West Girard’s Bright Painted Trash Cans

West Girard Avenue is going to be receiving several bright additions in the very near future. Fairmont CDC (Community Development Corporation) spent Martin Luther King Day, along with more than 20 gracious volunteers, transforming trashcans from drab to fab (yes, these trashcans are fab), which will help to keep West Girard a clean, litter-free street (also a crucial element is Philly locals actually using them). Professional artists had a hand in this as well, making […]


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A Restaurant Full Of Wax Horror Icons In A.C.

Joe Camarota and Alvarez Wax Productions to bring a horror wax museum and restaurant to A.C. Although a few wax museums had their stay (and fall) in A.C. over the years, Camarota is looking for developers to hop on board for this “Hollywood Hot Wax Museum/Restaurant” project. The restaurant will include “interactive, ever changing museum/restaurant theatrical experiences” from Alvarez Productions, and will include a combination of different themes (from Victorian, to Hollywood Icons, the Old South […]


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Crocodile Philly Closes, GiGi Owner and Survivor Contestant To Take Over License

Crocodile Philly is changing hands. The owners of GiGi Restaurant at 319 Market will be taking over pickleback-central Crocodile Philly. Stephenie LaGrossa is one of those owners (as well as one of the most popular contestants on Survivor Palau and Survivor Guatemala) to turn 110 Chestnut into the reported 879, a sports bar backed by two Eagles, Todd Herremans and Brent Celek, and fed by Michael Lane of Steak ‘Em Up fame. Will LaGrossa of reality TV fame and two Eagles make […]


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Man Stabbed in Rittenhouse; Passersby Think It’s Another Pop-Up Theater Show

On Friday at 5pm, while many enjoyed their happy hour sliders at Rouge, an intoxicated man was stabbed right at the corner of 18th and Walnut. “A doorman at one of the luxury highrises surrounding the park described the men as appearing to be homeless.” The actual violence was a brief respite from the robbery committed every night at Parc for a glass of Riesling.


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LaScala’s Buying Dolce and Paradigm

Let’s play a game. A “fully fit-out restaurant/bar” with “incredible architecture with high ceilings” is up for sale, complete with kitchen equipment, table and chairs. Hmm. What restaurant near Second and Chestnut fits that description? Is it trendy Dolce or perhaps Paradigm? Your guess? UPDATE: Robert La Scala (who operates LaScala’s at 615 Chestnut Street) has bought the license for Dolce/Paradigm and is moving forward to own these businesses.


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Charlie’s Pub Wants a Roof Deck

Charlie Vatori, the current owner of Charlie’s Pub at 114 N. Third Street, would love to take over 17 N. Third Street (the former Carmelita Boutique), but it hasn’t proved so easy for him. Vatori would like to convert the space to a restaurant that will occupy the first and second floors, stock it with some pool tables and build a roof deck. There are numerous protests and petitions, however. Vatori currently doesn’t have a food-use permit for this […]


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North Philadelphia Building Up 600 N. Broad

There are big plans in the works for even more progression to North Broad Street. Earlier this month, Mayor Nutter, EB Realty Management Corp. (Eric Blumenfeld’s company, the man behind the foreclosed Marine Club) and PMC Property Group announced the start of the redevelopment project. The $43M 600 N. Broad project will include the entire block where former Wilkie Buick car dealership and the historic, seven-story Biberman building are located. The project plans for 39,000 […]


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NoLibs Residents Not Pleased With Plans For Old Church

There are plans for a new entertainment venue/restaurant at the Old St. John’s Church located at 1028 N. Third Street. Bart Blatstein’s Tower Investments, who has owned the building for quite some time now, is looking to turn the space into a 350-seat concert/show venue that will serve food and will also be equipped with a liquor license (they hope). At a Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) meeting on February 28th, Ron Patterson and Tina Roberts […]


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Mayor Nutter Raps Politics. Rick Ross Unimpressed

This is almost as bad (as good?) as the local commercials for “Not Just Pizza,” except instead of a rap about pizza, it’s a rap about politics. Mayor Michael Nutter may not want to remember this, but 21 years ago he took the mic with councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and federal judge Renee Cardwell Hughes at the Leadership Philadelphia‘s 30th anniversary. If only politics were this fun today.


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Fishtown Chili Cook-Off This Sunday

Kraftwork, Johnny Brenda’s, Doc’s Gourmet Café and Soup Bar, Brindle Café, Lola Bean, Soup Kitchen Café, The Handle Bar and 1 Fishy residents are all cooking this weekend to prepare for the Fishtown Neighbor’s Association’s 2011 Chili Cook-Off this Sunday, March 6. From 1 to 4pm at Feast Your Eyes Catering (1750 N. Front Street) taste your favorite chili and watch the judges test meaty, spicy, vegan and vegetarian samples of Fishtown’s best chili to doll […]


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