Erawan Opening in Chinatown

Laddavanh Pongdara and her husband are opening the second larger location of Erawan Thai BYO restaurant at 925 Arch Street in Chinatown. The new location will allow for larger parties and Pongdara plans on opening in early April (they are currently hiring). The new menu includes a caramelized sweet and sour sea bass with honey puree and wild boar with red curry and garlic-basil fried rice. We are ecstatic that Erawan is expanding and wish them the […]


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Art and Food Come Together With The Fair Grounds Project Complete With A Pick-Your-Own Blueberry Patch

For Viking Mill, Little Berlin and Emerald St. Urban Farm (Patrick Dunn’s project, the same guy behind Marathon Farm), a vacant lot in East Kensington is a place of possibilities, not a space for dead grass and remnants of its prior occupant. These three organizations are collaborating in an effort to create an edible landscape constructed and maintained as a creative community art space called the Fair Grounds Project near York and Boston Streets. It is […]


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Gunner’s Run Opening Party Tonight

Although Gunner’s Run has quietly been open for a few weeks now (mmm chicken-fried chicken) its official public opening event is tonight at 8pm at 1001 N. Second Street, #3. Gunner’s will be serving up $1 beer and shots, $3 pints of Sixpoint and Philadelphia Brewing Company beers and music by Black Landlord and guest DJs. We’ve been to Gunner’s on Sunday for the Make Your Own Bloody Mary bar and chef Shawn Sollberger’s chocolate zucchini […]


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Brandywine Realty Snags 1919 Market In Heated Bankruptcy Auction

The 33,746-square-foot lot at 1919 Market (aka the failed Opus Condominium Tower) was very popular at the bankruptcy auction Brandywine Realty Trust attended. After some back and forth, 1919 finally ended in the victorious hands of Brandywine with a $9.3M bid. The agreement of sale between Brandywine, Bank of America and the trustee came about only after Brandywine was able to propose the best offer. Jerry Sweeney, CEO and president of Brandywine, told us that […]


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Philly’s 100K House Receives AIA 2011 Housing Award

Congratulations to Interface Studio Architects and Postgreen Homes for their 100k House, one of the 18 projects selected by The American Institute of Architects to receive the prestigious 2011 Housing Award. The AIA’s Housing Award Program honors the best in housing design and the 100k House, the first-ever LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified single-family home in Pennsylvania. Chad and Courtney Ludeman did a great job redefining sustainable living by creating this affordable 1,150-square-foot […]


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Temple’s 20/20 Plan Includes New Atrium, Residence Hall and Restaurant

As part of the Temple 20/20 plan, the university will open its brand new South Gateway living quarters this Fall. The new state-of-the-art $147.4M residence hall will offer more than 1,000 beds and a dining hall with outdoor seating serving staple Philly items such as cheese steaks and soft pretzels. Each “suite” offers two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a kitchenette (ah, what happened to the days of communal bathrooms and cooking Ramen in an […]


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Broad and Washington Corners Trying To Become More Than A Cirque Du Soleil Parking Lot

Gary P. Steuer, Philadelphia’s chief cultural officer and director of the city’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy would like to see the parcels at the northeast (owned by New York-based Hudson River Capital) and northwest (marketed by Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation) corners of Broad and Washington developed. “Given the Avenue of the Arts location, it would be great to have a cultural component in that area,” Steuer told us. There has been some talk about culturally related development and […]


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Walnut Street Bridge Improvements In The Works

The Walnut Street Bridge is going to be more easily accessible to all of its users (i.e. drivers, bikers and pedestrians), rather than it being predominantly for motor-vehicle traffic. Currently, the bridge possesses four traffic lanes, a bike lane and two eight-foot sidewalks. Pedestrian and bike traffic has increased considerably and the bridge currently isn’t set up to accommodate all that traffic. To make the Walnut Street Bridge more conducive to current traffic, design team […]


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Philadelphia Architecture Standouts Featured On Apartment Therapy Blog

Bethany Seawright, graduate student of interior design, MFA candidate and contributing blogger for Apartment Therapy, has given Philly architecture a great shout-out on the site. “Over and over again, I am amazed at the number of formidable architects than have come through our city and influenced its ever-changing landscape,” says Seawright. She featured the the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk by Michael Baker Engineers, the Barnes Foundation (on the Parkway) by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (as […]


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Jolly’s New Dueling Piano Bar Complete With Outdoor Seating

Last Friday night on the way to our favorite piano bar, we noticed (via note on the door at 2006 Chestnut Street) that Jolly Weldon, owner of Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar, has moved his bar to the Academy House at 1420 Locust Street. We missed the official opening last Friday, but got a sneak peek and what’s to come when we caught directing manager Dan Caputo at the new location. Caputo let us in on […]


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