When David Lynch moved to Philadelphia in the late 1960s to attend PAFA, he discovered a city that was both terrifying and inspiring. Explore the neighborhood just blocks away from PAFA that so electrified Lynch’s imagination with two guides: Hidden City’s Peter Woodall and Lynch–and Eraserhood–aficionado, Bob Bruhin. During this one-and-a-half hour walking tour, we’ll delve into the area’s industrial history, as well as the sights and sounds that inspired Lynch’s movies, particularly Eraserhead.
Quick update: We’re still waiting for the electrical permit from the city, they said it would be ready by March 3 at the latest. Our electrician is all ready to go so things should move quickly after the permit is in. I mentioned last time that another $1800 worth of electrical upgrades were added to the total, these are things we need to pass our CO inspection (wired smoke alarms in the storage rooms, additional fire pull bars throughout the room), about a third of that has been paid off and I’m currently scraping together funds to pay off the rest as well as rent and utilities for March. So things are moving along nicely and I’m still aiming for an April re-opening. I already have our re-opening night film screening ready to go and am all set to start booking for this year’s Cinedelphia Film Festival, which will likely be held in May.
Also, a bunch of kind locals organized a benefit show for PhilaMOCA, it’s happening at the First Unitarian Church on Friday, March 6 and will feature locals Yowler, Kississippi, and Thin Lips. Advance tickets are available here: https://resurrect-philamoca.eventbrite.com
Location: 11th and Spring Garden streets, Callowhill
Key Players: Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello, Nich Bazik, Derek Gregory
The Situation: The 13th Street Kitchens crew (Kensington Quarters, Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taproom) is taking inspiration from the cuisine of La Chinesca, a Chinese neighborhood in Mexicali, for a new restaurant going into what was a Jiffy Lube next to music venue Union Transfer. Outdoor seating is the highlight here, with about 100 seats under a canopy in front of the restaurant and in a backyard area. Rohe Creative, the team behind some of Philly’s coolest-looking restaurants, is in charge of the design.
Projected Opening: Late spring or early summer
The Lucky Well
Location: 990 Spring Garden Street, Callowhill
Key Players: Chad Rosenthal
The Situation: Food Network chef Chad Rosenthal took a break from working on his Philly outpost of the Lucky Well to open a location of the restaurant in Warrington, but now he’s back in the city putting on the finishing touches and getting ready for a spring opening. Like the original in Ambler, the upcoming Lucky Well is a barbecue destination with ribs, brisket, wings, and sausage, plus smash burgers, large-format dry-aged steaks, and vegetables prepared on a custom-made wood-burning grill brought in from Texas. Order at the counter, find a seat, and wait for the meat while you sip on a classic cocktail, like a whiskey sour or old fashioned, or one of six local beers on tap.
Projected Opening: The first or second week of April
The Bold Women & Beer Festival is Back at Love City Brewing! In celebration of Women’s History Month and the upcoming Bold Women & Beer Festival, prominent women of Philadelphia’s beer industry and members of the local Chapter of the Pink Boots Society, are coming together for a collaborative brew day at Triple Bottom Brewing on March 5. The […]
Back in the mid 60’s, a low-rise, suburban-style strip mall was created by the Redevelopment Authority through its East Poplar Urban Renewal Plan. The complex, which sits between 5th St., 6th St. and Spring Garden, was originally the home to the Fifth Street Wholesale Distribution Association. Over time, the structures morphed into a more traditional Read more about 12-Story, 382-Unit + Retail Project to Replace Strip Mall at 5th & Spring Garden…
David Lynch, the master of cinematic disquiet, is, unsurprisingly, another self-professed Hopper-head, who often stresses the impact of painting – most prominently that of Hopper and Francis Bacon – upon his work. “For mood and painting quality, I like Edward Hopper,” he told artnet News’ Andrew Goldstein in an interview last year. A Hopperian moodiness, voyeurism and dramatic use of light and shade prevails throughout his 1986 thriller Blue Velvet, in particular, which peels back the veneer of white-picket-fence suburbia to reveal some truly sinister goings on beneath.