We've never been to Chima, but we've heard good things from friends that are fond of the unlimited meat on a stick experience. Soon though, the Brazilian steakhouse could disappear from its longtime home at the Kennedy House, at the corner of 20th & JFK.
Looking east on JFK
A posting went up in December on Loopnet, advertising that the space was available for rent. At the time, Michael Klein chimed in, noting that the steakhouse was in negotiations with their landlord on a new lease, perhaps seeking a reduction in their monthly rent. If those negotiations were successful, Chima was planning a renovation effort inside, with improvements to the bar and VIP section on the docket. Klein also indicated that February could be a deadline for the negotiations, and last we checked we've got four days left in the month and the Loopnet posting remains intact. And while we're hopeful that the business and the landlord can cross the finish line, we have to consider the possibility that this space will indeed turn over.
It was almost five years ago that we told you about plans to renovate a blah building on the corner of 17th & Wood, plans that included a 3-story addition with office use on the 2nd and 3rd floors and apartments on the 4th and 5th floors. It would have been a sweet project for this corner and it seemed timely, as plans had just emerged for two significant projects from the LDS Church right across the street.
We took advantage of the amazing weather on Saturday and visited the Christmas Village on a preview day, and you know we knocked down a waffle within minutes of our arrival. And somehow, we refrained from purchasing anything else. Next time perhaps we won't be so lucky. Afterward, trying to spend as much time outside as possible, we took the long way home, and happened upon a 'For Sale' sign from Precision Realty Group at the corner of 15th & Cherry.
The Christmas Village is one of our favorite things about living in Philadelphia during the holiday season. For those that haven't heard of it slash weren't paying attention a few years ago during the Holiday Village silliness, the Christmas Village is an eating and shopping destination that starts every Thanksgiving and is modeled after traditional German Christmas Markets. The Christmas Village was originally located in Dilworth Park next to City Hall, but years of renovation pushed the annual tradition to LOVE Park. With LOVE Park now under major construction, the Christmas Village is moving back across the street this year.
Around this time last year, we reported on the upcoming demolition and development plans for a property at 1823 Callowhill St., across the street from the Granary Apartments. The plan at the time was to demolish a previously City-owned building which once housed the Children's Crisis Treatment Center. Originally built as an orphanage in 1949, the building was designed by Elizabeth Fleisher, the same architect who helped design the Parkway House in 1953, and the first known woman architect in the City. Despite being somewhat historic in this respect, the building sat on a parcel that was zoned for a much denser use, and probably would not have lent itself to straightforward reuse. When we visited recently, we found the building completely demolished with nothing but a pile of rubble in its place.