Trinity Tuesday: In Step With the Times in Wash West

1134 Waverly St. #R3, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1134 Waverly St. #R3, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Generally speaking, one of the charms of Philly’s trinities is the whiff of history that hangs about them. They don’t build ’em like this any more, these classic homes that housed the city’s working folk in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

But every once in a while, we run across one where just about the only thing that says “historic” is the trademark tight spiral staircase. These are the updated trinities, whose style cues come from all those new construction homes popping up around them. Read more »

Cheu Noodle Bar Adds Happy Hour, Lunch Combos

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Happy hour snacks at Cheu Noodle Bar | Photo via Cheu Noodle Bar

Cheu Noodle Bar’s Shawn Darragh checks in with some news from Cheu. The Washington Square West noodle heaven is now offering happy hour and lunch combos.

For the first time, happy hour is now being offered. Darragh tells us they’ve always wanted to do happy hour but with the volume  Cheu has done since its opening, the logistics have been difficult to sort out. But now chef Ian Boothman has it under control and happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 5 p.m to 6:30 p.m.

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Two Beer Gardens Debut This Weekend

Last minute prep work at Independence Beer Garden

Last minute prep work at Independence Beer Garden

The first two beer gardens of the season open this weekend. Today, Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden softly opens at 6th and Market and tomorrow marks 8th anniversary and beer garden opening at Memphis Taproom.

Memphis is celebrating inside with some great beers from their cellar plus some of the newest beers in the state. The bar will be pouring four beers from Highway Manor Brewing of Camp Hill, PA. The beers are all all open fermented and barrel aged. The beers will be Mr. Blueberry, Taste My Place, Mr. Strawberry, and Sayjohn Saison.  There will also be bottles on hand for takeout, with labels illustrated by Memphis Taproom’s own Keith Warren Greiman.

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Jawdropper of the Week: 19th-Century Coating, Modern Filling

The first floor interior at 1214 Pine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

The first floor interior at 1214 Pine St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

Many of our Jawdroppers of the Week are houses that are out somewhere on the Main Line or in Bucks County—places where you’ve got space to build a stunning property. This week’s Jawdropper isn’t one of those. It’s located at 1214 Pine Street, right in Washington Square West. At 1,750 square feet, it’s not an exceptionally large property, either. What makes this home jaw-dropping is its design.

The exterior is a standard 19th century façade of red brick and black windows and shutters. As we’ve remarked before, the juxtaposition between the bright red and the deep black makes for a sharp front to your home. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Little House with Big Rooms

This home's current owner uses the first floor space as a dining/sitting room.

This home’s current owner uses the first floor space as a dining/sitting room. | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

It looks like a classic trinity on the outside, and it has the trademark spiral staircase on the inside. But this expanded trinity across from Starr Garden in Washington Square West feels bigger on the inside thanks to its open floor plans on the first and third floors.

Those plans led the home’s current owner to put the living room on the top floor, which is a single open space, and to use what would otherwise have been the living room on the first floor as a dining and sitting room.
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Josh Lawler Closing His The Farm and Fisherman

Colleen and Josh Lawler | Photo by Jason Varney

Colleen and Josh Lawler are closing their BYOB | Photo by Jason Varney

Eater’s Alex Tewfik has the scoop on Josh Lawler’s plans to close his the Farm and Fisherman BYOB on Pine Street. Lawler is closing his vastly popular 30-seat walk-in freezer free restaurant after five-years in order to work on other projects including a second version of his The Farm and Fisherman Tavern and Market plus a bigger place in the city.

No details on when and where the other projects will appear. The Farm and Fisherman will be open till the end of May.

The Farm and Fisherman Closing With Big Plans for the Future [Eater]
The Farm and Fisherman [Foobooz]

Official: P.J. Clarke’s Coming to Curtis Center

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P.J. Clarke’s is coming to the Curtis at 6th and Walnut | Image via Google Street View

It’s official, New York City’s landmark P.J. Clarke’s is coming to the Curtis Center at 6th and Walnut Streets. A news conference today announcing the restaurant and the rebranding of the building as the Curtis was scheduled to be attended by Mayor Jim Kenney and former Governor Ed Rendell. The restaurant is aiming for a summer opening.

P.J. Clarke’s, which has been a dining destination since 1884 in New York City, has recently added multiple locations in New York, Washington D.C. and Brazil. The Philadelphia location will be an anchor for the revitalized Curtis. Keystone Property Group is in the midst of the ground-floor streetscape and atrium refresh. The redevelopment will also see 59 luxury apartments added to the building’s office and retail space.

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Blueprint for Elegance on Chestnut Street

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The great thing about new construction is that it’s all potential: an empty vessel waiting to be filled with your style and dreams.

We recently got wind of a very elegant and refined vessel on Chestnut Street in Washington Square West that already oozes style even before anyone fills it with furniture.

The vessel in question is 725 Chestnut St., the former home of the Philadelphia Blue Print Co., whose name remains in tinted blue glass over the first-floor commercial space. Read more »

Petruce et al Closes

The fire's out at Petruce.

The fire’s out at Petruce.

The writing has been on the wall for awhile now at Petruce et al. The space has been for lease, the et al has scattered. Opening bartender George Costa left the business for central PA fly fishing, general manager Tim Kweeder left for Kensington Quarters and even Justin Petruce left his brother Jonathan to go work for Kevin Sbraga in Jacksonville, Florida.

The restaurant made it through a return engagement of Book of Mormon performing across the street at the Forrest Theater and Valentine’s Day but is now darkened.

The restaurant received excellent reviews but never seemed to receive the following needed to thrive.

Petruce et al remains on the market and will be available for events and collaborations for the time being.

Petruce et al [Foobooz]

Craftsman Row Saloon Officially Opens Today

craftsman-row-facade-940Today, Friday, December 4, brother-and-sister restaurateurs George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, co-owners of Midtown Village’s Opa and Drury Beer Garden, will officially open Craftsman Row Saloon. Craftsman Row replaces the longstanding Coco’s at 112 South 8th Street on Jewelers’ Row. The bar is named for the artisans that work in the area.

The Tsiouris’ have refreshed but certainly not gutted the space that was Coco’s since 1984. Gone is the carpeting (never a good idea in a bar) but much of Coco’s character remains. The facade remains largely intact, although with a brand spanking new canopy adorned with the Craftsman’s logo. The bar itself, still has nameplates of Coco’s regulars at each end. The booths have been reupholstered in dark brown leather. The floor is now distressed black hardwood floors. Faux taxidermy adorns the walls and “campfire-style” pendant lights give the space a comfortable saloon vibe.

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