If you’re thankful for anything this Thanksgiving holiday, show it. If you’re grateful you haven’t been punched in the face, say it. If you’re overjoyed that the Eagles’ defense is getting things done, shout it. If you’re wild about Hanukkah and T-day happening at the same time (for the first time since 1888), shout hallelujah. There’s nothing wrong with being much obliged.
Here’s some follow-ups on stories from last week. Regarding all those vacant storefronts in South Street: Help is on the way. The old McDonald’s at the corner of Sixth and South is being rehabbed for mixed-use restaurant/retail and apartment rental, and the old Pearl art supply space in the middle of the block is, according to rumor, going to be turned into a familiar art-studio co-op before month’s end. Yay, that. Meanwhile in last week’s Icepack Illustrated (the web version of this column), I mentioned that Alex Carbonell, the chef-owner of New Hope’s Lola, would take over N. Second Street’s Liberties for a new cocktail-conscious gastropub, Bourbon and Branch. The orange sticker should be up, and additional details are as follows: Lola’s mixologist, Mr. Righteous Jolly, will be managing and handling B+B’s hand-crafted cocktails. Carbonell’s menu will be heavy on appetizers with his kitchen smoking its own meats, save for the game and sausage they’re buying from Sonny D’Angelo in the Italian Market. Plus, B+B’s upstairs will handle live music on a regular basis once the place gets cranking come January.
The aforementioned Eagles and Ventresca LTD couture suit makers will join forces with Michael Barkann and family for the Healing Hearts Foundation soiree on Dec. 4 at Griesing Law on the 36th floor of 1717 Arch. Visit thebarkannfoundation.org and look up the “Green Is the New Black” event.
The Arden Theater on N. Second Street opened its new theater space and educational training center last week, but this week the house that Terrence J. Nolen built will lose one of its longtime favorites when Leigh Goldenberg leaves the building. After “four wonderful years,” she moves on to become director of marketing at Wash Cycle Laundry, a bike-centric sustainable laundry-delivery service in Philly. “I’m excited to support this mission-driven company in their expansion.”
Ooh, another thing gone from Old City, after 24 years, is Mexican Post. When I used to live on Letitia Street, before the OC’s renaissance (Continental, etc.), the Post was the only place for cheap booze and faux border-town fare. Rest in peace, oh Post.
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