The Fat Ham Adds Lunch and Happy Hour

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Lunch is back at the Fat Ham | Pimento cheese with grilled country bread

Beginning today, the Fat Ham is offering lunch and happy hour. Kevin Sbraga’s Southern restaurant in University City is offering lunch weekdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lunch includes the Fat Ham burger, shrimp and grits, pork belly and a hot chicken sandwich.

Happy hour consists of $4 snacks, discounted beers, wines and cocktails.

Check out the Fat Ham’s lunch and happy hour menus »

Will Paint For Food: Shake Shack Looking For Local Artists

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The Shake Shack in University City is having an art contest and it works like this: from now until January 31st, anyone who feels touched by the cheeseburger muse can create an original work of Shake Shack inspired art, drop it off at the University City Shack (32nd and Chestnut) on any day of the week (and at any time except the lunch and dinner rushes, 11:30am-2pm and 6pm-8pm), and it’ll get hung on the walls.

But wait, there’s more

3737 Chestnut Is About to Top Off, Set for August Opening

3737 Chestnut, Image courtesy Radnor Property Group

3737 Chestnut, Image courtesy Radnor Property Group

3737 Chestnut, touted as University City’s first market-rate high-rise residential complex, is about to celebrate its “topping off” ceremony next week on January 14 at 1:30 p.m. The project broke ground a little over a year ago and occupancy of the 25-story, 276 unit mixed-use apartment tower with ground-floor retail is expected in August of this year.

Radnor Property Group and non-profit Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral are partners in the development of the tower, which will cater towards “urban professionals and graduate students” (Millennials). The partnership is important, as the project also includes the construction of a three-story office building, a community center, an early learning childcare facility and improvements to the 19th-century Cathedral building, according to a press release about the topping off ceremony.
Check out the designs of the apartments!

Tale of the Tape: Train Wreck at Beck’s Cajun Cafe

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As Serious Eats pointed out in its rundown of Philadelphia cheesesteaks, under seasoning is a big issue. Even spots that aren’t just phoning it in often lack adding any salt or pepper. Under seasoning is not an issue on the Train Wreck at Beck’s Cajun Cafe. This Philadelphia take on the Po Boy adds Andouille sausage and salami to the traditional cheesesteak.

Today we take the Train Wreck for a spin and see how the Creole take on the cheesesteak stacks up.

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Morning Headlines: University City Leads the City In New Office Construction

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It’s official: University City is in a construction boom and we have the numbers to prove it thanks to the University City District’s annual State of University City report.

According to their findings, not only has their been a huge surge in the neighborhood’s population, but there are thirty-two new development projects that were “advanced or completed” during this cycle alone, totaling to “6.9 million sq. ft. of new office, research, residential, academic and medical facilities in addition to nearly 2.2 acres of public space.”

Naked Philly’s Lou Mancinelli points out that the biggest increase in new University City construction has been in private investment, which has earned the neighborhood first place when it comes to office construction in the Philadelphia: “82% of all office construction in the region taking place in UC.”

Related to that, the report also found that office occupancy was highest in UC than any other submarket in Philadelphia (the report says there are twenty-seven), boasting 96% occupancy.

All in all, the last five years has brought University City 9.99 million square feet of real estate projects. Check out the full report here to get a full visual of UC’s growth, as well as the housing graph below.

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University City Gets a New Sandwich Joint

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Jake’s Sandwich Board is celebrating the grand opening of its second location in University City at 40th and Sansom Streets on December 1st, at 11 a.m. And if you’re one of the first 500 students to show up and show ID, you’ll be getting a mini bottle of Sriracha, oh yeah.

And if that’s not enough, on December 3, co-owners Gary Dorfman and Sean Stein will be hosting a Three For All – offering $3 sandwiches (any sandwich on the menu) for 3 hours (from 12 noon until 3 p.m.).

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BIG A$@ Brunch at City Tap House

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Head over to the City Tap House in University City on Sunday, November 9th from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for a Big A$@ Brunch after a long a$@ weekend.

Celebrating the release of DuClaw Colossus, a high-gravity hybrid beer, City Tap House will be hosting a massive brunch that will include a slew of brews (at least four high-gravity beers on tap) and a menu of giant-sized brunch items from Chef Chad Vetter.

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Makeover at White Dog Cafe in University City

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White Dog Cafe in University City recently completed a yearlong renovation in which the restaurant updated each of its rooms.

The bar was refinished and new barstools and chairs were brought in. The hallway into the dining rooms is now a bright emerald green and each of the dining rooms has been updated. The White Dog’s whimsical dog theme should now be on par with the dog room at Dandelion, and that’s saying something.

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