Morning Headlines: There’s a Construction Boom in University City

4101 Sansom, in development by Campus Apartments. Photo: Laura Kicey

4101 Sansom, in development by Campus Apartments. Photo: Laura Kicey

No doubt new projects sprouting around the city are contributing to Philadelphia’s growth spurt, but University City in particular has been seeing a substantial rise in developments that had last been present decades ago. According to Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal, the neighborhood is getting over $1 billion in funds for new constructions.

Other positives alongside the building boom include:

Jobs and employment have risen, population grown, housing stock increased, the number of restaurants and retailers crept up and the amount of office inventory has expanded and maintains an enviable 96 occupancy rate, according to University City’s latest annual report. An abundance of development activity is underway and billions of dollars more will eventually be set in motion.

Among the projects planned to help revitalize the West Philly neighborhood even further are the 40th St. trolley station renovation, which is a collaboration between the University City District, SEPTA, and various city agencies.

University City on the rise [Business Journal]

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Sneak Peek at United by Blue’s New Walnut Street Location

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Just one year after the eco-conscious coffee shop and clothier opened their flagship in Old City, they’ve expanded into University City with a new location at 3421 Walnut Street. “It’s been in the works for the past six months now,” says founder Brian Linton. It’s not open yet, but Shoppist got a sneak peek at what’s in store and we’ve returned with lots of snaps to share.

You need to see this place.

Fat Ham Begins Sunday Supper

Hot Chicken | Photo by Jason Varney

Hot Chicken | Photo by Jason Varney

Starting Sunday, October 5th, the Fat Ham will serve up Sunday suppers for all you Southern comfort food lovers who have somehow found yourselves in Philadelphia’s dining scene.

Chef Kevin Sbraga will cook up a three-course dinner of family-style food designed for parties of two or more. The Supper costs $30 per person, but will definitely fill you up to top off the end of the weekend. The Supper begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. The Sunday supper menu is the only menu served on Sundays at the Fat Ham.

Check out October 5th’s Sunday Supper menu »

This Weekend: Zavino Launches A New Brunch Service

zavinospreadEverybody loves brunch, right?

Well, starting this Saturday, October 4th, Zavino in University City will begin serving its weekly brunch menu, available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Complete with $4 Mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys, the brunch will also have a Make-Your-Own Mimosa Bar.  Guests can also get their morning back on track with the fresh-juiced Hangover Cure for $5, featuring kale, cucumber, apple and ginger juices. The brunch will feature chef Carlos Aparicio’s full menu of Italian fare, complemented by a selection of new brunch additions.

Brunch dishes will change frequently to reflect the freshest ingredients, but will likely include stuff like bacon and egg pizza with habanero cheddar, bacon, eggs and sofrito; a breakfast calzone with eggs, sausage, potatoes, peppers and onions; a Frittata of the Day, prepared with farm-fresh ingredients; ricotta pancakes with seasonal fruit; homemade brioche french toast with maple-walnut syrup; and cinnamon rolls baked fresh to order.

Dishes will range in price from $8 to $16.

Zavino [f8b8z]

CoZara Celebrates Sake with Four-Course Dinner

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Drunken Zama sake

Looks like Japan celebrates made up food and drink holidays too. Tomorrow, October 1st is National Sake Day in Japan, so if you needed any more of an excuse to indulge in sushi or sake, here’s the go-ahead.

CoZara is hosting a four-course, $35 dinner from 5 p.m. until close in honor of the Japanese holiday. The University City izakaya will welcome Nanbu Bijin Sake to pair with the dishes. Nanbu Bijin is the company that produces Zama private label sake, “Drunken Zama.” 

Check out the special menu »

Marigold Kitchen Reopens Tonight

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Marigold Kitchen reopens tonight. The restaurant had closed after chef-owner Robert Halpern moved to California. Halpern then sold the restaurant to his chefs de cuisine, Tim Lanza and Andrew Kochan. Chef Keith Krajewski remains on as the executive chef.

The concept from Halpern’s version of Marigold Kitchen remains pretty much intact. There is no menu, just a question about food allergies or aversions. Then courses of modernist dishes come pouring out of the kitchen. The dinner is $90 per person and reservations can be made online.

One of the plates on the opening menu will be the dish shown above, wild striped sea bass with white bean, egg yolk, pepper and olive.

Marigold Kitchen [Foobooz]

CoZara Serves Sushi Starting Today

CoZara, located at 33rd and Chestnut Streets on Drexel University’s campus has added a sushi, maki and sashimi menu available for lunch and dinner. The additions are a concession to the izakayas original concept. When CoZara opened, the restaurant focused on small plates, kushi, rice and noodle dishes. Chef/owner Zama Tanaka admitted, “once people hear that we serve Japanese food, they have been coming to us looking for sushi.”

Check out the full new menu below. But first, here’s a pretty picture of said sushi:

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Drexel Dragon Roll and the UPenn Roll.

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Where We’re Eating : City Tap House

City Tap HouseCity Tap House has been on a bit of a tear lately. For the past year or so — ever since chef Chad Vetter took over the kitchen — the beer bar has been showing new culinary aspirations. Sure, there are still nachos on the menu, and chicken wings and other snacks friendly to the 60-plus beers on tap. But those wings are rubbed with a house blend of 10 spices, and the nachos are crowned with pulled pork and topped with a Walt Wit white cheddar sauce. What’s more, Vetter does shrimp-topped fried green tomatoes, and chicken and waffles with honey-thyme butter. And as if all that isn’t enough to convince people this is a perfectly respectable place to settle in for dinner and drinks, he recently added a spread of new gourmet pizzas topped with everything from Cantimpalo chorizo to Benton’s ham, peaches and arugula.

Oh, and you know. There’s still beer, too.

City Tap House [Foobooz]

Morning Headlines: 40th Street Trolley Station Redesign Plan Gets More Funding

Photo credit: University City District website.

Rendering of the planned renovation.
Photo credit: University City District website.

According to the Daily Pennsylvanian’s Sophia White, the University City District, which has been fundraising for the 40th Street trolley station redesign project since 2012, has “raised $1.4 million of its $2 million goal.” Added to this sum is a recent $6,500 award to the project, courtesy of PECO and Natural Lands Trust.

White reports that Lori Brennan, UCD’s spokesperson, sees the renovation as ideal given its location as a “crossroads of economy-shaping institutions and job-creating commercial corridors” and “key access point that allows residents of the region to efficiently commute to Philadelphia’s central business district.” UCD hopes to see the station’s potential through. From DP:

UCD wants the space to better reflect the dynamic neighborhood that the station introduces. Traveling from Center City into West Philadelphia, SEPTA trolley riders currently emerge from a dark tunnel to face a bleak acre of underused space. But after the renovations, this unattractive first impression will become a “vibrant and social space, featuring trees, movable tables and chairs, native horticulture, artful lighting and boulders for creative play,” Brennan said.

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