Remember when “modern Spanish tapas” restaurants were all the rage? It was a grand ol’ time (in the early ’00s), when chefs could charge big mark-ups on tiny bites of food dressed in micro-greens, stamp the word “tapas” on it, and sling it out into the dining room where hungry guests would crowd around three peas on a shiny earthenware share-plate and call it a night. We loved it. Ate it up. Small plates? How European.
And then, we — like we always do — got bored of it. Sure, Amada, Tinto, and Jamonera are all still there, alive and well. But we maxed out with our frou-frou Spanish restaurants, and slowly but surely, the tapas craze came to an end.
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This architect’s rendering shows what 1520-22 Chestnut might look like once renovations are complete. | Rendering courtesy PH Retail Partners
“We’re bullish on Center City, and anytime we see an opportunity, we’re going to pursue it.”
That statement from Matt Pestronk explains in a nutshell why PH Retail Partners, the commercial real estate affiliate of Post Brothers, just purchased two properties on prime retail blocks west of Broad Street.
One, at the corner of 15th and Walnut streets, consists of three buildings with street-level retail and office space above. Two of the three retail spots are occupied, one by AT&T Mobility and the other by Club Monaco. The third space, whose last long-term tenant was a Puma store, currently has a pop-up tenant occupying the space. The other, a two-story retail building at 1520-22 Chestnut St., has been vacant since a Dollar Tree store closed last fall. Read more »
On the surface, Warby Parker opening a new location on Walnut Street isn’t huge news. Sure, having the tech-based eyeglasses startup in town brings in more tax revenue, raises the city’s cool factor, and ups our retail game another notch. But it means a whole lot more than that. It’s a sign that Center City’s retail landscape has changed in a big way.
First of all, it’s going into the old Le Bec-Fin space at 1523 Walnut. For years, Le Bec-Fin was the pinnacle of fine dining in Philadelphia led by legendary chef Georges Perrier. But times change, tastes change, and it finally closed in 2013. Chef Justin Bogle tried to resurrect the space as the more modern Avance but that closed after just 10 months. Read more »
1527-33 Walnut Street | Rendering via Pearl Properties, DAS
Plans are starting to take shape for two key properties on the corner of 16th and Walnut, as owner Pearl Properties is busy working on designs for 1527 and 1529-33 Walnut Street–the former site of Lululemon and current home of the Brown Brothers Harriman Co. building, respectively.
“We are very excited and are still working on our final designs with our architect, DAS,” said James Pearlstein, the “Pearl” in Pearl Properties, in an email. ” Our plan is a mixed use residential apartment project anchored by two large retail spaces, Under Armour on the corner and an additional retailer to the east.”
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TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Preferred
A roof deck and high speed elevator of some of the things residents in this “boutique building” on Walnut get to share, but the biggest bonus is probably its location: the residence is right off Rittenhouse Square.
This unit–no. 7–also has the added measure of brand new appliances in its quartz counter-topped kitchen. Bathrooms consist of porcelain tile flooring and shower surround, as well as wet bed shower floors.
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The latest and greatest iPhone goes on sale tomorrow, and people are excited. It’s a new Apple product! Even if it were a really stupid product no one actually needs (say, a futuristic watch), people will always get excited for a new Apple release. Many have preordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but others have decided to queue up for it. Foobooz editor Arthur Etchells counted 13 people in line already for the new iPhones.
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UPDATE, 9 p.m.: This evening I spoke with Caryn Kunkle, one of the first people to post on social media about the attack. She says she has been long-time friends with both victims. Although she was unwilling to provide their names, she did tell me that the men are 30 and 31 and described them as “tall, masculine-looking dudes.” Kunkle said the men were walking home when a group of approximately eight to ten young people bumped into them. After a very brief verbal confrontation where one of the attackers asked if the men were boyfriends, the group physically struck.
“It went from 0 to 100 miles per hour,” she said. “They were calling them ‘fucking faggots’ and everything.”
According to Kunkle, one of the victims fractured both his cheekbones and jawbone, and has a 2-inch laceration from his nose to inside his lip; he is scheduled to go into surgery Sunday morning.
Kunkle also said that the Special Victims Unit is involved and that they should be issuing a statement within the next several days.
ORIGINAL: According to posts on Facebook and Twitter earlier today, a gay couple were attacked by a gang of eight to 12 people at 15th and Walnut streets at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday night:
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Every fashion girl in the city let out a cheer when Vince finally opened its Rittenhouse doors last week. To finally rid Walnut Street of the long-faded gaudy glory of Juicy Couture was a relief. To hear that it was being replaced by the simple luxury of Vince was nearly impossible to comprehend. It was like discovering your smelly slob of a neighbor was moving out and Ryan Gosling was moving in.
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Images via Calypso St. Barth.
The folks over at Racked Philly just reported that Calypso St. Barth is set to open on Walnut Street before the end of the month. The women’s brand is known for its luxury resort-style wear (read: lots of flowy, colorful pieces) and it’s reported that the store will also stock an array of exotic home furnishings. We just perused the brand’s website and their pseudo-bohemian looks have us seriously excited.
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Our guide to what’s happening on Philly stages in May.
When a play has one of the writers from Fox’s hit show New Girl you know it’s going to be good. Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still is the story of everything gone wrong. Main character Sherry is down in the dumps until she gets a job as a substitute art teacher. While this seems like a turn for the better, things won’t start looking up until her mother, her sister, her first therapy patient, and her new boss get their acts together. Also, there’s an escaped tiger. Variety says, “Rosenstock writes clever comic dialogue in a voice that is too smart to be cute. There’s something both sad and wise, after all, about redefining a ‘mellow’ mood as meaning ‘paralyzed with depression.'” Through May 25th, $20-$25, Azuka Theatre, 1636 Sansom Street.
Jose Rivera presents Brainpeople, a play about Mayannah, a rich young woman with dark intentions. Every year she invites two strangers to join her for a dinner to honor the passing of her parents. If the strangers are able to last until the end of dinner they will receive $20,000. Seems like easy money, right? No, because there’s always a catch, and there’s no such thing as easy money. It stars Amanda Grove, Jessy Gruver, and Barrymore Award winner Amanda Schoonover. Through May 24th, $20-$25, Luna Theater Company, 620 South 8th Street.
Who doesn’t love some Oedipussy? “Rated R for ridiculousness,” Oedipussy is a comedic spin on a Greek tragedy. The performance is like a stew of Barbarella, James Bond, physical comedy, and creative storytelling. This play will be making a stop at the Family Dysfunction junction. The Guardian writes, “Riotous laughter. Funny but shocking.” And Curio’s artistic director says he chose Oedipussy because of "its broad appeal to audiences of all kinds. For those that know the story of Oedipus – it digression from the plot is truly hysterical.” Through May 24th, $20-$25, Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Avenue.
The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training debuted in 2011, and the first class of the groundbreaking two-year program graduated in 2013. Now those students are making names for themselves on the local live-arts scene. Alex Bechtel’s musical The West saw a successful March run. And this month, Jess Conda (left) stars in Brat Productions’ The Future, a prog-rock parable about a time to come when we can’t breathe the air and our body parts are removable, told in the edgy French bouffon cabaret style for which Pig Iron is so well known. If you like your theater safe, go elsewhere. But if you prefer its more dangerous side, seek out The Future. May 16th to 18th, The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street. —Victor Fiorillo
If vintage is more your flavor, then this is the show for you. The Five Minute Follies features stage variety shows, cabarets, and more vaudeville realness in the Philadelphia area. This upcoming performance will feature Sidetracked, as well as a slew of other performers. European imports, the Sidetracked pair is comprised of Kimberlie Cruse and Shoshanna Hill. Their comedy and participation from the audience will entertain both children and adults alike. Click here for a promo of Sidetracked in action. May 18th, $15 (advance)-$18 (door), Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street.
Garett Schiefer and Holly Porch.
This seven-time Tony Award winner is always a crowd-pleaser. Set in the 1960s, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying tells the story of a young window cleaner who uses a guidebook to shoot up the proverbial ladder. On the way he encounters hostile colleagues, and even some sexy secretaries. Me-ow! This blast from the past has achieved so much success for a reason. May 13th-July 13th, Price Varies Per Seat, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street.
Looking for something else? We’ve compiled a good list of local events happening now through June in our Philadelphia Event Listings. Check it out here.