Philly’s Cruise Ship Ports Close

June 30 will be the last working day for the piers at the former Navy Yard. Don’t be too sad; the city saves $20M the minute these ship ports close. Some of the reasons the ports are closing? Hmm…probably the opening of the Cape Liberty cruise port in Bayonne or maybe the six-hour trek that cruises have to take up the Delaware River to reach Philly from the sea (that’s a lot of bingo playing). […]


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King Tut is Coming to Philadelphia (Not The Mummy)

A new restaurant by the name of King Tut will be replacing what was formerly the Leila’s Café hookah bar on 13th and Pine Streets. The cuisine (according to the poster on the window) will be a fusion of Egyptian, Roman, Greek and Indian with a “Middle Eastern Hookah” type of atmosphere. The space is quite small and intimate, and this sort of cuisine will definitely be something different for Pine Street as well as […]


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Union Trust Owner Joe Grasso Planning to Start Rumor

Hill International (formerly Walnut Street Capital) CEO and owner of Philadelphia Union Trust Garrett Miller, along with partner Joe Grasso, will be taking over the multi-million dollar vacant spot on 15th and Sansom (formerly Roy’s) and opening a restaurant named American Oak, which will also have a basement club named Rumor. Xavier Mariezcurrena, who is the creative director at Union Trust, will also be the creative director at American Oak/Rumor, bringing a hip and modern […]


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Cliff and Kristen: Won’t You Be Our Neighbors? Oh You Are? Cool.

Ah public records. What would we do without them? Most of the news outlets in Philly have already told you that Cliff Lee bought a unit in 1706 Rittenhouse (the actual address is 250 South 17th Street, for those who would like to do their own records search). But we can reveal that his unit is 2001, aka: the 20th floor. What he bought it for will be released in the middle of February, so […]


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Brewin’ On The Ritz

Fameco Real Estate just announced that La Colombe Torrefaction has signed a lease for 1,230 square feet at The Residences at the Ritz Carlton located at 1414 South Penn Square. Fameco says the cafe will open in April as the 5th Philly location for the coffee company. This La Colombe will face the soon-to-be-transformed (although Fall 2013 isn’t really soon) Dilworth Plaza. The new transit-heavy Plaza will tie together East and West Market Streets, a […]


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Paesano’s Plays Italian Market Musical Chairs

The new BYO from Modo Mio’s Peter McAndrews, Monsu, took over Paesano’s 1257-square-foot location at 901 Christian Street (leased from Midwood Management) for about, according to Zillow, $1900 monthly. Cash-only Paesano’s will still be in full force right down the block at its new digs, the 1400-square-foot retail space at 1017 S. Ninth Street that was last listed for $1200. With Sunday-favorite Sabrina’s across the street, it was no wonder Butcher’s Café couldn’t survive. We […]


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Beige & Beige Restaurant For Sale

Huntington Valley’s Zagat-rated Beige & Beige Restaurant is up for sale, fully stocked with “exotic chairs, tables, china-dinnerware, silverware, cups, glasses, lighting fixtures, stoves, dishwashers, pots & pans, walk-in cooler boxes, and much, much more.” If you are interested in starting a new restaurant in the ‘Valley Court Yard’ located between Red Lion Road and Murray Avenue on Huntingdon Pike, call 215-947-6360.


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Brewerytown is Getting a Farm, From Marathon

Philadelphia’s Department of Public Property (sounds exciting) awarded Marathon Farm (headed by Patrick Dunn, a former Greensgrow farmer and the founder of Emerald Street Urban Farm) a 15,750-square-lot at 27th and Master Streets. (See also: Food Forrest garden.) This is undoubtedly a large lot and as city gardens go (ask Greensgrow), to get that type of land you are usually headed far north of this location. This Brewerytown location isn’t too far north, and is just […]


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Wine School Location: Fairmount Loses, Rittenhouse Wins

As of January 3rd it is official: Rittenhouse Square won the vote to get the Wine School of Philadelphia’s sole location. The old Fairmount location at 2006 and 2008 Fairmount Avenue will be available as of March 31st and the official new address for the home of Keith Wallace will be the 2,420-square-foot space at 127 S. 22nd Street. According to Wallace, the Wine School “added about 10,000 restaurant-going customers to Fairmount annually” in addition […]


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