Stephen Starr’s Fishtown “Bier Garten” Bringing In Large Trees For Courtyard

Construction has sped up today at the site of Stephen Starr’s Fishtown “Bier Garten” on Frankford Avenue between Girard and Thompson. Heavy machinery and large–very large, in fact–trees are on site as construction workers tell us they’re working on the much anticipated restaurant’s court yard. Now we don’t know a whole lot about trees in general, but we do know that buying and shipping trees that big can’t be cheap. I guess Mr. Starr’s got a […]


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Legal Battle Leads To A New, Greener Design For Manayunk Historical Building

Seven years ago Alon Barzilay looked out of the window at Bourbon Blue onto the 1860’s building across the street and called his friend David Waxman. The 3 Rector Street building had everything to make an unbeatable residential project: a great location, perfect neighborhood, waterfront lot, cobblestone street and access to the Tow Path and two train stations. Three years later Waxman tried to make a five-story residential complex out of the historical former Labov Plumbing […]


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Old Snackbar Space Gets Audrey Claire’s Cook

“Audrey Claire Taichman, owner of Audrey Claire and Twenty Manning Grill, is venturing outside the realm of restaurants with her latest project COOK, a collaborative kitchen-classroom that will be used for cooking lessons, demonstrations and conversations in addition to being a cookware/pantry boutique and bookstore during the day.” For more info, visit Cook’s site.


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Tonight’s City-Wide Speakeasy: The Password Is “Tub”

We love marketing geniuses and Peach Street Distillers’ TuB Gin’s plan to make five locations in Philly into a covert speakeasy tonight has earned our respect (but then immediately lost it with its trendy capitalization of the brand name). Today is the official anniversary of alcohol resuming it’s circulation into the United States and to celebrate, TuB Gin will be dolling out 25-cent drinks for those who whisper the secret password to the bartenders at […]


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A Hard Time For Deer: Bambi’s Mom Shot By Hunter, Gallery Closes

Did you cry when Bambi’s mother was shot dead by the hunter in Disney’s famous animated forest tale? Well, we didn’t because us foxes are raised in the woods and the woods are tough. We did shed a tear, however, when Bambi Gallery—-the artist consignment shop created by Candace Karch—-closed its doors this month. Although it would be too easy to equate Tower Investments with the hunter in this story (there is, of course, a […]


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Old Crown Fried Chicken Becoming Retail and Apartment Building

On a tip from a reader, we trekked out to the northwest corner of Fifth and Washington Avenue to see what trouble we could get into. What we found when we arrived was that the man who was walking away from the site as we were walking up was the owner, and that we walk way too slow. The information we could pull out of the general contractor (who was as scared of sharing information with us […]


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Grant Opportunities Announced For Clark Park

The second annual Clark Park Community Grants are now accepting proposals for projects to enhance the nine-acre park from permanent improvements to plants or signage. The grants will be awarded for one or more projects (up to $3K) and judging by last year’s winning improvements including the maintenance of 30 new trees by UC Green Corps, this year should bring in something the whole community can enjoy. Individuals and community groups are invited to submit proposals, which will be reviewed by Friends of Clark […]


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Race Street Pier Promenade Preview Event

On Wednesday, May 11, at 6pm you will have a chance to see Philadelphia’s newest park, Race Street Pier, on the Delaware River. This preview event will give you a change to see the new outdoor open space from the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and the City of Philadelphia, which includes the upper level sky promenade and lower-level social gathering area. Race Street Pier will open to the public on May 12 and feature 37 […]


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James Moving Locations And Taking A Step Away From Fine Dining

We’d like to tell you that Jim and Kristina Burke—-the culinary couple behind the Bella Vista restaurant James—-are moving their restaurant to a larger space in order to accommodate all their accolades and awards, but, sadly, this is not the case. When we spoke with Jim about his restaurant on Eighth Street, he had a slight gloom in his voice as he told us they are moving on once their lease expires in the beginning of June. […]


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