We were impressed back in October 2012 when we learned that Center City red meat emporium Del Frisco’s had purchased nearly $900,000 worth of wine and spirits through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board the year prior. But in our most recent report, Del Frisco’s (and two other spots) break the $1 million mark.
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Apertivo is an Italian tradition where bars and restaurants offer small free buffets while they sell drinks at full price. Apertivo at Bufad is how a Philadelphia BYOB makes the event work for them.
This sunday night, the 13th and Spring Garden pizzeria is offering a $10, all-you-can-eat buffet that includes antipasti (beets, carrots, pickled fennel, boiled eggs, roasted olives), chicken liver pate, Roman slices of pizza and roast pork. You bring the apertif of your choice and Bufad will provide the non-alcoholic mixers. The mixers will include grapefruit and mint, strawberry and basil, and lemon and tarragon.
Apertivo runs from 8 p.m. to close on Sunday, May 12th. Salute!
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Check out the week’s most interesting posts on Philadelphia magazine’s real estate blog, Property. University City has been without a liquor store since the Wine & Spirits shop closed on Market Street at 40th Street. But now comes word that a new state store will open in a mixed-use building spanning 43rd Street from Sansom to Chestnut.
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It’s a pretty big deal that Pennsylvania distillers can now sell their own liquor. Heck it’s still a big deal that you can legally distill in Pennsylvania. And that the first licensed female distiller in the country since prohibition is from Pennsylvania, huge deal.
And now comes word that distiller Joan Verratti and her partner Tom Cavaliere are planning on opening a shop selling her Pollyodd spirits on East Passyunk. It’ll be take-out only, but in-shop samples will be doled out prior to purchase. Pollyodd is a line of 18 after-dinner drinks. Think limoncello, and lime, orange, or chocolate flavored liqueurs, and others of the sort. Each frosted bottle is preservative-free, containing only water, sugar, alcohol and natural flavoring, and will run around $26-$28 each.
Limoncello on the Avenue. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Limoncello Shop Opening on the Avenue? [Passyunk Post via Meal Ticket]
Continuing in our data mining of PLCB wine and spirits data, here are the eight establishments at Philadelphia International Airport that have purchased the most wine and spirits. Vino Volo comes in number one with wine purchases of $383,746 in 2011.
We’ve procured Pennsylvania Liquor Board sales information from 2011 and over the next few days we’ll be mining some of that data. Here’s how Stephen Starr’s empire breaks down. In 2011 the Starr organization bought more than $4.6 million in wine and spirits from the state of Pennsylvania. A little, surprising, Parc was the largest purchaser and accounted for 17% of the bill.
First there was ROOT. Then there was SNAP. Now, the folks at Art In the Age are telling us that they’re coming out with another spirit in July. But they won’t tell us the friggin’ name! Or what it’s made out of. So we need your help.
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Snoop Dogg is appearing today from 3 to 4pm at the Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits store at 1218 Chestnut Street where he’ll be promoting Landy Cognac. Snoop has been promoting Landy Cognac since 2008. 750ml bottles will be available for $21.99.
Snoop Dog signs Cognac Monday [Philly Gossip]