, Serrano, and more.
At the same time, there were a few contests going on—one for the local restaurants serving hot dogs that afternoon, and a topping contest for Philly amateur cooks. Here’s the list of wieners, I mean winners:
1st Place: Chef Michael Stollenwerk of Headhouse Crab & Oyster
Hot Dog: “The Sea Dog” with Sabrett’s hot dog, spicy pepper relish, crab salad, split-top bun, and a splash of Old Bay.
2nd Place: Chef Nick Mezzina of Misconduct Tavern
Hot Dog: “Sriracha Pork Dog” with sweet Sichuan chilli.
3rd Place: Chef Keith Garabedien of Hot Diggity
Hot Dog: “Corn Salsa Dog” with fire-roasted corn, 1732 meats, paprika-bacon salsa, radish tortillas and cilantro.
Amateur Toppings Winners
1st Place: Lily Vamberi
Hot Dog: “Dickmom Dog” with Elixr Coffee BBQ sauce, Kenzinger battered onion strings, roasted long hot relish.
2nd Place: Brant Williams
Hot Dog: “Pho-natic Dog” with pho beef bullion paste, mung bean sprouts, cilantro, Thai basil, thinly sliced jalapenos, lime hoisin.
3rd Place: Gabrierl Raab
Hot Dog: “Tova Dog” with amba Sauce, pickled vegetables, falafel crunch
Chefs Ricardo Rodriguez & Anthony Santiti Jr of Bistro Romano
Hot Dog: “Scala Duck Ragu” with grilled romaine, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, pancetta.
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]
As expected, Big Gay Ice Cream announced at Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs Event that the ice cream business is indeed coming to Philadelphia. The popular ice cream shop is going to be located on the South Street side of the SouthStar Lofts at Broad and South. Kevin Sbraga will be taking up the rest of the ground floor retail with his third restaurant.
Big Gay Ice Cream opened its first store in 2011 in the East Village and added a West Village outpost in 2012. Like Philadelphia, Los Angeles will also be adding a Big Gay Ice Cream in the summer of 2014.
Big Gay Ice Cream [Official]
With delightful weather, celebrating Philly Beer Week outdoors has become a priority. One great spot to do that is at the official PBW Beer Garden at the Headhouse Square Shambles (2nd and Lombard). The beer garden is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and six Pennsylvania brewers are featured this evening.