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A New Restaurant For the Kimmel Center?

As reported on Plan Philly, the Art Commission has given its final approval for a proposed new restaurant facing Spruce Street in the Kimmel Center.

Designed by the KieranTimberlake firm, this restaurant will be a Jose Garces (of Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Village Whiskey, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic fame, and Iron Chef) venture.

Watch this site for more details as soon as they come!

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Growlers Coming to Bella Vista

The chefs behind Time and Vintage Wine, and the non-Starr part of Dandelion and El Vez, are bringing a new restaurant to the old Vesuvio at 8th and Fitzwater in Bella Vistareports Foobooz. Growlers is its name, and it puts us in a gastropub mood.

The former Vesuvio. Courtesy Foobooz.

Jerry Donahue, recent champ of Yards Brewing’s Smoke ‘Em If Yous Got ‘Em beer-and-BBQ festival, will be the kitchen mastermind behind this new idea.

As opening date moves closer, expect us to have more information!

Mmm beer-flavored barbeque…

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Fante-Leon Pool Replaced by Triplex

The old swimming pool. Courtesy Naked Philly.

Gone is the old Fante-Leon Pool, once one of Bella Vista‘s premier recreation sites, and its beautiful 1920s brickwork. In its place rises, reports Naked Philly, what (according to L&I) will be a triplex.

New…and green! (Literally.) Courtesy Naked Philly.

Shame about the façade, but may we recommend its location? Just off the Italian Market, the single most awesome business district in a city stuffed with awesome business districts, chock full of fresh, delicious, local produce, meats, and cheeses. And we couldn’t forget about all that excellent Vietnamese food down on Washington! Mmmm food heaven…

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Drag Brigade To Be Included In This Year’s Mummers Day Parade

As the holiday season continues in our city of Brotherly of Love,  the average Philadelphian always looks forward to the Mummers Day Parade. In most cities, New Year’s Eve is the big hurrah and main event. However, here in Philly we do things a tad different. We rev up January 1st for a day full of merriment, drinking, friends, family, and the Mummers.

This year marks a very special parade with the inclusion of some of Philadelphia’s brightest and best drag queens in what will be the first ever Drag Brigade. Ten talented queens were chosen by long time Philadelphia drag power house Brittany Lynn (Ian Morrison out of lashes and heels). Each queen will be leading a brigade they were specifically paired with down Broad Street from Washington Avenue to City Hall early New Year’s Day.  Later that afternoon, each queen will be outfitted to match her assigned brigade and perform a two minute introduction at the Convention Center.

Live Love Philly had the opportunity to ask Morrison, who is performing with the Shooting Stars brigade, a few questions about this revolutionary addition to the parade.

Live Love Philly (LLP): What positive message is being sent by drag culture being included in this year’s Mummers Day Parade?

Morrison: Drag has always been included in the Mummers tradition; however, once women were allowed to participate, drag was no longer a necessity. What’s amazing about this event is that the Mummers are allowing us to form the first “drag brigade”, and to be a regular part of such a mainstream, city wide and televised event. It’s like telling the nation, “Hey, look at our gays!”

LLP: What is special about the ten queens chosen by you to be included?

M: The ten girls I picked were chosen for their professionalism and talents. Each one was specifically matched to the theme of their brigade. They are all amazing at what they do and I give them my full confidence that they are gonna knock this out of the park on New Year’s Day.

LLP: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s parade?

M: I’m looking forward to presenting my drag mafia to the masses. There are literally thousands of people at the convention center ready to cheer on the brigades.  First marching down Broad Street with the String Bands in front of the entire city and visiting spectators, then performing for the masses at the Convention Center, it’s like the city is saying, “Thanks for doing what you do and doing it with us.” That beats Ru Paul’s Drag Race on any day.

The queens joining Brittany Lynn are listed below along the name of their brigade. They are:

Crystal T. Electra – Downtowners

Alexis Cartier – Saturnalian

Mrs. P. – South Philly Vikings

Porcelain – Jokers

Navaya Shay – Golden Crown

Bridget Jones – Clevemore

Cherry Pop – Avenuers

Stella D’Oro – 2nd Street Shooters

Mary D’ Knight – Satin Slippers

After this bevy of beauties are warmly welcomed by all, expect loads of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent at this years historical Mummers Day Parade.

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South Philadelphia News and Updates – 1.7.13

South Philadelphia News and UpdatesSouth Philadelphia News and Updates – 1.7.13

Columbus Square  Upcoming Program Reminders

Zumba Class – Mondays – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
$6 per class or $25 for five classes.

Yoga Class – Tuesdays – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
$6 per class or $25 for five classes.

Meredith Elementary School Auction

The Meredith Auction is taking place on Saturday, March 2nd.  Ticket sales begin on January 7th for this annual event.  Tickets include dinner, open bar and entertainment by DJ Johnny Looch!  Check out the Auction Website  for more details.  Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.  Purchase your tickets by January 31st and receive 5 iPad raffle tickets with each purchase.  Mark your calendars for a fabulous Mardi Gras night on Saturday, March 2nd which will include a silent and live auction.  There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for parents interested in helping.  If you would like to donate or solicit an auction item, please use this auction donation form.  Please contact Donielle at doniellecal@comcast.net and Rebecca at rmakuen@yahoo.com to get involved and help make this event a success.

Gayborhood Event Promoters Workshop

Join a panel of professional promoters share their experainced, tips and tricks of the trade to help you become a better promoter. Workshop will include a panel presentation, Q/A, group discussion and lunch. Duration is approximently bout three hours plus time to network with other promoters. Event includes lunch thanks to Wolf Street Catering. Reserve Tickets online – HERE.

Presenters include:

– Bruce Yelk – NightLifeGay
– Amber Hikes – Stimulus
– Gage  – Twisted Life
– Steve McCann – PhillyGayCalendar

Moderated by Rudy Flesher.

Abandoned Bike Removal/Re-Use:

Abandoned Bikes can be reported using this GOOGLE DOC link.  You can also use 311 to report abandoned bikes to the City of Philadelphia according to this recent announcement. For more information, email Andrew Levitt at levitt.andrew@gmail.com coordinating this effort with the Bicycle Coalition and City.

Captain Ryan’s Monthly Community Meeting

Tuesday Janaury 8th at 6PM. – 3rd District Roll Call Room, 11th & Wharton Street.

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New Philadelphia Price Changes – 1.18.13 (East Passyunk, Queen Village, Society Hill)

Price changesHere below are all new Philadelphia price changes updated to the MLS for the past seven days. Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148. If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565.
     
(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin

Address

Price

Beds

Baths

Zip

East Passyunk

819 Watkins St

$180,000

2

1.1

19148

1319 S 6th St

$239,800

6

3

19147

1629 S 9th St

$209,900

3

1.1

19148

       

Old City

214-18 New St B

$320,000

2

2

19106

Passyunk Square

1226 Emily St

$234,900

3

1.1

19148

1232 Latona St

$254,900

2

1.1

19147

Pennsport

1328 S 4th St

$265,000

3

1.1

19147

717 S Columbus Blvd 712

$239,000

0

1

19147

       

Queen Village

229 Fulton St D

$324,900

2

2

19147

230 Montrose St

$324,900

3

1

19147

412 Bainbridge St F

$259,000

2

1

19147

       

Society Hill

101 Walnut St 2

$829,000

2

2.1

19106

302 Lombard St D

$274,000

1

1.1

19147

312 S Front St

$1,299,999

3

3.1

19106

400-416 S 2nd St 410B

$314,000

2

1

19147

Washington Square West

1023 Clinton St 305

$385,000

2

1.1

19107

610 S Delhi St

$729,000

3

3.1

19147

816 Lombard St

$560,000

2

2

19147

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East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week

East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week

Starting February 23rd until March 2nd, East Passyunk Avenue will be holding it’s first ever East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week. Recently, Philadelphia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurant List highlighted many of the culinary gems found in the heart of Passyunk Square on EPA. Stateside, one of the restaurants participating, topped that list claiming the number 1 spot . Restaurants will be offering $15, $25, and $35 prix fix menus for lunch and dinner. From amazing sushi at Izumi to Mexican at Cantina Los Caballitos to healthy choices at Fuel, there is something for everyone.  Live Love Philly has included here en entire list of all restaurants participating. 

$15 Lunch

Adobe Cafe – El Zarape – Fuel – Marra’s – Plenty – Stogie Joe’s – South Philly Bar and Grill 

$15 Dinner

Fuel – Plenty – Stogie Joe’s – South Philly Bar and Grill

$25 Lunch

Mamma Maria Ristorante

$25 Dinner

Adobe Cafe – Birra – Cantina Los Cabillitos – El Zarape – Marra’s – Noir – Stogie Joe’s

$35 Dinner

Chiarella’s – Fond – Kris – Da Vinci Ristorante – Izumi – Le Virtu – Paradiso – Stateside – Tre Scalini – Will – Mamma Maria Ristorante

Call now to make reservations because we are betting places are gonna get booked, especially popular spots like Will and Kris. We hope that this becomes a yearly tradition. With so much to already love, the East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week is just one more reason to love living in South Philadelphia.

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