Since relocating to a building five times larger than the entire lot it used to be located on, The Mariposa Coop has near doubled its membership, and greatly increased sales, according to a store manager. With the uptick in commercial activity at this location, the City recently installed a bike corral with six upside down U-shaped figures for cyclists to lock their bikes outside Mariposa, located just shy of 49th and Baltimore.
The corral is one of a number of recently installed corrals around the city through the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU). Others have been installed at Reading Terminal Market and the South Street Whole Foods, with others planned or already installed in front of Drinker’s Pub at 19th and Chestnut and Johnny Brendas at Frankford and Girard.
Bike Corrals are a popular addition to cities all over the country that face…
Last week, we told you about the ongoing renovation and expansion at the Hard Rock Cafe on Market Street, next to the Reading Reading Terminal Market. Directly across the street is a vacant commercial space that’s been empty now for a couple of years, since sports bar Champps closed a couple of years ago.
Now, we like a good photo of the Rocky statue as much as anyone, but is anyone else a little surprised that this space has sat vacant for so long? And isn’t it likewise strange that a sports bar couldn’t hold things down in a space connected to a Convention Center hotel? Any thoughts on a business that could succeed here?
We were catching an American Football match at the Field House yesterday and noticed something shiny and new next door. As you may or may not be aware, the Market Street entrance to the Convention Center not only contains an entrance to the Field House, a Dunkin Donuts, and a PNC Bank, but it also contains a brand new addition to the Hard Rock Cafe.
It seems that after fourteen years, this cheesy chain location was in need of an upgrade. With that in mind, the restaurant has built “The Philadelphia Room,” an extension of the restaurant and an event space, in an area that used to be superfluous Convention Center lobby space (at least as far as we can recall). With the recent completion of the new space,…
Last week, the the Cooking Channel celebrated its 2nd birthday at Reading Terminal Market. The “feastivities” were part of the Cooking Channel Summer Eats Tour. Gerry “G.” Garvin of Roadtrip with G. Garvin and Eden Grinshpan of Eden Eats were the hosts, and the duo signed autographs for locals while promoting their new shows, scheduled to air later this summer.
Eden and G. Garvin
Not only did the Cooking Channel pull out all of the stops, with free admission for guests that included tasty local bites and brews, live music, and fun giveaways, but it picked the best location in Philadelphia to host this food inspired event.
Blurry drink menu featured local brews from Victory, Manayunk and Susquenhanna Brewing Co.
We reached out to try to get the scoop on why Reading Terminal was chosen and what new food happenings to…
Back in January, we shared the news about the upcoming development of the Center for Culinary Enterprise (CCE), Philly’s first kitchen incubator, located at 310 South 48th St.
The originally envisioned July opening date has nearly passed. Recently, the folks at The Enterprise Center, the West Philly-based business-growth-catalyst geared towards assisting high-potential minority entrepreneurs that helped found the CCE, announced a September 14 grand opening date. Currently, framing inside is complete and the kitchens are being built.
When it opens, Desi Kitchen, an Indian/Pakistani restaurant, will occupy one of the retail spaces. Another will be occupied by Café Injera (from the former owners of Mohamed’s), a coffee shop featuring Halal products, domestic and Ethiopian blends as well as the staple Ethiopian bread, injera and more. This, according to director Delilah Winder.
In its simplest sense, Winder…
As Philly.com has self-referentially reported, the offices of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are moving to 8th and Market Sts., to the former Strawbridge and Clothier building.
The new digs
From a distance
They will be downsizing dramatically, from 525K sqft at their longtime home in the Elverson Building at Broad and Callowhill Sts. to a mere 125K sqft on the third floor of the historic former department store at Market East. The future for the area surrounding their former home seems clear. Big-time developer Bart Blatstein has purchased their old HQ along with the former State Building up the street and will be redeveloping both, while PMC Property Group is in the process of reshaping the former Wilkie dealership and Biberman building into apartments and…