March 16-22, 2006
Eats : FoodFeeding Frenzy
1716 Chestnut St.
Larry Steinberg of Michael Salove Company recently confirmed that a new owner has secured the location formerly known as Hamburger Mary's. It's been vacant since the gay-friendly eatery boarded up in summer '05. The tenant (whose name will be revealed this week) is currently applying for a liquor license transfer. Watch for construction by the end of March. Steinberg said they'll be serving "casual cuisine," which could pretty much mean anything. Bite This: I'm predicting that Starr Restaurant Organization will debut "Bangkok Cabbage," a Thai/German fusion restaurant that only serves sauerkraut, or sauerkraut with peanuts in it. Craig LaBan will heart it fierce.
Silk City Lounge
Fifth and Spring Garden sts., 215-592-8838
The tail end of March/beginning of April looks to be the last stand for our favorite smells-like-PBR oasis. That's when N. 3rd maven Mark Bee gets the keys; what he'll do with the place is still unclear, but I'm really hoping for a vegan-friendly skating rink. When I phoned the other night, a gentleman who refused to identify himself told me he was "sick and tired of answering questions" and thwacked me with the hang-up hammer. Just for the record, there's only one query scrawled on this writer's forearm: Where will the next Belle & Sebastian dance party be held? I need 20 ccs of "Nice Day for a Sulk" in my veins, stat.
129 S. 16th St.
Rich people who find Philly's rent prices affordable have obviously never owned a speciality bakery. Rate hikes more dramatic than Reese Witherspoon's Oscar speech forced this N.Y.-based franchise's Rittenhouse locale to close back in January. Partner Ron Condello is now working exclusively out of Old City (401 Chestnut St., 215-829-9510). He's expanded the shop's capabilities to handle made-to-order confections like cheesecake, tiramisu and the indomitable Black Forest (so Teutonic). To patrons of the old location: Give Ron a ring and he'd be happy to deliver to your home or office. Bite This: Condello plans to offer authentic water ice come summertime.