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Joe Cicala Makes His Comeback With a New Restaurant at the Divine Lorraine

The Divine Lorraine Hotel, a citywide beacon of luxury that fell into disrepair after decades of neglect, reclaimed a measure of its history last year […]


Joe and Angela Cicala Are Popping Up at the Divine Lorraine

Since their somewhat complicated separation with Le Virtù and Brigantessa last summer, chefs Joe Cicala and Angela Ranalli-Cicala have focused on cooking classes, Sunday night […]


The Divine Lorraine, (All But) Ready For Its Closeup

I came to yesterday’s (Wednesday, May 17th) Urban Land Institute Philadelphia-sponsored tour of the Divine Lorraine Hotel prepared to be skeptical, for while I’d seen […]


The Divine Lorraine, Reborn

Maybe it’s the ornate arrangement of windows and balconies. Or the neon sign that loomed dark for 15 years. Or the courtyard that splits the […]


The Divine Lorraine, Getting Ready For Its Closeup

Around the turn of the last century, when the four buildings developer Eric Blumenfeld is in the process of reconstructing were built, North Broad Street […]


Want to Check Out the Divine Lorraine’s Progress? Stop By Wednesday Afternoon

Last September, developer Eric Blumenfeld invited the public to tour the Divine Lorraine Hotel so they could see for themselves that work was actually under […]


Summer Fiction Records Peppy Music Video in Abandoned Divine Lorraine

Archbishop Ryan and LaSalle alum Bill Ricchini (aka Summer Fiction) recorded a series of music videos on a windy afternoon in the Divine Lorraine. He’s debuting one […]


1300 Fairmount Project Moves a Step Forward

Roughly a month after the Divine Lorraine’s groundbreaking, PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reports Philadelphia’s zoning board voted last week in favor of approving the 1300 Fairmount Avenue project, […]


Groundbreaking: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been for the Divine Lorraine

I hopped in a cab at 18th and Market and told the driver, Broad and Ridge Avenue, please, the Divine Lorraine. I then muttered to […]


Divine Lorraine Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for Wednesday

One of the most talked-about development projects at one of the city’s most instantly recognizable buildings is about to get started. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled […]


Divine Lorraine Secures Construction Loan; How About a Papal Blessing?

News came down this week that Eric Blumenfeld had secured a $35 million construction loan to all but officially mark the redevelopment process at the […]


1300 Fairmount Sails Through Design Review, Now Heads to Zoning

1300 Fairmount, a large mixed-use apartment complex planned on the vacant lot that all but wraps the Divine Lorraine on Ridge Avenue, sailed through the […]


They Believed What? Eight Philly Religious Fanatics

For all the mountains of fuss being made over Pope Francis’s impending visit, you’d think we’d never seen a holy man hereabouts. Not true! Pennsylvania […]


Three Mega-Projects Slated for Civic Design Review in September

Let’s delve a little deeper into some major projects facing the increasingly colorful Civic Design Review process, shall we? The meeting starts at 1 p.m. on […]


Historical Commission Gives Thumbs Up to Divine Lorraine Plan

The Historical Commission gave its blessing to Eric Blumenfeld’s plans to revive the Divine Lorraine into a luxury apartment building with four “Vetri-caliber” restaurants split […]